Friday, July 8, 2011

a quilt just for me.

Now I know a lot of you ladies out there have met my friend Ron and probably have your very own round Tuit. Well yesterday I told good old Ron to get off my back. I came across a pattern yesterday I fell in love with and have now started cutting fabric for.

I often hang out in my local library skimming through quilty mags and drawing sketches of what I could/would do and how I could use it etc. Ordinarily those sketches stay in the book until i have the time/money/patience to actually do something with them. The one i found yesterday didnt even get that chance. 

The moment I got home I went straight to my fabric cupboard to see what I could use and work out how I could make the pattern work with what i wanted.

The pattern was a queen size quilt with a zig zag pattern done in a pale brown linen contrasted with 40 brights. I wasnt a huge fan of the brown, it kinda looked like there was something missing. but i loved the pattern. the block is quite simple even thought it uses HSTs. however i thought the overall design looked like it was facing the wrong way. the reason i say that is because it was square and the zig zags were going top to bottom in a column type way and it wasnt long enough. it felt like it was cut short a little.   

Anyway, to fix that issue and actually be able to make the quilt with what i have, i changed the measurements to suit a single bed and turned the zig zags around so theyre horizontal instead. also, i changed the block size from 9" to 12". because i can. and because i loathe cutting and sewing teeny tiny pieces. plus, changing both the quilt and block size means less squares. the original involved 900 squares, mine has only 360.

also, i dont have 4metres of the same fabric so instead of bright vs plain im doing bright and lights. The lights are different creams, whites and a pale brown. some with patterns, some without. either way, they will contrast nicely with the bright fabrics i have floating around in my stash. so this is officially a stashbuster quilt. im so proud.

so yes i spent the evening rifling through my stash and cutting all the lights. todays plan is the brights. and possibly starting on the chain stitching of the HSTs.

and just FYI this quilt is for me. it has my name written all over it. it will be my couch snuggle blanket and will most probably be backed in flannel for that purpose. i havent yet made a quilt for myself. ive done them for my siblings and my nephew as well as a crib quilt and a couple of singles for selling or charity but this one will be made of teeny tiny squares and lots of patience, therefore it will be mine. plus it will have all of the fabrics ive used over the past few years for different projects so i feel it's fitting.

my very exciting cutting table and the fantastic progress ive made so far.

yea so i should have rotated this in images before uploading it here, i always forget to do that. anyway, you can see the block and the overall design from my sketch. the rest of it is just notes about the measurements.


  1. Your quilt pattern looks like a cushion I saw this morning at
    I was going to try this, sans the Go! cutter as I don't own one, because I think it's a neat idea! I particularly liked the echo quilting.

  2. It looks like it will be very effective, sometimes the simple patterns are the most effective. Happy sewing,