Saturday, 27 December 2014
My First Patchwork Quilt
What was I thinking, lol?? Who did I think I was....Martha Stewart? So my sister seeing that I took to sewing and could sorta, kinda do it (even though up until that point of making her Halloween costume I'd never so much as sewn a tea towel before) made a request that I make her a patchwork quilt for her 21st Birthday!!! And what did numpty here say (obviously full of great confidence in her non-existent sewing abilities!), "Yes of course wee sister, I can do that no problem". So I bought the fabric, watched loads of tutorials on YouTube from incredibly experienced sewers like The Missouri Star Quilt Company, Whitney Sews and Gourmet Quilter to name but a few. And after watching these wonderfully talented ladies do tutorials on how to make quilts, I was confident that I could make T a quilt for her 21st Birthday.
But then life took over, T's 21st birthday came and went, Family life was hectic, my Brother got married and I did all his stationery and wedding "Stuff", we did up my craft room which took me over a year to do (and its still not completely done).....yadda yadda yadda. And my little sewing machine sat un-touched.........for 2 and a half years!!!! YES......you read that correctly! T is now 23 years & 8 months old and is only now getting her quilt, teehee. Don't worry, I did get her other Christmas presents.....as this is not the most amazing looking quilt ever made, teehee.
Don't judge me! I know, I'm a terrible sister! But you know how it is, life takes over.....you've only ever made one other sewing project in your life etc,.......and a quilt was a bit daunting. I'll say it again.....WHAT WAS I THINKING?? But, finally I made it! YIPPEE!!!! It took me forever, but I made it. I'm not quite sure it was really worth the extremely long wait mind you, lol. I should have started with a simplier design and tried a rag quilt first, but oh no, I had to make a patchwork quilt. My craft space is tiny, my sewing machine is very small, my walking foot wouldn't walk (I think I bought the wrong foot for my machine!), I didn't pin enough, iron at all, use adhesive spray and despite all that, I managed to make a double bed sized quilt (its a bit smaller than a double) with absolutely no sewing experience at all. Obviously with said skill levels being, well zero, the quilt inevitably has flaws. In fact it probably has more flaws than redeeming features. Therefore, it was destined to look like ....... well ................. this......... Please be gentle with me.......This is only my 2nd ever sewing project.
That's it from me for now folks. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas. We had a smaller than usual Christmas this year......only 18 for dinner!! Yes ONLY 18!! And a 27lb Turkey.....nommy noms. That is a small year for us, lol. I have a very big family needless to say.
Toodles Noodles........Loops xx