A Quilting Day?

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My favourite type of quilt top….totally random

A friend just emailed me and asked me what I had made on International Quilt Day? International Quilt Day… Never heard of it.   Her email went on that, “traditionally the third Saturday in March is International Quilt Day when quilters make a point of working on a quilt on this particular day.”

This year she was notified that the third Saturday would be the start of International Quilt Week.

Now I like this idea a lot. It is only in the last few years that I have become interested in making quilts.  I have always loved the tactile nature of fabrics but paper and card have always been my first love.

However, through classes and the generosity of spirit of so many quilters I am beginning to enjoy this art genre.

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Mustn’t have been wearing my glasses when I was making this!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My very first quilt..used old shirts, table cloth and fabric which I had collected over the years.
Now I don’t think I will ever make a quilt for a king size bed nor will I make a quilt built on  blocks made of triangles and little squares.  I tried a 12 inch block and to say I was frustrated  is a total understatement.  I have the utmost respect and admiration for those patch workers and quilters who do make the most intricate quilt blocks. I can admire their work knowing how difficult it is.

I have sat in front of quilts at quilting exhibitions and been totally in awe.  There was one quilt of a night sky which i vividly remember because initially I thought it had been done with oils but in fact it had used fabric.

There are so many artists in the quilting world and then there are people like me, very late to it but enjoying the journey it is taking me on.

So if you are a quilter or ever have been enjoy Quilters Week.

 

 

Imperfections

 

 

The beauty of handmade lies in the imperfections”

What a great thought.. by keeping this thought in mind it immediately removes the pressure of “having to make something perfect”.

A few months ago, I purchased a bundle of fat quarters.  I wouldn’t normally but I decided that the colours would make a lovely quilt.

Before I go any further let me explain what a fat quarter is.  Fat quarters are pre-cut pieces of cotton, which are taken from a yard of fabric which has been cut in two length ways and each piece cut again width ways.  Each fat quarter measures approximately 46cm by 56cm or 18 by 22 inches.

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I decided I would make a quilt top by sewing eight fat quarters together and then I cut those fat quarters into strips.  Any blogs or books which I have read on quilting constantly talk of measuring three times and cutting once.  So, this time I followed that rule!!

The first cuts went great and I joined up those strips and everything looked pretty good.  I returned to the quilt top a few days later and cut those strips up to form narrower strips and again joined them up.

Now I haven’t a clue what I did but I ended up with a quilt top that did not have one matching square, but I did have a few marching rectangles.  How I got rectangles I have absolutely no idea.  It certainly was not what I had intended.

I was very disappointed as I thought I had been very careful with the cutting.  What I have now is a unique lob sided quilt top.  It is very quirky.  Now could I gift to any one?  I honestly don’t think so.

I don’t mind that corners don’t match.  What am I saying? There is absolutely nothing which matches never mind the corners.  So, I have decided that this will make a great reading quilt.    1531125420651

A reading quilt is one of those throws which one needs during winter, when one becomes engrossed in a book and one needs to be cosy.  If the skies are grey outside this quilt will bring a bit of colour indoors and enhance the reading experience even more.

Saying all that I must admit I love my wonky, lob sided quilt top and need to quilt and bind it in readiness for those hours of reading during the winter.So for me the quote ” the beauty of handmade lies in the imperfections” is very apt.