Sunday, 13 August 2017

Annies quilt













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

20 comments:

  1. You are so inspiring with your quilts. Love the colours and the triangles of this one. Bet Annie is thrilled. My youngest has just come back from a weekend in Glasgow with the lads. He said it felt like November when he arrived on Friday! Have a good week. B x

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  2. That looks fantastic, I love the fabric with mushrooms!

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  3. The binding makes it for me-it's such a subtle pink and the overall effect is how I feel a quilt should look. I am makinf DH a quilt from his shirts with fleece backing, but only snuggle sized for his afternoon naps! Catriona

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  4. Your quilt turned out magnificent.. a blue ribbon winner for sure! I'm glad Annie let you hand-quilt it as to me it makes all the difference. Great job! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. So much love in every stitch, I'm sure she'll treasure it.

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  6. Love the colours in the quilt. Looking ahead, when Annie goes away to uni, she'll be able to put this on her bed and instantly make her new room 'home'.

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  7. Annie's quilt is lovely. The fabric choices are pretty and your hand quilting is a perfect choice.

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  8. It is gorgeous Christina and Annie is a lucky girl. I've got a couple of quilts in progress and really must do something about finishing them. You have inspired me to dig them out!

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  9. It's absolutely beautiful. I'm sure Annie will treasure it and it will become an heirloom. I love the subtle colours, girly but not too young so it will last. Annie's a very lucky girl.

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  10. It's gorgeous Christina, a really lovely blend of fabrics. I like triangles too, you've done a brilliant job. I always use a sheet for the back as well, a good value idea. No doubt Annie's quilt will be loved for decades to come. CJ xx

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  11. i love it - fantastic inspiration for me!

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  12. Fab quilt. The colours are gorgeous. I could never attempt one but love reading about your making process and seeing the results. I'm sure your girl is delighted.

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  13. The colors are lovely and vibrant looking in this quilt, Christina, and it will surely be treasured by Annie. Alas, I have never tried my hand at any sewing projects but so admire the talent of those who can create,mlike yourself.

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  14. Annie is one lucky girl! This is such a lovely quilt. I love the hand stitching. Pat xx

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  15. Well done Christina. I think it is terrific that you are making quilts for your children. It is such a labor of love, even if you do enjoy it! I like the new cheery photos in your header also!

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  16. 'Shoogling' what a great word. It looks fantastic Christina. Annie has made a very sophisticated colour palette. What taste! Congratulations on a wonderful quilt. Jo x

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  17. The colours and your precision sewing are amazing, but your hand quilting brings it to life. Well done on another beautiful quilt Christina.

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  18. It's so beautiful, Christina. I love the colors, they work perfectly together. You did an amazing job. Annie is a lucky young lady.

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