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I have finally finished my first ever patchwork quilt!

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My first quilt

I made it using lots of my accumulated scrap fabrics (It has made a little dent to the mountain!) and backed it with a double flat sheet. MY quilting skills are nil so I just stitched in the ditch vertically (my squares didn't all line up perfectly horizontally, never mind, it looks ok for a first quilt). Even the binding I made out of lots of fabric scraps, so it is a missmatch of fabrics but it looks lovely to me!

I'd love some feedback, I know it' not a piece of art or anything and real quilters would do a far far better job, but I have got the quilting bug now so hopefully my next quilts will be neater!

I have learnt so much doing this. It was great fun, even if it took me 16 months of procrastination to actually finish it! grin

Marrow Sun 13-Jan-13 11:59:33

Wow! That's beautiful. I love it. You have inspired me to see what I can do!

tribpot Sun 13-Jan-13 11:59:40

Fantastic! Really great description of your process as well.

FlyOverTheMistletoe Sun 13-Jan-13 12:11:16

Its great. I loved reading your blog too, as you always had great ideas. So what is your next project ?

MrsApplepants Sun 13-Jan-13 12:17:17

I love it! Well done for sticking with it, quilts are huge projects!

Thank you!

Marrow I'm glad I inspired you! It was other bloggers who inspired me in the first place.

Tripbot glad my description made sense!

Glad you like my blog fly, my next project is actually not sewing, but papier mache, I am making a landscape with DS for him to play with his action figures on. Ambitious and labour intensive, let's hope we get round to finishing it!

yuleheart Sun 13-Jan-13 15:38:02

Well done, its lovely!

I also like that the long twiggy thing on the wall!!

bran Sun 13-Jan-13 15:50:06

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JollyToddles Sun 13-Jan-13 15:54:17

Wow, that is amazing, congratulations!

Well done OMDB. That's a really pretty quilt. I think I remember when you started it. I am very impressed you stuck with it. Just goes to show you don't have to use fancy techniques to make something attractive and functional.

Looking at the picture of you taping your backing to the floor, I am afraid that is the bit that puts me off slightly. Finding the space to lay it all out and then tack/baste it together is my least favourite bit. Up to that point and after it is much more fun! Well done for not giving up on that bit!

Wow! That is really, really beautiful - well done!

Thanks everyone!

BigBoobiesBertha I had to lift our bed off the floor (just a mattress actually, no bed frame) and prop it up on the wall in order to have the floor space to tape it to the floor and attach the other layers.

yuleheart the twiggy thing is a driftwood mobile my firend made me with wood she collected on the beach. I love it too!

bran Sun 13-Jan-13 20:04:43

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TunipTheVegedude Sun 13-Jan-13 20:15:32

Congratulations, it's gorgeous. I love the randomness of the layout and I love the colours, with the dark red squares and the blues. I love scrap quilts that are both scrap and harmonious - I go to the Quilt Museum in York a lot and yours feels like it belongs in the tradition of historical quilts, with people doing careful selection of randomly acquired fabrics.

Very slight wonkiness is fine. When I look at old quilts, the amount I love them has nothing to do with the technical skill.

I struggled with the pinning together the first time and came and cried on here and someone told me to do it on the kitchen table a bit at a time starting with the middle, so that's what I do and I find it much easier than spreading it out on the floor.

thehamburglar Sun 13-Jan-13 21:43:08

Well done, it looks amazing!

You have inspired me to chugg on and finish the quilt I am making for DD for her 2nd birthday. I've done the patchwork but the seams don't all match so perhaps I will try your method of just quilting along the vertical seams.

Stitchthis Sun 13-Jan-13 22:52:25

Beeeeeooooootiful!!!!grin

DeafLeopard Sun 13-Jan-13 22:55:38

That is fantastic OMDB

MammaTJ Mon 14-Jan-13 01:41:29

Gorgeous!

Lovely smile

I cheat with basting and use 505 spray.

AndABigBirdInaPearTree Tue 15-Jan-13 14:23:10

I cheat too!

Bran and Tunip thanks for the tips, I was going to buy some curved safety pins but we are on a 'no spend' January so I just used what I had. Sami with the 505 spray, I saw it but couldn't justify the expense and wanted to try to make this quilt out of nothing.

Tunic I love old vintage quilts, so I am glaf you think mine has a similar feel to them!

Oh good - just what I needed. I made a quilt top (the world's simplest - a Jelly roll race type one) last night, just because I felt like it, but it came out really well so now I feel obliged to actually quilt the damned thing. I shall be back later to study instructions...

Stitchthis Tue 15-Jan-13 19:00:17

505 spray is the stuff of legend. I can't remember the last time I used pins. Mind you, it's been ages since I made quilts. I got to get back in again.

bran Tue 15-Jan-13 19:10:43

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TunipTheVegedude Tue 15-Jan-13 19:47:07

I think I'll give the magic spray a go next time!

You could always spray it then baste it with needle and thread, couldn't you?

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