Sunday, 15 January 2012

Thank goodness I've got it finished in time!

I think I've said before, but it's Rose's birthday on the 24th and I planned to finish making this quilt that I started ages ago for her. After almost an hour fiddling with the sewing machine on Friday night, I Finally got it to do the free-motion embroidery that I wanted it to do. I couldn't use the pretty pink quilting thread I had for it though, I think my machine just couldn't handle that particular thread very well... it is a very modest machine! I used a pale pink thread instead and I think it looks just as pretty...


In the end I stayed up until almost 1am to finish the FME as I was so scared that if I stopped, that it would decide to not work again in the morning. Plus it's quite hard to do that kind of sewing with Rose awake, I'm a complete beginner at this quilting malarky so it takes quite a bit of concentration!



Whilst she was having her morning nap on Saturday, I used this tutorial to make my own binding from some material that my auntie had given me and very quickly did the part that I need to use the sewing machine for. The tutorial was brilliant and the whole process was a lot less complicated than I thought it would be. We went going to Ray's parents house for the afternoon and I managed to hand-sew the binding onto the back of the quilt whilst we were there.


I'm sorry everybody but this post is very photo-heavy but I'm just really happy with my first proper sized quilt, well something bigger than a wall hanging anyway!


The quilt top is made from a jelly roll from Moda called Dogwood trail but I had plenty of material left over and I could maybe make something else for Rose to match her quilt. The backing is made from a vintage bed sheet which is from my auntie as well.







As you can tell, I've been having loads of fun with my new camera. I think my laptop's going to be under a lot of strain with the amount of new photo's that are going onto it!!

I've actually been attempting to write this post over the last 4 hours but the little madam has got another tooth poking through and hasn't been the happiest of babies today! Poor little girl, I think it's going to be another Calpol-fueled night tonight...


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23 comments:

  1. you are such a lovely mummy x such a beautiful quilt rose will treasure that as she grows. A great aunt made my daughter a strawberry blanket with a teddy bears pic nic one side and strawberries the other...it goes every were with her when we stay over at families...she adores, loves it- needs a wash but she wont let me! hehe x

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  2. It is SO pretty Ashley...the colours are just beautiful.
    It is my aim to learn to quilt this year...i may be in touch!
    hope little rose is feeling ok...naughty teeth
    love jooles x

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    1. Have to agree you have done a brilliant job on the quilt. Beautiful.

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  3. Wow! I love it! Will be in contact for pointers soonish.
    Celeste x

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  4. That is really beautiful and bound to become a family heirloom! Your quilting looks fab - no-one will believe you if you say you're a beginner! Now you'll just have to make sure Rose doesn't look at your blog and see her present ahead of time...Hope her tooth comes through soon and stops giving her pain.
    x

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  5. Aww....you've made a smashing job of that quilt...how cosy she will be!
    Such a lovely keep sake for her!

    Melx

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  6. It's beautiful! Well done, I am in awe! I'd love to be able to quilt but not sure I have the patience. I'm sure your quilt will be very special to Rose over the years :) nasty rotten teeth....hope they don't keep you all up tonight x

    Jo x x x

    P.S. Fab photos! Whooo hoooo!

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  7. quilt making envy.
    fee
    (got your comment re wooden pram...how adorable was that!?)

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  8. No wnder you are so pleased, the quilt is gorgeous :-)

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  9. As I said I now no longer feel guilty tempting into the world of patchwork......

    Looks pretty Great Ash x

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  10. Your quilt is so pretty and you deserve to be very proud of it, well done you!
    Heather x

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  11. Dear Ashley! I am so admiring you right now! Fantastic work! Me and freehand quilting do NOT get along... That is, I haven't really tried it for real, only on a small patch and it was a disaster!!! Very very well done and such a cute quilt. ♥♥♥ Annette

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  12. It looks beautiful, you should be so proud! You clever lady......

    Lou x x x

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  13. The quilt looks beautiful, you have done a wonderful job on it. So pleased your machine let you do what you needed, they are so temperamental sometimes.
    I'll be asking you for pointers when I finally get started!!
    Hope the tooth makes an appearance soon, teething is so cruel.

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  14. It's absolutely gorgeous, you should feel really proud of yourself.

    Skip forward 25 years, she may well be blogging about it! How strange is that?!

    Hx

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  15. What a beautiful quilt Ashley, I love it, it's so pretty! Well done for mastering the machine embroidery, you've done a fab job, sure Rose will love her new quilt to bits as she grows up. By the way I read your last post too, but it wouldn't let me comment - so glad it all ended ok but what a horrible nightmare for you :( The same thing acutally happened to me when I was little I remember my mum telling me, though not really sure what happened - obviously they got me out though!! Hope you're not kept up too long tonight xxx

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  16. Wow, your quilt is beautiful. I know what you mean about the teething. Sitting here with a very upset little man that trying to shove everything he can into his mouth, he needs armbands to keep him afloat with all the dribble and i won't mention the nappies :( i'm beginning to think we'll never see a tooth.

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  17. You have done a brilliant job on that it's beautiful!
    Your free motion quilting is fabulous too, that's something I need to learn to do this year.
    Kandi x

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  18. OMG, that is gorgeous!!!!! I love that fabric, have put it on my wishlist.

    I think you should be super proud of yourself!! Make sure you embroider a little label and sew it on the back with the date and so on!!

    I finished tacking my quilt today and so the next step is the quilting. I love the way you've done yours - is that what's called "stippling"? All this new jargon I'm learning!!

    Awwww, sorry Rose is having trouble with her teeth - sending you both ((((hugs))))

    Love,

    S x

    PS Fab self-portrait, you pretty thing you!!

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  19. Your quilt is just beautiful definitely something to be proud of and to treasure, here,s hoping rose doesn't dribble on it too much whilst she's teething!

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  20. That would have to be the loveliest quilt I have ever seen, the materials are beyond gorgeous. You have done a wonderful job of it Ashley.....it's a stayer!!!
    x Sandi

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  21. What a fantastic quilt, you should be very proud of yourself :) Rose celebrates her birthday on the same day as my sister (although there are a good few years between them!)

    Gem x

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  22. It is beautiful! Congratulations! I'm sure Rose will love it! Hope she has a fantastic birthday! xx

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