Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Busy little bees ... Baby Heart Quilt

Wow, it has been a while since our last post!! Even though we have been pretty quiet on blogger we have been fairly busy. 

We have a new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Two.of.4 where we have been uploading photos of our creations and we are also on Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/twooffour.

In early March this year I got inspired to try my hand at making a quilt that had a mosaic feel to it. I had heaps of colourful pieces of left over fabric that I could use and I thought wouldn't it be great to make a quilt for a baby that was bright and colourful and had a big love heart on it. Little did i know what I was getting myself into.

I ended up cutting and sewing together 342 individual, 6cm x 6cm squares to create this brilliant idea of mine. Mind you, this was my second ever quilt I had ever attempted to make (my sister Mez  - the other half of Two of Four - was the brilliant creator of the previous quilts posted on here). So with very little experience I cut up all the colourful squares based on a colour coded plan I put together. Then I laid it all out on my kitchen table which took me about a day of mixing and matching to get all the colours right. 

I remember Mez mentioning that she used to number all the pieces of her quilts so if she needed to pack things up or if someone moved things she could easily put things back together. So out came 342 little stickers that I numbered by hand and one by one all the little squares got sewn together in perfect order.


Now, the first quilt I ever made I quilted together with straight horizontal and vertical lines about 20cm apart from each other... very basic, very safe. This time I decided to use my sewing machine to free motion quilt my own design/pattern into the quilt. 

Now, I'm not going to lie - I was very nervous about doing this considering how much effort had gone into sewing the front of the quilt together, I didn't want to ruin it. But sometimes you just need to give things a go and trust in your creativity! And, boy am I glad that I did because I was so happy with the way the pattern turned out. (see below)

In fact, I'm really pleased at how the finished product turned out ... all from an urge one morning to create something new. Not bad for a 2nd attempt at making a quilt hey?

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