When I started my Sunday sketch series, I always figured I’d eventually develop one or more of the sketches into quilt patterns. But it’s much easier to post a sketch every week, trawl Instagram to see what everyone else is making, and spend ages daydreaming about quilts than it is to put yourself out there with a pattern of your own. It wasn’t until my quilty friend Alyce encouraged me to submit Sunday sketch #9 to a quilt magazine that I replaced all that thinking with some actual doing.
Fast-forward ~6 months, and the design has now been transformed into Wildwood, a quilt pattern published in issue 48 of Love Patchwork & Quilting.
I am a huge fan of Love Patchwork & Quilting‘s vibrant style, contemporary quilts and magazine design (my day job is in editing and publishing, so I care about layout and formatting!), so I’m beyond chuffed to be a part of the latest issue.
Issue 48 went on sale in the UK on 24 May, which is my dad’s birthday. He died before I started my quilt-making journey, so he never got to see any of my designs or quilts. I like to think that the timing of this issue was his way of saying that he’s celebrating with me 🙂
I’ve been jumping up and down for the past week or so, because I finally finished MY FIRST QUILT! YAY! I’m still really excited about it. It’s the first time in ages that I’ve made anything, and the whole process was so much fun (even more than I thought it would be). I learned loads.
How cool is that?!
I can’t remember when I first started it (I should’ve taken better notes…), but I think it ended up taking me a little over a month, from start to finish. In terms of actual hours worked, probably less than a weekend. I faffed a fair bit, and I stopped every time I didn’t know how to do something… which added a few weeks of inactivity here and there.
The whole point of making the quilt was because I’ve got a friend having a baby in August (hi Sparkle!) and I thought a quilt would be a cool gift. It should work as a cot quilt or as a throw for the floor to sit/lie/crawl on. I hope!
It’s a 10 x 14 grid of 4″ finished squares in a mix of yellows and greys (most of which I bought at GJs Discount Fabrics in Brunswick East). Everything is 100% cotton.
Things I learned with Quilt #1: how to piece the front to the batting and backing, why a walking foot is important, why you should always check that your bobbin is full before you start sewing a very long line of quilting, the importance of the seam ripper, the difference between single-fold and double-fold binding, and how to attach binding to a quilt.
Thing I hope to learn with Quilt #2: how to make half-square triangles, how to make my own bias binding, and how to take better photos of finished quilts.
Did I mention how excited I am that I made MY FIRST QUILT?!?!