Having been given a jelly roll and a quilting book for Christmas 2010, there is no excuse not to get on with quiltmaking.

Here's what happened next...


Saturday, 26 November 2011

Project Number Five

Despite not having finished Scatty Stars (quite), I am cogitating upon the Next Project.

Now that mum's seen the first couple of quilts that I have made, she's asked me to make her a quilt for her bed. The brief was that she didn't want a really 'busy' pattern, and it had to match the three colours in the curtains, and also the carpet.

Ha! Easy peasy - I just gave her Sue's Pick Four and asked her to choose which one she would like me to do for her.

The designs are all lovely, as we know, and for me, I know that the instructions will be good to follow, and I have the added advantage that if I need to alter the dimensions at all, the esteemed author herself will be able to advise on changes in fabric quantity, and other helpful advice. Brilliant!

Mum's chosen Antique Nine Patch, and we will be going on a fabric choosing expedition when big sister Helen is up in a couple of weeks.

I do have my work cut out slightly in that mum wants to have the quilt with side & bottom pieces - as in this example from the FoQ - to cover over the drawers in the bed base.

I was thinking of side panels and a bottom panel that are removable (zip/buttons/velcro?) so that the top can be washed separately - and of course, I'm not sure how and to what extent these pieces should be patterned.

So lots of food for thought there!

So today, I tried out our nearest independent fabric shop (which I had always thought was monstrously expensive) to see if this would be a good place to shop for what we need, as opposed to Hobbycraft, or the well thought of Cotton Patch - which is over the other side of the City.

I had a pleasant surprise to see the bolts starting at £8 a metre - and a sale shelf of selected fabrics at £5 a metre. So I couldn't resist a metre of this wonderful pattern, and an offcut (about a third of a yard) for £2.

A good day!


  1. Very nice fabric, which is your nearest shop then? White Cottage? Wouldn't bother with the Cotton Patch shop if I were you, it's tiny, nothing like their stands at the quilt shows! They're much more into mail order.

  2. I'm thrilled that you're making something else from the book. I love the Antique Nine-Patches quilt myself and currently have it "artistically" draped over the sofa where I'm sitting. Mary from Quilt Hollow has also made it and now I can't wait to see yours.

    I love the fabrics you bought - I wonder what they are going to be when they grow up.

  3. Oh, that is one of my favorites in the book! I can't wait to see what you do with it! I would love to start one from the book, but can't yet...more ufo's to finish up first!!

  4. Antique Nine Patch is a beauty, definitely on my 'to do' list (along with the other 11, although I have made a start on Diamonds for Christmas).

    Love, love, love your leaf fabric.

  5. With several hundred bolts on display at the Cotton Patch shop, I'm hoping that we should be able to find four fabrics to suit, Ali!

    The colours wont be a million miles away from those you used, Sue, as it happens - we're co-ordinating with a sage green carpet, dark beige & antique pink curtains, and a cream to set it off - just not sure which way round they'll be. My impulse buys do not have a project to slot into as yet, but that's why we have a stash, I believe? ;-)

    Are you going to be jolly good and make yourself finish X ufos before you're allowed to start another project, Reenie...?

    We need piccies, Bilbo!

  6. We need piccies, Bilbo!

    Move along now folks, nothing to see ...

    Unless you count a pile of pinwheel blocks made Some Considerable Time Ago (when "The Book" was still a draft manuscript), put in a box 'cos I couldn't make up my mind on the setting fabrics and only recently come to light very crumpled and badly in need of an iron.

    You might track down the photos on T'Other View if you could be bothered ... I can't!


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