Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Today is an exciting day here at house of Jackson, why you may ask, well it’s day 1 of House of Jackson 12 days of inspiration!
Today I’m sharing some of my first quilts starting with my very first quilt attempt!
I made this quilt in 2013 after one of my neighbours found out I had started sewing & gave me some fabric to play around with to inspire my creativity, once receiving the generous gift, I had the strongest urge to make a quilt without any planing I got stitching.
when making this quilt I didn’t know about 1/4” seams, accurate cutting, matching points along with not knowing what batting was! Funny story I honestly thought the fluffy stuff in the middle was toy fill , until I latter learnt differently!
When Making this quilt I didn’t know how to assemble a quilt correctly, instead I simply placed the front and back together, stitched around leaving an opening, then turning it through, filled it with toy stuffing then stitched amount the edges!
Since making this quilt I have learnt a lot, most importantly the fundamentals of patchwork & quilting that have helped myself achieve better results in my own work, next I would like to show you my second attempt at a quilt.
Here is my second quilt I made this was made in mid 2015 , when I made this I repeated some of the same mistakes i made with my fist one however the main improvements was I knew what batting was and had a slightly better understanding of how to assemble a quilt.
When making this quilt I cut a piece of the front fabric along with a pice of the backing fabric, for this quilt I chose to use a piece of Pre- quilted calico.
Once I cut the front & back I proceeded to place them right sides together & stitch around the edge leaving an opening, turning it through, then proceeded to stitch around the edge then add some quilting lines.
I was quiet proud of the finished result, increasing my curiosity to further explore patchwork and quilting, thus brings me to my next quilt I wish to show you that I made after attending a class in Walcha. the first picture is the fist one I made and the others are the second version as I unfortunately no longer have the original one
I made the first quilt & the second one shortly after both in late March 2015 after attending the class at Walcha handmade where I learnt how to make a half square triangle quilt along with the basics of correctly finish the quilt. With my block I decided to create a chevron pattern with 2 solid colours of fabric to bring it to life.
For the quilting I decided to do some straight-line quilting using a walking foot stitching approximately half an inch either side of the seams to add a nice texture while bringing the quilt top to life
After making this quilt I made some more using the same technique while also exploring straight line Quilting
After making a few, selling some at the local markets I found myself want to explore more with patchwork and make “big quilt” as I had only ever mad cot size quilts This brings me to my next quilt.
It was in early 2017 After wanting to make a big quilt I started looking for patterns, stumbling across Emma Jean Jansen‘s book “by the bundle” then falling in love with the boxes and crosses quilt in her book, I eventually decided to create my very own this was sue an exciting challenge to myself, I got started by choosing some of my favourite Fabrics in the grey and orange colours, I started cutting them up and got stitching straight away this was also the biggest quilt I had quilted myself ( I have since made bigger quilts & quilted them myself too). For the quilting I decided to use a walking foot to quilt a grid, brining the quilt top to life.
Once finishing the quilt I decided to show some people who were quiet impressed with both the quilt and the fact it was quilted on a machine with only a 6” throat space, they all encouraged me to enter in the local show where it also won a prize! Next I would like to share another fist with my journey
This quilt is the last to show for day 1 of the House of Jackson 12 days of inspiration, this quilt is quiet special to me for many reasons, firstly this quilt is the first quilt I free motion quilted myself, secondly the quilt was made using a lot of my favourite out of print Tula pink fabrics that I had collected. I was also quiet blessed to have the opportunity to show Tula my quilt, get a photo together with my quilt and.......even have Tula sign my quilt
With this quilt I decided to make a bunch of scrappy blocks and see where it goes, these blocks eventually became a quilt top that I absolutely loved & wanted to try free motion quilt myself, after a little bit of practice on some scrap fabric I jumped in and gave it my all!
I absolutely love how it looks however most importantly the story this quilt tells! Since quilting this quilt I have found free motion quilting extremely enjoyable and now quilt almost every one of my quilts with free motion quilting!
This brings me the end for day 1 of my 12 days of inspiration I hope To have inspired your creativity by sharing some of my first with you!
If you have any questions or wish to share some photos & story’s from your first sewing projects, be sure to send me message on Facebook or instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org , I would love to hear from you!
I hope you enjoyed day 1 be sure to check in tomorrow for day 2 of 12 days of inspiration
STAY SAFE, STAY INSPIRED, STAY STITCHING
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