Today, I thought I would show off my favourite quilt that I have made – and it may not be what you expect. Although I am now working on a pictorial quilt (and am planning many more ‘art’ style quilts in the future), my favourite quilt is our humble bed spread.
It is a simple design using only squares and rectangles and is uniform from binding to binding. It does not contain any hand dyed fabrics; no ‘designer’ fabrics, but rather fabrics gathered while traveling in South East Asia with friends.
Vietnam to be exact, in a large outdoor market – where my friends had to wait for me while I scoured the bolts for cottons suitable for quilting. I did not yet know how I would use the fabrics but they were such a bargain I couldn’t resist. Although I did have to keep in mind that I would be carrying the weight in my backpack!
I also didn’t know that, at the time, I had just met my future husband and that the fabrics I just bought would one day be warming us as we slept.
I came home, and didn’t touch the fabrics for a while. I was finishing up a course in clothing and textiles, and then moving from Queensland to Victoria to be with my new ‘boyfriend’. It was around the time of our engagement when I started working on this quilt.
The pattern, if I remember correctly, came from a magazine borrowed from the library. I did have to throw in a couple of fabrics from Spotlight. I remember cutting for a long time, then having lots of blocks piled up on the kitchen table! This was the first queen-sized quilt I had ever made.
There is just the right amount of light and dark, a consistency of pattern size, and I love the small red tone squares.
I really love the back – not uniform, neat or stylish – but rather scrappy, born from the desire to just use up the fabrics I had (and not spend money on more!).
Making this quilt was bj (before the time of my awesome Janome where I can drop the feed dogs), so I had this quilt professionally quilted in Mildura.
Enjoy the pictures, and please share any stories of quilts made with LOVE.