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First Quilt {Reveal}

Have you ever wanted to sew something but been a bit scared to give it a shot?  … It’s thinking about how unachievable the final result seems that makes you want to not even start.  At least that’s how I always felt about quilting. Luckily I had Rachael from Sew Today, clean tomorrow to break it down to baby steps and walk me through it in our #oasisquiltsewalong.


You can check out the first blog post where I was talking about making the Oasis Quilt HERE.


I only just realised that I completely forgot to do the Reveal blog post I had planned – so here it is … the journey of my first quilt!

Choosing fabrics for my Oasis Quilt

I really loved the colours Rachael chose for her sample Oasis Quilt for Issue 8 so I knew I wanted to make mine in similar colours.  My fabric stash is set up for sewing clothing so plain fabrics were few and far between.  I found these tone on tone fabrics (by Tula Pink and Jennifer Paganelli) that I had been hoarding and brought the plain white fabric for the background.  For the backing I used a swirly fabric by Rashida Coleman.



I am so slack when it comes to pre-washing.  Generally I only pre-wash knit fabrics and fabrics for clothing I’m making for myself.  I might test wash scraps but that’s it.  BUT this was my quilt – I had absolutely no idea what I was doing so I decided to follow all the instructions to the letter!

It was a bit of a thrill to get started and realise that yes I was finally making my first quilt!!!

Along the way I got a bit distracted … I thought about making dolly bunting with my off cuts and had a little unpicking to do!  The main problem with unpicking and quilts as I see it is that because the seams are so much longer a “little unpicking” on a quilt is a big job! I did contemplate leaving my mistakes, but I knew if I did that’d be all I would see when I looked at my finished quilt!

Rachael’s instructions were so good.  I love it when you’re sewing something and thinking – nup no idea why I’m doing this … still no idea … bam – it makes sense and comes together beautifully!

Cutting my quilt top was a bit like cutting loopy – I did not want to screw it up!

Although the #oasisquiltsewalong officially ended with the completion of the quilt top, Rachael has a brilliant beginners quilting sew along that talked me through the final steps.  You can find it HERE.

Handstitching the binding was an unexpected pleasure.

So here it is … my completed quilt!

finished quilt

It’s wonky, far from perfect, but boy oh boy am I proud of it! It’s in my sewing space and every time I catch sight of it I get a little thrill!  And it’s even perfect for sleepy visitors to snuggle under and it has been known to migrate to the loungeroom for movie night.

sewing room visitor

It is everything I hoped my “someday quilt” would be.

I really LOVED making this quilt and I’d really love to have a go at another one sometime.

Kt’s teacher is expecting a baby early next year so maybe I should make her a quilt for her end of year gift.  I think without another deadline my next quilting adventure may be too far away!

If you’ve sewn an Oasis Quilt I’d absolutely love to see.  If you’d like to have a go at this or see pictures of some other people’s quilts be sure to search #oasisquiltsewalong on facebook or instagram.

Till next time.

Happy Sewing





8 Comments to “First Quilt {Reveal}”

  1. Rachael 25/10/2015 at 11:54 pm

    I’m so glad your first quilt was everything you wanted it to be, and that I could be a small part of that. I love how yours turned out. It’s gorgeous and sounds like it’s tough to be well loved…as every quilt should be 🙂

    • Jen Kennedy 26/10/2015 at 12:20 am

      Thanks Rachael! You’re a wonderful teacher!

  2. Bethany 25/10/2015 at 11:55 pm

    This is so lovely!!! Great job! I need to make this quilt still…

    • Jen Kennedy 26/10/2015 at 12:20 am

      Thanks Bethany! I love your quilts – you’d totally rock this one!

  3. Sarah 26/10/2015 at 12:23 am

    Great job Jen! I love the colours you picked. You won’t even notice the wobbles after a while and it’s part of what makes it gloriously handmade – it’s just the love poking through a few seams ;o) Look forward to seeing your next quilt soon.

    • Jen Kennedy 26/10/2015 at 12:24 am

      Thanks so much Sarah! I’m going to borrow that what a beautiful way to see it x

  4. Lou 27/10/2015 at 10:26 am

    It’s beautiful! Quilts are so special. I still have the quilt my Mum made me when I left home to go to college 20 years ago…we picked the fabrics together. They are memories all sewn up. Well done Jen, I love it, wish I had the patience to try one.

    • Jen Kennedy 27/10/2015 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks so much Lou! I’m ridiculously proud of this 🙂


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