I usually do a tutorial every Tuesday, but it’s going to be a late this week. I need to get Mr. Geek to scan the template in, and the tutorial isn’t actually all the way finished yet! With all the craziness of the changeover from my blogspot blog to the sewhappygeek.co.uk domain that I actually own, I have had NO time to sew. To be honest, it’s been sooo stressful, and I’m still getting the hang of things. But wordpress.org has some big advantages over blogspot. If anyone is thinking of making the change and wants advice, email me: jenna (at) sewhappygeek.co.uk
Anyway, I wanted to tell you about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and the quilt I’m entering! There are lots of beautiful quilts entered already, and loads of fab giveaway prizes too. If you’ve got a quilt and a blog, go enter!
I made this quilt for my sister Serena. I know I’ve mentioned her before, but in case you missed it, here’s a small intro:
Serena is my youngest sister, and besides Mr. Geek, she’s my best friend. We are 13 years apart, so didn’t really become close until we were older. She is one of my very favourite people in the whole world. I miss her so much, and don’t get to see her often. In fact, I haven’t seen her in over 2 years, although we try to speak on the phone a few times a week.
Recently she and her husband moved to Alaska, and as I am in the UK, I don’t think I’ll be seeing her anytime soon. She’s pregnant with her first child; we just found out it’s a girl and they’ve named her Olivia. I really miss my sister, and it breaks my heart that she’s going through pregnancy and birth and babyhood without anyone from our side of the family around to help. Being a sewist and quilter, (and let’s not forget she lives in Alaska!) I decided a handmade quilt might let her know how much I think of her. To be honest, if I could make a quilt for every time I have a pang in my heart from missing her, she have at least one for every day of the year.
I got the inspiration to make this quilt after seeing some Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry fabrics in some beautiful shades of green. Green has always been Serena’s favourite colour, and it’s not always easy to find lovely green fabrics. When I spotted some, I just started buying up 20cm and 30cm cuts. When I felt I had enough prints I added a couple of solids, too.
So I already had some fabric before I sat down to draw up the quilt pattern. I don’t really know what inspired me except I wanted to keep it very simple, both for me and anyone who might use the pdf pattern. I’m still kind of a beginner to quilting, so my patterns tend to be really simple.
I really got to grips with free motion quilting with this quilt – I had done it for two prior quilts, but I’m actually really proud of the quilting on this one. I did learn a lot about thread and thread tension, too. For quilting, my Brother needs to be cranked up to 7 or 8! I also learned how to write a quilt pattern for others to use and enjoy. And I also learned that even a lap quilt can be squished into a fairly small box with enough determination.
© J C Excell, 2011