My First Patchwork Quilt
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
OK, that's not entirely true, on two counts. I have made other patchworks but always for others (and nothing too big, or fancy), and secondly, well, it's not finished yet.
But hey I'm going to show you anyway. And making it public is a good incentive to get it finished. And this is big. Up until now it's been all about cot sizes.
Yes, it's pink. I didn't set out for it to be quite so pink but that's the nature of patchwork, at least my patchwork.
I have the most beautiful memories of my mother, who would have been about 25 at the time, making two matching patchworks. The fabric was left over from the clothes she made both of us so they have a gorgeous nostalgic pull for me. Not just because they were my bed covers as I grew up but also the memory of the sweet 70's frocks I wore.
I'm pretty sure we owned a sewing machine but for some reason the quilts are made by hand. I'm not sure what the system is called but Mum tacked the cut fabric onto card templates and then hand stitched the squares together before removing the card.
While visiting Mum a few years ago I noticed they were being used in a way less than ideal. One as a painting drop cloth, and the other I found in the dog basket, happy sleeping pooch on top.
Successful rescue operation. Both are safe and sound in our house.
They make great picnic blankets.
So my patchwork. It's now at the quilting, backing, binding stage, hand it to the experts stage...
Here it is half completed.