Planning My First Quilt…

I’ve been interested in quilting for a long time now, but didn’t take any action towards actually making one while a few weeks ago. I’ve been watching YouTube videos about quilting—mostly from the Missouri Quilt Company, who features some excellent tutorials. These got me inspired and I started looking everywhere on the internet for more inspirations. I collected a few photos from quilts I likes and narrowed them down to three quilts I want to make:

City Scapes” by Cherry House Quilts was my favorite… but I think I will not attempt this until maybe my second or third try.

Tokyo Subway Map Quilt” by Elizabeth Hartman is another that I like, and she offers a step by step quilt-alone that you can follow. I think I’l also make this as my second or third quilt.

Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt” was one that I thought would be a good one to start with. It’s pretty simple, but not just a simple grid. Missouri Quilt Company offers a tutorial on YouTube. There is also a tutorial on Allison Harris’ blog Cluck Cluck Sew. I found a photo of one made by Ann-Marie on Flickr, who uses a similar color palette that I want to use… but I wanted something a little different and thought that maybe I can separate the quarters apart and divide them with white borders, similar to this lap quilt by Lynds0517 on Flickr.

I started buying various fabrics, mostly quarters. Many greens, blues and purples. I also bought various quilting supplies like a rotary cutter, various sizes of rulers and luckily I still had a self healing cutting mat from my old work that I rediscovered.

I also bought quarters of reds, oranges, grays and yellow in preparation to make the Tokyo Subway Map Quilt. Luckily Hancock Fabrics had a 50% OFF sale for the New Year, so I snagged several quarter yards and saved a bundle!!! I think I went there a total of three times to look for different colors.

So a few days ago I started cutting the greens, blues, grays and purples for the Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt. I got a total of 24 colors—three 5″ x 5″ squares cut out for each. I didn’t know how much I needed so I drafted a sketch:

My First Quilt (Sketch/Planning)

I calculated that I needed a total of 162 5″ x 5″ squares to make the 88″ x 90″ quilt that I want to make. I hope I did the calculations and sizes correctly.

  • Hi, I’m Cherri House, City Scapes is my quilt pattern; I’m glad you like it! Have you seen my book City Quilts? It has many quilts patterns that are perfect for new quilters.

    Good luck & welcome to the quilting family!

  • They all look amazing… I’m so impressed. Quilting takes SO much more precision that I have the patience for. Looking forward to seeing the results!

  • Good luck with your first quilt. Your sketch looks wonderful.

  • Hi Cherri, Thank you for the welcome. I just purchased your book City Quilts and I love the quilts in it. Hopefully, I’ll pick up enough experience to create one of your quilts after I finish this one :)

    Thank you Jennifer. I’ll be sure to keep you posted via my blog with my work :)

    Thank you Marianne. I love your quilts too and have favorited several of your photos on Flickr for inspiration!

  • I love the irregularity you’ve introduced with the sashing. It’s bold and interesting.

    My one piece of advice is don’t be timid about the quilting. Think of it as another design layer and not something to be hidden in the seams, even if you do straight lines. Looking back at the first quilts I did a couple years ago, I love the pieces with bold quilting mistakes, and am disappointed by the stitch-in-the-ditch yawners.

    Looking forward to regular updates. Cheers!

  • Thanks Dan for the compliment and for the advice. I’m so new to quilting that I had to look up what “sashing” is. I initially was going to make it uniform, but I decided that I wanted something a little different. As far as the actual quilting, I haven’t thought that far ahead, but I don’t think I was going to “stitch-in-the-ditch”. Hopefully, I’ll have more updates soon… :)