Wednesday, 19 March 2014

One hour and eleven minutes

 One hour and eleven minutes is all it took to turn this UFO into a quilt ready for the binding to be hand finished!

That's not long is it?  That was enough time to cut the backing / cut and sew a 'patchwork' wadding / baste the quilt layer (spray baste - love it!) / quilt it / cut the binding / sew the binding / sew the binding onto the front of the quilt.

It does make me wonder why it had stayed up on the area of fleece that I fondly call a design wall for nearly six months!  It did take me a little longer to actually finish the binding, but it's all completed (and labelled!) now.

I'm pleased that these left over blocks from a quilt made last year have made a nice little quilt - 24" x 36".  Thanks again to Anne Bebbington for the inspiration!

 Time to press on with other projects.  I've got another 11 on my 'to do' list at the moment, and this one was quite high up the list, and should give me an easy finish.

That long standing favourite, a disappearing nine patch. 

I was slightly perplexed that when I laid it out on the floor, I could see that I wasn't laying it out quite how I'd seen it in my mind.....
Of course!  Once I rotated the paler blocks it all made much more sense.  These blocks are now stacked by the sewing machine waiting for me to sew them together. 

The trick will be to not leave the flimsy hanging around after that, but to get straight on with the quilting.  At about 56" square it will be quite an easy size to handle.  I also have the perfect backing for it, which is 60" wide on the bolt, so won't need any seams.  I've been a bit reckless and 'splashed the cash' on 18m of it - an IKEA print on 100% cotton at a bargain price.  Too hard to resist, when I know that I'm planning to make at least 12 'giveaway' quilts this year.

The hand sewing might be still in abeyance, but I'm enjoying some simple machining at least!


  1. What? 1hr 11mins? That's a great turnaround Plum, and I'm also super impressed that you are down to 11 To Dos right now too! I have lost count and its awful when I finally finish a small project...3 years after I started, especially when it only needed 5 or 6 hours work!

    Is your 12 x giveaways plan for gifts? donations or fundraising? I'm curious

  2. Love the colour scheme of that triangle quilt - it's such a great quick fix make for an urgently needed project

  3. 71 minutes well spent! I like the first disappearing 9 patch too!!!


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