“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.
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.
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.