The extension will be on the dark side of the house, which is north facing and at the bottom of our step four level garden. There will be lots of light and the quilt will sparkle in the sunshine.
I have been hoarding fabrics for a long time, ever since I finished my last not quite quilt more than a decade ago. I am calling it not quite quilt because I only quilted the top together with the batting. I am not quite sure what the reason was but I am sure there was one. It is still my favourite blanket.
I wanted to make a newer and brighter version of my old and worn blanket. Having had plenty of sewing challenges recently, I wanted this blanket to be uncomplicated and simple. The building blocks are 4 inch squares, sewn in rows assembled to a whole. I thoroughly enjoyed the piecing process. I didn't loose time to think about the order of the squares and it was really liberating for once not to procrastinate. I made a row now and then, adding to the quilt top over several weeks.
I don't have a table big enough to assemble a blanket quilt sandwich and did it on the living room floor. I taped the backing to the floor and used curved safety pins to hold the layers together. My knees were complaining.
I am now in the process of hand quilting the blanket. I think hand quilting gives an immediately soft and used feel to a quilt. I am doing nothing fancy like tracing some of the patterns in the fabric. I am stitching along each side of the seam lines, as neatly as I can with my big hands and the teeny tiny quilting needle. It is immensely relaxing and enjoyable. I listen to a book, or watch the X files (I am on season 6 now). I have to wear reading glasses perched on the tip of my nose to do both at the same time :-)
I have stitched about 20%. I don't think I'll get bored. One day I'll learn to free motion quilt with my machine. I want to make swirls and circles and things like that. At the moment, the thought of it terrifies me but I have plans to practice with some of the scraps. Potholders anyone?
Both Sam and Annie have chosen fabrics for their own quilts. The little ones will get their own quilts at some point, too. Sam's pile is very manly, imaging colourful men's handkerchiefs, all lines and squares and bold but not screeching colours. Annie's pile is playful and cheerful, soft colours, unicorns and flowers and all. He wants triangles, she wants squares. Exiting times ahead!
What are you working on at the moment? I'd love to find out. Have a lovely weekend! x
P.S. If you want to see a seriously beautiful quilt, visit Tess here.