I’ve spent a lovely day today working on the quilt I’m making for Alice for Christmas. Although it’s coming together so quickly that if I finish it well ahead of Christmas, I may struggle to wait.
A week ago I sewed five strips of little rectangles together and today, I joined them up with some embossed off white strips.
This is only the top of the quilt – it’s still got to be backed with batting and a back and then quilted, so really this is the easy part. The main event is still to come. The pattern I’m using is here.
When I say the white parts are embossed, I’m not sure that’s really the right description, but it’s off white, with tiny white flowers on it. You can hopefully make it out in the next photo. My mum helped me choose it a few weeks ago as a nice way to bring the colourful strips together.
The pattern is called Stacked Coins – it’s Amish, or maybe Chinese, I’m not sure. The rectangles stack up on top of each other to form the strips. I didn’t choose the fabric for the coins myself. I used two packs of charm squares I bought from the fabulous Fat Quarter Shop in the US. So cheap! I know, I know, buy local is best but at $10 a pack it was hands down a good decision. They’re much more expensive here. Even with postage it was still cheaper than I could buy it here. Hard to go past that, even though I do feel a bit bad.
I’m going to do a single strip of stacked coins on the back too, I think, when I decide what colour to make the back. I’ve had a suggestion from Margarita of 1FunkyKnitWit to go with apple green for the backing and I haven’t been able to get that idea out of my head since she said it. It’d pick up some of the apple green coins and would balance out all that pink! I’ve said before I don’t always want to give Alice pink things – it’s so easy with a blondie with a peaches and cream complexion to go with pink but I don’t even like pink! That’s why I chose these squares – they had some pink, but there was so much red and blue and green – it really covered all the best colours for her. It’ll be her ‘hug rug’ – a term my mum used when she made one for my nephew, Willem. A lap sized quilt for little people to wrap around themselves and feel warm and cosy.
One day I’ll tackle more complex quilting designs but for now, these simple designs are teaching me so much about the basics of quilting and it’s a way to let the pretty fabrics speak for themselves. In 2012 I’m going to do a quilting course – at which point I’m going to have to unlearn some bad habits I think – not that I know what bad habits are yet. I’m just having fun.
And isn’t that what matters?