Today I am thinking about quilts. Maybe it’s because I was attaching a binding to a quilt I was making for a little girl who lives next door last night. Maybe it’s the crisp autumn air this morning that made me want to cuddle up in a nice warm quilt.
So just now I walked into to a local fabric shop and on impulse, bought enough fabric to make my son a new quilt. Because I have never made him a proper quilt before.
While I am contemplating the design for my son’s new quilt, I thought I’d share with you some of the quilts I had made before.
This is my very first quilt, a cot quilt for Miss M when she turned one.
It’s a modified version of Denyse Schmidt’s triangle quilt pattern. Doesn’t it look simple? Well, it was really hard for me back then. I can’t remember how many of those triangles I had to unpick, so the points match up (more or less). Probably close to half. It took many months to complete, and for that reason is my all-time favourite quilt. It is machined pieced and hand quilted.
This one is a picnic-sized (about 1.5m square) quilt in bright bold colours, from one of Kaffe Fasset’s patterns using “S” blocks. Also machine pieced and hand quilted.
This is the largest quilt I have made so far, in queen size, for our bedroom. It’s a very simple pattern of blue rectangles on white background. Machine pieced and machine quilted. I realised then that I wasn’t a big fan of making huge quilts – too heavy and cumbersome to manage! I nearly gave up, and had to have this one professionally quilted for me. Since then I have only made baby-sized ones.
Simple baby play quilt in red, white and light blue – machine pieced and quilted.
Green pinwheel quilt – machine pieced and hand quilted.
See, I was too lazy to take new photos of my quilts, and I have never taken proper photos of my finished quilts. So what you see here are glimpses of my quilts in action, so to speak. I use these quilts everywhere – on beds, on the floor, outside on the lawn, on the coffee table (actually I don’t remember why this one ended up on the coffee table), absorbing drools, baby wee, and beverage spills.
There are actually more little quilts around my house, and I love them all. They are all simple in design. Not because I don’t like complicated designs, I do, but it seems that only simple ones end up as finished quilts. The rest are sitting in my “unfinished” pile, looking very pretty… but unfinished.
This is the stack of navy batik print fabrics I bought today, along with some basic whites.
Arn’t they pretty? I have no idea what I will do with them, but probably something very simple.