No really! It’s another quilt!

Quilt number two using up the spare squares! and I still have loads left over!

 Hi everyone,

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!

Until tomorrow,

Froogs xxxxxx

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.
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18 thoughts on “No really! It’s another quilt!

  1. It is funny that we here are now wanting to do quilts using old clothes. I had a woman sitting next to me that made a beautiful nautical looking quilt out of huge triangles cut from old men's shirts of blue and white and a touch of a reddish shirt. It was quite wonderful. She loved sharing the feel of the washed cotton shirts. Some are using sheets for backings as they can be way less expensive than new fabric.

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  2. Whichever way you make it, whether it be with old clothes, recycled or cheap fabric remnants, even with all brand new material bought in a sale, it's handmade, it's all yours and it's way, way cheaper than forking out for a designer quilt.

    Well done on two quilts…you really are on a roll !!

    Sue xx

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  3. I rather like the squares not match up but then I am into the wonkiness too. I should listen to your advice and not worry about the whole lot being plum. Then I might follow in your footstep[s and finish a 5 year old project of mine too. Maybe next year? Cherrie

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  4. I'm so with you on wobbly edges and such. I'm brand new at this, too, but I'm making little quilts. Wall hangings. Don't have the nerve yet to do a bed-size one.

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  5. Fantastic job, I have just finished my fifth quilt, I am sure mine ar'nt perfect, but as one quilter told me “only god does perfect”. don't have to be perfect just to keep you warm in the winter, hears hoping mine does.

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  6. You have made some wonderful tips to consider when getting supplies together to make a quilt. I have two quilts started. I need to get them done. “Done” is way better than “perfect, but still in the box waiting to be finished” any day. You go girl!

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  7. Way to go froogs, my first quilt was a shocker, it was hand pieced hexagons from Laura Ashley, I mad it for my daughter, swore I would never make another oone, but I did.

    I am handquilting a quilt now I made 2 years ago when OH was in hospital, you can tell my mind was on other things, pieces do not match up in places, never mind, only I will see it.

    I have more UFO's waiting to be layered up and quilted, I am not making any more tops until I have finished the ones I have made…..

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  8. Many quilters with oodles of experience use charity shop well washed finds – the way to make the fabric manageable is to starch it – Robin spray starch is a favourite but for a cheaper version try googling home-made starch – it should give your finds a more manageable handleability 🙂

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  9. I expect you already know about the wonderful quilting and craft shop in the Buttermarket in Tavistock? I could have spent hours ( and too much money) in there! Sorry, it was last summer and I can`t remember the shop`s name.

    Worth a visit just to see all those beautiful fabrics, even if you make your own quilt with cheaper or recycled cloth.

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  10. I do a lot of crafting and I've learnt to 'embrace the wonkiness' with everything I make. Nothing is ever perfect but I don't care, I made it myself and it's totally unique and I'm usually very proud of the end product. Love your quilts, I think they look fabulous.

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  11. Hi Froogs , your quilts are gorgeous. I think it's almost impossible to get all those corners to meet exactly. I'm making a mini quilt for a dolls bed and there are plenty of mistakes in it. I don't really know how to do it properly but I'm enjoying making it up as I go along :0)
    Jacquie x

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  12. Gorgeous! If you do quilt again, considering you're using a simple block pattern, sometimes it's easier (quicker, anyway) to sew strips of fabric together first, then cut. It works really well on a simple 9 block pattern – sew 3 strips together, cut crossways and you have 3 blocks sewn together. It's the only way I can do it!

    And yes, I use sheets as backings too. I also love the look of calico, so my quilts are based around calico and scraps.

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  13. It's beautiful. I love your line about sleeping with your eyes closed! It's made me think that perhaps that half finished quilt that is funny shaped and wonky round the edges should come out of my cupboard and be finished at last.

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