Saturday, June 5, 2010


Despite coming from a very enthusiastic quilting family I have rather avoided the whole quilting thing. I had really wanted to be doing something different and my own.

But the quilting bug has finally got me and I have all kinds of plans.

I wanted to start out small. I wanted to make a green quilt for throwing over my shoulders when doing my meditation. It needed to be uber soft and snuggly, with a great drape. I didn't want it too look at all formal - it needed to be a scrap quilt. And very simple.

I used a raft of green fabrics in the stash, including an old favourite sheet.

You may notice it looks rather rough or maybe 'rustic', or possibly even saggy. I went with a different approach than standard wadding and backing. I have a couple of old chenille bedspreads lying about which I haven't used in years. They are so beautiful I can't bear to part with them. I decided to use one to back this little quilt. I held my breath as I cut the chenille - terrified I would regret this waste of a lovely bedspread.

I love the result, even if it is saggy. It feels magnificently cosy.

Though before I embark on a 'real' quilt that would make my mum proud my basting needs to improve an awful lot and I really do need to learn to sew a straight line.


Jodie said...

It looks fantastic !!! and straight lines are over rated !
It really is beautiful.

Melissa said...

I love it. Some quilts just don't look inviting enough to drape around but yours does. Was it hard to sew with the chenille?

Michelle said...

I'm with Jodie - never a fan of the straight line! I love your quilt - I think it's perfect. And I love the idea of using old chenille bedspreads as backing! That is genius.

Did you use a walking foot for the quilting? Because that really helps. It's a worthwhile investment if you don't have one already.

Rose Red said...

One day I plan on making a quilt or two as well. I also need to learn how to sew straight lines too! But I do like very much the idea of the simple scrappy quilt (not that yours looks like it - just not as "structured" as some quilts are). Very snuggly.

Bec said...

That looks awesome! I bet the chenille is snuggly too - perfect for it's purpose. I'm a big believer in crafting according to purpose and that looks just perfect for meditation. Just like a big hug!

Gina said...

Embrace the wonk and the sag, enjoy the soothing colours and perfect function. It's great, I love it.

Sarah said...

Oh how perfect for its purpose. Love those green colours and the snuggability