James’s Quilt

cooltext156747814765691James’s quilt is my monthly challenge for January, it had to be, it’s his birthday on the 16th!!! I’ve been making good progress;

Last time I showed the quilt top I felt it needed to be a bit wider, I ended up ordering another layer cake of ‘Sandpiper’ batiks by Hoffman so I could add another three rows of chevrons. As soon as Christmas was out of the way I muscled down to get it pieced. The layer cakes are pre-cut 10″ squares, so I just cut them diagonally to make my triangle, it didn’t take long to add the three extra rows and it’s made all the difference.

James's Quilt

I called into B&M fabrics in Leeds for some backing and found a perfect match, some teal blue cotton, I bought enough to bind it with as well I hope! I bought ‘Warm & Natural’ batting at Samuel Taylors. Just had to put it all together!

Basting my quilt

 

Once all the Christmas decorations were out of the way I could use the lounge floor to sandwich the quilt, it’s the only place big enough!. I pin a double sheet to the carpet, just to protect both the carpet (from glue) and the quilt (from dog hair!!) I was converted onto 501 basting spray adhesive at the Knitting and Stitching show last year, I love it!! I spray a quarter of the quilt at a time from the midline, smoothing it out as I go, batting onto backing first, then quilt onto batting. It creates a lovely smooth finish and I’ve not had a problem with it moving at all when I then quilt on the machine.

Quilting

The quilt in the book which inspired me was quilted down each chevron using several different patterns, I decided to quilt in a similar way, just with simpler patterns. I started off with a ‘quilt-in-the-ditch’ down each chevron, this involves stitching on the seam line, I felt it would give stability to the quilt whilst I worked and also give me an idea of how my sewing machine and I would cope with a double size quilt. I’ve only got a standard sized sewing machine but it coped brilliantly!

Quilting from back

Some of the quilting follows the zig-zag line of the chevron, either in pairs or ever increasing widths. I decided to quilt the centre chevron in straight lines, thinking it would be easy as I wouldn’t have to turn the quilt. It was probably easier than a zig-zag, but I stitched the lines with about 1.5cm between (I used my walking foot as a guide) not realising just how many lines there would be!! I won’t be repeating that pattern! The wavy line wasn’t too successful either, I had to use the darning foot for that and do free motion quilting, I just couldn’t move it smoothly enough to be happy with the result. I’d also forgotten just how much thread quilting uses, I’m filling my bobbins 5 at a time!! I’m using two shades of Gutermann quilting thread on top, one is variegated with darker blues, greens and purples, I’m using this on the darker chevrons, the other is pale blue and green for the lighter chevrons.

This is the biggest quilt I’ve ever quilted, I’m having to pace myself as my wrist is feeling the strain, I’ve got quilting gloves which has made a huge difference, but I don’t want to end up with an RSI! I keep doing a little, then doing something else like crochet, which is a completely different movement. I felt a bit happier this morning when I realised I’ve already quilted half the quilt.

James's Quilt

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to James’s Quilt

  1. Naomi says:

    It looks amazing. Great colours, and the chevrons are super cool.

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  2. Thimberlina says:

    Looking fab in well on schedule! My mission this year is to make a quilt, thought maybe not as big as yours! 😀

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Ali, I think I’m winning. If you want to borrow anything for quilting, let me know, I’d also recommend looking at layer cakes or charm squares, precut squares of co-ordinating fabric, it means you can have 20-40 fabrics from the same range, You can make a single quilt from a layer cake, depending on the design.

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      • Thimberlina says:

        Thanks Margaret, I bought charm squares last year and used them when i made my stitching santa pressies and it made it a lot easier and loved the matching fabric. I’ve seen a pattern that uses jelly rolls but have only seen Moda ones. Do other companies sell them too?

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        • craftycreeky says:

          Hi, lots of companies do jelly rolls, if you’re in Leeds they sell some at B&M fabrics and I think at Samuel Taylors, it all depends what sort of fabric you like. If you like the batik fabrics like James’s quilt, then Hoffman sells them as Bali Pops (Bali crackers are the layer cakes and Bali Snaps are charm squares) and Hannahs room also sell batik ones. I’m still not sure about the moda ones, I fall for one particular fabric but then find a lot of the co-ordinating ones are not my cup of tea, also they tend to have one fabric in say 4 colourways, the last one I bought for a floral fabric had lots of polkadots in every colourway possible!Batik fabrics seem to split quilters 50:50 they either love them or hate them, I’m definitely in the first camp 🙂

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  3. Love, love, love woodgrain fabric. Looks great in that quilt. Well done, you!

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