There are a limited number of quilts than one can really use. No really, there is a limit! In the interests of not overloading myself with soft furnishings I decided I should probably start making quilts for other people sooner rather than later. I asked around to see who amongst my family might be interested in receiving a quilt. My mother is definitely out, she has a very minimalist style and will almost certainly never want anything patchwork. My sister luckily was keen.
I didn’t plan quite far enough ahead for Christmas. I would have had loads of time to make a complicated quilt if it wasn’t for the fact that I was leaving for the Copenhagen protests two weeks before Christmas. Nine patch time!
Her bedroom at uni is all in black and white so I thought I should make something that fitted into the monochrome theme. Two packs of charm patches and one white sheet later, we have a quilt.
My family were impressed and she seems to like it which is the important thing.
Please note the newspaper chains at the top of the image, made at the request of my mother.
The first quilt I ever made was a handquilted star lap quilt for my grandmother’s Christmas present. It was a year when I managed to make handmade presents for everyone:chutney for my uncle, a cushion for my sister, matching wristwarmers for my parents, a scarf for my cariad etc. I was almost organised enough to have everything made in time, but not quite. I ended up finishing off sewing my sister’s present on the coach and doing frantic stitch-in-the-ditch quilting on Christmas Eve.
One thing I learned however, is that sewing is a surprisingly good activity for doing on the coach. I read so fast that I can never carry enough books, travel games are silly and looking at the scenery only works in daylight. This weekend I’m travelling to Belgium by coach which will take a good 15 hours each way so I’ll need something to keep myself entertained.
I’m looking for a quilting project that will be nice to do by hand. I plan to choose and cut the fabric before I leave, and just do stitching on my journey. I don’t want it too fiddly as that way I’m in danger of losing crucial scraps of fabric on the coach. On the other hand, I don’t want long boring stretches of plain stitching. I’ll let you know what I choose, suggestions very welcome.
I’ve got to the actual quilting stage of my quilt along (the same one that Sophia is doing), which is rather daunting. I’ve got a new free motion quilting food, which was rather expensive but is very fun. I’ve started a random pattern down the sashing, and it seems to look quite good. Hopefully there will be some photos up as soon as we get a cable for the camera, but for now here is a photo of my first ever piece of patchwork.
Sophs' first ever patchwork
I’m in the middle of a quilt-along and I’ve reached the stage where my blocks are all pieced and just need sashing so of course I’m ignoring the neat little pile of fabric and planning my next quilt.
My computer at work is really rubbish and takes about half an hour to load in the mornings so I’ve taken to having a pile of old Guardian sudokos in a pile by my computer, reading for that wasted time.
example sudoko puzzle
I got to thinking (partly inspired by the comments on this post: ) that I’d like to have a go at developing a sudoko quilt. Basically a sort of nine patch in a nine patch with nine colours and no repeat colours in a block. I’m thinking possibly all the colours of the rainbow plus black and white, with a neutral sashing. The basic plan would be 1 = red, 2 = orange etc etc. Some sudoko setters leave a pattern in the numbers they give as hints and those squares could be picked out in patterns/plains as appropriate for a little extra interest. What do you reckon?