Monday, April 14, 2014

Never say never

A couple of weekends ago the Lifeline Bookfair was on again in Canberra.  A huge second hand book sale with all proceeds to charity - how could I resist not increasing my (ever growing) stash of sewing books and patterns?!

If you can get past the dated photos the Singer sewing collection books are great sewing reference books.  Every Bookfair I find a couple more.  (Oh, and that's my little Janome).

Some retro (and a little vintage) patterns.  I hadn't planned on buying the men's safari suit, but MH and I couldn't resist its charms..!

And because it seems I'm a complete sucker - I saw this quilting book and thought "hmm, why not, maybe I'll make another quilt sometime soon".  (How can I have already forgotten the pain the last one put me through?!  Ah, but such joy too!)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My first quilt!

I've been sewing like a crazy lady over the past couple of months and I can finally post photos!

A very dear friend of mine recently married her wonderful man.  In my haze of happiness for her I thought it would be a wonderful thing to sew them a quilt.  I've never made a quilt before and have been sewing long enough to know that I should have modest ambitions - but still have ambitions!

So I made a queen size quilt, but in fairly large squares.

I'm quite happy with how it turned out.  I know it isn't perfect, but it was all sewn by me (with colour and pinning help from MH!), even the quilting to sandwich all the layers together (I sewed straight lines every 10cm).  I learnt a lot, including that it may be some time before I make a quilt again!  I now understand how much time, effort and money goes into making a quilt so better appreciate why hand made quilts are so expensive to buy.

I was so pressed for time getting the quilt finished before the wedding that I didn't even have the opportunity to take photos until after we left home and arrived at the our accommodation (the wedding was in beautiful Tasmania).  Please excuse the wrinkles from being stuffed into a suitcase for the flights from Canberra to Hobart!

 I machine stitched the binding in place.  
I used a gold beige colour to match the gold flecks that were in a lot of the fabrics.

My friend became quite emotional when I gave it to her.  I know it is because she appreciates the thought and effort that went into making the quilt, so that was really lovely.  I encouraged her to use it because I would rather it get well loved through dirt and damage than sit unseen in a cupboard (and who knows, maybe I'll make her another one one day...!).