Well, first of all I wanted to share some exciting news with you..... I’ve had my 1000th visit! I know that’s a tiddly small amount really. But, for me, it’s loads!!! So, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for stopping by to see me from time to time. I love having visitors! And receiving comments from you REALLY makes my day!
I’ve been waiting to share this with you for AGES..... it’s my first ever quilt! I made it for my lovely friend Jana, who’s going to be having a little baby boy very soon. She worked at school with me before going on maternity leave. Some months ago, other work friends suggested that I should make something that we could all give to Jana at a baby shower. So, I did!!!
I decided to make a cot quilt from some super-cute robot and cog fabric I bought from the amazing Fabric Rehab (who ship overseas for a very reasonable fee). I made the quilt really thick, so that it could also/alternatively be used as a play mat. Here it is:
I LOVED the process of choosing fabrics, cutting out the squares, arranging them (and rearranging them and rearranging them again) in a way that I thought looked nice, and sewing the squares together! Sewing the squares together was really relaxing and lots of fun!!!
THEN came the layering bit and the fixing-it-all-together bit. I did my own thing when it came to the actual ‘quilting’ and ‘binding’ bits. I stacked my three layers, sewed them together all the way round (apart from a small gap at the bottom). Then I turned everything the right way out and sewed up the little gap. To do the ‘quilting’ (and stop the batting from bunching up inside the quilt), I sewed through each corner where 4 squares met with several strands of red cotton, tying knots at the back and leaving the strands dangling. I liked how this gave added interest to the otherwise plain underside of the quilt. I know I cheated a bit here, though. And I WILL have a go at ‘proper’ quilting sometime soon!
I’d love to hear your (honest) comments on my quilt. AND I’d love to hear from you if you can offer me any tips for future quilting projects. I recently bought two charm packs from Fabric Rehab – ‘Just Wing It’ and ‘Sherbet Pips’, and I’m just wondering what to make with them..... Another quilt, maybe? Or some cushions? I’d hugely appreciate suggestions on what I could make with my charm packs, or links to cool (but simple) quilting projects.....
I’m off to have a little drink, to celebrate my 1000th visitor! Prost!!!