**Note: quilters, please close your eyes! ;))**
I've been inspired by lovely Hen to make my own quilt. I thought quilting was impossible for me with hurting hands until I saw hers... I realized it was pretty simple and could be done completely with the sewing machine. Hen sent me a sweet encouraging email (thanks a million, Hen!) and I took the plunge and started it! It's not a piece of art like those fabulous and meticulously handmade masterpieces out there, but I put much love, time and loving care into it, and I am very happy with the result!
I used a selection of favorite fabrics, all around a lilac and pink scheme, in no particular order.
For the rear, a matching fabric with romantic roses. My Mom commented it's so beautiful I could use it reversed too!
Here's my simple tutorial. I mean, for anyone, like me, with no knowledge at all about quilting. You must have good sewing skills though. Just to let you know before starting this project. But it's easy and doable in a short time, it took me about 24 hours from start to finish for a single sized blanket. I made it over a three-day-weekend. I didn't buy a single pin for this project, just used what I had at home.
First, cut no less than 7 different fabrics into squares of the chosen size. Mine were 90 squares 17 cm x 17 cm./6.7" x 6.7" (finished, 15 cm x 15 cm./ 6" x 6") for a blanket 155 cm. x 140 cm./59" x 55". You can spot there are 6 matching fabrics here, but then realized I needed one more (and luckily, I had!).
Sew one square to another, to make a 2-squares-rectangle, then another pair, and then sew them together to make a 4-squares-square (a block). Do this for all your squares.
I put them on my bed to work better on a wide raised surface.
After you've found a pleasant arrangement, sew all the blocks together. Press well. This is the longest step, and caused me plenty of backache! But it was worth it!;))
Now make a sandwich with your quilt top, batting and backing. Baste with the proper thread. I know many of you hate this step, but I strongly recommend you don't use safety pins and baste instead- this will make you save time and spare frustration at the sewing machine later on. This step takes about 1 hour.
See, the basting doesn't have to be perfect or regular, it just prevents the fabric from slipping under the sewing machine when you proceed to quilt.
Press well, I also used a bit of scented ironing water... this is the best part of the ironing, for me! :)
Now make the binding with matching fabrics. I thought and thought if cutting on the bias or not... then decided it wasn't needed (I saved alot of fabric this way) because of the shape of the blanket. So I made stripes with my rotary cutter, then pressed them well and regularly this way...
and ended up having about 7 metres (I made more just to be sure not to run short of it) of finished matching binding.
I basted it all around the quilt, previously zig-zaged to keep the three layers together, and then machine-sewn. It was impossible to finish it by hand for me, with my hurting hands, but if you want, go for it.
Hope you liked this tutorial and the previous one I posted last week! It is very time consuming preparing these for you, but I am happy to share if you find them useful and inspiring!