Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Roses

Hello, hello everyone!  I've been busy.  Too busy to blog even.  Yes for a change I actually made something - a quilt no less.  Let me introduce you to Roses, my third quilt, but first lap sized quilt...

Does she not look fine on No.3's bed?  Against that fabulous wall colour and freshly hung garland?  The fabrics in the garland are some of the ones I've used in the quilt.  Shame it's not destined for this bedroom really.  Still she's already got my first quilt, the nine patch, to keep her cosy.

I love the old fashioned fabrics around these days.  I also love some of the new styles too.  In this quilt I've cut two of each of my favourite fabrics in my stash.  My big girls both ironed and sewed some of the squares together so it was a nice family affair.

For this quilt I had to learn how to free motion quilt.  What fun that was!  It isn't as hard as it looks, really.  I also discovered that I prefer my bindings to be hand stitched.  I undid the first length of machine stitched binding and felt much happier with the look.
I've made this quilt for someone else as a present.  But I'm really struggling with the idea of gifting it.  I don't think quilts are made to be given away I've decided.  Even though I've made the label and all.  No.2 told me to pull myself together and basically wrap it.  But she didn't spend the last two days quilting it with roses.

What if the person receiving it doesn't love it as much as me?  I think I need to make another one really quickly!  This time I think I will make my squares smaller.  These ones are 17cm finished.  Perhaps 10cm squares will be nice. 

Honestly I'm silly sometimes.  It's just a quilt and of course it will be gratefully received.  It's just that it's freshly made and I still feel the attachment to it.  And it's stitched with loads of love too. 

You know what?  I'm going to go, right now, to my cupboard and pull the fabrics out.  Yes I am.  See you next time with a pile of freshly cut squares.

16 comments:

melissa said...

It looks beautiful, Id have a hard time giving it away too!

karlyn Jackson said...

I love this quilt, so fresh! You'd better make yourself another.

Andi said...

It's a stunning quilt.
I can see why it might be hard to part with.

The Patchwork Heart said...

I love your colour choice and the roses quilting is adorable, yes I agree too good against that wall to give away ... you will have to make another! Well done!
Heather x

Floss said...

Oh Sarah, it's adorable. I would find it very hard to give it up!

But, to encourage you, when my mum was having a short 'respite' session in the hospice, one day they put a lovley quilt on her bed. She and I spent most of the day stroking it and peering at each individual piece of fabric and stitching, and when my dad arrived, he reached out and touched it and commented on it too! So quilts are truly appreciated outside of the family that made them, too.

It's an incredible gift.

Serenata said...

Sarah it is fabulous and whoever is to receive it will absolutely adore and treasure it I am sure of that.

I can understand not wanting to give it away though as well... You are a very clever lady as are your girls...

Looking forward to the next lot!

Running Thread said...

What a gorgeous gift! I'd find it hard to give it away. Hope it's going to a special home.

Maria said...

Your quilt looks beautiful Sarah, and who could not appriciare such a well made thoughtful gift ? I really like the way you have quilted it, just gorgeous :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Lovely work indeed, love the rosey stitching, just gorgeous, love Posie

Fran said...

Oh Sarah, that is truly gorgeous! I have severe quilt (and free motion) envy.

The undomesticated scientist said...

its beautiful!

Jak said...

I can understand you not wanting to give it away, because it's just so beautiful. But I am rather superstitious and think that if I've made something or bought something as a gift, then it should be given 'what goes around, comes around' sort of thing. Silly, I know. Thanks for popping by, no I'm not dead or buried under by grannies (haha!), but only using a tiny notebook computer at the moment (9" screen) which is very trying on my old eyes. Hopefully my 'proper' computer will be safely back from the repairers soon.
Hope you have a lovely day.
Jak x

Joan said...

It's beautiful. I've discovered that things we create are sort of like your "children." You become quite attached to them along the way, then it's hard to give them up. I can't imagine anyone not loving anything your hands have touched.

Nadine said...

Oh Sarah! What a stunning quilt!!!!! Wow, I don't think I could give it away! The fabrics are lovely and the rose stitching is so pretty....well done!!!

Croap Queen said...

Beautiful. Clever old stick aren't you :-)

Jo x

Allana said...

It is utterly beautiful - I'm sure the recipient will love it as much as you do, I know I would! :)