my very first quilt

Thanks to the Craftsy Block of the Month class, I learned how to quilt this year.  Thursday night I finished my very first quilt!  I am so very proud of myself!  I’ve always wanted to learn how to quilt like my Mema and now I have.

finished Craftsy block of the month quilt 2

I blogged about each block as I got them done each month.  If you want to read about them individually you can check them out here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.

labeled Craftsy BOM quilt

I learned how to make each block by watching the videos provided with the online class.  Each block was pieced together on the machine (except the hexagon blocks – I did those by hand); I also used the machine to sew the blocks together with sashing in between and sew the back.

quilted string block

quilted flying geese

I then put the back, batting, and top together and basted the layers together using safety pins.

back of quilt


quilted wonky pound sign

The quilting was done by hand and took FOREVER it seemed.  Seriously, people who sell hand quilted quilts should make thousands for the amount of hours spent doing the quilting.  Not to mention the callouses on the fingers, the many pricks of the needles, and the constantly-aching back.  But those are all worth it!  I actually really enjoyed hand quilting once I got the hang of it.  I would have like it more if I hadn’t had myself on a deadline to get it done by the end of the year.  It seemed that every spare moment of November and December was spent working on my quilt.

quilted wonky log cabin

quilted octagon

The binding was sewn on to the back of the quilt with the machine and then hand stitched down on the front.

finsihed Craftsy block of the month quilt 4

quilted hexi stripe

quilted chunky chevron

I finished the quilt off my embroidering my name and the year on the back.  I’d like to also label it so that I remember it was part of the Block of the Month Class and that it was my first quilt, but it was hard for me to embroider what I’ve already done so I may take a break for a while.  It’s been probably 15 years since I’ve embroidered anything so the label on my quilt looks pretty bad, but at least it’s labeled.

embroidered signature

quilted sunny with a chance of hex

I am so very proud of myself and I love my quilt!

finsihed Craftsy block of the month quilt 5

By the way, if you want to learn how to quilt you can still participate in the Craftsy Block of the Month class – it’s free and the videos will be accessible past 2012.  I’ve heard there will also be a class in 2013 if you’re interested in that one.  However, that particular class doesn’t teach hand quilting so I watched a bunch of YouTube videos to teach myself (I didn’t keep the links and I watched so many that I can’t remember which ones I used).

finsihed Craftsy block of the month quilt 3



  1. Your quilt looks great, I was reading your Wilton cake class experiences and found this link (glad I found it.) I just signed up for the quilt class and hope to share my journey on my blog and share results as great as yours. God bless!!!

    • Thanks! I hope you enjoy the class – I sure had a blast! I can’t wait to see your quilt :).

    • By the way, I loved your post on fondant. I tried making my own fondant a few months ago and it was a total flop…I ended up buying some and just using that. I’m going to try it again using your instructions and I hope it turns out as well for me as it did for you!

      I tried to comment on your blog but it kept saying “your open id credentials cannot be verified” :(

      • Thank you for trying to leave a comment, I love comments. When you try the marshmallow fondant try to leave a comment again about how it came out, on my blog or right here. :) I love feedback!

  2. Your first quilt? Seriously? Looks like your a master of the art! I assure you my first quilt looked like…. well, not even close to as nice as yours. WOW!

  3. This is a beautiful first quilt. My first one was a king sized storm at sea that I hand quilted. It took me 2 years to get it mostly done and I still love it, even though I made tons of mistakes on it. 27 years later… Now I can turn out a twin sized quilt in about 2 weeks – doing the whole thing by machine. I still love creating something, using fabrics I love, making the design original or just my own, and giving it to someone who will love it. BEST HOBBY EVER!

    • Thank you! I can’t imagine making a king sized quilt for my very first quilt! My small, less-than-twin sized quilt was difficult enough! But your story gives me hope that I’ll be a much quicker quilter someday :).

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