Lookit what I did!

Amazingly, I actually made a decision.  And not only that, I sewed the blocks together, so now I’m committed to that decision (well, I suppose if I was really determined to change my mind I could always break out the quick-unpick, but yeah, nah).

Not all the squares line up properly, and it doesn’t quite lie flat, but I’m pretty happy with it for a first attempt.  And if you squint your eyes enough you don’t see all the problems, just the pretty colours 😉
Now all I have to do is add some wadding and backing (actually, I might have to go and buy a piece of fabric to use for the backing first – I don’t think I’ve got anything big enough), then do the actual quilting bit (which I’m still not all that confident about), and then the really scary bit (because it involves hand sewing), binding the edges.  Good thing I’ve still got about a month to get it done…

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8 Comments

  1. We call the innards of quilts…. batting. Wadding… interesting.
    Good choice on the layout. 🙂
    It’s an incredibly cheerful thing too. So bright and varied.

    1. That may well be what it’s called here too – because I’m making half of this up as I go along, I don’t always have the right words for things. It’s entirely possible that I got the word wadding from some completely different context, and have just misapplied it to quilts…

  2. Oh, it’s beautiful. My grandmother, who was an exquisite quiltmaker, always intentionally made one mistake, a corner off square, a leaf at a different angle, on the turtle quilt she made me when I was a kid, one turtle’s foot was backwards, because only God is perfect. I’ve never had to intentionally make a mistake and always excuse mine my remembering what Grandma said.
    I really like the layout. I was trying to remember the name of it, but it escapes me. I’ll try to bring down my quilt pattern book from the attic to remind myslef.

    1. That’s really interesting – when I was in Iran, the carpet seller I was buying a Persian carpet from pointed out a tiny area where the pattern was subtly wrong. He said the women who weave the carpets always deliberately make a mistake somewhere, because they believe only Allah can create perfection. Amazing how the same idea can turn up in different cultures.

  3. Wadding and batting are both used to describe quilt innards. Personally I hate the stuff and use polar fleece instead. Its cheaper and not as fiddly but requires its own tricks. Still gives a great result though. Also consider buying a sheet for backing as this also works out a LOT cheaper generally and the extras can be made into binding. There are also a lot of tutorials out there for binding techniques, even I have given up doing it by hand now! Unfortunately I never saved the link to the tutorial of the way i do it now but this is an interesting if somewhat fiddly way of getting the narrow binding http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/quilting-made-easy/how-to-sew-quilt-binding/?extid=fbnz
    Good luck, looking good so far and yes, I too was taught hand made quilts should never be perfect, though I was told not to make it imperfect on purpose, that it just happens of its own accord and so far that has always been true!

    1. Oh, how obvious to use a sheet for the backing – just wish I’d read this before I went and bought fabric (though I did find a really lovely soft winceyette for it – it’s not quite wide enough so I’ll have to patch it together a bit, but it’ll hopefully make the quilt super-cuddly).
      Thanks for the link about the binding – I think I can make sense of what she’s doing there, so I might give it a try if I’m feeling brave 🙂

  4. Well done FC. Love it! The colours are bright and fun, and I’m sure the babies mum will more than thrilled.

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