An Accidental Quilt!

A quick trip to my local branch of Hobbycraft led to the unintended purchase (yes! I know, it’s not the first time this has happened!) of a fat quarter pack – sigh!  Having bought it, I resolved not to gaze at the cute nautical themed fabrics and then tuck them away for another day but to prepare them for use with a quick whizz through the ‘laundry system’ before putting them on the cutting mat.  Thinking, ‘Do something quick!’ I found my bunting template and proceeded to cut out 24 triangles to make 12 flags.

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I liked the result and decided to cut out another 24 triangles.  All six of the fabrics had prints  that only worked in one direction and it just wasn’t possible to squeeze the 4 triangles needed out of the remainder of each of the fat quarters.  So, and here I have to say I amazed myself, I stood at that cutting mat and made an instant decision!  The remaining fabric was quickly cut into 4″ squares, arranged into rows and then sewn together!  Phew!   Other decisions followed (fairly) rapidly – plain border, stripey binding, polyester wadding!  Phew!  The quilting took a bit of thought – classic, diagonal, cross hatching through the squares would look good but then I decided to emphasize the squares by quilting in the ditch.

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The Hobbs Poly-Down wadding has quite a bit of ‘loft’ and I really like the way the quilting stitches sink into the layers and make the patchwork pattern puff up.

The finished baby quilt/play mat measures 31" x 34".

The finished baby quilt/play mat measures 31″ x 34″.

The back of the quilt.

The back of the quilt.

I’ve really enjoyed making this little quilt and matching bunting.  A quick FINISH without hours of  agonising over colour, placement of patches, and quilting patterns! Very satisfying! And all so spontaneous there wasn’t time to add them to my to-do list before they were done!  

Allison

*Both quilt and bunting have been added to my Folksy shop page in the hope that someone might respond with a spontaneous purchase!*

 

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About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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4 Responses to An Accidental Quilt!

  1. katyquilts says:

    Beautiful! I love both the bunting and the quilt! Sometimes, it all just falls together :).

    Like

  2. Colleen says:

    the fabric and resulting projects are really cute ! your trip to Portsmouth had quite an impression on you !

    Like

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