Claire February 4th, 2010
Like many bloggers out there I have fallen in love with making quilts – I seem to be slightly obsessed with it at the minute, so obsessed in fact that I have several quilts planned out in my craft addled brain… amongst many, many other things…. But I never got round to showing you this one – it’s been on our bed (and grateful for it’s lovely warmth and weight we are too since the weather is still so cold) since last year.
It uses the “Snippets” range of fabrics supplemented with some 30′s reproduction fabrics I added to ensure I had enough for the quilt I wanted to make. I love the pretty florals and quirky dressing up dolls on this range: shame it’s so hard to get hold of now.
It’s not really planned out very much, I started out with a “turnover” pack and a load of fat quarters. I have a pattern of the blocks made from the triangles arranged with the squares, but I actually like the fact that the pattern isn’t easy to see. The pillowcase in the above picture I embroidered last year as part of my self imposed therapy time recovering from doing too many craft fairs…
I used a vintage wool blanket for the batting and a vintage candy stripe sheet for the backing.
I love this quilt – it’s far from perfect, but it’s my first proper quilt, and the sunny colours make me happy when I go to bed on an evening. Saying that I worked through a number of mistakes on this one, the main one being that the wool blanket was soooo heavy and having just a domestic machine (with a relatively average throat) was difficult to quilt well. Lovely idea, won’t be repeating that! I was reminded why I love my walking foot (which I bought years ago for making PVC clothes – don’t ask – long story!) although to be fair I remember this every time I use it!
The next quilt I made was for Vicky’s Christmas pressie, and I am halfway through the blocks for one made using “Happy Campers” fabric I bought at the knitting and stitching show last year. Add that to the long list of other quilts I would like to make, and it looks like I will be busy and warm for a while longer!
Whilst I am here, a quick question – do you think these pictures are any better than they normally are? David’s dad gave us his old camera when we were over visiting Northern Ireland at New Year and I have been enjoying playing with it. Can you see the difference? I keep reading the instruction manual on my bus into work in the morning! Hopefully with a nicer camera I will blog more often…….xoxo
- pinky and boo