Wednesday, 2 April 2008
Summer in the City
Okay, so it's hardly Summer yet (today's weather was distinctly wintry!) and I don't live in a city, but I have finished that quilt I've been working on. The fabrics are all from the Summer in the City line by Urban Chiks; I purchased a yard of a couple of the fabrics last Summer and I've been eking them out in various projects as they are too pretty to use willy-nilly.
I really enjoyed this project from start to finish. Quilt-making seems to be very compatible with my fragmented crafting time – 30 minutes here, an hour there, stop for a week, start again – as it’s easily divided into lots of quick stages. I got to use my walking foot again, which has made a world of difference to my quilting. Instead of cowboying the project as I did with my first quilt, made for my daughter, I took the time to read up a bit on how to do it properly. My daughter's quilt was a made-up-as-I-went-along amalgam of English piecing, applique and freestyle (and not in a good way) quilting. This time, though, I turned to the experts and a mix of books and tutorials for tips here and there.
Here's my quilting reading list:
Heather Bailey's blog tutorial on binding a quilt
The Complete Book of Patchwork, Quilting and Applique by Linda Seward
Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colourful Quilt and Patchwork Projects
The fabrics are just sooo pretty! And best of all, I still have a few offcuts left over to make into another quilt.
I'll be back soon with that napkin set tutorial, which is currently a work in progress ...