Sunday, 27 January 2013

Making it Big... first update....

The lovely Helen over at Moonstruck Creations has thrown down a gauntlet...
I'm joining in with my crazy quilt

As ever, I am not one to shy away from joining in and as I started an odd kind of crazy patchwork quilt type thing back in the summer, I think this will spur me on to get the darn thing finished!

Progress so far...

I have been randomly sewing chopped up scraps of fabric on to a single sheet I picked up in a charity shop on one of my lovely days out with the old stick my lovely mum

 The plan is to gradually fill all the gaps, then I shall be embellishing it with some ribbons and fancy embroidery stitches inspired by Sue at @home and Briony at Crafty Cats Corner

Having seen the soft and comfy looking fluffy rag quilt Kath at Hillside House made recently, I am humming and haa-ing about whether to leave some of my edges fluffy too. (I wonder how many ideas from other blogs I can incorporate in to one project?!)
 

Once all that is done I shall get some wadding/batting from The Spinning Weal. When I have that and a nice soft flannelette sheet for backing I aim to take the whole lot down to The Stitch Academy in Taunton to hire one of their quilting machines to put it all together

I discovered this interesting looking place on a jaunt out with Mum one weekend to a scrumptious craft fair and the girl manning the stall was so lovely I can't wait until I get to the point where I am ready to sew it up. If she is at all representative of the Stitch Academy I know I am in for a good day... she was really helpful, clearly enjoyed quilting and the machines she had on display and was just all round a Jolly Good Egg!

I do realise that there will some sharp intakes of breath from some real quilters out there at my admittedly bizarre method, but I know you won't mind too much really... I do like to experiment... although in this case I ave already realised I am using far more thread that I really need to! Ah well; live and learn! 

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  1. I like it - very individual! :-)

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    1. Thank you Laura - I don't think I've ever seen one made quite like it I must admit!

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  2. You've got found very pretty fabrics - looking forward to seeing how it progresses! Liz x

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    1. I have had a lot fun collecting all the fabrics - and have a few more to add to it yet!

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  3. It will look great, can't wait to see it completed!
    I have never yet found The Stitch Academy, perhaps I don't go round far enough, we only go as far as the Childrens Society charity shop which I think is the last one along that road, I must remember next time I go to go round further!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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    1. I'll let you know when I plan to go and if you are around maybe we can grab a coffee?

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  4. This. is. genius. I have always wanted to try quilting but was put off by the complicated instructions. I could do this though :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Yay - I love being genius!! It really is pretty easy I promise as the thinness of the fabric and sheet mean I can sew it all easily on my ordinary machine... not sure how sewing the wadding etc together will work though so that is why I shall be using a special machine!

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  5. That is amazing! It looks good now but will be brilliant when its finished. Can't wait to see it.
    Aren't charity shops lovely places to browse but some are becoming quite expensive. Have you noticed?
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. I know what you mean Maggie - some of them are stupidly priced and I can't afford to buy from them - the disparity in prices is crazy too - recently I saw 2 shops close to each other had identical new bags (probably given by a local business) and there was over a fiver difference in price!

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  6. What a neat idea! I saw a quilt that started with a white comforter and they sewed squares and left the edges to fray. I love making rag quilts and might have to try your idea, except I probably won't be adding any fancy stitches unless I use my machine to make them. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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  7. Hello there .. thankyou so much for visiting my little blog. And yes .. I believe garlic does very well in pots.
    Intreiged to see what you are doing with the quilt .. quilting is not something I have ever really done .. the thought od mauling with all that fabric puts me off.

    Vicky x

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  8. Wow! Your quilt is going to look fabulous. Can't wait to see it. Kath's and Briony's quilts are amazing. I'll have to pop over to Sue and see your other inspiration. Also need to check out the Spinning Weal sometime. Ho hum! more on my list.

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  9. I really love this idea, perhaps its alittle one I may steal for myself!!! Lots of love sweetie. Hope your having a good new year xxxx

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  10. I have seen quilts like this on the internet, called "confetti" or "ticker-tape" quilts. I am looking forward to seeing this work progress!

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  11. What a great idea for a crazy patchwork quilt, I have often wondered about the best way to do 'crazy' patchwork. I will have to remember this one for my Project Linus work.

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  12. Are you enjoying yourself Rae? If so then that's the main thing and not what others say....remember sometime past,in ancient history a woman sat down and stitched a quilt together for the very first time and I'm sure they said she was wierd. Different is original..... different is Klimt,Picasso and Dali. Go for it. Looking forward to seeing your finished item.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  13. I rather like the look of your quilt idea as it is sort of finished at any stage really and you start off with a whole project and not piles of squares that only seem to grow at an inch a year. I know the truth of this as I have a quilt in 12" squares that I started nearly 30yrs ago and it is still in squares. Hugs Mrs A.

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