My first and last ever quilt

This quilt cost me 9 months, a load of fabric and my upper layer of skin (there were lots of stabbings with pins involved). This is without a doubt the longest craft I’ve ever done and I can’t say i’ll be doing it again.

I got the pattern from a quilting magazine. It came with instructions as well, but I found them confusing and long winded so I just kind of free styled it. Initially I got off to a flying start, cutting circles, icing and squares. Constructing the individual squares was fun too, lots of bondaweb and practising applique circles. But then came construction, long, arduous construction.

The initial sewing-together-of-the-squares bit took me about a weekend. I was chuffed when it was finished, I really love the doughnut pattern, and I naively thought the hardest part was over.

Turns out the next bit was a hell of a lot worse, sewing endless lines of over wadding and fabric. Making sure all the pieces were aligned was tricky, despite using quite literally all the pins I own. I can’t say it turned out to be my neatest work. I had to do a bit of trimming down post line sewing so it didn’t end up being perfectly square, but that just gives it a home-made charm right?

Sewing the binding was the last painful stage. I really don’t understand how people can perfectly sew binding equally on each side?! I ended up having to sew close to the line on one side, and then flip it over and do another line on the other, leaving my binding with two slightly wobbly train tracks.

After all that, I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out (as long as you don’t look too close at the stitching). It makes a nice little addition to our sofa, but I definitely, definitely won’t be making another.

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