Sunday, 10 May 2015

First quilt done!

I have finally finished my first quilt.  It probably wasn't the easiest project to choose as a starter but it was a fabulous learning curve and even though there are some cock ups in it, you can't seem them unless you look closely because it is so busy.   It's made up of many different blocks, some of which you can see in this post, which are joined together by strips 


I had so many strips left that I also decided to make the border although not many of the versions I've seen on the internet seem to have this.  I also joined all my left over strips for the binding.  It was almost impossible to choose a colour for the binding and I think the multicoloured strips worked really well


And here's the finished quilt....


There's a very popular basket pattern going round the quilting internet at the moment called the one hour basket. It's available to download as a pdf file if you google it. Admittedly it took me longer than an hour (!) but it's probably my most neat an accurate piece of stitching yet.

I decided to straight line quilt the fabric.


and added a border to the top


and a matching lining...


I'm already planning another  - it's a perfect size for nappies and would make a lovely gift for a new mum.

14 comments:

Heather said...

Your quilt is gorgeous Carol - using strips for binding worked a treat. I love the fabric with the hares on it that you used for the basket too. It would make a lovely storage container for knitting, crafting, or sewing supplies.

massofhair said...

Picking jaw up off the floor Carol, your quilt is wonderful. So pleased you learnt a lot, it is the steep learning curves that help us grow.

Your tote is sensational, love the bunny material and the quilting. YES PLEASE i would love one of these and i am not a new Mum.

Thanks for the information, will go and see if i can find it. Looking forward to more of your sewing posts :-) xxx

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous quilt! Love the beautiful colors and design! Fabulous!!!

Joanne said...

Very nice, lots of strips gives lots of practice piecing as well.Looking frwrd to seeing the next one. Isn't it strange the paths we took from cardmaking :-) Love the basket too, will be looking that one up on the internet for sure.

hugs from France,
Joanne

Neet said...

Wow, what a work of art Carol. A beautiful reminder for you to have to hand down over the years now. The basket is fabulous and as you say would make a terrific gift for a new mum.
Hugs, Neet xx

hazel said...

Wonderful quilting Carol, the quilt is beautiful and I love the basket - I could find lots of uses for it.
xxx Hazel.

Chris said...

Wow, Carol. Your quilt is fabulous! You are one very talented lady.

Nappy Basket? Is there something you're not telling us? lol

Chris xx

Annie said...

WOW! Nothing like choosing a fabulous quilt design as a first quilt! I would never have guessed that this was your first quilt making adventure had I not read the story. VERY impressive! And it looks awesome. I love seeing that quilt everytime someone makes it.

Frances said...

What a marvelous quilt you've created! I think that it's busy in a very harmonious, well thought out way. There are so many combinations of color, pattern and shapes to look at over and over, seeing more with each look. Wow!

The quilted basket is a clever design. Thank you for sharing that link. xo

Karin said...

Carol your Gypsy wives quilt is gorgeous, I can't begin to think how many hours of work that must have gone into this, it looks like a labour of pure love. As for your one hour basket it's fabulous and would make a great gift for anyone, it's making me want to make friends with my sewing machine!

JoZart Quilts said...

Your quilt is so gorgeous. Well done you and what an achievement. Beautiful vibrant colour mix and quirky pattern.
I also love the basket too, a really useful design.
Jo x

Gina said...

Wow! What a fabulous quilt. Love the basket too.

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

Very well done, Carol. Such an achievement!
Stunning quilt you must feel so proud.
Love the bag too. Great colours, perfect!!

memorial garden benches said...

Oh wow! You quilt is gorgeous! You are very talented. Thanks for sharing!