Sunday, 31 January 2010

The quick-slow quilt

My quilt is finished.  Once I got down to it, the rest of the quilting only took me a few evenings, and it was all done by Friday afternoon.

Yesterday I set about trimming and binding it.  This is my favourite part of quilt making as you finally see the whole thing coming together for the first time.

I laid the quilt out and trimmed all the edges.

Then I cut seven strips from this Michael Miller dot fabric, and made the binding.

With every quilt I make (this is my third) I get much better at making neat mitred corners.  But something I never learn is how l...o...n...g... it takes me to hand sew the back of the binding on.  I started off claiming it would take me an hour before tea, and then a couple of hours later I started revising my estimates downwards.  I finally finished at 12:55am. 

But of course it was worth it.  I slept under it and this morning took some finished photographs out on the railings at the front of our house.

Details: The three fabrics which make up the quilt top are all by Kaffe Fassett, and the binding fabric is by Michael Miller.  The backing fabric is a small white-polka-dot-on-red fabric from my local fabric shop.  The pattern is broadly based on one in Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts, called Six of One and Half a Dozen of Another.  I started it last May, made the top in a day and then left it half quilted for nearly seven months before finishing it over the last few weeks.  It would have indeed been a last-minute quilt without that seven month hiatus.

I love it!


  1. Nancy, I LOVE it!!! I love the fabrics, in fact I made Imogen a skirt out of the blue Kaffe fabric last year with waistband and pockets in the same pattern but pink.
    That must have made you smile waking up beneath your beautiful quilt this morning.
    Jane. x

  2. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous xxx

  3. Oh wow, it's bee-yootiful. Love the fabrics you've chosen as well.It's a massive quilt as well! does the whole family fit underneath? or are you not sharing?!

  4. I love it too. Now I feel double guilt over the picnic blanket that lies, unfinished in my cupboard from last summer. Maybe this year...

  5. Wow!! I love the design - those colors are just perfect for the deep of winter.

  6. Fabulous combination of fabrics - I really like the KF one and the quilting around the flowerss

  7. Love the quilt,it was worth the wait.



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