I finished the top of this quilt that I had up as a tutorial recently.
Usually I machine quilt the pieces together using free-motion stitching in big strips. Then I sew the back sections together by hand. (BTW I realise this pretty much makes no sense if you’re not a quilty type)
This is my first hand-quilted quilt. I quilted all the layers together by hand using embroidery thread.
Then I bound it.
One of the things that makes me most happy about this quilt is I made it ENTIRELY from stuff I already have. The back is calico I got from a throw-out of Deb’s fabric stash (via Kyleigh – thanks ladies!)
The top is a mix of vintage sheets I tend to purchase, fabric of my Nana’s, my Grandmothers and some other inherited bits. I’ve also used some fabric left over from other projects.
The batting inside the quilt is all offcuts from other projects. I finished off a couple of reels of thread during the stitching as well.
All serves to make me feel very good about making roads into the stash. Although I have realised I have to push through my ‘saving’ attitude to finish things up. I chatted with my sister one day and she was saying how happy she feels when she finishes something – like a stationery set, paints, etc. I am the opposite – which is why I always lose scrabble and have 3 blanks on my board at the end of the game!
Hence my challenge to myself to stop ‘saving things for later/best/when I really need them’ and get on with enjoying them and not accumulating too much.
I like the colours in this quilt.
I have what I call sewing fingers now though. My thumb and index finger feel sort of bruised from all the pushing the needle in and out.
What have you been making? Dee will have made something cool at her place – no doubt!