My first quilt

Sometimes I come across a project that gives me a burst of inspiration. Something that I immediately fall in love with and have to make. My first quilt is one of those.

Finished quiltI got Amiee Ray’s book Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond from the library the other week.   Oh my goodness I LOVE it!! Aimee Ray From the Pin cushion on the cover to the gorgeous patterns inside there is so much that I want to make in here!

I have done cross stitch for years but all other embroidery seemed too hard! :)But Amy explains it all in such a way that I can’t wait to dip in and give it a go.

When I first opened it  I saw the “Forest Friends Quilt” and it was love at first sight! I knew I had to make it, and have been consumed by thoughts of it ever since 🙂 The

It doesn’t happen that often that I get this obsessed but I love it when I do. If you look closely you can see the cross stitch embroidery that embellishes the quilt. There’s little trees, and animals and I loved the way it made a basic quilt a wee bit special.

So I decided to make my first ever quilt – just cause I could! This was a mission of love (wow how many times am I going to use that word in this post!!!) and I am so pleased with it! I know nothing about quilting so I just followed the books instructions and it all went a-ok. I am a little bit unhappy with the finish of the binding – its a bit puckered – but it will do for now til I learn more and replace it. One day….

The quilt isn’t that big at almost a meter square. It has 36 squares and I went out and selected 12 different fabrics. Then got home and looked at them and wondered if they were too dark AND too busy. Hmmm.the fabric selection

There were certainly patterned, but I limited the number of the three heaviest patterns and, although less bright than the original, they look ok. It does mean however my cross stitch is less obvious – but its more like a hidden forest. You have to look for the special bits!

The cross stitch is done with waste canvas which  lets you remove the threads after you have finished stitching. This is the first time I’ve used it and I’m a convert. I can see many many uses…

Waste canvas

And now some photos…

all done!

all done!

top left

Bottom left

I'm ready for my close up...

I’m ready for my close up…

the all important Gnome...

I thought something was missing, so I made up a pattern for a wee gnome – there is always at least one in any forest – and added him to the bottom left!

So my first quilt is done and dusted. Its not perfect by any stretch of the word, but I love it and thats what matters. It also counts as my first item for Indie Pattern month, another challenge run by the fantastic Curious Kiwi and the awesome Kat (check out the link for their great blogs, AND more info on the sew along).

The only issue with this project was that it made me realise how much time sewing takes away from other craft – you can only do one thing at a time. I’ve found over the last couple of months if I’m not working on something sewing-wise, I’ll be lurking on sewing blogs drinking in all your inspiration. Which leaves little time to pick up something else. Does anyone else have this tension between two loves? How do you deal with it??

The next post will hopefully be my update on my Charlotte skirt, also for Indie Pattern Month. Back to the sewing room I go!

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Denim Bed Pillow/rest/leaner thing…

Hi all,

My latest project has been a step away from clothing. I had been wondering what I could make for the other half, Mr T (can’t be bothered typing Mr Thanks everytime I talk about him!). He and I have VERY different tastes so clothes were kinda out 🙂

He was patiently shopping walking through Spotlight with me one day and he discovered some bed rests which he thought were kinda cool. Then he said the fatal words “you could make me one huh?”

Well yes, yes I can Mr T. So the Bed Rest Thingee mission was born.

Firstly a pattern. I found one for free online, but reading the reviews they said it wasn’t the best pattern, so I had to buy one. Luckily the local fabric shop had a 50% off pattern sale, so McCall’s 6589 was mine – it was almost identical to the one in Spotlight – it even had pockets!!

the McCalls patternView A was what Mr T wanted. And of course he got to choose his own fabric. He was a bit dubios, but after channelling his inner Project-Runway-Contestant-At-Mood,  choose a soft-ish dark denim. I gotta tell you though, this is one massive fabric suck.

There is the outside layer (the denim) which is ALL interlined with polar fleece, which I found really odd. I decided to follow the pattern though so used it anyway. I assume the polar fleece is there to strengthen the outer layer, which was probably not needed for denim as it’s pretty thick anyway.

So that’s two lots of fabric, that make up the cover, but the cover isn’t just stuffed with padding. Ooh no! There is an inner cushion that is made up as well, and the stuffing goes in there. The cover closes with velcro, and the pattern also requires you to make your own piping – about 5 metres worth!

All in all, laying and cutting this out took a long long time – there was 17 different things that needed cutting out and I had to do it over three nights (damn you knees hurting when kneeling on the floor!), and I was a wee bit daunted with trying to fit it all together.

In the end though it was relatively easy. You put the cushion together first, which weirdly uses the exact same pattern pieces as the cover, without trimming, so makes a tight fit, and I found that great as it meant I could try out the somewhat complex tasks of making and sewing together the arms without worrying about what it would look like as nobody would see it 🙂 Phew!

After that the rest of it come together well. I made my first piping, which I am pretty proud of, and it looks pretty good I must say. Well other than the velcro being sewn on the wrong side, but we won’t tell Mr T about that will we.

In comparison to the Spotlight version, mine is bigger and is much much firmer (I didn’t skimp on the stuffing) so should last a bit longer I imagine. And I have to say it is pretty comfortable – not saying I would make one for myself, but I have already borrowed his!

So onto photos… Firstly Mr T in all his lounging glory, then some detailed pics.

all comfy watching the telly...

all comfy watching the telly…

POCKETS!!!!!!! the bed rest thingee Check out my piping!!!