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 ...


  1. this is so! and thank you for the links to your guides in the affair...being a natural cowboy myself and knowing I need to combat that I may well follow your lead and consult some of them before tackling my next quilting project

  2. Lovely. I think I need a walking foot. By the way, I hope you found your ring!

  3. Lovely. And thank you for the links too - I'd love to tackle a quilting project but have no idea where to start. And since I know the feeling of fabric being too pretty to waste on just anything I know I'd want to get it right.

  4. The quilt looks really beautiful! You managed to choose the outer fabric in the end then. That walking foot sounds really useful - not sure if I've got one of those with my machine or not, but I sure could do with one as I always have trouble with multiple layers. Could you post a pic of your one in your flickr?

  5. Fabulous quilt, I just love the fabrics! One question, do you order your fabrics direct from the USA?

  6. That is SUCH a cheerful quilt. I really must take my sewing machine out of the box...I bought it a year ago...EEK!! Your quilt has really great colors.

  7. Thanks for your lovely comments!

    AnnieB - I'm glad I'm not the only cowboy out there! I'm always so careful with things made for others, but I tend to get over speedy with sewing for my own family!

    marmaladekiss - no sign of that ring as yet - the bathroom floor is going to have to come up!

    joleo- quilting is so much fun! I think I've got the bug now.

    clothcat - I've uploaded some pictures to my flickr with a few notes to show how the walking foot works. It's my favourite accessory at the moment.

    twohippos - yes, I order most of my fabrics from the states. I'm going to write a new post with some links in it in case you're interested.

    raining sheep - thanks! And good luck with your machine.

  8. I know this is an old post, but I love this quilt, and this fabric! I have some of it, and I totally agree with your comment, "I've been eking them out in various projects as they are too pretty to use willy-nilly."


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