Wednesday, 6 March 2013

My first quilt

There's a special wee baby coming in a couple of months and it's got me thinking about baby quilts.  I have never quilted in my life, and with no clue at all about what I was doing, I joined some material together and then added binding.  That's quilting (albeit very basically), isn't it?  Maybe one day I will get brave and try Real Quilting.


Anywhooo, inspired by a quilt I saw on Flickr, I made my own one using the same Aneela Hoey Little Apples fabric.  The colours and cute prints remind me of autumn.  There are falling leaves, some warmly-dressed children playing games outdoors and cute animals including turtles and snails - what could be more fitting to symbolise the slowing down of the season than those creatures?


I used a thick bamboo wadding, it's so soft and luxurious and was very easy to sew with.

The binding is not a conventional size, but I like it a bit chunkier.  So there.  I hand-sewed the back of it (you can save the applause, although I did feel quite Quilterly doing that).  It took me hours to do this, but having completed it, I feel a sense of quiet quilter satisfaction.

Time taken: 3 days
Degree of difficulty: The most challenging part was making my own bias binding and mitering the corners neatly - I might need to practice those a bit more
Result: I hope my sister likes it, my blanket stash is getting ridiculous!

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  1. Beautiful. You've done a great job of it.

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    1. Thank you, you're not mean and horrible like your profile name suggests. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    2. It's so beautiful, I wish I could do it...your sister is gonna love it :)

      Lluisa x

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    3. Truly Lluisa, you can do this, you CAN!

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    4. I will try some of these days :)
      Thanks!

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    5. Great, be sure to come back and let me know how it went.

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  2. Suz is going to love it! Well done you, great taste in fabric and I love this kind of quilt so much more than the fussy ones. Mum made Ellie a very similar pattern but with rainbow coloured fabrics for her cot. You need more babies to make quilts for!

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    1. I really enjoyed making this, I love the process of laying out the fabric and seeing what looks best next to each other. Are you offering to have more babies to satisfy my new blanket-making addiction?

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  3. It looks fab! Well done you :)

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    1. Thanks Leonie, there are some pretty cool creations out there that I have discovered through your Show and Tell, thanks for hosting it.

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  4. Thanks for popping over to my blog
    This is such a lovely quilt
    Go you !! !!

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    1. Thanks Cat, I really like your blog. I'll be back to check it out properly soon.

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  5. Its beautiful! I love the whole compilation of it...the colours look gorgeous together....one lucky sis!

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    1. Thanks! I really do hope she likes it too.

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