My first completed quilt of 2015! This project was a challenge of my own creation. I am currently on a fabric diet, I have a big fat roll of wadding and a studio full of bits of fabric and I tasked myself to complete this without buying anything. I succeeded, but what it saved me in money it cost me in time as I spent so long first thinking of an idea and then rumaging around for fabric for it, finding I hadn’t got enough and then repeating the process until I remembered this quilt I made 5 years ago for a baby when we lived in Cyprus and decided to repeat it.
At the centre of the design is a strip of improv scraps which are sewn together and roughly twice as much plain fabric on the right as is on the left. I didn’t measure anything with this or set out with a particular plan, I just worked with the dimensions of fabric I had (the biggest constraint being the one piece of backing fabric I had from Ikea)
I wasted more time trying to make a decision on how to add the name. Somewhere lost in my computer is the Diane Bohn piecing pattern I used for Theo’s quilt. Could I find it? Could I heck! This was supposed to be a no spend project, but finally after deciding I really didn’t want to applique the letters, I caved in and bought My First Alphabet. Honestly yes, I could have drawn up my own, but with a birthday looming I needed a quick answer and it is a great pattern!
As far as quilting. I did vertical lines about 5 inches apart and then a few additional horizontal lines through the improv section. It’s not the tightest quilted quilt I have made, if I’d had a little longer I think it would have been improved by running those vertical lines a bit closer together, but that’s just me being picky.
So finally I have a question… Digging deep into my analytics I have discovered that my quilt posts are far more popular than I had imagined and a few friends who have been encouraged to start quilting have expressed an interest in quilt tutorials. If you are reading this post and that would interest you, please leave me a comment to let me know. Would a tutorial on improv piecing for instance be of use? Would you like photos, video or a bit of both? Please let me know…
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