Oh yes, it's all about the quilts today! I'm sure some of you may have been wondering what happened to my blocks and stripes quilt? Well, since I last wrote about it (can't quite believe it was that long ago!) I received the fabrics I wanted to use in the back, pieced the back in four large horizontal stripes, hastily basted it and started to attempt to machine quilt it. Hmmm, it did not look great. This was my first attempt at machine quilting and I did very simple straight lines across and, from the front, it actually looked ok but the back was just horrendous! In my defence, I must tell you that the only space I have which is big enough to spread quilts out to baste them is our living room floor, which is carpeted. Now, some people may be able to cope with this but I find it a real nightmare trying to put pins into a quilt and not secure it to the floor! When I have hand quilted in the past, I have had to re-adjust the basting pins quite frequently, but I was in a hurry with this one and really wanted it done - my own fault really. So I unpicked it all and it sat on a chair waiting for me to decide what to do next. And this morning, I picked it up and had it finished in less than an hour. How? Well, first I re-ironed it all. Then I decided that I would simply "bag" it. Job done!
Technically, I suppose, it's not actually a quilt because I haven't quilted it! I may decide to put in some ties at some point but, to be honest, because the batting is a fleece Ikea blanket, I'm not too worried about it. (Although I do think that I maybe ought to take a class in machine quilting - for future reference!)
And here it is in it's new home, on the back of my chair.
So what other quilty things do I have to show you today? Well, yesterday was a very good post day because not one but two quilty books arrived!
My long awaited Jane Brocket book FINALLY turned up (it's been delayed several times) but was so worth the wait! The photography is stunning, and the quilts are simply gorgeous!
With just one exception, all the quilts are made with squares or rectangles, so no complicated cutting or piecing. And they are all hand quilted! I had a quick flick through it yesterday but have enjoyed a more thorough read today, and I love how Jane writes about her inspiration, and how she chooses the fabrics for each quilt. If you love her blog (and who doesn't?) then you will love this book.
This is the other book that arrived, which was a nice surprise as I thought the release date wasn't until May. There are some beautiful little quilts in here, all by different designers, and plenty of inspiration!
I do enjoy making little quilts and think we may be seeing quite a few in the coming months. (Probably a good opportunity to practise my machine quilting skills too, eh?)
Goodness, this has turned into quite a long post - I hope I haven't bored you all rigid! Next week we'll be getting back to the normal routine, with the kids back at school, and I am hoping that I will find time to start listing items in my Etsy shop. Thank you so much for all your lovely words and encouraging comments, I really do appreciate them!
In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!