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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Look What I Made: Patchwork Quilt

Happy Daisy Patchwork Quilt Vintage Bedsheets ebay Sewing craft
First off, can I say that this is probably my biggest crafting achievement so far. I have a tendency to get sidetracked with projects, especially if they are particularly long winded ones, and this is actually my third attempt at a patchwork quilt - I've wanted to make one for years but have never before had the dedication and determination for the job! I started this attempt on a whim, one afternoon back in May, cutting out squares from several fabrics I already had in my cupboards, and I finally finished hand sewing on the binding, at the beginning of August. Not bad going at all.
Happy Daisy Patchwork Quilt Vintage Bedsheets ebay Sewing craft
Longtime readers of this blog may remember that I worked in a patchwork and quilting shop very briefly, a couple of summers ago and while I wasn't there long enough to pick up that many tips, I did learn the art of rotary cutting and the importance of ironing seams - two things that came in very handy!
Happy Daisy Patchwork Quilt Vintage Bedsheets ebay Sewing craft
Happy Daisy Patchwork Quilt Vintage Bedsheets ebay Sewing craft
All of the fabric is secondhand - the majority is cut from vintage pillowcases and bed sheets, most of which was procured from that well-known-auction-website, but some were from this etsy shop - run by the lovely Claire from HearthandmadeUK, and there is a little fabric from a dress that was kindly gifted to me, too.
Happy Daisy Patchwork Quilt Vintage Bedsheets ebay Sewing craft
It's by no means perfect - keen eyed people will spot the mismatched corners, and the binding is a little wonky, but I love it nonetheless. Instead of machine quilting it - I didn't think my sewing machine or my sanity would cope with the sheer volume of fabric, I knotted it together, using hand dyed yarn.
Happy Daisy Patchwork Quilt Vintage Bedsheets ebay Sewing craft
It's the perfect size for a double bed (yep, I went straight for a double, I probably should've done a cot-sized one first, for practise, but I don't do things by halves! I also don't sleep in a cot, funnily enough, so it'd effectively have been a waste!) and will brighten up my bedroom in my flat, rather well I think.

It was quite an enjoyable project - and it was fun to use my sewing machine properly again - but I'm not sure I'll be making another one anytime soon, as the amount of work involved was pretty intense!

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