So. I had this dream of making a quilt. But what really put me off were thoughts of rules and intricate designs and fiddly work. Although I used to be very perfectionist, I’ve been trying to rid myself of that habit. I really wanted to enjoy the process, but was scared of taking on what seemed like a huge long project.
When we decided to move house, I really wanted to start preparing for this new home, wherever it would be. What could be better than making a welcome-home-quilt?
With months to go before the move, I finally plucked up the courage to start. (Plus, I found this wonderful book, The gentle art of quilt-making. Jane Brocket is really encouraging you to just go for it, it’s fabulous!)
I picked out colourful fabrics that just made me happy to look at. Then I cut out all these little squares, which really didn’t take that long. I sewed this one to that one, and then this row to that… Taking one step at a time made it a lot less scary and ta daa, the top layer was finished!
I used a lovely light bamboo-cotton mix wadding, and a rose print fabric for the backing.
I hand-quilted the blanket with straight(-ish) lines in a few evenings. Now it graces our bed in the new home. When I have a nap during the day with Kaya I use it to keep us warm. I absolutely love this quilt with all its imperfections and wonky seams. Each quilted stitch was made by hand, and I love it more because they are not quite perfect!
And I don’t seem to be the only one who’s in love with this quilt…
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