I made a quilt! It's a 21 inch square quilt, but it's a quilt nonetheless.
Ever since I got my sewing machine, it's sat on a manky old piece of green carpet underfelt to stop it moving around, and to deaden the noise a bit. This, like a lot of my sewing stuff, came from my Granny. It was underneath her sewing machine when I got it, and then it got put under my machine when I bought it.
|Yes, that is Zippy from Rainbow. He's my sewing buddy, and thinks all my work is great! He never loved that underfelt though.|
Then, a few months ago, Claire from I Want To Be A Turtle blogged about a lovely quilted mat she'd made for under her machine. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make one. I have to thank Claire for suggesting using two layers of batting. This is what I did, and my mat is good and thick.
I also have to say a big thank you to Sonia from Fabric and Flowers, who has very kindly been emailing me quilting tips and advice, and answering my stupid questions. Have a look at her blog, her quilts are amazing!
The OXO pattern came from the Liberty website here, and the instructions were really easy to follow. I was surprised at how quickly it came together. I made it during the Christmas holidays, and started cutting it out on a Saturday afternoon. I had most of the pieces sewn together by bedtime. I would have had it all sewn, but for the pesky gingham! It was the remains of a duvet cover, and it's 50% cotton 50% polyester, so it was a little bit more stretchy than the rest of the fabric which is 100% cotton. All of the fabric was leftovers, and the red was my first Peony dress that was too big. I still had some fabric leftover from it, which I used for the back.
|It gets the Zippy seal of approval!|
Before I started this, I watched a quilting class on Craftsy. The class is called Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills; and it's free. I really can't get over the fact that this class is free. It's several hours long, and it's fantastic. It's for the complete quilting novice, and takes you through all the details for making two large quilts and a small mat. Did I mention it's free?! One of the best things I learnt was how to use a rotary cutter. I hadn't had great results with mine. The ruler kept shifting, and I was a bit scared of that blade. But not any more! I cut this whole mat with my rotary cutter, and it really is a time saver.
One of the reasons I wanted to make this was so I could put my sewing machine on the dining room table. Sometimes it's nice to be social, and not hide in the spare room! I recently got a nice new table, and didn't want to put the ratty underfelt on it.
I have done a little bit of quilting before. I made this bag, and also a cover for my Granny's old Elna (which I mustn't have blogged because I can't find it). It was similar to the bag in that it didn't have any shapes to put together. I also made a quilted cushion (this was pre-blog), but it was a pre-cut kit. The quilting on it is absolute rubbish, but you know what, I use that cushion every single day. I think one of the things that helped on this mat was the walking foot. I treated myself to it as a Christmas present, and you can see it attached to my machine in the photo above.
Now, I will be honest. This is a far from perfect quilt. Some of the edges don't match up too well, and the actual quilting stitching is a bit wobbly in places; but I am delighted with it! I don't think I will ever be a big quilter, I definitely don't see me ever making a bed quilt, but I loved making this, and could see myself making cushions or mats. Is anybody else thinking of giving quilting a go?