STEP ONE: Gather your fabrics. I initially bought 13 different fabric quarters (pictured above). I ended up having to go back to the store for three more. So total, I have used 16 fabrics. Surprisingly, these are not that expensive. I got mine for about $1.25 a piece at JoAnn fabric.
STEP TWO: Wash all the fabric so that it shrinks before you start sewing. Iron as needed.
STEP 3: Cut 30 squares of 9 inches, 6 inches, and 3 inches. This takes forever. I probably watched about four episodes of "Friday Night Lights" before I completed this part of the quest. As I don't know how to quilt, and my knowledge in sewing is limited, I just made a pattern of the squares out of paper, traced them with a thin marker on the back of the fabric (nothing too strong so the ink didn't soak through), and cut the pattern out. I am sure there is a better way to to do this, but it worked for me.
STEP FOUR: Figure out the pattern of of your quilt by laying the squares out one-by-one and making sure no two fabrics are right next to each other. This is where I diverged a little bit from Amanda Jean. She sewed together the squares first...but I don't know that it makes THAT big of a difference. However, after you have decided on your pattern make sure you gather then up in a way so you know where they go back down. I took a digital photo just in case.
I am currently in the process of sewing together the fabric top (that I will discuss in Quilting Quest: Part 2). This is going to take me forever as I remembered how little patience I have for my sewing machine. I also have to research how to baste a quilt. Primarily because I don't actually know what that means, but also because how you baste your quilt is apparently a very controversial topic in the quilting world.
Anybody out there have any tips on basting a quilt? Should I sew or pin?
Anybody out there want to quilt along with me?