Recently, I was given the opportunity to become a pattern tester for Jen over at Faith and Fabric. If you haven't visited Jen's blog, I encourage you to do so. She blogs about her Catholic faith, quilting, and crafts of course! A lot of her crafting follows the liturgical year, so I know you'll find some wonderful themed ideas to do.
For my first pattern, I received the Halloween Scrap Table Runner pattern.
It's a wonderful pattern for beginners. I have been sewing for 25+ years, but I have never quilted anything before. It just seemed too daunting. Maybe it was all the exact measurements & angles. I never liked geometry.
I know, I know......it sounds crazy. I can sew historical gowns, wedding gowns, and First Holy Communion gowns, but sewing a quilt intimidated me!
This was my chance to step out of my comfort zone. After receiving the pattern, I checked my stash of fabric. I had 2 scraps that would work.....an orange and a ghost pattern. While searching, I did find a ton of Autumn inspired scraps. I may make a table runner with the same pattern but with fall fabric.
So off to the fabric store we went. Therese and I picked out the fabrics together.
I cut out my strips and began setting the patterns of the blocks. Cutting out the strips seemed to take the longest. I'm sure it was just because I was anxious to get started sewing! Sewing the blocks was very easy. A newbie at sewing could do it. I promise. After making the blocks, you trimmed them to fit together in the quilt. This is where it got tricky. You have to be very accurate. I was missing my rolling cutter, so I had to use old fashioned scissors. I do think the rolling cutter would make it a lot easier.
My finished project isn't perfect. I already have more cut out to make another one. Hopefully it will be better than the first. If you look closely, you will see that my black pieces do not line up. I was going to fix it, but then it kind of grew on me. It looked kind of wacky, like Halloween!
I'm proud of it and myself. I overcame a fear of quilting! I can't wait for the next project!
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