Tuesday, 18 November 2008

I've never made a quilt before, though I've often often admired the ones I've seen here here here. The measuring and planning and, worst of all, colour co-ordinating (!) have always scared me off from actually beginning. But I've wanted to...

My godson is one in a few months, and I wanted to make something practical; something that he would like to look at, but also something to keep. And I like trees, so after looking in this book for a bit of technical inspiration, I came up with these...


I was surprised how much easier it is to match colours when they're layed out in front of me. Because I've been trying to do it in my head... So far I've just used bits and pieces of fabric I already have, bits from old clothes, from remnants of previous projects, pieces salvaged from my parents attic... but I quite like that, recycling, re-using, makng something with a bit of history, a bit of me. (And some new fabric is on it's way, which is good too ;) )


It took a bit of trial and error to come up with the shape I wanted (my first attempt was a circle, until I realised that was potentially a bit too complicated for a first go!) As I went along, cutting and sewing and altering I realised that it's easier than it looks to get the shapes to go together. Cutting across seams, pressing, squaring up, adding more pieces; its liberating, like playing... free styling is definitely the way to go :)


I keep popping into my little room, to cut a few more triangles, sew a few more together, and I'm really enjoying it. The little forrest is growing, and I'm beginning to see how this can become really addicive...

7 comments:

hazeljoy said...

wicked! that's ace xx

Gina said...

looking good so far!

liZZie said...

Your godson is a fortunate lil chap! Your ideas and work are lovely.

Jessica said...

If I haven't asked you already I would love for you to be a guest blogger on the up coming Truant blog that is set to launch in January. We are looking for fantastic bloggers like yourself to be involved.

let me know!

Ali said...

Putting the new machine to good use I see! And it looks as if you're a quilting natural - that's going to be a very magical forest.

Morna said...

I love your trees! And I love the colors that are not too "colorful" or loud. And I am totally with you on recycling. :-)

Iris @ Pied Crow Press said...

Oh, it looks wonderful! I love those fabrics you chose. It's going to be beautiful. :)