My first quilt top

Well, here it is. My first quilt top.
It’s nice.
I thought I’d be more excited, but I’m not really. People seem to be more impressed with it than I am.

Oddly enough, the process of creating it – doing the paper piecing itself – was very soothing. I really like the zen of making hundreds of finger-pressed folds, little stitches, little knots. I’ve learned a lot about hand sewing too. I need a thimble. I don’t like hand sewing with poly-on-poly thread. Quilting needles are really tiny. That sort of thing.

But at the end of the day, quilting perhaps, is not for me. About 75% of the quilts I see online I’m uninterested in, 25% are interesting, and 5% I would actually curl up in. I love the process but so far I am less than enthusiastic about the end product.

Having said that, I did have a great conversation with Alex about how to pick fabrics and be all matchy-matchy. I find the picking and matching of multiple patterns hard to do, and Alex had some sage advice – less patterns in a block, a solid to break up the block and interestingly, the use of a solid coloured textured fabric. I really like the idea of using textured fabric, and didn’t even realize that I had done that on this quilt top (the white centres have a bit of texture to them). I’ve also found an interesting Japanese quilting book by Yoko Saito that has lots of original quilt blocks in interesting-to-me patterns. They are quite small blocks, so it might be fun to try out a few and see if I’d like to make a quilt out of them.

I also really like the back of the quilt top. I like the look of all of those folds, different coloured threads, the rough edges and the hex-within-a-hex thing going on. Maybe I can do something with that…

I’m going to sew some backing to this one and make it into an envelope pillow for the tinybabynico. Photos to come!

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7 Responses to My first quilt top

  1. octobermachine says:

    Its lovely!!! You did a great job. I love quilts, BUT quilting is not for me either. Its too persnickety. I’ll take the textural gratification of my knitting over sewing any day: )

    • Michelle says:

      See, I find knitting persnickety! The counting, the rows, the tension… I’m much more content to sew! I’m thinking I just need to hand-sew my projects instead of machine sewing. I get the zen of hand-stitching, and the final product is ultimately more practical!

  2. Tina says:

    Dude. Nice Hexes. I’m not overly in love with the hex to be honest but then maybe it’s just my mood today. Having grown up with quilting grandmothers I love all things quilted (per say) but it’s definitely not for everyone. I have yet to see a quilt I absolutely hate but definitely the modern pieces are more my thing.

  3. jsquirrel says:

    I dig the word “persnickety”…as well as your quilting.

  4. karen says:

    I love the concept of quilts…but not always the look. This one, I love! You’re crazy. It’s amazing. The end.

  5. nanayane says:

    wonderful! I love the colors! keep up the good work!

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