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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A new challenge..



Just in case I didn't already have enough on my to do list, I've taken on a new project: my first attempt at a quilt.

To be fair, it all began because I'm trying to downsize things, as things are changing and it looks quite likely I'll be moving in the not too distant future. And, in case you hadn't noticed, I have a *lot* of stuff.
So, the other day, I decided to tackle three bags full of scraps I've had sitting around. It's not really a secret that I'm a bit of a hoarder and hopeless at throwing things away. 

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So, I decided that I'd use the scraps to cut out pieces for a postage stamp quilt. I have never made a quilt in the past; it's never appealed to me to pick out and purchase teeny bits of fabric purely to turn into a quilt, but I like the idea of using the leftover fabrics which remind me of previous projects. 
Not knowing where to start, I did some research and have been using this tutorial. I cut out 432 strips of fabric from my bags of leftovers and threw out the rest, which cleared me some space. 

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Next up, I grouped the strips (measuring 7in by 2in) into blocks of four and have begun stitching them together with a 1/4in seam allowance between each strip. This will leave me with 108 blocks, which then need to be cut into three strips each across the rows, before putting together 16-square blocks. 

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I've been feeling very much under the weather this week, so a fairly simple and mindless stitching of blocks together has been just what I've needed; I've found it quite relaxing. And ever so satisfying to see the pile of strips going down and the basket of blocks filling up. 
Have you ever made a quilt? Any tips..??


6 comments:

  1. This is such a cute idea. You have so many awesome scraps of fabrics from dressmaking this can't fail to be a brilliant quilt. I've made a couple of quilts before but mostly basic square patterns. I'd love to try a hexagon quilt one day, arranged in flower shapes. Quilting can be pretty addictive once you get going as there are so many ways to arrange colours and patterns.

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    1. Thank you, it was really nice to be cutting out the fabrics I used for projects I'd almost forgotten about as well. It'll be a quilt full of nice memories, I should think. I don't think I'll be a quilter though, after this one is finished.

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  2. I'm sorry you're feeling so bad right now. I wish there was something I could do to help. I hope this project helps to take your mind off things for a bit. though; I swear sewing is one of the most therapeutic hobbies ever. The squares look awesome so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt! I've always wanted to make a patchwork quilt, but I need to learn how to use a sewing machine first... and actually buy one... Maybe next year... xx

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    1. Thank you - I''ve been finding sewing really relaxing lately, so that's good. It was certainly a help to have something constructive to do which didn't take too much mind space.

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  3. Wow that is a lot of tiny squares! It's going to look so cute. I've made a quilt in the past, the top stitching is a bit tricky when you have to fit half of the quilt under the sewing arm bit I enjoyed how relatively simple it all is and it does feel good using up all the scraps. I've actually just started another one but with bigger panels so it's (hopefully) a bit less time consuming. Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out x

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    1. Yes, I'm looking at batting fabric and wondering what the best thickness is for it to be nice and warm but also to be able to fit through the sewing machine for the topstitching.

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