I received my quilt kit from Stitch Simple, so it’s time for part two of the review!
First, a bit about the unboxing. The kit came in a simple cardboard box, but as soon as I opened it, it was a kind of like opening a present. All of the quilt pieces are individually labeled and shrink-wrapped, laying in a little bed of crinkled-paper packaging.Â Oooooh!
The kit consisted of all of the pre-cut quilt components (which were individually labeled and shrink-wrapped), the instruction book, a practice template, and the “master map” of my design. I realized that it was actually a screen-shot of the quilt I’d designed online.Â Very handy.
You are given extra “practice” pieces and are instructed to sew them together according to a pattern. You are then asked to check it against the practice template. If your finished practice block is the same size as the template, you are ready to go! If it’s slightly bigger or smaller, you’re advised on correcting the size of your 1/4 inch seams. This is a simple, yet crucial step for new sewers– accuracy is key for a good outcome. I’m impressed that they thought of this step, and give it a big thumbs-up.
After you open your pattern pieces and lay them out according to which is “A”, “B”, and “C”, you are basically ready to sew. The step-by-step instructions are REALLY easy to follow. There is even a diagram on EACH PAGE to keep you on the right track. It’s only later- when you are joining blocks into larger and larger strip-setsÂ that it can get a littleÂ confusing. (I ended up labeling my sets with Post-it notes to keep myself straight.) However, the instructions are clear, and you tend to be an organized sewer, you’ll have no problem.
I’m about three-fourths of the way through the quilt top, and have had to take a hiatus from sewing while we move. When I get it done, though, I’ll make sure to post some pictures.
I recently re-visited the Stitch Simple site, and was pleased to learn that they are now offering two different kits at a time. Their fabric selection continues to be impressive, and I am glad that there is more than one choice of kit at a time.
To read my “Part One” of this series (navigating the website and designing the quilt) click HERE.
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