My quilt is on the cover! Yay!

I’m not afraid to admit that I jumped up and down like a little kid at Christmas when I opened my subscription copy of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine and saw my Golden Glow quilt featured on the cover of the April 2018 issue!

I had not expected this at all – it was a happy moment and one which put a huge smile on my face at a time when I needed it the most. I’m also not afraid to admit that I rather love the name I choose for this quilt – Golden Glow. For me it sums up brightness, happiness, optimism, hope and all the good and possible things in life, like shining a light in the dark.

I’m busy now putting together some quilt kits for sale through my Melony Patch Etsy shop, so do pop by if you’d like to buy!

Blue Leaves – quilting and de-wrinkling

And now onto my latest quilt, Blue Leaves. Progress this week has been good… and I’m happy to say that the quilting IS COMPLETE!! Yay! Yay! And double Yay!

I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I’ve managed to do this in just a few weeks with everything else that I’ve got going on. I’m also really happy with how it’s turned out. The quilting stitches are almost invisible to the eye as I choose threads that closely match the fabrics used, but the texture the stitching has added is GORGEOUS to the touch and so soothing! The quilting is more visible on the back and I have added a photo below so you can see this.

Now that I’ve finished the quilting, I’ve ironed out all the wrinkles and the next few steps before it’s completely finished will be to slip-stitch the border, sew on the hanging sleeve and add a label… And here lies a problem…

I usually write the name of the quilt on the label, followed by (sometimes) a short phrase or poem relevant to the quilt. And of course I add my name and the year the quilt was finished. I’m still debating what name to give this quilt – as you know the working title I’ve been using is Blue Leaves, though following a comment made by my eldest daughter, who thought the blocks resembled windows, I wondered if something like ‘The view from my window‘ or ‘Windows‘ would work better. (By the way, my husband said the quilt reminded him of computer coding and computer ‘mother boards’… but I’m happy to say that I’m definitely not taking those suggestions any further!!)

Here’s the thing – I have already decided on the phrase to go with the quilt, which goes like this:

“Through these windows I will find,
a sense of purpose and peace of mind”

So what do you think? What name shall I give my quilt? Do let me know by leaving a comment below – your help is still needed!

Here’s wishing you all a great weekend.

Mel x

 

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Is fabric ever wasted in patchwork quilting?

This is a question that is very much on my mind at the moment, for various reasons.

One, is that when I design a new quilt, what might look good on paper might not work so well on fabric, but I only find this out after I’ve sewn a few blocks of my original design. I know I’ve mentioned this before when writing about my Golden Glow quilt, which went through various design stages. But are these sewn pieces wasted? I don’t think so, again for various reasons.

First of all, and perhaps most importantly, without going through this stage of ‘trial and error’ I wouldn’t have come up with a design that I was happy with; secondly, the bits of sewn fabric can be put to all sorts of uses – they can be kept for use in a scrap quilt or a small project, perhaps a pouch or coaster; or thirdly, if the same fabrics are being used in the final quilt, the trial pieces can be used as a tester blocks to try out different colour threads for the quilting or to try out different styles of quilting stitches.

Two, is that quite often when cutting up fabric, we make mistakes… at least I know I have!! However, we are just human and it’s part of our nature to make mistakes. I have lost count of how many times I’ve cut up the wrong size – sometimes because I wasn’t focusing (probably because I was being interrupted by one of my little ladies!) or because I didn’t include seam allowances (Argh! This is such an annoying mistake!). I have also made a mistake when writing up instructions for a pattern… and I still feel gutted about this. But are these cut pieces wasted? When you think of it, the very nature of patchwork quilting is to sew up patches, so is it the end of the world – OK, that’s a bit dramatic – is it a waste of fabric or money to have made that mistake? I don’t think so. I would say keep the fabric and use for another project, or make the piece larger to the size required by sewing another piece to it!

Despite saying this, if you do have fabric you feel particularly precious about – perhaps because it was expensive or a gift – I would always go by the old adage “measure twice, cut once”.

What are your thoughts on this? What have you done with wrongly cut fabric? Have you ever followed cutting instructions for a pattern only to find out that the measurements were wrong? And how did you feel and what did you do about it? I’d love to know – please share your stories and comments below.

Mel x