I decided to make another quilt, and this time to push myself to learn new things. I borrowed a beginners quilting book from the library and search through it for new tricks.
Here are some tips I found especially helpful:
- Even up the edges of the fabric before you start
- Press your fabric before cutting out the shapes. DO NOT iron. Pressing (not moving the iron across the fabric) prevents the fabric from stretching and becoming uneven.
- Once two pieces have been sewn together, press the seam under the darker fabric to avoid shadows.
- When doing a "pillow-style finish" trim the corners of all fabrics off after sewing them together (don't get too close to the stiches!).
With this quilt I am also following a pattern, a first for me! It is going okay so far. Here is what the pattern is supposed to look like when I'm done.