|Quilt number two using up the spare squares! and I still have loads left over!|
Thanks for the kind words and supportive comments yesterday.
Last year, when I tried quilting for the first time, I wished someone had advised me to make something small for my first project. Also, I wish some one had advised me not to make my first quilt from recycled material. A lot of my quilt is old shirts, dresses and skirts from the charity shop’s 50p an item rail. I spent hours cutting them into squares. I bought remnants of material from Trago Mills, which is cheap enough without rooting around in the ‘remnants for £1’ pile. I was determined to make this as cheaply as possible. The backing on my first quilt is an old king size sheet, that was getting worn in the middle.
The trouble with old material, is that it’s already had a life and it looses its strength and is ‘floppy’ and quite difficult to work with, where as new material has a starchiness about is and it so easy to work. In future, I may use cheap material, but I shall only use new and not recycled clothes for quilting. It will still be cheaper than having someone else make a quilt for me. Back to my meandering. I cut too many squares and made too many sections and had, in fact, twice as much as I needed when I finished. I was going to freecycle it but now I’ve decided to make another quilt for the spare bedroom. It gets really cold here in the winter and we could all do with an extra quilt.
Today, I’ve pieced together the sections I had pre-made and I am off to a real craft shop to buy a piece of new calico for the backing! Here’s what I’ve learnt.
Measure it three times and then measure it again. Use twice as many pins as you thought you needed, it will hold everything firmly together. Use new material.
Don’t worry if the squares don’t align exactly, you sleep with your eyes closed and the randomness adds to the ‘I made this myself’ feeling.
Forgive yourself if it: 1. Isn’t square. 2. Has wobbly edges 3. Isn’t perfect. Life isn’t square, isn’t perfect and has wobbly edges so I’m sure my quilt will do!
|Not all my squares are square and it doesn’t all match up, but when it’s made…………it’s mine, I made it myself and I will have one for each bedroom.|