Patchwork Quilt

Last Summer I decided to make a patchwork quilt to occupy myself, so I thought now its been finished (for quite some time), I’d make a post about it on here! I also thought it was about time I made a craft post on here!

My cousin Gemma (you can read her blog at wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/44136844/) had previously made a quilt, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon! I made a single sized quilt and it started life as 144 5 inch square charm squares, I bought these ready made off a website in packs of 20, and if I’m honest I had no idea what the colours and patterns would be, and they varied between each pack. I then laid these out on my bedroom floor in the desired pattern on top of the single quilt I have bought (although I didn’t over think it as I wanted it to look randomly placed).

Note: the single quilt I bought was a 4.5 tog quilt (to enable easier quilting once the patchwork had been done), and although it was a cheap supermarket quilt I made sure it was washable.

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Once I was happy with the layout I grouped each row together starting from the left, and pinned them in a pile with the row number on. This meant I just had hand stitch each row together. I left a 1cm seam around each edge, and handstitched each of the squares together within their rows (so I ended up with 16 strips of 9 squares), but left the number pinned to them.

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Once I had sewn each row, I then began to sew each of the rows together (this time using the machine). This is where the numbering comes in, as I then knew where I wanted each row when I originally laid out the squares. Once I had finished the patch work I moved onto the quilting.

I had bought a sheet to back the quilt an use as a border on the front of the quilt (not a cheap one, as I thought it might go thin quite quickly). I laid this out on the floor and put the quilt in the middle of it. I then put the patchwork in the middle of the quilt with equal borders around the side (hence the ruler), I measured this off the edge of the quilt.

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I then folded the sheet over the quilt to create the border, pinned it in place and tacked it ready for machine sewing in place. I cheated a bit with the machine sewing, and in all honesty I did the borders on the outside of the quilt, but my aunt did the rest as I was struggling! It took a decent sewing machine to quilt it as despite the quilt inside being the thinnest I could get, it struggled!

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I wanted to keep the quilting simple, so quilted around the border and along the rows (the picture shows the back of the quilt!). I then decided I wanted to put a border of buttons around the edge of the patchwork, however I realised this was going to cost alot of money if I bought them myself, so I shamelessly begged my family to donate any spare buttons they had to my quilt; they responded in their thousands (well not quite, but they provided my with a healthy supply), alongside a few I bought myself.

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The first of the buttons that I had sewed on.

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and the first row of buttons! However I did swap a few later as I wanted it to look mismatched!

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Nearly there! Most of the buttons have been stitched on in this picture.

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There’s even two buttons on it that my cousin brought back from China, there’s a few from my mum that she cut off some old shirts, and plenty from other family members. I love that there’s a story to them all and how it makes my patchwork quilt look really different!

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The finished quilt! Apologies for the angle of the photo, it was hard to get the whole thing in the picture!

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Close up of the corner, patchwork and the buttons.

Overall the quilt cost me about £50, however it was worth every penny, and I even inspired a family friend to restart making a quilt that she started making when she was my age! I am very proud of it 😀

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