I started this quilt before moving and finished it just after we bought our new house. It was a fitting ‘house warming’ present for our new home. One small problem… as good as I like to think my maths is, something went awry in converting this pattern from a small lap quilt to one that would fit a queen bed. It never did sit right and you would think even when laying it out on our bed (above) that I would have figured that out. Regardless I persisted in putting it on our bed and we happily made our bed with this ill fitting quilt for about 6 months. Then one day… the cyclist accidentally put it on the wrong way, and guess what, it fits much better. It did not even occur to me to try this – he’s so clever. Has this ever happened to you?
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I have long held the theory that quilting is actually chaos theory in action. A small error in measuring or in my case in calculating yardage can result in a completely unexpected outcome. Maybe not of the magnitude of a cyclone caused by butterfly wings but try telling that to the quilter. Here is what is currently occupying my sewing table.
Look what arrived today! I am in fabric heaven. This is the stash that will be used to create my next quilt. I was going to publish a picture of the pattern I plan to follow but then I thought it would be nice to see it evolve here. I went with fabrics by Sandi Henderson from her Farmer’s Market collection. I just couldn’t go past those apples. A big thank you to Ruth from Sew Love Fabrics etsy store. My list of 29 fabrics was not for the faint hearted and she not only had them all in stock but had them sent off to me in less than 24 hours – what a feat! She’ll be happy to know that I miscalulated just a little so I’ll have to return for a little more backing fabric. Now let the fun begin.
I thought I’d include this picture that shows I’ve finally got around to putting the binding on my quilt. When I looked at it it reminded me of many other pictures of quilts in sewing machines that always seem to have a cat lurking nearby. Now it’s time to do a little hand sewing… sigh!
My last step was to lay it all out on the bed to see if the backing was infact bigger than my top – a mistake I made in my last project. I’m happy to say it all fits so I look forward to getting back. It’s sure going to change our bedroom.
A little belated, but so is everything when you’re getting ready to move house. I received the second last lot of fabric from the wonderful Joy at a A Joyful Soul Fabrics. A small piece for the binding and this piece intended for the borders. My youngest opened the package with great excitement and proceeded to drag this long length of fabric around the house. He spread it out very carefully on our bedroom floor and rolled around on it – as pictured above. I had to wait until it had been thoroughly road tested before I could wash it!
I chose the wrong picture. This is going to be my border. Thank you to Joy for picking that one up. I agree that the green is a good choice, it may soften the pinks a little which will make my darling husband happy. He’s already commented that the quilt is a little girly… here’s hoping he’s joking!
So I have finally put the strips together for my quilt. Despite being a relatively simple pattern, actually squaring off the quilt has been a challenge. I believe that quilting is chaos theory in action. One slight error can culminate in one large discrepancy in measurements. I am now trying to work out what to do for border – it needs it. In keeping with theme of Amy Butler Lotus I think I’ll use this one for the backing. I like the contrast of the dark back to the light front.