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.
So, I’m just back from my holiday (I took part in this year’s Camp for Climate Action in London) and am in that end-of-the-holidays-back-to-school-new-start kinda mood. I spent yesterday cleaning and tidying and baking but I’m still in a really domestic mood so it looks like today’s activities will include sewing. There are quite a few projects that I’m working on at the moment and I think it would be helpful for me to list them in an effort to force myself to complete some old projects before starting new ones.
Black and White Mod Sampler
Both Sophs and I are making a version of Oh Fransson’s Mod Sampler. Sophs is pastel colours with white sashing whereas mine is black and white with grey sashing. My first attempt at machine quilting was a bit of a distaster (luckily the recipient really likes things to look ‘handmade’, aka a bit shonky) so I’m a bit worried about ruining this quilt. The flimsies look great but I’ve been putting off sandwiching and quilting. Stippling is off the cards so I’m currently choosing between a grid pattern and ‘random’ all-over curved lines. I really need to buy some batting and just get on with it.
Metallic String Quilt
Ashley over at Film in the Fridge has been making a lot of versions of her Kaleidoscope string quilt and I can really understand why. I’m a fair way through my take on it using a jelly roll with gold metallics on various colours and patterns, with a dark beigey, creamy colour as the constant thread running through. In all of hers the pattern runs right to the edge but I think I’m going to have to give mine a border in order to get it to thr right size for my bed. I have 2 blocks left to do, then sewing the clocks together, adding the border and piecing the back before I even think about quilting it.
Christmas Block Swap
Yay, our first ever block swap. Sophs and I are really excited about it (Hellie didn’t have a chance to get her blocks done before she left on holiday. I can’t wait to see what we get sent. I’m planning on making some more blocks myself as we only signed up for a six block swap. Here’s what some people’s blocks are looking like. I’m trying to decide what to make with our bloacks when we get them.
Other craft projects
Rag rug place mats
I’ve posted about these before. They’re intended as a Christmas present so I’ve got a while yet to finish them. So far I’ve done two blue and one black, or maybe the other way around. Either way I need to make one more.
These just need binding so it’s a little ridiculous that I haven’t finished them yet.
Beach Houses patchwork picture
I took these to Belgium and to London but I’m still only halfway through. The project was created for the express purpose of entertaining myself on long journeys but I think I’m gonna have to start sewing in front of the tv to get this one done before Christmas.
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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.
Hey, Sophia here. I’m back from a very exhausting but very lovely Glastonbury festival (Madness, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Blur in the same 4 hours!). Just thought I’d post a quick update before getting back to blogging properly. Before I left for Glasto I finished sewing my entry for Amelia’s Shelter Card quilt. It looks rather simple (especially compared to some of the other awesome entries) but I think I still like it.
two of hearts
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
Shelter is a pretty cool housing rights charity. They’re organising a fundraising art auction based on the idea that the entire housing market seems as fragile as a house of cards.
The housing market is as fragile as a house of cards
A friend has been asked to produce a piece of artwork on the ‘Two of Hearts’ and they’re asking for lots of people to submit playing card designs of the two of hearts with which to make a pseudo quilt. Check out here for the design brief and this facebook event for some of the designs so far.
I’m planning on joining in. So far all I’ve done is sketch out an idea and gather the fabric I plan on using. It’s gonna be very bright and the level of detail will depend on how distracted I am in the coming week. Please feel free to take part and submit something to the open brief because Shelter is a great cause. Or just check out their website.
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?