I felt inspired the other day to just go mad with fabric and see what happened. I vaguely had the idea of making a mini quilt as a present, and picked out some fabrics which looked nice together.
When I had cut them out, I noticed that there were some bits where the fabric was slightly too short, so I patched in some stripes to get the right width. Now, I am not very good with straight lines and tidiness, so the end result is “deliberately” shabby chic. I also seem to have swapped the order of the squares around too!
Once I had done the one side, I was thinking how best to do the back with my random selection of not-quite-big-enough bits of fabric. So I decided to do another scrappy patchwork quilt.
This one has a few more stripes in it, as the pieces of fabric got smaller! As for how to quilt it, I’ve been hand quilting circles. When it is all finished, I will post more pictures, but I’ve put one on my twitter page already (which got retweeted by @LoveSewingMag)!
I’m quite excited to see how it all turns out.
I’ve just come across this amazing artist, who currently has an exhibition in Sydney (sadly, it is very unlikely I will be going to Sydney any time soon!). Adrienne Doig has made a whole series of pictures from unfinished quilts from the inter-war years, and has appliquéd images onto them. I can imagine people in the future using my unfinished projects. The “Feminist Cliché” is my favourite.
“Feminist Cliché” – Copyright Adrienne Doig 2013 (courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney)
She has also created a series of these wonderful tapestry images of Aussie fauna – very cute. They remind me of the Renaissance tapestries in the V&A.
Macropus Parryi – Copyright Adrienne Doig 2013 (courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney)
This is her website – definitely worth a look! If you are in Sydney (lucky you!) her exhibition is at the Martin Browne Contemporary.
This is going to be a bit of a half post, as I can’t post the final item as a) I haven’t finished it yet and b) in case it is SEEN by the people who it is for. This quilt is a present so I don’t want to give too much away!
Anyway, this quilt was a bit of a last minute idea, but I’m well on course to finish on time. The original inspiration came from these two ideas which I came across on Pinterest. The first idea was this absolutely brilliant one for a bursting heart pillow.
The tutorial is really, really good, and the applique technique works really well, but I would use metal head pins as some of my plastic head ones melted! The second idea was this Urban Outfitters quilt. I really liked the big squares and the mix of retro and modern fabrics.
So with these ideas in mind, I started on my quilt. Here is my fabric selection for the heart.
Fabric-wise, I’m using my lovely vintage sheet and a selection of spotty fabrics. When I went to get wadding and backing fabric, I actually decided to get this thick blanket-y material instead. It is a bit of a nightmare to sew and has molted a bit, but it looks and feels nice.
That’s about as much as I can post for the minute, but the final item will be up soon….
Last year, I attempted my first quilt. It is by no means perfect, but I think I can *just* about get away with it, because the prints used are quite big.
When I had my sewing machine for Christmas a few years ago, my sister gave me a bag of scraps from IKEA. I have begged and pleaded since and they haven’t obliged again, so I don’t know what she said to them! 😦 Anyway, I used the largest of those scraps and got some more from various end bins. The backing house print fabric was from IKEA, and I still have loads left over. Another project I have used this print for is appliqué house cushions for a wedding present.
The bird fabric I had anyway in my stash to decorate our spare room.
There are loads of things I would do differently, like cut my squares out properly(!) but for my first attempt, I don’t think it is too bad – it brightens up our spare room anyway.