16.9.08

oh dear

I want to make a quilt as a wedding present, and oh boy, is it ever difficult to make a decision! I think I'm going to make a super, super simple one because I've never made a quilt before: the "Six of One, A Half-Dozen of the Other" from Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. Picking out a fabric has been agony, though! I want one really fantastic print that I'll use with a solid colour, and I think I have settled on the one I want.


This is "Volumes" from the Anna Maria Horner "Drawing Room" line. Home decor weight, but that's fine. I love it. I think it's perfect for the couple, who are very bookish, and who love colour (there are brighter colourways but I think I'll stick with this more subdued one). I deliberately stayed away from ornate florals or anything too cutesy, because the quilt is not for me! How I'm going to actually quilt the thing, I'm not sure (The Workroom's sew-by-the-hour to the rescue?), because my sewing machine is teeny-tiny.

I am nervous about ordering the fabric because they know I'm making them a quilt and the pressure is on! I hope it won't be too plain. There's a lot riding on these little volumes!

11 comments:

  1. oh, good luck! i love this fabric too. thinking about making a clutch with it for my sis... can't wait to see what you make!

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  2. this fabric would make a really cool quilt. and quilt sunday (last sunday of the month) is a great afternoon to drop by the workroom to get some work done and some quilty moral support!

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  3. Thanks for your comments on my blog! I'm so excited for you getting the zakka book. Lovely material you've chosen here, I've never made a quilt either so I'll be following your progress, best of luck!

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  4. this fabric looks beautiful! i just made a mini quilt for a wedding present and it was a total success. i'm sure yours will be beautiful. good luck!

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  5. Thank you, everyone, for your sweet comments! I've read through a few of my books on quilting and I think I can do it! I'm so eager, in fact, that I actually want to make one that requires piecing -- but I really want to use this fabric and I think if it is cut up it won't work.

    Karyn, every month that has gone by I've thought "Oh, I missed another Quilt Sunday." I've been thinking about this quilt since the spring and it's taken me this long to get it together. They're already married!

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  6. that fabric is really nice!
    perhaps I shouldn't be telling you this, but, etiquette says that you have up to a year to deliver a wedding present.

    no procrastinating now...

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  7. perhaps you can do both - use that fabric as the backing and then do some piecing on the other side... both sides of the quilt will be gorgeous!

    it's true about having a year to give a wedding gift, and i'm ashamed to say that for me that has sometimes turned into more than a year.

    come to quilt sunday on the 28th!

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  8. If it's up to a year, I'm good! The wedding was in June -- and I didn't go because it was family only, so I figure that I'm allowed to take even MORE time. I'm aiming to have it completely done in October.

    Karyn, I will be there, even if my fabric hasn't arrived yet. I have been meaning to try making patchwork squares just for fun! Thank you!

    So now I think that I'm actually going to try the "Cutting Corners" quilt instead, so I can use this fabric as the centre panel. I'm having a really hard time wrapping my feeble math brain around how to convert that quilt to queen size!

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  9. it will be perfect...don't worry :)

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  10. Good Luck! I think simpler is better, and with that fabric you chose it will be stunning! Especially paired with solids.

    I should be getting my mail order of fabrics for a quilt this week. It is my first 'real' quilt too, and I'm a little nervous too.

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  11. Hey! I'm the quilt instructor at the workroom!! That stacked colour-block fabric is fantastic!! I plan to be at Quilt Sunday this weekend, so I'll do my best to help you out if you want a little input on planning this quilt. Yay!! New project!! What is more fun than pulling together a group of fabric for a new quilt?... I can't think of anything...

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