We discovered Ruislip Woods this morning, having lived here for nearly five years it’s definitely something we should have done sooner. As a child I fondly remember trips out for days in the woods and the way my two were amazed at all the trees and their enjoyment of squelching through the muddy bits, listening to the wind in the trees and hunting for bears reminded me of just how fascinating and exciting being in the woods can be!
After our bracing walk this morning I was able to have a little time this afternoon to do some sewing and I have finally finished making Williams patchwork quilt. I made one for Isabella for her second birthday and so this was for Williams second birthday, quilts always take a lot longer than I think to make but it is only just over two weeks late so I’m quite happy with that. The first quilt that I started making consisted of entirely new fabric, I then made the quilt for Isabella with some of the fabric being second-hand and now this one for William is mostly made from not-new fabric. Three of the patches are from my husbands shirts and a lot of the others I found from fabric that my gran has passed on to me, I am so pleased that it really is a patch-work quilt.
The pattern consists of using nine fat-quarters of material to make up the patches in the middle of the quilt and then 150cm of fabric for the border and binding. Half of the joy in making a quilt is deciding which fabrics to choose and what goes together. I had started with the three shirts and then added to this over time until I had the look that I was happy with. The following pictures show the quilt in progress, I sort of forgot to take any photos between the small square patches and finished quilt but you can see part of the process.
Such a great feeling to have the quilt finished and William loves it, he seems so happy to have a quilt of his own. I can also tick off one of my 30 by 30 challenges so I am very happy about that too.
Have you ever made a quilt? Would you like to have a go?
Happy weekend to you all,