Monday, 26 August 2013

Baby quilts that feed the imagination

This summer I have been quietly waiting for my first baby to arrive and in a whirl of nesting have been sewing my heart out! Quilts are not tricky to make and such fun, you can really let your imagination run wild! I decided to focus on my local landscape for inspiration, the downs and the sea. Below are some basic instructions but if you don't fancy making one yourself I have tentatively begun making them to sell on Ebay and Etsy at a starting price of £24.99. They make lovely gifts, contact me directly and I would be happy to personalise a quilt to your theme with a name or date of birth for just £45.00.

The average cot dimensions are: 56cmx118cm, so a good size quilt in 56cmx 80cm

To make a quilt you will need:

A range of coordinated fabric.
White cotton backing.
Matching thread.

1) First make your background, it doesn't have to be complicated, simple stripes are a good place to start. Sew fabrics right sides together and iron open each seam flat. This should measure 49cm x 73cm.
2) Attach a border of your colour choice of 6.5cm wide. Sewing right sides together with a 1.5cm seam allowance
3) Tac the wadding lightly to the back of your base, now the fun can begin!
4) Make a little sketch of what you fancy to applique on, a boat... a rocket.....a car...... it's up to you!
5) Iron your chosen colours onto vilene or bondaweb to prevent fraying or stretching.
6) Cut your shapes out and tac in place onto your background.
7) Using a zig zag satin stitch sew into place slowly.
8) It's nice to add freehand embroidery too, an embroidery foot is worth its wait in gold!
9) When finished add your white backing. Sew right sides together with a 1.5cm seam allowance leaving a small gap to turn it the right way out.
10) Turn it out and iron flat. I like to run a straight stitch around the edge to finish it nicely!

Have fun, I did! Now all I need is a baby! So far a week overdue!