Today's lesson is in how not to make a quilt.
Many months ago I bought a couple of Kaffe Fassett jelly rolls - because they were so beautiful (I'm a Kaffe fan from his knitting days) and thinking maybe I'd make some cushions or small projects. I admired them when they arrived (a set of greens, and a set of neutrals)(Kaffe Fassett neutral - so still pretty colourful!) and then put them away... where they sat until the morning my new sewing machine arrived.
While looking for fabric to 'test the machine out' I remembered the jelly rolls and started making what I vaguely recalled was a log cabin square. It was fun...and before I knew it I had 9 squares...and then 16...and finally 20 haphazard log cabin squares.
Clearly something had to be done with them and so it seemed I was making a quilt!
I have done some small quilting projects in the past - nothing this large but I felt up to the challenge (and I had 20 squares I had to do something with!).
My first thought was just to stitch the squares together but the haphazard way I'd pieced the strips together (before I realised I was making a quilt) meant that wouldn't work. (Or at least not in a pleasing way - the seams would NEVER line up.)
Adding a strip of fabric between the squares seemed the only option so I set about cutting those (I'd invested in a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to help out) and stitching all of the pieces together.
At each stage of this project I bulldozed my way through - and then did some research and discovered how it SHOULD have been done. I have no idea why - particularly as there is so much great information a quick search and click away.
But you know, despite no planning and my 'give it a go' approach, when I finished stitching the binding on Monday I was in love with the quilt! I wouldn't let a real quilter within 5 feet of it - but I think it's great. I love the colours and it's perfect for curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book.
I do think I need to make another one now -- but with a bit more planning and a LOT more research into the best techniques.