At the beginning of December, I showed you the progress on my 2nd ever quilt. Well, I made it!!! I finished this quilt with a few days to spare before Christmas and I'm thrilled with how it turned out.
The scrappy blocks are made with a jelly roll of Moda's Road 15, by Sweetwater. There's just a tiny scrap of each colour left. The finished quilt measures 63" x 55" and is made up with:
- 7" square blocks (Road 15 jelly roll)
- black sashing between the blocks, cut to 1.5"
- black border, cut to 2.5"
- cream border, cut to 2.5"
- black print border (Road 15 Black City Park), cut to 6.5"
- binding (Road 15 Black City Park)
I went with 108" wide fabric for the backing, so no seams; Widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. With the left over square (I sewed 31), I made a label, using fabric markers for the text and hand sewn to the quilt at the end. Next time I'll think about a label earlier on in the process.
I debated whether to do the quilting myself, or have it professionally done, especially since I was running out of time, but I am oh SO pleased I chose to do it myself. It's by no means perfect, but for a 2nd quilt, I think it's pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.
As with my first quilt, I used a woollen batting and basted the layers with pins. I still have a lot to learn about basting to get all layers smooth and even, but I'm getting there.
Most of the quilting is just straight lines on either side of the seams, with wavy lines for the outer border.
The blocks I designed myself. I liked the effect of the offset strips in my Scrappy Fabric Baskets, so used the same technique to make the blocks in this quilt. Although I've used a jelly roll, the same effect could be created using scraps of fabric.
- Cut 5 strips 9" x 2.5"
- Take the bottom two strips (1 & 2 in the picture above)
- Put the 2nd bottom strip (2) on top of the bottom strip (1), right sides together and at an angle, matching the top left hand corners.
- Sew seam and trim
- Put the middle strip (3) on top of the 2nd strip (2), right sides together and at an angle, matching the top right hand corners.
- Sew seam and trim.
- Continue sewing the strips, alternating the direction of the angles and varying the degree.
- Press all seams open.
- Trim to 7" square.
When I purchased the jelly roll for the blocks, I had a clear picture of the scrappy blocks in my head, but nothing else.
Once the blocks were made, I was fairly certain I wanted black sashing between them. Putting them on a black sheet confirmed this. Mr TMW helped with the actual arrangement of the blocks.
Although the scrappy squares and sashing are my own design, the rest of the quilt is not. Having purchased the jelly roll at a quilting shop, I returned to the same shop to purchase the fabric to finish the quilt. I really didn't know what I wanted, so I took along my phone with a photo of the blocks on the black sheet.
If you live in or near the Hawkesbury in NSW, I cannot speak highly enough of Fortunes and Fairies. Leanne spent at least one and a half hours helping me design the rest of the quilt and explaining the differences between different types of batting. She was so patient with me as I asked question after question, many times re-explaining points and writing notes for me to follow at home. She did all the Maths and worked out the exact yardages I would need. And she has a great eye for matching and co-ordinating fabrics.
I buy much of my fabric online from overseas, because, even including high postage costs, I can buy fabric much cheaper than I can purchase in Australia. I usually buy 7 - 8 yards or more at a time. However, spending time in a good fabric shop gives me something I cannot buy online... knowledge and experience. Sure, I can google to find this info and I do. But to be able to fire questions and have someone answer them on the spot is invaluable. I learnt SO much in that hour and a half with Leanne. (No, I'm not being sponsored.)
As you can probably tell, I'm pretty chuffed with my 2nd quilt. It does look rather good in its new home, even if I do say so myself. I was warned I'd be hooked and I am.