Well I thought I would document the making of my very first quilt. It is a gift for the HG. I bought the kit in 2017 from create and craft. It's by Janet Clare and called Great Gulls. I have started a tumbler quilt but that's on the back burner for now! But first I had a little practice at free motion sewing on my machine. I think my sewing writing is neater than my actual handwriting! I made this into a long mat for my drinks of cold water at work - the condensation does leave rings! The puffin was cut out of some left over fabric I had and the denim was from my old jeans stash!
I then had some help from my willing helper. She was so helpful, with me laying the squares on the floor to check the layout I wanted. Helping is very tiring as you can see....
|I gave up asking her to move and just carried on as if she wasn't there,|
|Simply laying the fabric over the top of her!|
|She said she was just testing out every square for comfort.|
|She said it was a good place for a scratch.|
|Final layout - thanks to Madam Helpful, it needed extra pressing!|
Next, using the template, I made the gulls, including my favourite one that I made out of patchwork oddments.
Quickly place the gulls on before the Helper comes back.
|I've drawn the lines on with a mixture of fabric frixion pen and chalk. I tell you what, I've really felt the tension across my upper back and shoulders doing this, though I consciously try to relax whilst I sew.|