Well, finally, I am pleased to
It is however more of a Ta Dah ish..... This has been a tricky project for me. The quilt is very lumpy and bumpy and has wibbly edges, the corners are a compromise and don't match and well, the real quilters amongst you will take one look and be having the hysterics I predicted just a moment ago.
This project started reasonably well and with the very best of intentions. There was though a real lack of direction and a total lack of skill and knowledge which is entirely my fault and cannot be blamed on the poor quilt.
The quilt top is made of several of Hubby's shirts and a pack of fat quarters pressed into service to make extra squares and take away a little of the "shirtynes". Cutting the squares went relatively well, however, the mismatched size of quilt ruler - very long - and cutting mat - too small - made it a trickier job than it should have been. The sewing together went rather better and soon I had reams of squares stitched into rows which I then joined together. I tried to get the seams to go the right way, but failed in some instances, but overall it wasn't too bad for my very first ever attempt I thought.
This collage shows the quilt top in the making process and once it was sewn together into a top.
The idea was, when I started making this last summer!, that this would be the inspiration for the new colour scheme for our bedroom. Well, a year later and the quilt is finally done and the bedroom is finally being decorated on a blue theme! Finally!!!
The trouble came with the quilting part. What to do. There was no way that I could get it through my sewing machine, it would never fit. So it had to be hand sewing. In hindsight, I should have done something like a running stitch in the ditch, but hey ho, you know what hindsight is.
I decided to go for a tied quilt. I liked the look and thought it would be forgiving and easy and quick to do. Not so. I only have a very small space to work in which meant laying the backing on the floor and crawling over it to try and straighten it out then the same with the wadding and then the top. Trying to pin the layers together, on the floor, whilst crawling on the thing you are trying to pin is not easy. I do not recommend it.
After much crawling, pinning, unpinning, stabbing myself, more unpinning and repining and probably some swearing - although it was so long ago I cannot remember! - I finally had it together in some semblance of order.
Next was the actual quilting - or tying in this case. Well it has taken me ages. I decided to tie each corner of each piece which meant a lot of little bits to sew through and tie up and I kept getting bored and distracted so it took far longer than it should have.
Eventually, I set my mind to it and got it all tied up. Next task. Sewing up the edge. Did I bind it, just tuck the layers inside and sew round,
So finally we reach the end product that is my
What have I learned from this. I am not a quilter and am not going to be one any time soon. To start to quilt buy a book or something to help you. Make something smaller than a quilt as your first project - a coaster perhaps...... I did think about sending the top off to be long arm quilted and I should have done that. The actual top isn't so bad, it was the quilting that was the problem.
My next steps in quilting. Well, I am not a quitter. So I have some fabric and some hexi templates which I am going to EPP - get me! - oh, that is English Paper Piecing by the way - and add to a bag as an embellishment. A much smaller endeavour and one that is less likely to be all wrinkly. I still haven't bought a book though......
I don't want you to think that I don't like this quilt, I do, it has just been hard work. However, I will use it and snuggle under it and lie on top of it. It can be draped on the floor taken outside and thrown in the washing machine and I will not mind because it cannot get any worse than it all ready is. So it is a very useable and useful item!
My advice. Get a real quilter to make something, or buy a book and take a class!!!
I am joining today with Judith at Mosaic Monday and Julie at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.