For as long as I can remember, I have loved patchwork quilts. Perhaps it originates from times spent watching Little House on the Prairie and the Ingalls girls snuggled up in bed covered by a patchwork quilt. I never did anything about it as knitting is my passion.
I have made clothes, curtains, cushion covers etc etc etc over the years but never a patchwork quilt. It all seemed too overwhelming and PRECISE. All those seams, piecing together, colour combinations. Not for me. Although I ran in the opposite direction, I have always harboured the ambition to make a wedding ring quilt.
Trouble is, I forget that although I may be an experienced knitter, an intermediate at sewing , when it comes to quliting, I am a total novice. No more! I have had a word with myself and I now understand I am at the start of a very steep learning curve. Armed with books and You Tube tutorials, I am making headway into the world of quilting. Not only am I making mistakes, I am beginning to understand where I went wrong. I am going to treasure every quilt that I make and not fix small mistakes. They are going to be a constant reminder of my learning path and those mistakes are the baseline for improvement as I practise my way towards a double wedding ring quilt of my very own.
I have made a few quilts to date.
Quilt 1 - Ashleighs quilt
Machine pieced then machine constructed, machine quilted and machine and hand sewn binding.
Quilt 2 - Linda and Garys wedding quilt
Hand stitched top, machine quilted, machine and hand sewn binding and local tailor shop embroidered the words (I had a huge problem giving this away as a wedding gift, or just giving it away. I loved it and it took many, many, MANY hours of sewing)
Quilt 3 - Joshua's quilt
Machine pieced using a jelly roll in one continuous strip then keep bringing the ends together and stitching, machine quilted and machine and hand sewn binding.
Quilt 4 - Dunkeld Jelly roll quilt (details to follow)
Quilt 5 - My quilt
Randomly hand sewn hexagons until the top will be big enough to drape over a king size bed. Plan is to hand quilt it and hand sew the binding. Obviously a long term project.
So here's to scant ¼ inch seams, straight lines, rotary cutting and lots and lots of learning. Who said life is boring .... LEARN STUFF.