What do you do when you have a stack of unfinished projects, hardly any time to sew and a busy few weeks coming up?
You start a making a quilt for the first time ever. Right? *sheepish grin*
The funny part is that many of you reading this will consider it a perfectly reasonable thing to do.
Until lately, I’ve never been very interested in quilts. They’ve always seemed a bit old fashioned to me. They are a long and painstaking project, and I’m a bit impatient and have a short attention span.
So what’s changed my mind? Pinterest, for a start. (I’ve even started my own Quilt board, check it out here.) I’ve seen some amazing quilts made from beautiful, modern fabrics. Also, I like the idea of a project that once made, can be used forever, unlike a garment that will be grown out of.
I was recently the lucky winner of a charm pack of Lucy’s Crab Shack (appropriate name right?) by Sweetwater for Moda, and I’ve decided to give it a go and put together some little blocks. I was going to just sew the charms together for something simple, but that seemed a bit boring. I found this tutorial by Lovely Little Handmades on making easy pinwheels, so I thought that would be a good starting point.
The three pictures in this post are my first EVER attempt at anything quilt related. I’m happy with the blue and pink pinwheels but the cream and green one doesn’t have enough contrast in the colours to make the pinwheel shape stand out. Trial and error!
My plan is to make a large cot sized quilt that will go on Lucy’s bed when she is old enough for the sides of her cot to be removed and it becomes a toddler bed. When she eventually graduates to a big bed she can just have her quilt as an extra throw or little cosy blanket when she wants to read books or listen to music.
I probably need to plan this quilt a bit better – get an idea of how many pinwheels I need. I’m wondering what colour solid I will use between the pinwheels. I quite like the olive green colour throughout this fabric range.
So quilting friends – tell me your tips and tricks! Do you have a Pinterest board devoted to quilts? Let me know, I’d love to follow.