Thanks to all who gave me advice on starting to make quilts.
Now I'm back again for some more. I don't really know anyone
else who makes quilts. A couple of women in my Embroiderer's
Guild group have made one or two, but I only see them once a
month. So, I will probably be back often to ask you for help
and suggestions. I have decided to make a small quilt (don't
know whether you would actually call it a miniature or not)
approx 19" by 23" which I can hang on the wall. I like small
things and I also figure making small quilts like this will be
a good way to try out different techniques to see which I enjoy
well enough to do on a large scale. I am going with a four patch
block (thanks, Ragmop) in 2 fabrics - A = a medium print, B =
a light solid. I have decided on 2 blocks
AA and BB which will be 4" square finished
The quilt will be 3 blocks across, and 4 down with a narrow (1")
inner border, and a wider (2 1/2") outer border. The blocks will
be arranged like this (I hope this makes sense, and you can see
OK, now the things I would like advice and suggestions on:
1. Colour - Lavender is one of my favourite colours, and I would
like to use a medium lavender small print as my A fabric. I have
been following the colour thread re purple and yellow and this
gave me the idea of using a soft lemon solid as the B fabric. Then
I thought perhaps a deeper yellow (daffodil?) for the inner
border, the outer border from the A fabric from the blocks, and a
deep lavender solid for the binding. I have drawn my design out
on graph paper and played with the colour pencils. I like it and
would like to use these colours providing I can find the right
fabrics. What do you think? Does this sound nice?
2. Quilting - I would like some suggestions for quilting designs.
I will be hand quilting and this will be my first project
(although I will get in some practice before I start) so I would
like to use simple designs. I thought some sort of simple straight
line quilting on the pieced area and then a little more elaborate
design on the outer border.
3. Batting - I would like some advice on what sort of batting to
use. Obviously warmth is not an issue here, unless I use it to
keep my feet warm <g>. Ease of quilting and thickness of batting
are. I will want something thin enough to be appropriate for the
size of the quilt and also to make the quilting as easy as possible.
What should I use?
So, I eagerly await your words of wisdom. I can't start on this
until I have got a few of my embroidery WIPs a bit closer to
completion. However, I'd like to have it all planned and decided
on by 20/21 August. That's when I'll be going to a large stitching
and craft show here (S.E.X, S.E.X, S.E.X for embroidery & quilting)
I know there will be a number of patchwork shops in attendance,
and it will be a great opportunity to search for the perfect fabrics.
I love a sunburnt country - Dorothea Mackellar