Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A finished disappearing nine-patch quilt - cut, sew, cut, sew and sew again!


This quilt was started last Easter and I managed to piece it for quilting in August. It's my first full size, king size quilt and I'm really happy with it.


The fabric is mainly Daysail, designed by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. The designs and colours are so clear and fresh - I really enjoyed working with such quality cotton.


Knowing it would be impossible to quilt it on my own sewing machine, I had it long arm quilted and the quilter chose a super swirly design that works well as a contrast to the sharp angles in the piecing.


I chose a red script design fabric for the binding to outline the edging and a plain white calico for the backing to try to offset the overall cost of the quilt. It's given me a great sense of achievement to complete this project - but now I am almost reluctant to use it!

In many way this quilt epitomises the reasons why it took me so long to get into patchwork. You take a perfectly lovely fabric, cut it unto small pieces, sew them together, cut them up again, sew them together again in a different pattern, take all the pieces and sew them back into a bed-sized piece of fabric. Sometimes I still don't get it, but, when you have the finished object to use and enjoy, it begins to make sense! Have you ever had a similar experience with your creativity?

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