Here’s the next step in my current project…have made my three layer quiltwich: pretty patchwork top; fat 4oz wadding; and a soft pink backing fabric. I’ll lightly tack them all together from the corners into the centre so they don’t move around too much when I machine quilt them and cut them the equal size. The wadding is so much thicker than stuff I’ve used previously, but considering the quilts will be used mainly outdoors in this case it’s actually a pretty good thing. For the quilting I’ll be ‘stitching in the ditch’, because I haven’t learned to do any other kind yet. This means I’ll be machining along the seams of the patchwork, a small ¼” away from the seam so not to break the existing stitching, and using the inner edge of the machine foot as a guide. I’ll probably try and get these done by Friday so I can bind them with the beautiful red velvet I bought in Soho the other day. All going swimmingly.
NEXT STEP: Machine quilting
Look at these beautiful patchwork effect tiles I found on notonthehighstreet.com. And to add to their bijou glory they are even presented in the same way I present my quilts – in a little bundle with a ribbon around them. I’m far too excited about these for a normal person! I LOVE them so much I’m being uncharacteristically prolific with exclamation marks!
I’m in the market for a new bathroom and these might have to take pride of place. At £160 for 32 tiles, however, I might have to do Mr Welch a little dance or something.
On a trip to Abergavenny recently I happened upon this wicked little exhibition by a great collective of ladies who call themselves The Six Quilters. I counted only four, but whatevs. Quilts from all over the county were displayed, really rather effectively, over the pews and mezzanine rails of the United Reformed Church.
The annual exhibition coincides with the food festival weekend and all the money raised went to fund the work of Women’s Aid in Monmouthshire. I picked up some great ideas for patching and binding, and one of the organisers, Pam, let me climb up on the lectern to take a few pics. They were covered for ‘elf and safety’ she assured me. She gave me some great tips for getting larger quilts through a small sewing machine (bicycle clips) and was selling one of her own double-bed-sized creations for £450.
Here are some more pics…
Today I received the wadding I ordered (the puffy middle layer between the patchwork quilt top and the backing fabric). I normally for for Hobb’s Heirloom 90%/10% mix of cotton and polyester. This time, for convenience, I ordered some from the same warehouse as the backing fabric and I’m a bit disappointed. It’s 90% polyester and it’s comparatively crappy. I’m sure it’ll be fine once stitched.
In other news, I also got some cool new green and B&W jelly rolls from the Quilt Room in Dorking. Run by Pam Lintott and her daughter Nicky for 30 years, they have a darling little Georgian fronted shop on Dorking high street with tons of goodies within. I have only visited once but they seemed to have a work-in-progress quilt in the window, and mention of previous and upcoming ones to look out for. It seems like a lovely theme for a window display, right on target market, especially as the window contained all the bits and pieces you’d need to make it. And you get a free calico bag if you spend over 40 pooonds!
All ironed, trimmed and lovely I thought the tops could do with fattening up a bit, plus the craziness needed a bit of grounding, so I’ve added a 2½ border strip of pale pink gingham with tiny roses cut from the background fabric. Bought some great heavyweight cotton velvet yesterday from Borovick on Brewer Street for a curtain for the front door but think I’ll bind the edges of these quilts too. The guys that run the shop are so helpful. I assume they’re gay because they run a fabric shop, but they don’t act so gay. Nice chaps, all the same.
NEXT STEP: Sandwiching the quilt top, wadding and backing fabric
I’ve sewn each block in each row of the layouts together into lots of strips, now I’m sewing each strip together to make the main part of the quilt top. Every time I make a quilt I’m always a bit worried it’s going to look, well, a bit shit. One day I’ll learn not to worry because it always works out ok. Have reached the point at which I can see the end result today. Can’t wait to get the iron on it and see what it really looks like all flat and lovely with the seams all going in the same direction…lush.
NEXT STEPS: Ironing, trimming