Hi, everyone! I’m Lindsay Fullington, the multimedia editor for American Patchwork & Quilting. When I heard that everyone in the office was doing Passion 48 this year, I have to admit, my stomach dropped a little. Although I consider myself a crafty person, I’ve never quilted. In fact, until a few months ago, I didn’t even know how to sew. (I can hear everyone’s gasps as you read this!) Lucky for me, I belong to a staff of amazing quilters and they have been extremely helpful with all my annoying questions about how to thread a machine or how to achieve the perfect seam allowance. You can follow my learning experience and see what easy projects I’m making in the office at our newly launched blog www.howtosew.com.
It took me a long time to find the perfect pattern for my Passion 48. I didn’t want anything too large or too complicated–I’m a beginner and wanted to make sure that whatever project I chose was at my skill level. I also wanted a quilt that explored many different techniques so I could gain experience in many aspects of quilting. I finally settled on Picture This, a fun wall hanging from Quilts and More Winter 2012 (available on newsstands until February 3 or as a digital version here.) Here’s the original quilt:
This quilt had everything I was looking for. It was small, basic, and matched my design personality. Plus, it would teach me how to use templates, as well as use both hand- and machine-stitching. I settled on fabric from Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket for Moda Fabrics. I love vintage-look and retro prints, especially when they have text on them. The petals of the flower in this quilt offer a way to show off all my favorite fabrics from this collection. Instead of a picture in the middle, I decided to use a black-and-white print to make the bright prints pop. Here are some pictures of the fabric and my first experience cutting with templates:
I’ve loved working on this quilt so far! I’m almost done cutting out the petal patterns and can’t wait to start sewing in the upcoming weeks.
Are you following along with our staff’s projects? See details about Passion 48 here and keep coming back every week to see everyone’s progress. If you’re interested in making this quilt along with me, the pattern will be available online in a few weeks.
Share any tips or thoughts with me in the comments section.