Wednesday, 13 November 2013

My very first quilt

This autumn I set myself the project of making a quilt with all my scraps of fabric, I am going to give it to my Grandma for her Christmas and I have to say I am very proud of myself! If you follow me on Instagram (MadeInMorningside) you will have seen updates over the last few weeks. But I managed to get it finished at the weekend and here is the final product.


Before I started I spent a fair while on pinterest to work out how the hell you go about making a quilt and came across this pin which linked to a great tutorial on making your a quilt, so if your just starting out and wondering where to start I really recommend reading that.

I wanted to use scrap material instead of a precut pack, but if I was to do it again I would buy a precut pack as then they would all be the right size and same type of material, I had problems with the different material stretching differently and so making it difficult to line up the squares.

You might recognise some of the material from my bridesmaid dresses and the table runners at the wedding. The pink stripes are from anold shirt of mine, and the blue stripes an old shirt of Rodney's, the black material with daisys used to be a skirt, the white dots were used to make a sorbetto top I still need to tell you about and finally the ikat kind of print I got from a charity shop for £2 and will eventually be made into a dress. I cut the material into 5 inch squares. Then laid them out on the floor in the pattern I liked, then piled them up in order so that I could sew them together in the right order.


I then started sewing each square to each other to form the rows, then sewed the rows together for each row I ironed the seams in opposite directions. Each row was then sewn to each other and I did my best to line up the squares so they would be a neat grid (well that was the hope!). I ended up with a square made up of all my little squares.


Next step was to sew a border around the patchwork square, I picked a plain peach colour and cut it to the same width as the squares, then sewed it onto the main body of patch work. Two shorter bits on two sides and then longer sections on the two remaining sides, it's explained better here.


 Then it was time to get quilting. I laid out my backing material, which I had to sew together a wee bit to make sure it was big enough, right side down. On top of that I lay the batting and then the quilt top on top of that. I then used the special safety pins to attach it all together, making sure I smoothed as I went to get rid of any wrinkles.

Next step was the quilting which I did by machine sewing along the lines from the patchwork squares. That got a bit boring after a while but it took less time than I thought it would.


So then the final step was to add the binding, again there is a good tutorial here. I used pre-made binding to make things easier on me, I picked a purple dotty one to match the purple colours else where in the quilt.


It was a bit fiddly but came together easy enough, I was too lazy to hand sew it and hide away the thread so just wizzed round with the sewing machine to finish it off.


 So there we go, my lovely quilt. I love it and will definitely be making more, I'm thinking something colourful for a friends baby's 2nd birthday and a baby quilt for the newest addition to my extended family who is arriving in April :-)


What do you think? Have you made a quilt?  Got any suggestions for my next one?



6 comments :

  1. This looks amazing! Well worth the effort :) x

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  2. Oh wow, it is beautiful! I am impressed at your skills, really really like it, and what a nice present!

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  3. This is so, so gorgeous! i love the colours.

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  4. This is so pretty - I love all the colours together.

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