Thursday, 21 March 2013

quilt update #2

as i've been revising*/working lots lately, i've only been doing odd bits and bobs for my quilt, and last weekend i realised that i hadn't stopped to look at it properly to see how much i'd done. 

somehow, i have sewn together all of the individual squares- eek! when i realised, i laid the whole thing out again and it was so exciting- it was the first time i looked at it and thought "yep, you're gonna be an actual quilt!" (i hope that makes sense). 
continuing with my desperate attempts to keep it all in order, i've now used bulldog clips to keep each row together and can now start sewing them into long strips- so far i've done 3 and it's amazing seeing all the fabrics coming together.
i did feel frustrated seeing the pieces all clipped together in a corner, but actually, being able to work on one bunch at a time has made the whole thing less daunting, and surprisingly it's come together reasonably quickly. 

i'm really starting to keep my eyes peeled for a backing fabric now, ideally i don't want to buy new fabric so am looking at second hand curtains/bedspreads etc. i'm not even sure what colour i'm looking for yet, so that's gonna be a fun challenge. 

if you've made a quilt before, how did you go about picking your backing fabric? did you have something specific in mind, or did you see it one day and know it was the one?! 

p.s. if you're thinking of starting a quilt, please check out my friend sarah's blog for some inspiration. she was the one to give me that final push in starting my quilt when she brought hers into work- it's incredible and has so much history to it, i can't wait to see her finish it :)

*just a little side note to say that revision will no longer be taking up any of my time- i passed my theory test this morning, yay! 

18 comments:

  1. Oh I love the colours, it feels so fresh! Can't wait to see the finished quilt, I'd love to make one one day! Congrats on passing your theory too! :) xxx

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    1. thank you :) it's gonna take a long time but i can't wait either x

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  2. It looks so nice, can't wait to see the final quilt x

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  3. Its looking great so far, the fabrics you've chosen are very pretty.
    Congratulations on passing your theory test too, I'm planning to get going on driving again this year myself so if you have any revision tips let me know! :) x

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    1. thank you erin :) i'm so glad it's out of the way- i mainly used the official dsa app and just used it constantly, it really helped xx

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  4. This is such an inspirational post for me! I've wanted to start my own quilt for ages but kept putting it off because it seems like such a big project, but seeing how you'v organised it all makes it seem more dooable! Definitely on my to-do list once I graduate from uni xx

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    1. ah thank you so much sheri :) i put mine off for so long too, but i'm so glad i finally took the plunge. just don't put too much pressure on yourself and you'll love it :) x

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  5. I just came across your blog and I'm completely smitten!! I've been desperate to make a quilt myself for such a long time and I think you've just tipped the balance! Now going to put the kettle on and browse the rest of your posts with a cup of tea! :-)

    Jem xXx

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    1. awh thank you so much, that's really sweet :) i hope you do make one and enjoy it! x

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  6. Thanks for the shout-out, Skye! And all the blog-help on Friday - much appreciated. xx

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    1. you're welcome :) hope you're having fun quilting away the weekend! x

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  7. This looks amazing and reminds me of sewing in school lol

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  8. Wow! I study textiles at uni and I have to say this is really impressive! My friend is a professional quilter and the ones she produces are literally stunning and so complex so I really admire you! Keep going, you're going to be so proud once it's finished and you'll be able to keep it forever and ever.

    Love fenn xx

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    1. thank you so much :) oh wow, i'm totally in awe of people who can make such complex ones, maybe i'll get here one day! xx

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  9. I'd love to start my own quilt! I love the colours and patterns your planning to use!

    Becky xoxo

    Please do visit my blog and perhaps leave a comment .
    http://www.tiedyeandteacups.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. thank you :) i'd totally recommend starting one-i'm so glad i did it x

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