I have always loved patchwork quilts. I even used to make little patchwork/embroidered pictures. But I never had the confidence to try making a Real Quilt. Until recently. And then I thought, if I can learn to make socks on 4 needles / spin my own yarn / knit complicated lace, I can sew a few seams and make a quilt!
So I did. Two quilts! A Pair. I made them both simultaneously, as I suspected that Second Sock Syndrome might have a sewing parallel.
I made up my own pattern. It’s sort of crooked, intentionally. I like the modern crooked/wonky style. I like lots of white space too. I picked out lots of bright fabrics, and sewed them in strips, and chopped those strips and resewed them in blocks. I didn’t use a pattern, and I made a right mess of things, but I learned by my mistakes, oh I learned.
Now they are both ready to be quilted. I have never quilted anything, and I intend to use my little sewing machine, but I refuse to be daunted. I can do this! I was all psyched to start on the weekend, and then I realised I needed a different foot, which has delayed things somewhat. Still, it gave me a chance to start on the next quilt.
I am so excited about this, I could easily throw up. I wanted to try my hand at a real improv quilt, so I decided to give log cabin a go. So! Much! FUN!!!! Unlike the other quilts, which proceeded in slow steps – cut, cut, cut, sew, sew, sew, recut, piece, piece, piece – this one gives immediate satisfaction. (Although the first two quilts only felt slow, in fact I think I pieced them pretty fast for a beginner. They are 65″ by 85″ each, and took me 5 weeks in total.)
I cut and sewed each strip as I went along. I also trimmed and secured the ends, so that the final piecing will be fast and neat. Unlike the last two quilts, when I didn’t know any better than to sew them into 80″ wonky strips, and was then confused as to why the whole quilt top was skewed when I sewed it together, this one looks wonky and crooked, but will be square and easy to piece. Each block is 10″ square, and I’m making it 5 blocks wide by 6 blocks long. Plus borders. Instant gratification – this block took me one hour. And it felt like art, rather than a dull process. I am totally smitten.
I’m still knitting, never fear! But my progress is s.l.o.w. and there’s little to show you. Well, that’s not quite true, as I have a whole handspun stripy sock to show you, and Tony’s cable knit cardi. I should get on to that. But first, one…little….seam……