Ta-daaaa!

I finished sewing all my squares together! Hurrah! Please excuse me while I do a happy dance around it!

Now, I don’t know much about sewing at all right now so I will tell you what I know about this quilt top:

I used 5 Moda charm packs (packs of pre-cut 5 inch fabric squares from the same range). The packs I used were: Bungle Jungle, Bloomin’ Fresh, Mixed Bag, Bartholo-Meow’s Reef and Pot Luck. Not all of those are current, and the fabric I want to use for the border is from one of those and I need to go on an Etsy hunt to find one.

My sewing machine is a Brother JS-23. It sews. No idea on any technical stuff! I used white Gutermaan (spelling?) thread. Aaaand that’s all the details I know!

The plan now is to track down the fabric I want for the border and then figure out what I want to back it with and put in the middle. To be honest I didn’t think much further than the squares for the top because it seemed like such a far-off dream in itself I didn’t think beyond it. It’s not taken me as long to do as I thought either, about 8 days from start to finish although I did work on it obsessively in the evenings when perhaps it would have benefited me more to go to bed!

I’ve a couple more works-in-progress to share with you soon but I haven’t taken any decent photos yet.

xxx

23 thoughts on “Ta-daaaa!

  1. Sue T says:

    I started making a quilt with hexagonal pieces from loads of different fabrics I had, remember cutting loads of templates to fold the material round before sewing. I know I still have the unfinished thing in my cupboard somewhere, maybe I should be inspired to revisit it. :-)

  2. Sue says:

    Wow that was fast work. It looks brilliant. All of your squares match up which is the part I am bound to mess up. I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

    Another bit I am bound to mess up is edge with mitred corners.

    I want to sew!

  3. Emmy says:

    Oh, it’s amazing!! I especially LOVE the chevron and bunting squares :D Good job! I’m really impressed that this is your first attempt. Makes me hope that I’ll learn how to make beautiful quilts like that someday =) I hope you are able to find the right fabric for the border, and look forward to seeing more pics!

  4. Hi Heather
    What a great first patchwork quilt top. An inexpensive way to finish it is to use fleece for the backing and it also acts as batting. If the quilt is for TTB , this makes it light, warm and most importantly easily washed! Look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

  5. Hollyjane says:

    That looks lovely, and done so quickly too! I made a quilt top a few years ago when I was in college, I used a sheet to back it and used it as a cover for my duvet. I wouldn’t recommend it though as the regular washing caused the fabric to fade, I should have just quilted it and used it on top of the duvet instead.

  6. Patchwork is totally enthralling. If the bug gets you then look out – you won’t be able to stop! I got the bug many years ago and am still totally obsessed. This year I’ve made almost 100 quilts, many commissions and lots for the Christmas Market in Winchester. I love your patchwork. What will you back it with? I use polar fleece and everyone seems to love it – warm, snuggly and very easy to wash and dry. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  7. Oh my god, Heather this is AMAZING!! Like seriously awesome! I made a tiny patchwork thing once and it took me forever. This is huge! I’m guessing it’s for TTB? He’ll love it, if not whoever it’s for will love it. I hope you’re keeping it though. It’s fab! Can you tell I’m excited?! x

  8. Anna-Marie says:

    WOW Heather, that was quick!!! and I am amazed that this is your first attempt!!! Your work is perfect and looks very pro!!! Like you’ve being doing it for years!!! A lovely quilt just in time for the cold winter nights!!! Have a fab week!!!
    Love
    AMarie
    xxxx

  9. Caroline says:

    When you showed us the beginning of this project I didn’t expect to hear from you for weeks! Congratulations, it links beautiful. Which fabris are you thinking of for the border?

  10. Wow that looks great and you know what, if you can sew that, you can sew clothes easy.
    I have sewn all my life ie: clothes for kids, myself and stuffed toys but NEVER sewn
    a quilt…fantastic Heather ☺☺

  11. Heather, I have followed you for a little while now, and have never left you feedback – but after today’s post I just wanted to say – WELL DONE!!! I am a quilter (for around 10 years now) – only becoming a ‘hooker’ in the last two or so years! I’m loving the crochet but my first love will always be quilting – so welcome to the world of quilting!!! I just love your quilt top!! I’m so proud of you and I don’t even know you!!! I cannot wait to see the finished item!! Just a little note for you – I have used discontinuted fabric before and sometimes find it hard to find the fabic to finish but the thing with quilting you can use any fabric to finish – think of a nice bright plain or maybe even black – any of these will complement your wonderful top so far …… also to finish – if for little one – think about a fleece backing – easy to do and cuts the cost of wadding and the cotton backing – I’m sure there are many quilting experts out there that will take a deep breath at my suggestion but we have used fleece backing on many childrens quilts over the years with great sucess! Good luck on finishing!!

  12. Danielle Fowler says:

    I’ve got a patchwork quilt top still folded up in one of my cupboards waiting for the wadding and backing layers. You’re generally so engrossed in the assembly stage of the top of the quilt, you tend to forget about the other half! Yours is beautiful and bright! It’ll be so cheerful!

  13. Anne Marie says:

    Blimey O’Reilly! You’re a fast worker! I made quilts then got fed up but I was doing it after work and the odd weekend. Yours looks absolutely gorgeous. You’ve done so well and seem to really have the bug!

    My new granddaughter arrived yesterday morning, and I’d only taken DIL to hospital to check on a slight irregularity, then lo and behold I got the phone call the next morning to say that Ellie had arrived, born at home, no fuss, no bother etc. my DIL has bought a sewing machine recently and I wonder if she will attempt to make quilt but as they’re quite minimalistic, I doubt it, rather little dresses for Ellie.

  14. Lisa says:

    That is gorgeous Heather, well done :o)
    I’m dying to make one (actually, three – one for us and each of the two kids), but haven’t even yet managed to crochet us a blanket that we can keep! 3 years of crocheting and I seem to have only made gifts for other people!
    I bought a charm pack at the Knitting and Stitching show in March this year, watched a seminar on patchworking, and decided I should do something straight away – so I have a patchwork cushion cover. Just the one – nine squares! baby steps…
    Good luck with the rest :oD

  15. Lisa says:

    That is gorgeous Heather, well done :o)
    I\’m dying to make one (actually, three – one for us and each of the two kids), but haven\’t even yet managed to crochet us a blanket that we can keep! 3 years of crocheting and I seem to have only made gifts for other people!
    I bought a charm pack at the Knitting and Stitching show in March this year, watched a seminar on patchworking, and decided I should do something straight away – so I have a patchwork cushion cover. Just the one – nine squares! baby steps…
    Good luck with the rest :oD

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