You start with a pile of fabric and you envision that beautiful quilt laying on your bed or sofa, all glorious, handmade and original. You have an idea of what you want to create and you start picking your colors. Picking the colors is the best part for me. I think I have an eye for what goes together and I never pick a pattern or color that I’m not 100 % liking.
I usually end up with a pile of pink, like this one:
I am not sure if I am a quilter, I’m too impatient. Making a quilt is a lot of work and it takes time to finish it. I know this fact but I forget it every time I start a new project. The brown quilt I started to make January 2007 is still not finished. I can’t decide on a fabric for the backside…
I like to spread fabrics around, match them together, play with them. I don’t like to cut a lot of fabric and I’m not good at doing all the steps to finish my sewing projects. Though I’m great at Starting Things Up, as I said. I should be a project manager really.
I tend to let my mom do the cutting, even though I know how to do it myself now. It’s just so much faster when she does it, and then I can start to sew instead! Sewing patches together is fun fun fun!
To my mom is the Patchwork Quilt Queen. Isn’t that a great mom to have? She provides inspiration, fabric, helpful tips if I nudge a bit – and she is the best company when we create together! Though sometimes we fight over the chair in front of the sewing machine, but don’t tell anyone.
This is a page from a children’s book I thrifted once:
This time we are making similar quilts and starting at the same time! Mine will be all pink, hers will be all blue! I’ll show you both when we finish! I don’t have any clothes of fabrics in blue (except my jeans), so when I see blue I think of my mother even though in later years she’s not as into it as she used to be. Now she likes pink and roses too – I have noooo idea where she got the inspiration from!
I thought I’d share some things about my quilt (and links) with you today. Read on if you’re interested in learning more about making a quilt of your own. I’m not an expert but I’ve learned a thing or two. I’ll post more about quilting soon and show you how to “finish” a quilt too, I promise I know how to do it. I only need to get there…
The inspiration for my quilt comes from artist Mimi Kirchner that posted a quilt she made 30 years ago! I printed that and when I showed it to my mom she wanted to make one too, so now we’re making our own version of Mimi’s old quilt. I hope mine will still be around in 30 years!
It’s a simple quilt with no precise matching, no pattern and not a lot of measuring. My kind of quilt!
My material for this quilt:
The stripes are 25 cm (10″) long and different widths. I have a lot of these left after sewing the whole thing together, but I’ve already started making pillows so I’m determined to go thorough the pile and use every single bit before spring surrenders for summer!
My favorite part is sewing the fabrics together. I want to do it all at once because I love when the pieces come together and the fabric grows under my fingers. It makes me high, hehe. Yes, it’s true.
This is a great way to save on thread:
Don’t cut of the thread each time you’ve sewn to stripes together. Keep feeding the sewing machine with more stripes and then cut them apart when you’ve put a couple of these together. Then you can add them together again until they stretch over your whole quilt, the size is up to you!
Quilting fun links
Quilts I like:
Heart String Quilt (with pattern) – oh, how cool it is. I want one!
Pinwheels & Posies – a baby quilt pattern
Free Spirit Quilts (patterns)
Cat Quilt List – yay for cats!
Purrfect Pals – isn’t that so cute?
Listening is fun too:
Added Gunnels’s blog to my massive link list this week. She does both art quilts and “ordinary quilts” for everyday use. Lots of inspiration from another Swedish chica (who writes both in Swedish and English)!