Thanks so much for all your positive comments about this little project! I've had such an amazing response to this quilt, from both beginners and experienced quilters alike and I'm thrilled to bits that so many of you want to join in with me in making one of these little quilts. In preparation then, I thought I should give you a list of supplies, so that we can all be ready to start stitching - hopefully some time next week. Here's what you'll need:-
* Fabrics - for the quilt front, backing and binding. I'm deliberately not specifying any sizes as it's completely up to you how large you make it. My original quilt was about 10inches square, which is probably the perfect "try it out" size, but if you want to go larger then do! Whatever size you want your finished quilt to be, just cut your fabrics a little bigger to allow for squaring up/trimming down after we've done the quilting.
* Batting - the same size as your quilt front fabric (again, allowing a little extra). Use whatever batting you like/have to hand.
* Fabric scraps for the appliqued circles
* Double sided fusible web (Steam-a-Seam, Wunder Under, Bondaweb - you know the stuff!)
* Threads - Again, whatever you prefer. I used a regular sewing thread to secure my appliqued circles and 3 strands of embroidery floss for the quilting. Perle cotton would look fab too.
* Hand sewing needles - I have to confess that I haven't got the faintest idea about which needles you "should" use for which technique - my main concern is just that the thread fits through the eye of the needle! (I really ought to find out, though, so if anyone can point me in the direction of somewhere that can explain it all to me, I'd be very grateful!)
Useful, but not essential extras are basting spray and an embroidery hoop.
A little word about fabrics - I obviously used a solid fabric for my original quilt (Kona cotton in Robins egg, I think it was) which really allowed the quilting design to stand out, but you don't have to. I think this would look great using linen, something like a cross-weave or shot cotton and I'd be really interested to see how it worked using a print as the main fabric too.
My original quilt was almost completely hand-sewn, so those are the directions I'll be sharing with you but, obviously, if you are confident sewing curves/circles on your machine (I'm not!) then please feel free to do so!
I think I'll probably do this in three posts
* Making the quilt sandwich and handquilting
* Finishing your quilt
Any questions, just give me a shout and I'll aim to get the first post up on Tues or Weds next week.
Thanks for joining me!