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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!
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!
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.
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.