This beautiful quilt is a sewing project submitted by Jo, one of our lovely customers. I love how this quilt is the star of the bedroom. There’s nothing else competing with it. The supporting cast of the vintage cushion, I think, complements it perfectly.
Thank you so much Jo for sharing this project!
Here’s how Jo went about it…
Planning the Quilt
I’ve always kept a scrap bag of the offcuts, and at some point I decided that I’d make a quilt from these pieces. I’ve long been inspired by patchwork, and love to combine colour and pattern in my other work.
I was a bit stumped as to how to make a start with it when a friend of mine, who has made quite a few quilts, advised that I ‘just needed to start’. That turned out to be good advice!
I decided that I would make up squares (blocks!) of 20cm x 20cm, and that how those squares would be formed would just be governed by what I liked together, and the size of the offcuts.
I made 172 (I think) in total to make a quilt roughly 200cm x 200cm – big enough to fit our queen size bed.
Once this was done I arranged the layout on the floor – very low tech! And just went by eye until the distribution looked good to me. I pinned the blocks into rows, labeling each row by number as I went.
Assembling the Quilt
From there it was just a matter of sewing the blocks into the rows, and then sewing the rows together.
My cutting turned out to be quite inaccurate, so there’s a fair bit of ‘wonkiness’ in the finished quilt, but this has just endeared the quilt to me in a funny way.
I did find a good backing fabric in stripes in complimentary colours – I felt that with so many florals and so many colours, something geometric would be the best option. Rather than use a plain fabric for the binding I chose an irregular spot that matched the colour of the hand quilting thread.
Hand quilting was something I wanted to do, and I found that part of the making very relaxing and therapeutic. The colour of the thread also amazed me – it seemed to change hues according to the fabric it was crossing. It was silvery on the dark fabrics, and duck egg blue on the pale ones.
I was a little worried that the finished quilt might not be quite large enough for our queen size bed, I lost a bit of width in the trimming, but it’s perfect.
We live on the south west coast of Victoria where the nights get very cold during Winter, and we’ve always used a cotton blanket on top of our doona for warmth during these months.
The biggest pleasure has been to swap that rather heavy blanket for this feather-light, soft, and very warm quilt, plus I also love that the quilt reflects my history with Frankie & Ray. I can identify every piece of Liberty fabric in the quilt, if not by name, then by what it was used for.
That’s a delight!