Quilting and patchwork have always filled me with a complex mix of emotions - complete terror and panic on the one hand, admiration and desire on the other.
Earlier this year I took park in a one day Project Linus quilting day with a local group. It is a fantastic charity and the workshop was full of wonderful women making quilts to give away. The friendly, helpful atmosphere and the starters quilting pack I was given, allowed me to complete my first quilt in a fairly professional manner (looked ok to me anyway!) but did nothing to dissipate my fear of doing it alone!
Today I have jumped that final hurdle and completed my 'first' solo quilt! It is far from perfect and has had some moments of panic but despite that (or maybe because of that) I absolutely love it!
It is one of a pair I have planned for my boys for Christmas (a largely homemade affair this year). This is for my older son and features a panel in the centre I embroidered with his first words when he was a baby. I used a vintage sheet and once it was decorated made it into a duvet cover for his cot duvet. When my second son was born four years later I cut the duvet cover down the sides and used the reverse side to do the same memory embroidery for him.
I have made a border of various patches from old PJ's and check trousers, with some gingham I had in my stash. The backing is a vintage american print 'boxcar rally' which I used for various items in his nursery when he was little. I did a random freehand quilting around the embroidery which doesn't follow any rules but I like it alot. It is filled with some organic bamboo batting and I think it will drape nicely when it is used.
Pressure is now on to complete his younger brother's version in the next four weeks! Eugh - it's taken 38 years to make my first quilt, do you think I'm being a bit hopeful?