Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Patchy perfection.

Well, maybe not perfection if you look closely but, I did it. I made a whole patchwork quilted blanket all by myself! I am so completely chuffed with it. 
 

I hand quilted either side of every join which was much harder work than I anticipated. I think I need a thimble contraption to stop my fingers getting sore!


But it was completely worth every stitch. I think it gives a lovely texture. All sort of quilty!


I used a wrap which I found in the island's one and only charity shop as the wadding.  I like the idea of upcycling and repurposing like this, but also, the nearest fabric shop is something over 1000 miles away!


I bound the edge in a lovely spotty blue from my stash, and backed it in a gorgeous piece of fabric given to me by an island friend.


Look here it is in all it's glory!




I worked very hard on making the corners neat and I am very pleased with the results.



Most of the squares came from a friend back in Scotland, who sent them as a wonderful surprise gift, but I added a few from my own stash.


This came from a pare of baby shorts which I bought just for the fabric, from the island charity shop.


This is a piece of one of J's shirts.


This is an offcut from Tall Girl's bean bag and the red gingham you can just see was a pantomime costume many moons ago.


Two of my favourite ikea fabrics.


A toddler blouse of Tall Girl's, long grown out of.


I experimented with my fabbie stamp and discovered that it is colourfast on fabric if ironed first, so I was able to add a label which I am super please with. There will be more labels on more things in the future!

It really was hand made with love. I absolutely loved making it. I loved working out how. I loved juggling the colours, searching out the right thread, choosing the backing and the binding, everything. I am also looking forward to packing it up and sending it off to it's final destination, which is a surprise so I'll shut up now.


I took the pictures today in a very special location, more of which very soon.

xx

9 comments:

  1. Wow it's gorgeous every stitch sewn with love and full of memories too. I have to make a quilt it's on my list of things to do. Sarah x

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    1. I can highly recommend it as an experience! I shall definitely be making another one.

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  2. It looks lovely, something to treasure in the future.

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  3. It's gorgeous - well done you! And your hand stitching is beautiful and you're right, it give the quilt a lovely texture too. The backing fabric is fab too. You should definitely be very chuffed! :-)
    xx

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    1. I need to work out how to quilt smaller things like cushion covers and bags. Do you still need wadding or can you just use two layers of fabric?

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  4. It's wonderful, lovely hand stitching there! :) x

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  5. It is as wonderful in the flesh as it looks on here and its five week old owner appreciates it already! xx

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