I am learning to sew. Slowly.
I also thought that there is a chance I could make some quilts or crafted items for Christmas presents in 2014. Yes, I know I am planning way ahead, but when you’re crafting you can’t really wait until the last-minute. I purchased 3 jelly roll quilting bundles at Joann’s after Christmas when they were on clearance for 50% off. WOOOHOO. I figure a $6.00 investment wasn’t too bad for a learning tool. The packs had 20 strips in them and it made a lap sized quilt. This was a nature and neutral inspired pattern, and I am not fond overly fond of the treebark pattern as I feel it looks more like camo. After this experience I have also decided that when I make the next one I will split the colors up more instead of pulling the colors directly off of the roll as per the instructions from the other tutorials I have read.
Every website where I researched these quilts made them out to be the most simple quilt on the planet. I’m sure they are to someone who sews regularly. Although it wasn’t “difficult” there were some issues that I wasn’t warned about on any other website. It’s also very difficult to find a good description on how to do vertical patterns. I figured it out, but I would have had a lot more confidence with a better description. When I do a full tutorial (probably while I am on vacation), I’ll address those issues. All in all, I found I liked the process and am inspired to try again and to try more difficult quilts.
My friend, Tammy, and I also discovered my sewing machine is not likely marked in the correct places for seam allowances. That would explain some sewing snafus I have had along the way.