Annie's quilt is finished. It was a fun project to make. I came to making quilts late but I really enjoy the process, from choosing fabrics to pondering a pattern and finishing the binding.
Annie's choice of fabric is quite different from what I thought she would choose. Just goes to show, we think we know our children but really, we don't know them all that well. The fabrics grew on me as I worked on this quilt. Subtle and girly but not overly so and I think Annie will get good use of this quilt for a long while.
The quilt is made entirely of 7 inch equilateral triangles. Sewing triangles is a little different from sewing squares I find. Some sides of the triangles are on the bias, meeting sides that are maybe not. There was a bit of shoogling about but I think I got the corners to join reasonably well. Not all the time but more often than not. It is all about cutting and sewing accurately which is something that suits me, I like this level of attention to my work.
As you know, I like a bit of hand stitching but Annie wasn't sure about hand quilting. She was a bit worried it would look wonky and really wanted me to machine quilt, which I don't really like to do. Hand quilting always adds a bit of a used feel to a quilt, it is softer and there is no bunching of fabrics when you do one stitch at the time. In the end I got my wish and I was allowed to hand stitch around the inside of each triangle, ever so subtly. At first, I picked random triangles to quilt but then I decided to one fabric at the time, starting with my least favourite ones, working up to those I liked best. I quilted about two thirds during our holiday in Cornwall.
The back is plain grey, I bought a flat flannel bed sheet somewhere online. Flat sheets are so useful for quilt backs, they come in all sizes. The flannel sheet is very soft and tactile and I like it rather a lot. The binding is pink - antique rose is the name I think. It is an exact match to one of the colours in the quilt top. I didn't cut the binding on the bias, I don't think it is necessary for straight lines. As always, I attached the binding by machine and then folded it over and hand stitched it in place. I love this part of a quilt, probably my favourite part just after choosing fabrics.
You can read more about this quilt, I have written a about my progress here and the planning of the quilt here.
Some of Annie's fabrics are making it into my own quilt. There was quite a bit left because triangles are less economical to cut than squares. I am making good progress with this quilt, I'll show you soon. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, it is good to see you here.
Have a lovely week. x