Two ladies and a whole lotta wool
I think I mentioned quite some time ago that I was working on a quilt, or rather I mentioned I was petrified of starting said work on the quilt as I’d planned to make it with this really beautiful Liberty fabric and frankly I was 99% sure there was going to be a crafty disaster at some point. And I wasn’t wrong.
I followed the incredibly useful quilt how to on What Katie Did. This isn’t a patchwork quilt, but a simple and effective way of using beautiful fabric or striking block coloured fabric to great effect.
So here are some pictures of where I’ve got to so far…
What I hadn’t considered was the initial hurdle of sizing the front and backing fabric – I needed to clear (and hoover) a space for this as I was trying to make as close to a double quilt as I could:
This part really did cause me some bamboozlement. With all the drawings, measurements and calculations I eventually just had to bite the bullet, cut the fabric and trust I’d measured correctly:
So, to make my two fabrics work I needed to cut and sew the blue backing:
I also had to cut the wadding, though I didn’t need to see this as it was sandwiched between the other two and then pinned together. This pinning takes a while and it’s important you do it carefully, from the centre outwards:
This part was as nerve racking as making the first cuts of the fabric, and things mostly went wrong here. I’m sure it’s mostly my sewing inexperience, but I broke the thread a couple of times and ran out of bobbin. The most time-consuming mistake was when I accidentally sewed the back to itself! It took AGES to unpick – suffice to say I was careful not to repeat that one:
And this is where I’m at now. I confess I’m a little stuck with the edging – another hurdle – but I’m determined to finish as I’m really happy with the result so far. The Liberty fabric is beautiful and I have enough left over to make something else as well:
I’d really recommend the What Katie Did quilt for a beginner quilt if you were thinking of having a go. And, for any seasoned quilt makers reading, if there are any great tips or tutorials for edging I’d love to hear about them in the comments.