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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Learning How to Quilt

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I bit the bullet this week and enrolled in a quilting class and I'm scared to death because I literally haven't touched my sewing class in years!  And it's probably been 30 years since I helped my grandmother with one of her quilts.   The first class met on Tuesday and all the ladies have been doing the class with the same instructor FOR YEARS.  And they all welcomed this newbie with open arms, so I think this is going to be alot of fun.  Oh, and ny new quilting friends ordered 5 dozen eggs from me, so there's another benefit to boot!  One of the ladies, Helene, is going to use them to make pound cake so I'm hoping we can talk her into bringing some in for us.

Our first assignment was to go shopping for fabric and there were only two requirements:
  • 100% cotton
  • 12 dark colors and 11 light colors in 1/4 yard pieces

If you count the different fabrics above, you'll see that I have one too many because I couldn't decide in the store.  :-)  And I'm two light fabrics short.  I'll have to look at Hancock or another fabric store, because I just couldn't find anything else that I like.

I think deciding on the fabric is more difficult than putting the quilt together.  Maybe I'm too much of a perfectionist.  Luckily, I ran into some quilters at Joann's and they helped me out with some tips.  I finally decided on a cream\black\burgundy theme because this is going to be a throw quilt for watching TV on the sofa and our parlor has a cream and burgundy theme. 

I'm absolutely in love with the french chicken print on the end.  Here's a closeup:

That goes pretty well with the chicken wire (or beeswax) print.  I'm also in love with the cream and black fleur de lis, because that's another theme that you'll find throughout our house (and look at those little fleur de lis on the chicken fabric!).  

For you experienced quilters out there, what do you think of my choices?  Think they will work?

Now's let talk cost.  I initially thought the cost of making a quilt would be well over $100.  I've spent just under $25.00 on fabric, but I still need the 2 light colored fabrics as well as the fabric for the setting points, the outside border and the back (about 4 1/2 yards).  So, the total for the fabric will be somewhere around $60.  You can spend that much on a blanket from big box stores nowadays, so I consider that a bargain - plus I will have made it myself.  I also had to buy some supplies:  a clear, straight 23.5" x 6.5" ruler, self-healing cutting mat, rotary cutter, new fabric scissors and a seam ripper.  Luckily, all the quilting supplies were 50% off plus I had a 20% off total purchase coupon.  Total additional cost for supplies:  $51.46.

I can't find a pic of the pattern we're using, so I'll post that in my next update.  As the quilt progresses, I'll keep you posted so you can read about all the trials and tribulations of a fledgling quiltmaker.  Like I told J., though.....no giggling!

This post is part of the Rural Thursday and Farm Girl Friday blog hops. Check out what everyone else is doing there!


  1. Wow, I'm impressed!

    Thanks for linking up with Rural Thursday today!

  2. I love that you are learning to quilt and I am in love with your french poulet hen fabric. Wow. It is so pretty. I think you're doing a great job meeting your goals so far. Keep us posted on Farmgirl Friday. I am looking forward to seeing your pattern. Have a GREAT week.

  3. Lisa: I'm so glad I found the hop, as I love reading about what everyone else is doing. In fact, I'm reading about your critters right now. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello!

  4. Thanks so much, Heidi. That poulet fabric is just adorable, isn't it? I'm glad I lucked onto it. They were putting it back on the shelf right as I was leaving, so it was indeed luck!

    Thanks for hosting Farmgirl Friday each week. It's a great way to get to know other like-minded bloggers and find out what they're up to. Such beautiful blogs!

  5. I just have to say how much I LOVE your chicken fabric! Happy quilting.

  6. Wow how inspiring I would love to take a quilting class and your fabrics are just gorgeous! We get enough eggs for just us not really enough to sell but one day....one day...Thanks so much for linking up to "The Ole' Saturday Homesteading Trading Post"

  7. I love the chicken fabric. I've just started quilting (really piecing) within the last year, never sewing before. You did it right, I didn't take the class, just jumped right in and watched a lot of YouTube tutorials! The quilts can be expensive depending on material used and how large. My queen bedspread pattern $25, then fabric, backing will run you quite a bit if you are using coordinating fabric. I found out that one of my quilt shops rents out their long arm quilting machine if you schedule it during the day. They will even help but it's not much savings although it's you quilting it! The biggest problem I see if that you will start getting hooked on buying fabric, and patterns and templates, and all the wonderful tools. I never knew how much I liked this. Good luck to you. Can't wait to see your progress, post often.

  8. Beautiful fabric and I love the designs. Good luck with your new adventure! :)

  9. Thanks, Jill! Believe it or not, that was the first fabric that caught my eye when I was in Joann's. I LOVE it!

  10. Lil'Suburban Homestead: Glad to meet you! I'm scared about the quilting class because I am so rusty with the sewing machine, but I'm excited as well. I think quilts are a beautifully, functional way to be creative. I have several in my cedar chest that my grandmother made and gave to me before she died. I aspire to get to her level. If you can find a class, I'd encourage you to join. I am having so much fun!

    Have a great weekend.

  11. Thanks, Kathy! I thought I probably needed some structure and someone to answer my questions. I heard there are quilting shows on TV also, but haven't been able to find them.

    BTW, love your blogs! I am particularly fond of that picture of our dearest Senator McCaskill on your blog at http://catawissagazetteer.blogspot.com/. Can't stand that woman.

    I had to look up Robertsville, as I've never been there. So glad to meet another Missouri blogger.

  12. Thanks for stopping by again, Nancy! Good luck may be needed when I get to the part where I actually have to sew. :-)


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