A long evening admittedly, but still pretty cool.
I started it after supper, at about 7 o'clock, and finished it shortly after midnight. In keeping with the speed of this project, here are some quick stats:
- The top is made from a pack of pre-cut 10" squares of Amy Butler fabrics which I bought from Cotton Patch. The pack had twenty squares, and I cut five more from my own stash to make a square quilt, five squares by five.
- So it's a much smaller quilt than the ones I've made before. But the perfect size for a lap quilt to keep you warm while you're watching the extraordinarily exciting ski-cross in Vancouver.
- The back is a £1 fleece blanket from IKEA, trimmed to fit.
- There is no binding on this quilt. I laid the pieced top face down onto the fleece backing and sewed all round the edge, leaving a gap for turning.
- Once the quilt was the right way out, I machine-quilted an outline in each square, which closed the turning gap.
- I didn't use any pins at all to make this, which sped things up considerably. The fleece sticks to the cotton very well; it didn't shift at all when I was sewing the top to the back, or quilting the squares.
My favourite part of making a quilt is choosing the fabrics, and the worst part is all the cutting out. By using a pack of pre-cut squares I lost the fun of agonising over fabric combinations, but I also lost the endless, tedious cutting, and I think this is a compromise I'm happy with. I won't make all my quilts like this, but I will definitely use this method again. Quick results are sometimes just what's needed.
I am impressed with how well the different colours of the fabric go together. Having come from one designer does unify them somehow. You can see another lovely big-square-one-designer quilt here.
And now there's a satisfyingly tall, bright pile of quilts sitting folded on the back of the sofa.
In a desperate attempt to overcome the gloom of this endless rain, my thoughts are turning to summer camping trips, and I think a few more of these quick quilts would be great to take along. They could be picnic rugs in the summer and lap quilts in the winter perhaps.