Sunday, July 09, 2006

I did finish it

Here are a couple of pics of the quilt I made for my DS - he really likes it, which is the most important thing, but it was a learning experience for me. I didn't realise how difficult it would be to stitch a thicker batting by machine so I just had to do my best and stitch in the ditch between the squares. I never intended to do anything more complicated on it but just doing that was a real headache. Note the cunning way that there are no close-ups! The second pic was meant to be the only one I posted but the quilt did seem a bit too far away! We all went to the cinema yesterday to see 'Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest' - a bit of a disappointment and way too long at 2 1/2 hours althought the more comic parts were good. It was only the second day of release here in the UK and the cinema was packed.


Clare said...


I came across your Blog on a round about route, starting with Tonya's blog.

My first ever quilt was done with thick batting. I started machine stitching in the ditch with an old Singer which was completely useless. I ended up doing it all by hand and it took ages. I got so fed up towards the end that I did a sort of running stitch. Pointless! The whole lot has unravelled itself!

BTW - that particular quilt was made out of my daughter's old clothes which I hadn't the heart to throw out. Still loads of scraps left.


The Calico Cat said...

Pretty quilt, I love the way you have it displayed.

BTW you review of the Pirate movies is the first one that I have seen that was negative.... (I have heard "a bit long" before though.)

dot said...

Nice quilt. Your son must be very happy with this quilt. I know what you mean by different batting quilting differently. Just remember, this quilt will be loved just the same.

Finn said...

You are very clever Fiona...LOL. But you shouldn't be concerned, the quilt is loved, and useful and I think it's very attractive and comfortable looking..kind of like home made bread. And in my book, that's a good thing!!
I do understand oldest son, the corporate executive, wants just one all flannel quilt with a thick batt. You can see my very, very humble, much more simple than yours back in my Thanksgiving post. I always feel like I have failed myself and the quilting world by sewing just squares together. In reality, it's EXACTLY what he wants...go figure...LOL The stars and 9 patches make it very appealing..j*VBS*

anne bebbington said...

Sorry Fiona - is that a quilt I spy in the distance in the second picture?!?!?!? - It's so far away I can't tell what it is (TIC) Joking apart I really like it in the closer photo - you do yourself an injustice - I always load my quilts up with so much quilting they almost stand up on their own - I like soft comfy puffy quilts and I still love the way you've done his with the squares and stars - and of course the most important thing is he likes it - mission accomplished! - I'm not ignoring your questions on my blog - just putting something intelligible together without the luxury of a scanner to put pictures into words between quilting 'The Brute' (must be just over half way now - phewwww!) and listening in to the footie!

Esteemarlu said...

I really like your quilt. My mom made all her quilts with big squares and thick batting and I treasure those now that she's gone. She made one with fabric left over from the clothes she use to make for me and herself and that's what I use every winter. You made your son a treasure.

Judy said...

I personally think it's wonderful!! The colors are great, the pattern is bright and cheery, and it's just perfect for a happy boy who just wants to cuddle up with something soft and squishy!! It's therefore the PERFECT quilt! He will love it to death.!

Yes, big batts can be a pain to work with, but they do make nice fluffy quilts. You did a great job getting it to lay down and be nice! I envy having the nice outdoors to take shots of your quilts. I am really missing having a yard!

Marcie said...

Hi Fiona, I really like that depression block. I am shopping for a scrap buster and I love HST. They are so versitile. Your red, white and blue quilt is a winner. I hope you don't mind, but I have your original posted picture from the clothesline on my computer desktop. LOVE IT!

Sooziii said...

Fiona I think your quilt is great, I just love the colours - very mascaline but bright and cheery.

McIrish Annie said...

fiona, I found your blog through finn and have to say you are my first international blogger in my favorites.

I love your DS's quilt. That thick batting can be a bear!! If your son is like mine, it's best you didn't spend loads of time on it since boys are rough on quilts.

will be tuning in to see your progress. check out my blog in your free time LOL

Shelina said...

This is a great quilt, as is your depression blocks quilt. You have done a great job with color selection and piecing it together, and I'm sure the quilting is just fine on this one.

That is a great setting to show the quilt. I'm going to have to come up with more creative ways to show my quilts. I usually just throw them on the floor, stand on a chair and snap a pic.

When members of my family - and others - see my quilts, they all think they are too thin. They have this weird idea that quilts should be lofty like comforters. I made one for my daughter - the red and black one - and it was a pain to go through the sewing machine.
Now, I am back to warm and natural batting. If people want more loft, they can layer more than one quilt together.