I have a nasty fat quarter habit. Any time I see a bright and lovely bit of luxe cotton fabric packaged neatly with other bits of coordinating fabric, it comes home with me. While I usually have enough for small projects- bags and throw pillow covers- I decided to go whole-hog and make a quilt.
I haven't quilted before, but I think I understand the theory. Or, perhaps, ignorance is bliss.
I found some Rowan and Amy Butler fabric on sale recently and pounced on the bin. I had a rough idea of a pattern and decided to go with blues and greens- vibrant and lovely- and matched it with some other scraps from Kensington and Liberty that I've been saving up from various projects and clearance sales. I had decided that I didn't want anything too matchy-matchy or geometric. This thing would be all over the place (the better to hide mistakes!).
A couple of books and youtube videos later and I had cut the pieces and laid it out- I found a pattern from Amy Butler's book "In Stitches" that I followed roughly for the quilt top. I had to patch together some scraps to make all the pieces fit, as this pattern called for bigger chunks of fabric and I had mostly fat quarters to work with. Hopefully this will be my summer blanket, as I don't have one and last summer I just used the duvet cover sans duvet as a blanket. How uncivilized!
Most people who quilt seriously seem to have a "quilt wall"- a tacky bit of fabric on the wall where they can arrange their pieces, stand back and admire it and arrange the squares as needed. I slummed it and used the bed.
Everything is pieced together, and I've pinned some more scraps on top as overlays. I've ordered some cotton wadding and found a big 4.5 meter piece of contrasting fabric (on sale!) for the quilt back and edging. Once I get the wadding, the whole thing will be sandwiched together and quilted on my standard Singer. Somehow, I'll make this work even though I don't have a special "long arm" machine that would allow more fabric to be rolled up and fed through the machine.
This is TBC....it might be the lumpiest and most unsightly quilt ever, but I won't know until I give it a try. The suspense is killing me.