Happy May 1st internet! It is a cold, wet, and gloomy day here, and has been for the last few days. All in all it has made for a fairly depressing week, it’s amazing how the lack of sun really affects me, but things are looking up. Plus Me Made May ’14 starts today, I finished a new basic skirt just last night that seem like it will be perfect! You will all see it on my weekly round-up before I do an official post.
Today I’m going to share with you something a little different. Guys, I made my first quilt! And I must say I love it! But not too long ago I would have been very skeptical of the idea of making a quilt, I must admit I had some preconceived notions of quilt making as boring and kinda lame (don’t worry I no longer feel that way) but after seeing some amazing stuff and quilting fabrics via Instagram, I toyed with the idea of starting my own. I started by using my scraps to make an English Paper Piecing quilt (which I am still working on, but is far from done) but then when Lizzy House released her Cat Nap collection I nearly died. I mean how could you not fall head over heals for these prints, they are absolutely gorgeous. So I promptly ordered a fat quarter bundle that also included some of her Hello Pilgrim collection. The next step was to find a pattern that would appropriate show off these beautiful prints, so I went to the library and found it, and sewed like a maniac.
The pattern is called Squadron by Kathreen Ricketson from her book Little Bits Quilting Bee: 20 Quilts Using Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters and I must say the instructions are really easy to follow and a quilting novice like myself had no problems in construction. The only thing that I did differently was to use the patterns for the background rather than the intersecting lines and I have to say I love this combination! I still get to see the prints in large scale but the intersecting lines keep it from looking too beginner patchwork-y.
As I previously mentioned I used a fat quarter pack of Lizzy House’s Cat Nap and Hello Pilgrim for the background and for the intersecting lines, backing, and binding I used Kona Cotton in Pewter. For the backing I decided to go with two panels of the Pewter, initially I wanted to add in an impromptu piece that I created with scraps, but I couldn’t figure out the appropriate way to incorporate it,so I decided to skip it.
For the batting I ordered Quilters Dream Orient Blend Select Batting which has a nice drape to it. I spray basted it to the front and back and quilted in in straight vertical lines that are 2 inches apart. I then made the bias tape and hand-stitched it to the quilt. The quilt itself took about a month (but if I wasn’t working on other projects it would have only taken a couple of days) and it was well worth it, there is nothing better than snuggling under a handmade quilt. This quilt is a bit small for our queen size bed, so it has become the official couch blanket, all in all perfect for cat naps!