We laid out our fabrics to get a feel for how they would look together and where we wanted to start our projects. We were following a log cabin quilt structure which meant piecing together all the fabrics into "logs" and then attaching the log onto the square. We began by cutting our fabrics into 2.5 inch strips which allowed for a 1/4 inch seam allowance on each side. Then we cut the strips to the desired length, again with the seam allowance. Clearly, as you add logs to the quilt they get progressively longer.
I continued to add logs to my cabin until I ran out of fabric, which happened to be much bigger than any normal sized pillow.
|a few logs in|
|end of the fabric|
Now you get to quilt. Up until this point, you are just doing the patchwork. Quilting is the part where you sew over the whole thing and get it put together as one piece instead of layers. ***** NOTICE: Julie has the sides all rolled up so that she can move the quilt through the machine. First, you are going to "stitch in the ditch" - sewing all the seams again and trying to keep your thread hidden in the seams. I liked being able to see the thread - so I quilted right next to the seam. As long as you are consistent, it is fine!
Notice in that picture the outside edge of muslin. That is the binding. It is folded over three times on itself and then sewn onto the front of the quilt. The stitching only shows up on the backside. Then you fold the binding over itself and sew a blind seam from the back. This way there are no binding seams showing.
Also, I am not done learning what needs to be learned, so I have to find a quilting place near me to both take classes and research some machines for myself. Good thing for the internet! I have already found a place 5 minutes from my house! CAPITAL QUILTS! ***I am mostly inserting that link so that in 5 days I remember that I have found a place that I WILL FREQUENT on my quest to quilt.