Sunday, 22 March 2015
Revisiting My First Love
Before I thought it might be possible that I could make clothes that would fit me both at the hips and waist I made quilts. I began doing this when my first child was a baby and I needed something silent to do when she napped in her cot beside me. And so began my love of hand quilting.
I have recently been trying to perfect my machine quilting technique and, whilst I love the speed this offers, I missed the act of hand quilting. I decided to print out a simple quilting pattern from Electric Quilt and see if I could still do stitches that show up on both sides of the work!
I think hand quilting is one of those things that is best to 'just do' without worrying too much if you are improving. Some stitches I like - some not so much - but I think I will improve with practice.
The fact that I was quilting by hand also meant that I could use one of my favourite things. I strengthened the variegated thread I was using with this beeswax block that I got from a honey farm whilst on holiday in West Wales. It may seem a shame to make thread marks into such a pretty thing but it will last me a lifetime!
The finished piece will hopefully be made into something I can give to a friend who has a birthday coming up, maybe a bag or small cushion, I haven't decided yet. I didn't really have anything in mind at the outset. I just wanted to quilt. :)