Can you tell I’ve been waiting a while to post about this? Yes, I’ve been teasing you with pictures for months, and this is the final reveal.
Are you ready?
Both my quilts were made from Purl Soho tutorials, this one from the Circular Applique mini-quilt. And having made it, I definitely understand why they made a mini one! There’s a lot of hand-sewing in this thing, which was satisfying, but hard on the fingers.
If it looks a slightly odd size, it’s because it’s based on a baby’s changing mat. I wanted to make something for friends who are expecting their first, and so decided this was the best kind of size to make. The circles are made from a mixture of scraps and FQs, and the backing is an incredibly soft flannel from Darn it and Stitch.
I decided to make it with 2 layers of wadding, so that if they did want to lie the baby on it, it would be soft enough right from day one. That made the hand quilting a bit of a challenge, but there was something satisfying about working my round each one and gradually counting off how many I had to go. I cheated with the binding and just folded the backing over, but I’m glad I did, since I think the colours go perfectly.
The other quilt is the latest mini-quilt tutorial, Rainbow quilt, and was put together in something of a hurry.
I decided that I wanted to give Jo something for the one-year anniversary of Darn it and Stitch, but had no idea what. How do you choose a gift for someone who owns a shop full of beautiful things? Then this popped up in my Google Reader and I knew I’d found the right thing. Okay, I’ll also admit that I had a preview of how the shop was going to be rearranged (see the Tumblr here to see how the quilt matches!)
Knowing that rainbows were in, I couldn’t resist making this quilt. The fabrics came mostly from the same A4 pack as the pastels yesterday, and I had to piece them to get them to the right length. Then it was just a case of sewing lots and lots of straight seams! The backing is a soft corduroy, and I used my new machine and quilting foot to quilt lines along each stripe. Between that and my quarter-inch foot, I may never make anything but quilts ever again!
To my utter joy, the quilt is up in the shop for everyone to see, and I’m chuffed to bits with it. It’s self-bound again, although this time I machine-stitched it down since I was under time-pressure.
Considering that in the same fortnight that this quilt was finished, I made 15m of stripey bunting and made my current quilt top, I think I can safely say I’ve caught the bug!
For everyone else’s FOs, head over to Tami’s here