Wednesday, 22 June 2011
I first got out my sewing stuff (and borrowed a friend's sewing machine) when I wanted to try out making some pretty quilts for the children - big advantage, they're relatively small!
My first attempts were REALLY simple, but small successes give you the confidence to carry on so it was a great way to get back into the world of sewing. I then made matching pillowcases for the boy and girl set, and was feeling mighty pleased with myself!
Next step: quilting proper. Well even this was so simple - I used the quick-turn method (so no border), and my so-so sewer cheat's trick - ready-made Japanese quilt backing. Can you still call this a quilt? Hmmm, not sure. Aran's quilt first: I used fat quarters which weren't equal sizes, but I just went along with it for a more "homemade" look (if it weren't already..!). For Lila, I used my nice new rotary cutter for equal rectangles and a fairly haphazard selection of pink/green prints for a boho girl's blanket. Oh, and a pretty little heart applique.
The final touches for both: I decided that they're really only ever used one-sided, so I added a few buttons to add a little something extra...