Over a year and a half ago, I started this quilt. I chose the fabrics, cut out all the pieces and sewed the quilt top all in one day. Then I went out and bought the wadding needed to turn it into a quilt. I had the backing fabric chosen. All I needed to do was put it together. Sadly that took me a heck of a long time.
Last week I dug it out, laid it all on the floor and sewed it up like a mad woman. Mad because I seemed to have this feeling that I needed to really rush through it and get it done, because I wanted it finished! Just like the bunting that I finished, I also managed to complete this in an afternoon, so I can't understand why I put it off for soooo long. Luckily I still liked it (you know sometimes how you end up hating things that you put off?) and I am so pleased its finished.
Its a mix of Tanya Whelan and Ikea Rosali fabrics, and it has a proper layout (unlike my first and second quilts) and it looks like it was actually planned rather than thrown together. I backed it in the same rosali fabric as its so pretty and I also have the bedspread to match if I want to go completely over the top with it! The way I quilted it was different to before in that I sewed the front and back of the quilt together on three sides, turned it the right way round and then placed the wadding in the middle - kind of like putting a duvet cover on really, and oh my goodness how simple it made the quilting No layers sliding about, no need for hundreds of safety pins, just easy, fast quilting. Also, no need to use that fiddly bias binding - hooray!
Its not perfect, but its finished, and I'm naming this one
The Rose Quilt
If it hadn't been for my blog, or the incredibly inspiring people I've "met" online I would have never have thought I could have made something like this. To make a quilt from scratch and see it sitting on my bed makes me very happy and I am in awe at some of the incredibly complex quilting that so many people do. I know mine is simple, but I hope that it will be one of those things that will stay in the family and be treasured for years to come. The confidence I have in myself to be able to do these things all comes from being a part of this wonderful online community of lovely people who inspire me daily.
Sorry to sound gushy, but I just thought about it, and realised that I am really grateful to every one that comments and reads my blog, and lucky to have such brilliant blogs to follow and keep me inspired!
Talking of inspired...its almost as if these beauties were meant to be in the same room don't you think?