I have always wanted to have a go at making a quilt. I was given a small blue one when the children were small that I always loved.
I have never been able to imagine cutting out the fabric neatly with 90 degree corners and straight lines. Doing some research around my teabag quilts after some one said they looked a bit like sashiko- I discovered the fabulous world of Japanese stitching and boro inspired patching.
There are lots of sources on Pinterest and blogs about the history of /methods online
Above is an early 19th Century bed cover.
Back to my quilt. I was offered a bag of fabric scraps by a friend if mine. I decided to have a go at making a quilt using an old single duvet as a base.
As a child I remember saying when I grow up I am never going to darn socks – after watching my mother sew little hard circles of stitches into jumpers and socks. So I am amused that the technique mum taught me is now being used to top stitch a whole quilt!!!
My aversion to the effort required to cut neat shapes means that the design will be quite organic and the top stitching will hide a multitude of sins ….
I had a bright cotton skirt that was too busy. It would make a good choice to base all my other fabric colour choices on.
I started at the edges because I thought the hem of the skirt would add strength to the final piece.
I practiced boroinspired stitching on some of the pieces
Then started adding my friends fabric scraps. She has some experience with quilting so a lot of the pieces were cut into rectangles or squares ….
I wasn’t really sure about the yellow but it does lift the blue.
I have been a bit obsessive and made my hands and back ache. So I decided to stop pinning new fabric and sewing it onto the base and concentrate on a bit of top stitching.
This is amazing Tess!
This looks fabulous Tess!! A terrific idea and super way to use the scraps! I look forward to seeing the result, but I know you’ll enjoy the process…slow stitches…sobyiur hands don’t ache too much. Ha! I do the same thing to myself and have to turn to other creative ventures.😄👩🎨💗
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Wow, Tess! Quite amazing. I really like it! ❤️
This is really cool. How large is the piece? I recognize some of those fabrics, pretty sure they are lurking in my scrap bin!
Hi it’s single duvet sized about 4’x6’? I was raiding the scrap bin when you weren’t looking 😂
Haha — works for me!