Waste not want not

I’d like to say I’m a model of careful management of the excess in our life whether it’s  week old vegetables or the recycling or repurposing of items at home that have seen better days but of course I can’t. Whilst I’m not truly dire there  is a lot of room for improvement particularly in the amount of food wasted which ends up in the wormeries or our compost heaps. But on the plus side we have so much recycling our council have given us an extra massive recycling bin – I’m the envy of my friends!! But when it comes to fabric I like to think I’m on the good side of waste not want not. And this quilt is proof….


The quilt (if you discount the backing) is made I reckon with virtually 85 -90% of  scraps left over from quilts I had made previously from yardage. Even the batting is pieced from a number  of left over pieces of batting all of  roughly  the same loft. And of course there’s a scrappy binding from numerous blue strips.


When it comes to scraps I keep them in glass jars which are more or less sorted by colour. The rope bowls gather the scraps which are then every so often sorted into the jars. The scraps in these bowls all went into those jars – they are surprisingly spacious if you squash the fabric down.


When these jars get over stuffed I get quite edgy and determined to find a way to utilise their contents. This scrappy block was one recent attempt to conquer awkward sized pieces and worked very well.

For this drunkards path quilt the start place was the my over stuffed white/cream jars. I like scrap quilts to be controlled with plenty of negative space to rest the eye. But by definition these white/neutral fabrics were  varied but crucially they read as a neutral background. So I randomly pieced two then three pieces together  and then kept adding to get a piece large enough to cut a drunkards path block. It took a surprising amount of scraps to make sufficient.


Whilst time consuming I loved the scrappy finish of these blocks. Certainly worth the effort and 2 very stuffed jars were emptied. Using my accuquilt was a huge bonus.


Now  for the drunkard path ‘pie’ filling. Again I wanted it to be from scraps but wanted the colours to be controlled and not completely random. I had a fair bit of blue and pink larger sized scraps from which with careful cutting I could get 3 – 4 pie shaped pieces. But there were still not enough.




One of the reasons for being so particular about using scraps was this was for a scrap challenge run  by Kim of Persimmon Dreams. The rules were quite specific, minimum 80% from scraps defined as pieces less than a fat quarter. So as I wanted to stick to the rules I had to wait to use some of my stash so I’d be left with pieces of the right size. I even put in some old denim and a shirt destined for the charity bin. But the deadline of  3 November was looming but I’ve made it!

The design came about playing with ideas but I wanted to break away from the traditional drunkard path circle. I wanted bright and modern but when it came to quilting I decided the busy design favoured simpler quilting. As a general rule if the design’s curvy I go for straight lines and vice versa. But this time I wanted an all over crinkly effect so went with a curvy stitch. As it’s destined for a child through the Siblings Together charity I wanted it to be nice and soft.




I’m being very brave here showing my reverse side. It always looks a complete dog’s breakfast because I’m never consistent with ironing seams  but of course normally it’s mercifully completely hidden from view. But the picture better  shows the multiple pieces of the neutral background. The very sharped eyed may notice that this top is smaller than the finished quilt,  it just might be because Skye looked so sweet asleep I couldn’t quite bring myself to move her as I sewed the top together.


This is my second Q4 FAL finish against my original target list here

linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts 

A much needed cover up


No I’m not referring to the current political drama being played out in the US.  It’s compulsive viewing here in the UK, I can imagine it is mandatory viewing in the US.  No it’s a much more mundane cover up, that of my sewing machine. Yes not of world importance but as my 2 year old Pfaff got ever more grimy and dusty something had to be done.

I was much inspired by this sewing machine cover by Nicky of Mrs Sew and Sow. I liked the witty use of a vintage machine on the outside. Nicky used a screen print now no longer available. I am very capable of copying someone completely and utterly!! But foiled by this I came across this print. I’ve kept the details in in case you want to order a copy!


My plan was to sew some small squares together from a charm pack of Wordsmith by Janet Clare.  Fuse it onto some interfacing and cut out a vintage sewing machine shape and then sew the raw edges onto some Essex Dyed Linen Flax, my go to fabric for a neutral background.


But a couple of things changed my mind firstly an IG picture of Wordsmith hexies on a dark blue background by Karen, IG @kass_roberts. It looked very effective so that immediately meant my background changed and I chose the nautical colourway of this fabulous range. And then the purchase of Crafted Applique by Lara Buccella.


I’d followed Lara’s book blog hop and seen some great detailed  appliqué using her technique and lots of positive comments. Now of course you need to get the book to find out the process, all I can say it beats using lightweight fusible hands down. The cut edges are crisper and no fraying, there is no risk of gunk on your iron or ironing board when the fusible goes on the wrong side and best of all the appliqué pieces are movable. It really is a super technique and easy to do. I highly recommend the book. And of course I was itching for a project to play with the technique and this was perfect. It was also quick and fun.

I chose to do half square triangles rather like the original print, and then was enjoying myself so much did another version.  I placed the appliqué on dark grey fabric to hide the odd gap and then free hand drew a template of a vintage sewing machine and cut that out and sewed them onto the Essex Dyed Linen. I made up the pattern for the cover, it wasn’t hard, after all it’s just a rectangular box. I used piping to define the shape and Vilene H640 which is quite a stiff interfacing to give it structure

img_4365img_4366Sewing it together was a breeze with just a simple bias binding along the bottom and a handle on top to whisk it on and off.  At last some TLC for my machine….

IMG_4526.JPGThis is my first Q4 FAL finish against my original target list here

Sunday Stash – country blues

Er yes I know it’s Monday but Sunday is such not a day of rest sadly as I’m usually steeped in domestic toil….who knew children needed feeding so much and I would end up having to buy in so many supplies all the time!!

Back to Sunday Stash and linking up to host Molli Sparkles….I’m trying hard not to buy quite as much fabric as I did in the my first couple of years of quilting. The theory is  I’m buying just what I need for a project but of course I fall in love with a range and all my good intentions go out the window… That’s my excuse. My latest crush….  Heartwood by Makower.

I’d never make a fabric designer ever, partly because colour selection gives me endless anxieties but mostly because I’d never come up with catchy names  and the name of this collection is perfect.


I love the soft blue and sharp lime as an accent. That stunning low volume in both blue and grey is just so very reminiscent of an English country scene –  I just need to think of a project that merits it and allows the larger prints to shine.

It was at a very reasonable price at The Fabric Guild. Whilst no one could ever say this online (and bricks and mortar) shop has speedy service it does have very low prices and is perfect for backings when you really don’t want to pay £12+ per metre for something that largely gets hidden. Choice of course is the compromise as it isn’t huge but I usually find something that will do just fine. And it’s rare I need something the next day anyway….

My other item of stash are these templates by Jenny Haynes IG PapperSaxSten.


She made this wonderful quilt using these variants of a drunkards path block and it was shown at the Festival of Quilts in the UK recently. I can’t wait to play with them…. perhaps I should combine the fabrics above with these templates!!



Finish Along Q3 recap and Q4 proposed finishes

Looking back to Q3 and what I proposed finishing well here is the composite  with the rather modest 50% score. Better than I feared but there are some long standing WIPS that just get moved from quarter to quarter.

img_4412What’s more galling is there are a couple of quilts I finished that never got put down on my target list. So to avoid that I’ve been a bit more ambitious about what could theoretically be achieved but at the same time try to focus on reality with Christmas looming….

So to start with

1. My scrap quilt made almost entirely with scraps. I’ve been a bit stymied by this as I thought I had loads of blue scraps but found I hadn’t enough of the size for a drunkards path block so had to wait until I created a few more scraps to make sufficient blocks. The reason for this determination to make it from scraps is that its for a quilt challenge which has very specific requirements that 80% of the quilt must be made with scraps which is defined as fabric less a FQ in size. This needs to be done soon and there’s no excuse.





2. This is the first of a couple of challenge quilts for the Modern Quilt Group,which is a subset of the UK Quilters Guild. We’ve been given some show space at the Festival of Quilts 2017 which is quite a coup and very exciting. This is the UK’s largest quilt show and some say in Europe as well. So the first challenge is on the theme of the music of Cottonopolis, a name given to Manchester which dominated the cotton industry. I’ve been allocated a couple of songs from Mancunian bands Oasis and The Chemical Brothers. I can choose to interpret the band name and/ or the song into a 24″ square quilt. I’m still mulling over this one but I’m torn between doing Cloudburst, the Oasis song, with lots of improv curve rain drops or going with The Chemical Brothers (no I hadn’t heard of them either) and using the January block of Lady Harventine, a pattern I love and from an earlier one I made you can you see the outline of a round bottle glass flask.  In case I go with that option fabrics with chemistry symbols have been ordered.


3. The next challenge is a 12″ quilt, any design, any colours but it must incorporate 4  2.5″ squares of fabric which have been provided . There are 2 of them in the top left which are low volume designs and 2 batik squares further down. This is my pick at the moment but it may change. If you think I’ve chosen the fabrics to hide these 4 fabrics, particularly the batiks, you’d be right….


4. This is an old faithful string scrap quilt. There really aren’t too many more blocks to do to make this a sizeable quilt. The main reason for wanting to get this done is because it’s taking so much room up in my WIP drawer as the strings are sewn onto paper.


5. I purchased Crafted Appliqué by Lara Buccella.  She’s come up with a clever and very effective technique for appliqué and I just need to finish off this sewing machine cover. Should be a quickish finish.


6. And finally no. 2 son wants a large warm quilt as he’s out grown the first I made him. We’ve chosen a pattern. Not the most inspiring if I’m honest and we have selected  these fabrics. A fleece backing is required….


Here are them altogether which will serve as a useful reminder.


Linking to Nicky Mrs Sew and Sow for the FAL Q4 link up. Wish I was clever enough to add the linky button…..

My drawer of shame….. or delight?


This innocent chest of drawers holds secrets. The large drawers are a depository of all my unfinished projects and planned projects that have rested there, in some cases, for more than 2 years.  And many of them are no nearer completion than they were when they were carefully tucked away.

I was reminded of my drawer of shame by a wonderful post by Stephanie of My Vintage Inspiration  which I chanced across, as you do, when surfing the internet and more specifically the blog of another very talented sewist  Kate of Fabrikated. Stephanie is an accomplished knitter and dressmaker and her post which is almost confessional in tone, very entertainly goes through all of her ‘stash of shame’, the many bags of knitting projects started or planned. It struck me that just over 2 years into this hobby I ought to do the same. So I opened that drawer and in true confessional mode the drawer above as well….

Well there were many project bags – I use those cheap craft bags from Hobbycraft some of which I’ve put a see through vinyl front  on like this one. Dear reader I shall not tell you how many bags as I do not want to be responsible for upsetting you



These craft bags  work well, big enough for all the projects I do but not too big for the smaller projects and at £1 each having a few extras is not a huge investment.  And being bags as opposed to project boxes, like the ones below, they collapse down if not too full so you are not storing air. I know lots of people use these storage boxes but having trialled them they just take up too much room for me at least.


In fact I had a great afternoon going through the drawers.

Some long term projects like this one below I fell back in love with and realised that I had sufficient blocks to finish the top at least. That one has become a priority as being scrap strings sewn on paper they were taking up a lot of space.


This drunkard path block project is also very near completion, well at least all the blocks are done. This one is going to be my October One Monthly Goal for Heidi at Red Letter Quilts as it’s been lurking around too long. And so far this year every OM goal I’ve set I’ve met, even if I went to the wire on occasions. I always feel I’m letting Heidi down if it doesn’t get done. I’m sure, the nice person that she is, she won’t hold it against me but it’s just enough psychological pressure to get it done. I think it will be destined for the Siblings Together charity.


I also came across projects which are now redundant. For example this project bag was filled the fabrics I was planning to use to make another Sew Together bag.


I made my first last year and another one as a pencil case for one of the children and I fully intended to make this one for sewing stuff as I liked the design so much.  However I came across the bionic gear bag which also has multiple zip pockets but also has this very useful ‘tray’ at the front to hold all manner of things when you are sewing. For me that just makes it a more functional bag. So it meant this project bag could be emptied and the fabrics put back into stash.  A win all round.

Another bag I opened (it was beginning to feel a bit like present opening at Christmas by now!!) had these gorgeous fabrics in it.


I chose these fabrics at last year’s Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.  I came across these lovely screen printed images from a lady (wish I could remember her name) who made these in her home in South Africa and had taken a stand at the FoQ.  We’ve had some wonderful holidays on safari in South Africa and I thought a memory quilt would be fun to make.  We need a warmer and thicker quilt in the lounge and this one is coming up the list.

All in all an afternoon confronting my shame turned out rather fun and came up with some surprisingly delightful WIPs that really deserve the light of day and not hidden in a drawer. Now to just get on with stitching them!!



Square scrappy block – Tutorial



I’m bee mama for October for  the Siblings Together Bee 2 so it’s my turn to come up with a block for my fellow bee mates. Last time I was mama our joint efforts produced these beauties.



Siblings Together is a wonderful charity that brings together separated siblings in the UK care system for a holiday. Given the typical cool of a UK summer evening the idea came up that a quilt should be given to each child as a momento of their holiday. Enter quilters from all over the world who make blocks and quilts and altogether annually over 100 quilts are made and given.

In wracking my brains for a block idea my aim was to deplete my ever crammed scrap jars which are full of those awkward  sized scraps.  I also remembered this wonderful scrappy quilt by Katie Pedersen. Whilst this version is simpler and not on point those controlled squares with scrappy points are similar.*

You can probably work out what to do from the picture of the block but if you want to see how I did it then follow the details below.  The only thing I’d ask is that the background is a  solid white or white on white print  not cream/grey/other low volume (I used Kona Snow and a white on white print) and the scraps are on the bright side.



So here goes.

You will need 16 white 5 inch squares and a bunch of bright scraps, minimum width 2.5″. I’m pleased to say making 3 of these blocks made visible space in my scrap jars.  Yay!!  (Mind you I did these blocks a few weeks back and the jars are full again –  how does that happen?)



To make one block, which should end up 16.5″ square, you will need to make the following. If you have a 4.5″ square ruler it will make life easier.


Firstly for the left hand pieces in the photo. Choose some bright scraps that will fit – triangle shaped pieces are perfect but they need to be minimum width 2.5″.


Select a couple of scraps  making sure they will fit ….


Whilst not bothering to measure precisely aim for them to be in the range of 2″ – 4″ up each side of the white square. And where they meet there should be at least 1″ between the crossover point and the bottom of the square as below.


Then stitch down one of them and  roughly trim



and flip over and iron or finger press ….


Add the next piece, again no precise measurement needed other than to ensure the crossover point is a min 1″ from the bottom. Stitch down…


Again roughly trim …..


Flip over,  press and trim to 4.5″



For the other 2 types of blocks just do one corner on 4 of the 5″ white squares and 2 opposite corners on the remaining 4 of the 5″ white squares using the same method. Finally trim all down to 4.5″ inches.

Assemble the pieces as below and sew together and then trim to 16.5″ square. Best to use a scant 1/4″.

imageIf my bee mates could make 1 block each that would be fab. If you feel like you can make 2 that would be wonderful. I will need 20 for a smallish quilt or 25 for a bigger quilt  and 3 have been done.

Many thanks everyone.  Any queries please do get in touch. For speedy response please email me on thelilaccat@yahoo.com

* Some of you may be following the current debate within the Modern Quilt Guild about derivative quilts  and the need to always see permission if you are inspired by a particular quilt, not so much for personal use, but certainly  for quilts that end up in more public settings like a quilt show. I touch on it here. The MQG  in fact have withdrawn their original post which caused such a furore but I still believe in attribution and just in case I checked with Katie Pedersen. She is the sort of generous quilter that believes her designs derive from techniques that are open to anybody. Having read some of the debates and posts about this topic not all quilters take that stance and are much more precious about their designs. Thanks Katie.

Linking up to Nicky of Mrs Sew and Sow for Scraptastic Tuesday


Quilters’ Blog Festival 2016 – second entry (but am I cheating?)


I’ve decided for my second entry, after much cogitation, to enter my favourite quilt I’ve made this year, this beauty….. The original post is here



But there lies the rub, it’s not really my quilt in that aside from assembling it by adding the sashing and making a few of the blocks and of course doing the quilting it is in large part, certainly the beautiful scrappy part, the result of the hard work of my fellow bee members of the Siblings Together Bee 2.  This wonderful charity provides quilts for children at special camps which bring together children in the UK care system who are separated from their siblings.  The holiday gives them a chance to bond and create happy memories and the quilt is a reminder of that time….and because we have such chilly evenings even in Summer!!!

I’ve seen other bee quilts in the festival so I don’t think I’m breaking any rules but be assured any prizes will be used for the charity.

I’m entering it into the scrappy category because it is just that, wonderfully scrappy. There are over 50 fabrics in this quilt, some beautiful, some well not so beautiful but when they come all together the magic happens and it becomes something really special.


It was my first time as mama and I had great fun picking on a quilt design and block. I found this free pattern called Fieldcrossing by Cloud Nine. It had the perfect bee block really simple to make and ideal for scraps. Blues and greens always work for me and is my teens’ favourite colour combination so has universal appeal, I hope!


I love to think that somewhere in the UK some child or young person is tucked up with this and feel it’s theirs as children in care often have very little that is exclusively their own and certainly not hand made. Being part of is bee with its lovely people and making a contribution to this charity is a privilege.

Thanks again to Amy of Amy’s Creative Side for all the organisation and hard work of running the festival. It is such  a celebration of quilting and a highlight of this weekend for me, when the entries are closed, is catching up on all those quilts. I hope my children don’t expect me to cook, clean and chauffeur this weekend – they are going to be disappointed!!!



Quilters’ Blog Festival 2016 – first entry and first time entering…



I’ve been quilting for two years now and an absolute favourite of mine has been the twice yearly quilters’ blog festival.  This is a virtual quilt show where bloggers can enter two quilts under various categories. It’s run by Amy of Amyscreativeside

Running the festival must be a vast undertaking – marshalling categories, organising voting and then finding prizes for winners but Amy seems to blend this in with everything else she does. It’s a well oiled machine I tell you. But of course the real fun is seeing everyone’s quilts, finding out how the voting goes (its not easy to call at all!) and that wonderful inspiration and eye candy all in one place. Just great fun.

In fact this year Amy changed things up to reflect the fact that there are fewer bloggers and more Instagrammers so the Spring festival went on Instagram and there was a wonderful response. But the autumn is just for bloggers which means you get the eye candy but also the background to the quilts and its construction. It’s well worth a view particularly when all the quilts have linked in which is at the end of this week.

Ah so which quilt to chose and then which category?  I’m still agonising about my second quilt but my first entry is this sumptuous  red quilt, all mine and very warm it is too. The obvious category is large quilt and at 75″ by 85″, it’s certainly on the larger side.


I’ve blogged about it here but you may recognise this as the Urban Candy Quilt by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I wanted a scrappy look so picked out just about every warm toned fabric I possessed and then was understandably compelled to buy a few more…. I was after more prints and fancied some of the warm small scale prints of Denyse Scmidt’s older ranges so the search was on.


Using the Quick Curve Ruler really lived up to its name. In no time did I have a mound of warm toned pieces and the corresponding plain Kona Oyster. The sewing was easy too but the trimming…..that was more tricksy. If the quilt was to be gifted I’d have resewn a fair few but perfection isn’t my bag.


It took a fair bit of trial and error to get the right mix of prints depending on scale, colour and tone but we got there. The quilting was a relatively easy on my Pfaff 4.2. and I used the forgiving  ‘loop the loop’.


But my main requirement was that it would be warm and cosy and big enough. It’s getting chilly here in the UK and I wanted one that was more than just a token quilt like a bed runner. It’s an ample size for me  and best of all with a wool batting and cosy flannel backing it’s lovely and warm. Just what I wanted.


Do pop by the festival, I know it’s only the first day but there are already some stunning quilts. If you go down towards the bottom of this post the categories in the grey boxes take you straight to the quilts in that section of the festival. Enjoy!

Charity begins at home …. and with scraps


You get the impression that some charity quilts are regarded as second best, to be considered when a quilt hasn’t worked out as planned.  Whilst I’ve tried hard with the gifted quilts to produce quilts I’d like to keep this one I fully admit was a long standing WIP made from the left over strips from a jelly roll of Marrakesh by Irene and Lewis about which I had my doubts….


I’d extracted the pinks and greys from the jelly roll for a quilt for one of the children’s teachers who had got No. 1 son through a crucial maths exam. For that very significant achievement I would have cheerfully made her a king-size quilt but as a baby was on the way this seemed a rather more practical gift. It uses the Three Dudes pattern which is one of the many excellent video tutorials by Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilt Company. The pinks work well together and the rather soft palette is suitable for a baby girl when you don’t know the nursery colours or preferences of Mum and Dad


But for the ‘left over’ quilt which mostly came  together at a Project Linus quilt day run by Joy Edgington who, aside from the dubious pleasure of being my go-to quilting teacher, is the local coordinator, I really wasn’t sure about it. The strong yellow and blue just seemed to be overpowering it. Thanks to ironing fairy Lynn and Mariana who sewed some it with me much of the top was finished by the end of day.  But now it’s quilted and bound the magic has happened and I rather like it.

I have to say that I wouldn’t recommend this pattern for a quick quilt finish. There are a lot of seams which take up fabric of course and per block it’s quite fiddly. This is in contrast to the quilt I made it last years Project Linus day which was chosen specifically because it looked to be a very efficient design and perfect for a jelly roll that got rejected for being too pink! Designed by Amy Friend, who I think is one of the most talented and original quilters out there, it’s called Interlock.

The next Project Linus quilt is this smaller cot quilt that was originally a FMQ practice piece for a FMQ course I went on led by Joy at New Pastures Quilting.


I’ve been on some excellent quilting courses run by Joy and they have been so useful. Poor Joy is however is quite used to me having a slightly different approach in her sessions as I like to make what I want to make but she’s fab and very flexible. This was supposed to be a charm square sewing machine cover with us practicing motifs in the squares. But a baby quilt it became …..  I used available scraps, mostly Horizon by Kate Spain, a range I love and a batch of  Kona ash squares I miscut for another project. Obviously I’ve not been listening well enough in Joy’s quilting classes!!

I’m not sure you can make out the motifs but there are unintentionally grumpy cats at the top, some hearts in there, the word love and finally upside cars on the bottom. I guess you  can see why I need quilting classes!


Linking up with Nicky for Scraptastic Tuesday. And Nicky again for the FAL Q3 2016 linkup as the smaller of the quilts was a proposed finish for this quarter – see here for my FAL list of targets

Selfish sewing

imageThis is an entirely selfish quilt! It was made for my newly decorated bedroom and replaced  a very tatty bed runner that was made by me years ago  from spare curtain material and used an old blanket as wadding. This was before I started quilting proper. It looked okay but of course the cats’ claws have been working on it and pulling threads so a new one was needed. After all everyone else in the house, including the two cats, have their own quilts.


The Quick Curve Ruler (QCR) made by Sew Kind of Wonderful, has been one of those rulers I bought ages ago and it has just been gathering dust.  I doubt very much if I’m the only one who does that! But I had bought the Urban Candy pattern at the same time having  seen quilts on line in this design which appealed to me. My main requirement was for a large, warm and cosy quilt that had rich warm colours, plenty of contrast and frankly not too much work.

I’d been much influenced by the very scrappy nature of a quilt for which I’d been Mama Bee for the charity Siblings Together.  The blocks contained over 50 fabrics, many of which, if I’m honest, were not that attractive but together, what a quilt.  The scrappiness gave it a depth and level of interest  that I wanted to try and recreate. So I pulled all the fabrics in warm tones I had, eliminated some because they were too samey or I truly didn’t feel they fitted, then did a bit of shopping….I was particularly keen to get some Denyse Schmidt fabrics in her older Franklin and Katie Rope Jump fabric ranges which had the blend of colours and scale I was after.  In the end I had this collection, not quite 50, but over 25 as a few more might have snooked in…. For the background, given the fact all the warm fabrics were prints, I went for a plain off white, Kona Oyster to be precise, to go with the very neutral tone of my room.



In fact the QCR lived up to its name because you really do cut those curved pieces very quickly. I have heard of some cutting disasters with the QCR but as long as you follow the very clear instructions  then its fine. The assembly was pretty easy too and I’ve done a fair few curved quilts now so sewing curves isn’t too scary. Mind you I do like using the curve master sewing foot which helps. In fact these curves are really very slight compared to some  I’ve done but maybe pride comes before a fall as when it came to trimming them it was a very different matter!

Sewing curves particularly when you’re not starting on the straight  like you would do with the drunken path block invariably leads to a little bit of distortion which then needs trimming. Whilst reasonably clear instructions are given and there is even a video which makes it look very easy, try as I might I could not get my curves sewn accurately and/or trimmed well enough to achieve joins that were always smooth. The ones below went pretty well. Trust me they didn’t always end up like this! But as it was a quilt for me and perfectionism has never been my thing and really who is going to be judging the quilt in my bedroom anyway (! ) then I didn’t bother to resew many.


I was bemoaning the fact in a recent post that my quilts have a tendency to be too small and too thin. And I certainly wanted to rectify that with this quilt. So instead of cotton I used a woollen  batting for the first time and a flannel backing. To cut to the chase I’m really pleased with this combination. It has made a really cosy quilt and just the right weight for a Autumn/Winter quilt.  It’s got a lovely drape and good loft so that FMQ shows up beautifully.

Mindyou when I come to wash it I may well rue the day I chose that combination! Hobbs’ instructions are a delicate cool wash and low spin, OK I can do that and I will add numerous colour catchers first time round (all those reds….) then apparently it needs to be aired dryed. With the existing cats’ flannel quilts they go straight into the dryer but they have a fleece background and come out soft and cosy every time but they’ve no wool in sight. I’m hoping when the quilt is almost dry a quick tumble in a coolish dryer will be enough to soften the flannel. As a precaution whilst I didn’t pre wash the batting I did pre-tumble dry it just to check nothing dreadful happened.  It didn’t. I’m going to wait until it needs washing rather than do a preemptive wash!!

Other than the usual basting challenge, quilting it proved to be reasonably easy. Even if my quilt helpers were doing anything but helping with quilting! Indeed Minty the grey cat, although you can’t see it too clearly, at the point he was sitting on the quilt was absolutely sodden from a very wet afternoon out!


It was a bit of a marathon session to hand sew the binding but I was determined to sleep under it that night! And a very warm sleep it was until the alarm went off…

Linking up to Heidi at Red Letter Quilts as this is my September One Monthly Goal. Also linking to Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts and Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  

Linking up to Nicky at Mrs Sew and Sow as this is also a 2016 Q3 FAL finish – see here for my FAL list of targets