Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Well...

I have actually made a start on No.4's quilt!  Yes I know!  Amazing, it really is.  And I started on the spur of the moment as well.  I just decided two nights ago to rip into it.  I'm not sure if many of you sew like I do.  I just went into this quilt with no idea of what I was really aiming for.  I knew that I was having squares and doilies, but as for design, really I was in the dark.  So I just began stitching squares together and I have to say I really like it so far. 

I might need to find a couple more bigger sized doilies, but that's OK.  I don't really know if I'm going to fill in all the small linen squares or just some of them with little doilies and bits of table cloths. 

I do think I'll make the whole quilt and then stitch the doilies on in case it shrinks and looks blimmin' awful.  And no I haven't pre-washed any of the fabrics.  And yes I know that linen mix isn't the same as the cottons and the shrinkage may differ. As I say, I like livin' on the edge a little.

And today I ordered another pile of fabrics as I ran out at cot size!  It's very me I'm afraid.  Not to worry, they should be here tomorrow.  There was a panicky moment or two when I saw that one of the fabrics wasn't available on the online shop.  Turns out she just hadn't listed some of them.  It sure does pay to ask ladies.  Actually it might pay to make sure you have enough fabric in the future when embarking on a quilt, unless you prefer to live on the edge like me.


So this is the quilt so far.  I've used bigger linen squares for underneath the doilies for support.  'Cause a doily needs a lot of support you know.  I've even decided to do quilting lines either side of each seam which another first for me. 

The little lady thinks it's a bit special to finally be getting a real quilt.  "Is it really mine?"  She keeps asking.  Although she's not keen on the spotty squares.  Who knows why??  This is a girl that hates to wear stickers and name tags, fake tattoos and pen marks on skin.

I'm thinking, yes I know I've done a bit much of that lately haven't I?!! Anyway I'm thinking that I'll just do more squares around the edges but not any more doilies as it will be less fussy that way.  But who knows what it will turn out like in the end.   Now I think I've prattled on quite enough for one day!  See you later xx

16 comments:

Naturally Carol said...

I love the inclusion of the doilies on your new quilt...I think you're quite right in not putting too many on though as it gives each the space to shine!

sallgood said...

I love the layering! It's going to be a-dor-a-ble!!

Serenata said...

It is looking lovely Sarah, I love the way your work - slightly random and on the edge as you say, but still exciting. :)

Catherine said...

It is very very pretty and I'm sure #4 will come around to the spots - after all spots are very cool

Linda Gilbert said...

Just making it JUST for her will make her feel so special. The best gift a MUM can give a child!
Love Linda

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

It's going to be great. Well done on following your instincts!

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Very gorgeous indeed, love it!

Lululiz said...

It is going to be so beautiful when its finished. I love the fabrics you are using, pinks and green, such a lovely combination.

Scrummy Scrapz aka Lizzie said...

Just love the combo with the doilies and this is going to be some fantastic quilt - what patience you've got!

Annemiek said...

Disliking nametags and tattoos? good thing! Not keen on SPOTTED squares???? Hmm, there's work to be done!*lol*

The quilt looks awefully nice; very "girly':)

polkadotpeticoat said...

I also love your layers...so fresh and pretty and I love the colors very soft!

Lara said...

It's coming together beautifully. You totally crack me up though. I am way too controlling to embark on a quilt without having worked out all my measurements and the best way to cut my fabric to make sure I get the most out of it. LOL! I've only got 3 more blocks to make for my Bliss quilt then I need to add the sashing and sew it all together. Just need motivation!!

sewnbysaliba said...

Looks absolutely brilliant! I love how you're using doilies instead of just leaving it plain - it really makes the quilt pop!!

quiltjude said...

I love your adventurous ways! I just get an idea and run with it too, never follow books or patterns, make it up as I go along, always turn out ok too, cheers Jude , p.s. love your blog :)

magpie chic said...

Just ripping into it is sometimes the best way with quilts!I think you are right about washing first before attatching the doilies. I woulodn't have thought of that!
It looks great!I reckon you need a really bright rasperry red binding.

Natasha said...

I too rarely wash my fabrics for a quilt, I like the wrinkly scrunch that happens after the first wash. I am really liking your use of the dollies and napies. Well done.