Here is my newest project for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine!
Some of you may be surprised at the simple, sparse look of this quilt, as usually my quilts are a little ‘fancier’. But read on and you will find out why I wanted to make it so much.
Issue 23 is now available and has the usual mix of amazing quilts and projects plus a really useful set of Dresden Plate templates and booklet that I know I will be using soon!
The cover quilt by Michelle Wilkie is just stunning, and new quilts by Lynne and Karen are also providing fabulous eye-candy for me.
I just love how they styled my quilt! I really want those green drawers!
It took me until recently to have the courage to try this out (potentially expensive waste of fabric and wadding) but it actually worked! And I was able to get the quilt much larger than I though at 59 inches square!
I actually practiced first on this cushion (which I made for the magazine project too but they ran out of space for).
Both the cushion and the quilt are backed with a lovely Kaufman flannel for extra cosiness.
The other inspiration for this quilt is my love for vintage crocheted Granny Afghans.
I had an elderly relative who made these for our very extended family and it is hard to find a family snapshot which doesn’t feature one of these somewhere in the background!
I started making my own a few years back, here’s a photo of my ‘Budget Granny’. It’s got a few more rounds on it now and is one of my many crochet UFO’s (I usually always finish quilts before I start a new one but am never as disciplined with crochet!).
I also now know how to fix that wonkiness!
Added later after a few enquiries – the trick is to start each round in a different corner! So obvious when you think about it!
Anyway you can hopefully now see the similarity and the look I was trying to achieve with the quilts,
It was also nice to get a chance to marry my two crafty passions!
This quilt is now on it’s way to Siblings Together for this year’s summer camps. It is the 107th quilt donated! Well done to Mary and everyone else for organising and contributing to this year’s quit drive. You can view all the quilts on the group page on Flickr. I have a large amount of Economy Blocks (from our EMQG Bee) that will go towards a future quilt for ST but I won’t get it finished in time for this year.
And might I suggest that this QAYG quilt would make an excellent Sibling’s Together project for anyone wanting to contribute in future years?
You can actually get this finished in a day! Plus it is a great scrap buster, especially for left over Jelly Roll strips!