MIL – Mother in Law
At the very early stages of learning how to quilt when I had only been working on EPP patchworks, my MIL started to pack up her fabric collection to move house. She gave me a few books and a large pile of fabrics. It was so generous and lovely. I was a bit overwhelmed so I put the fabrics to the side to look at when I could really sit and have a good look at them.
As I started to look through my lovely pile I discovered some incomplete class notes from a series of classes that she and my sister in law had taken with Di Ford many years ago. There were a few completed blocks and a few incomplete blocks mixed into fabrics that were obviously bought to make the quilt that was from the class they took.
No worries, simple I’ll just finish the blocks and whip them into a quilt… simple perhaps if you knew how a block went together. So I attempted a star block → disastrous. For starters, I didn’t have a pattern so I was trying to trace pieces from another block. I didn’t know about quarter inch seam allowances let alone scant allowances so I didn’t really have proper seam allowances. I thought that if I knew how to whip stitch my EPP I should be able to hand sew, wrong! That became a total mess. So I tried to machine piece, the pieces were too small. Okay, I will just come back to it when I can work it out. So it was in the back of my mind for a while.
So after I did my quilt sampler with treehouse textiles (read about it here) I had a better idea on how to make a quilt block. So I started trying to follow some of the notes and finish the blocks that I had. Then I made a few blocks based on the sampler that I had just done. I now had enough blocks and pieced to make a single size quilt cover. So I had to decide on the layout and how I was going to quilt them together.
Layout on the table
Sandwiching the layers of the quilt on the floor
The hardest part is the quilting. I did do a bit of ditch quilting, but it wasn’t all completely straight so that was a bit tricky! So I did some knot tying in the blocks and that held the quilt together. Quilting is defiantly something that I need to put on my new years to do list for 2016.
Image of the finished quilt (and my cat Bella)
It was so lovely giving the quilt to my MIL. She opened the package and remembered it straight away. It is really nice to give something back to someone who has given me such a lovely gift of all of her fabrics.
Another challenge under my belt.