The day has come - I've finally finished the Big Quilt!
for my colleague's sister's 21st birthday. It's taken about 3 months to
complete. She wanted detail of handbags, cherries, cupcakes, birds, and
lots of colours. Quite feminine, hence lots of red and pink, without
being too girly.
used several different fabrics for the binding - mainly because I
didn't have enough of one fabric to do it all the same. The cupcakes
worked really well on the binding.
I found it
challenging working on such a big quilt, having done so many small
projects lately. The last big one I did was all by hand, and I was
living in my flat which had lots of space to spread out. For this one, I
had to use the spare room, and laid out flat the quilt took up all of
the floor space!! It made pinning very tricky, and I'm sure the backing
isn't as smooth as it could be for that reason.
couldn't do any quilting through all the layers though, which I was
disappointed about. The quilt was just too big for me to manoeuvre
around my sewing machine - especially as the wadding I used was quick
thick. I tried to quilt by hand but ditto the problems of thickness
again. I bought a sewing loop hoop recently, but again, the wadding was
too thick to use that with it! Lessons learned for next time however.
My colleague was really pleased with it, and has already asked me
to make one for herself in the new year. She wants some castle fabric
if possible, but I'm having trouble finding any.
I always get a little sad when I have to say goodbye to one of my
quilts.... it was even sadder for such a large quilt. A lot of time and
effort goes into making things for other people. Sometimes it would be
nice if someone spent so much time and effort on me.