When I started quilting a little under two years ago, my first quilt took 12 months to complete. During that time there were diversions for quilts which took weeks or months to finish but I always dragged my heels and expected some Elves & Shoemaker type miracle to occur with my fabrics overnight!
I’ve gradually learned that with quilts, great results come from hard graft and perfectionism (how I used to hate unpicking stitches!) But it’s still been a big leap to get to the stage, as I did last weekend, where I wake up on a Saturday morning and decide to make a quilt in a weekend, with no idea of design or fabric.
This quilt was made for a friend’s baby, and as she won’t be expecting it, I can’t show it in full as it actually has some applique on it which will give the game away.
It is a coin quilt, I didn’t have any charm packs, so I cut all the fabric coins from remnants in my stash and made the strips between from curtain lining. The backing is some gorgeous fabric from Moda. I wrestle with myself every time I use some, but fabric cannot be kept folded up and locked away forever! Oh and I have new labels too… check me out!
You may of course be wondering what happend to my value quilt that I started at the beginning of the month? Well I have finished the top and I was waiting patiently for my free motion foot to arrive from Pfaff, but then I was pointed in the direction of an expat called Angela with a long-arm quilting machine…. and tomorrow I shall be having my first lesson on it…. there will be photos!