Saturday, June 10, 2006
Bright and cheerful
Seeing Finn's 'Strippy Twist' reminded me of these two quilts which I made earlier this year and donated to our local hospital's Children's Intensive Care Unit. I can't say that either of these quilts are perfect examples of the art - I'm still a novice, but they won't fall apart when they're washed and the colours are bright and cheerful and comforting, so I think they'll fit the bill. I really enjoyed makiing them but I had nightmares with the strippy twist - mainly down to my seam allowances being out. I had to cut down the blocks to make them a uniform size and that made the little squares in the centres of the blocks come out different sizes too. I do love this pattern from Bonnie's Quiltville.com though, it's so simple, so effective and so scrappy! Think maybe I'll make another one soon to see if I've improved ;-).
Talking of nightmares, have spent the afternoon trying to quilt the seaside quilt for DS, well, what didn't go wrong? I had bought some (expensive) thread made by a reputable manufacturer - don't know if it didn't suit my machine or not but it kept getting tangled in the reel. So, I changed to my normal thread and that then kept getting snarled on the back of the quilt so I'm going to have to unpick it. I have a horrible suspicion that the batting I've used is a bit too thick and if I'd used thinner it would have been better but DS did want a snuggly quilt. DH is being very diplomatic and says that I've just got to learn from the experience! Anyway, I've given up for now, I'll go back to it tomorrow.
It's very quiet this afternoon as England are playing a game in the Football World Cup and everyone seems to have stopped in to watch the match - for those who have no interest in football whatsoever (like me) it's an excellent time to go and do your shopping - the stores are empty.