Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Late Fall Quilt (Double Irish Chain) Part 1

So, I've made a quite a bit of progress in my quilting classes! Things are starting to come together and patterns are forming. Here's a quick intro to quilting: Irish Double Chain 101.

First, get the tools together: cutting mat, quilting ruler and rotary cutter (like sharp pizza cutter):

And of course an iron, ironing board and instructions:

Next, pick the material, which needs to be washed, dried and ironed but never steamed:

Then we cut it into strips (they're folded up so that I could cut them on my cutting mat):

And lastly - for now - the strips are sewn together according to a detailed plan and with lots of rules to follow.

Next class we'll cut the joined strips so that we get short strips with several squares sewn together. Then these smaller strips will be laid out to form a block and sewn together. In the end, all the blocks will be laid out and sewn together and then the quilting part begins.

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