(Shown mixed with 3 additional nautical fabrics from The Village Haberdashery - ship's wheels, stripes and rope alphabet)
Isn't it a sweet selection of nautical fabrics? The fabrics sat unused until I gathered myself up to finally get going with it a couple of weeks ago. I really wanted to make a chevron quilt using this tutorial, however after I cut out all the fabric squares to size I realised that the design was not going to work for my fabric selection at all. So I decided to go for blocks of 9 squares, using a couple of extra nautical themed fat quarters I bought from The Village Haberdashery. Incidentally I'm kicking myself for not visiting this shop when I was in London last weekend, especially as we spent a day in Hampstead! I wasn't intending to do any fabric shopping, so maybe next time, they do have a fab fabric selection.
Sewing the squares together was fairly easy and made me realise how important it is in patchwork to have pieces which are perfectly measured so that everything matches up at the joins and corners. I didn't 100% manage this, but I think my quilt will be just as effective.
I have bought some white cotton flannel/flannelette/winceyette (I've seen it called all three names) for the reverse of the quilt so it's nice and cosy. I am thinking it can be put on the floor for the baby to play on and later used as a throw or quilt. I had thought about using a bright red flannel but had second thoughts when I realised that I'd want to use white thread for the quilting and this would be really obvious against the red.
(Enjoy it while you can, Dot...)
What I now have left to do is:
- Choose and buy batting - I'm thinking natural cotton based wadding rather than polyester for a more authentic old-style quilt look when it gets washed. Plus as I have used natural fibres for the rest of the quilt it seems a shame to stuff it with polyester. Any quilters out there have any thoughts on this?
- Choose, buy and make binding - Perhaps using a pin dotted cotton in one of the colours from the quilt. I had originally thought that I'd use a ribbon to bind it for a contrast in texture, or maybe buy a silky fabric to cut into strips but then thought that might be more suitable for a smaller blanket.
- Sandwich the thing together and QUILT! - I think my quilting will be limited to following the lines of the squares - is that unimaginative? Or will trying to do straight lines look too obvious when I inevitably go wonky?
- Add binding to quilt
- After the baby arrives I might add a hand sewn initial or some kind of personalisation to the plain side too.
So what do you think? Have you any quilting tips or recommendations for a new quilter?