Wednesday, 25 September 2013

My First 'Proper' Quilt

I've made a few baby quilts before.  But I 'cheated' a bit when it came to the actual quilting bit.  I stacked my layers (inside-out) and sewed them together, leaving a little gap, then turned the whole thing the right way out and closed the gap.  Then I quilted it by tying knots at all the points where the patches met.  

When I found out that our best friends were expecting a baby, I decided to have a go at making a 'proper' quilt for their little one.

I finished it quite a while ago, but couldn't share it on here until the baby arrived and our friends opened their gift (just in case they got a sneaky peek).  Well, the baby's here at last - a beautiful baby girl (CONGRATULATIONS VICKI AND JON).  So now I can do my show-and tell.....








I'd asked my friend if she had a colour-scheme in mind, and she sent me a link to the Mamas and Papas website, and their 'Timbuktakes' range (which they'd already bought some bits and bobs from).  Have a look.....


Isn't it cute!?!  So, I tried to pick out colours that would match.  

Of course, as always, my bestest bit was choosing the colours and picking out the fabrics.  I also really enjoyed the process of cutting the fabric and piecing the quilt top together.  I find sewing patchwork squares together really relaxing!  

The pinning together of layers, errrr.....  not quite so much fun.  And I found the actual quilting of the layers quite tricky.  I really struggled to stop the backing fabric from puckering - and my little seam ripper came in handy a fair few times (any tips on this would be gratefully received)!  

The bit I was most nervous about, though, was hand-sewing on the binding.  But it was fine!  I actually liked that bit!  It was much easier than I thought it would be - and it didn't take as long as I'd anticipated either.

So, to sum up, I have to say, I was pretty pleased with my first ever 'proper' quilt.  And, most importantly, my friend loves it!  I REALLY enjoyed making it, and will definitely me making more 'proper' quilts in the future.....

Carly



14 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks so perfect. You have done such an amazing jobs. Great colour matching too. xo

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  2. Aww it's so lovely and it matches the nursery set so well.
    I struggle with the basting and quilting bit every time, I don't know what the answer is, apart from going slowly and being very careful. I did see a blog where the lady had masking taped the back really taut and then pined the top and wadding to make the sandwich, I tried it with a cushion top and it really helped...maybe this is common practice and I didn't know about it though !
    I love stitching binding too :-)
    Emma x

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  3. Carly, this is lovely - very neat and a perfect for a boy or girl. Congratulations to your friends on the birth of their little girl. I have a quilting foot for my machine that I've had for years, it moves the top layers at the same speed as the bottom layer thus keeping it all together. I think it's called a walking foot?? (oh, how I dislike pinning too!!). XX

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  4. Wow, your quilt is awesome! You picked perfect colors to go with the nursery! I just love those different colored solids and patterns surrounded by the white... so perfect! Your friends must just LOVE it!
    Kate :}

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  5. Amazing, Carly! It looks so professional and the colours match the Nursery fabrics beautifully.
    I bet your friend will treasure it forever.
    Sarah x

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  6. Oh Carly ..... what a magnificent quilt! its so beautiful and absolutely perfect. clever girl.
    I bet the new parents were over the moon.
    I was scared of binding but i adore that bit, in fact i think i may have got a bit addicted to making my own binding, i always, like you, thought it was difficult but its not.
    love jooles xxx

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  7. Such a beautiful quilt and such a treasured gift. Lucky baby xx

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  8. This is just beautiful! Your binding looks perfect too :) I bet your friends were delighted.

    I used to struggle with the puckering you mentioned, until I invested in a walking foot. Definitely worth it and makes quilting so much easier.

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  9. Your quilt is beautiful Carly and it will be treasured for sure (stitching down the binding is my favourite part too...after all the hard work is done!) I love the bright colours you've chosen...
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

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  10. This is gorgeous and the colour schemes mean it will be use dwell beyond baby days. I am just making my first quilt and have to admit that will be using the 505 spray to hold the layers together instead of pinning. The binding is the bit I am most worried about, particularly the corners.

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  11. Gorgeous as always Carly. I've never used it but Spray basting looks like its worth a try, I remember the last time I quilted it was an exercise in constantly stabbing myself with pins, anything that stops that has to be a good invention LOL. Found this tutorial on Craftsy http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/03/spray-basting-your-quilts/

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  12. Love the colours and design. Would like that for my baby!
    Check out my ideas at dear deliciouslife.blogspot.ie

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Carly

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