Sunday, 28 February 2010

Quilt Top Finished

Woohoooooooooo!  I have finished the Jacob's Ladder quilt top!  And here it is...don't look toooooo closely cos there's a few mismatched points and some similar fabrics that are too close to each other...but overall, very pleased with it.

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I am now looking into what to use for wadding and backing.  There is so much choice!  Do I go for cotton or polyester or bamboo or recycled bottles?  Ooh, more decisions!

I have also completed my first "commission".  FIL asked if I could make him something to sling over the arm of the sofa to store his remote controls in.  I followed directions from this blog, using some fabric from the Fent Shop in King's Lynn (total cost £1.80!)   Something went a bit wrong round the bottom so I ended up sewing on some bias binding round it and actually rather liked the effect.  The photograph shows the organiser on an exposed arm of the sofa, but he is actually going be kept on the other arm, slightly more out of sight.  He was pleased anyway :-)

Monday, 22 February 2010

Ladder up to the Stars (or something)

I am soooooo close to completing my Jacob's Ladder quilt top now.  I have sewn together all the centre pieces (using the very technical plan shown below ;-)) and now just have to put on the borders, which are laid out ready:

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Then *all* I will have to do is quilt and bind it (cue maniacal laughter).

In the meantime, I am trying different things with a view to what to sew next...but being very indecisive about it!!  I want to make this and this and this and this and this.  That sort of thing.

But here's a block I have made and I rather like it:

It's an "Army Star" block - the pattern is from Quilters Cache and can be found here.

I am thinking I will make four of these, but a bit of a border around them and use them for sofa protectors.  Waddya reckon?

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Triangle Fun

This week I have mostly been making half square triangles to go round the edges of my Jacob's Ladder quilt.  I have made too many, just so I have plenty of choice and started playing around with them...All these different patterns (and probably more) can be made with 36 half-square triangle blocks.  I think I feel my next quilt project coming on :-)


Monday, 8 February 2010

Nearly There...

Well, I have made the requisite number of blocks for my Jacob's Ladder quilt, according to the pattern in Scrap Quilt Sensation.   Not having a space big enough to spread them all out, I took the whole lot round to my mum's house and we spent about an hour and a half switching the blocks around to ensure no two colours the same were next each other.  Here's how it looked at that point:

Looking at it, I decided I didn't really like it being square, so we then shifted the blocks round so it was longer than it was wide, and I think it looked much better:

But then, I decided it wasn't big enough!  If I'm going to put all this work into making a quilt, then why not make it big enough for my own bed?!  So I am going to make another 15 blocks to make it big enough for a double bed :-)

So that the time spent arranging and rearranging the blocks wasn't completely wasted, mum and I pinned the blocks to an old double sheet to keep them together.  Phew.  Thanks mum x