Friday, March 9, 2012

My first ever neutral quilt! It's actually, um, red.


Ta da! I have completed my baby quilt for The Headmistress. And if I do say so myself, I think it's rather tickety-boo.

I spent months agonising over this quilt. First, the choosing of the neutral colours, because The Headmistress is very tasteful and elegant. My usual baby quilts are brightly coloured and patterned, and I knew that kind of thing just wasn't going to fly with her. This may be the first time in my life I have sewn anything that has "taupe" in it.

I ended up choosing French General fabrics, because they have that sort of quiet refinement that suits her; plus they are in tasteful colours and patterns.  I ended up focusing on red as the base colour because The Headmistress has a few cushions at home with red accents - and I thought if I got this right, it could get a look of the olde-worlde-heirloom-item about it. Do you think I managed it?

I set all the squares on point, and then cut out the triangles for the outer framing. When I sewed them together, I realised I'd cut the triangles the wrong size.

I was lucky enough to be able to ask my crafternoon companion, the Quilting Queen, what I had done wrong. She told me there was a formula involved. A formula! Did you know there was a formula involved? No, neither did I. I thought I'd left formulas behind in high-school maths, and I'm sure I never learnt anything HALF as useful as a quilting formula in school. Calculus and quadratic equations, yes. Quilting formula - SOMETHING I COULD ACTUALLY USE - no.  If you are wondering what it is, you can find it here.

Anyway, once I had the formula then I realised I'd used up all my edging fabric in the wrong-sized triangles. I had to order more from the States and wait for it to arrive. Which took a month. Then finally the package appeared on my doorstep and I was able to get this finished in a single weekend.

I did the quilting stitch a little differently, too - if you look closely you'll see that each square on point is divided into four triangles by the stitiching. I think it gives it a really interesting texture.

And did you notice the polka-dot binding? I made that sucker from scratch, readers, from scratch.  I am even impressed by my own self.

Here's the quilt draped over the cot it will adorn in just a few days time. The Headmistress is waiting patiently for you, Baby A ..... and I look forward to meeting you soon.



  1. Baby quilt for the Amateur Actress
  2. Baby quilt for Beck
  3. Baby quilt for the Headmistress
  4. Cup of tea and a lie down after three baby quilts in quick succession
  5. Complete the massive postage stamp quilt I started early last year. I was doing fine until I realised I'd accidentally doubled the recipe and was now making the quilt twice as big as it needed to be. King-size. In three-inch squares. That's a lot of seams. It's been stuffed into the back of a drawer (a big drawer) for months now, because I get a cold shiver every time I even think about going back to it.
  6. Curlicue Crush quilt 
  7. Complete a patchwork screen using the antique wooden frame that's shoved into a corner of the sewing room and has been unused for years. In the hope of selling it at a market later in the year.
  8. Start the Autumn Daze quilt from Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance book
  9. Bit of a breakdown as I realise doing all those quilts is probably impossible, and why do I always set my sights on unattainable goals and is this a major character flaw and do I set myself up for failure this way and why can't I just live more in the now without having to constantly achieve, achieve, achieve; ...valium now please.
  10. Finish those grey wool pants I cut out in the middle of winter last year ... sigh ....
  11. Put up shelves in my sewing room so that my wondrous and ever-growing collection of lovely new and vintage tins can be displayed to its best advantage so that I can actually see and enjoy them. Right now they are piled on top of each other in a heap on the sewing table.
  12. Make a curtain for the sewing room window. It's been naked-of-curtain for more than 18 months now and I can't stand another winter without one.
  13. Organise myself for a destash sale. Gulp.
  14. Get Etsy sorted out. With current stock. Take some damn pictures, Flickettysplits!
  15. Start blogging againOh, I've done that one! Tick that box. 

4 comments:

Porch Days said...

You definitely managed the "olde-worlde-heirloom" look. Very nice. Neutrals are over-rated. Go red!!

Jennie said...

The colours are perfect. They're just like my mum's antique quilt from 1852: http://twobitspatches.blogspot.com.au/2010/01/2010-year-of-signature-quilt.html

willywagtail said...

The gentle colours mixed with the red make for a beautiful quilt. Cherrrie

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I love the colours , soft , elegant and warm , all at the same time .
And as for the formula ? How wonderfully handy !