So, here's my Space Ranger quilt - slightly wonky but made with love. If nothing else, I'm just really happy that all the corners for my squares matched up. I was told that, when this gift was opened, our nephew was happy to sit on it and informed his mom that his gift was better than hers. Now if that's not a 2-year old seal of approval, not sure what is!
Things I learned during the making of this quilt (for all the novice quilters like me):- Do get a rotary cutter and learn to use it accurately.
- Be careful with choice of fabric. My biggest mistake was picking fabric that was a little slippery to work with (for the striped blocks) and it would have been neater had a picked a more sturdy fabric.
- Get happy with the iron!
- When sewing blocks/strips together, if the seams have been properly pressed to the appropriate side, they "lock" together in the right spot, which really helps with matching corners.
- Don't try to sew strips together late at night when you're tired. You may find that you pin and sew the strips upside down and have to pick apart the entire seam immediately after.
- There is no such thing as too many pins.
- Making a quilt sandwich requires a lot of space and is a total pain in the derrière (when you only kind of know what you're doing that is).
- Carefully read/write down instructions on how to machine bind a quilt. Don't do what I did and think you remember what you're supposed to do because it will invariably lead to frustration and sweating.
- Be happy with the end result even if it's not perfect - after all, it can only get better right?