Monday, 28 January 2008

Eye Spy a car... a truck... a plane... a train!


Finally, I have pieced together the main part of Austy's quilt. I'm not so pleased with it as I measured wrong and made lots of mistakes when I made the blocks, this being my second ever quilt when I started on it (I just started and finished a few other quilts while this was underway because once I started this I realised how difficult it was for a beginner like me). Some of the blocks had seams pressed open (the rest didn't as I changed my methods as I learnt along the way), and the strippy blocks came out at 8.75" square, while the picture blocks varied between 8.25 and 8.5". Of course the finished block was meant to be 8.5" for ALL blocks so that once in the quilt they would all be 8". However, that wasn't to be so I needed top spend hours trimming and squaring up my blocks. This meant that some seam allowances were left very scant, and all the strippy blocks ended up with a mich thinner outer strip than the rest of the strips. Another problem was that I cut everything into the shapes they are in the block... I should have kept my triangles squares and cut them into triangles AFTER I seamed them. As a result, many blocks were off square and after all that trimming, making nice block joins was near impossible. I think about 2 in 5 block joins are near acceptable in my standards, the rest are ATTROCIOUS!!! But, we need to make mistakes to learn don't we? Someone could have told me how to do it all but I wouldn't have understood why. Now I know better, AND I understand why, so my future quilts will be much better. I'm just a bit sad that poor Austy gets two learning quilts (his baby quilt was my first quilt), so I am now thinking up a third quilt for him that will be much more worthy of hanging onto through the years.

What I am getting to is that this has been a very daunting project for me. My design was much more complicated than I thought it would be (although I'd probably be fine with it if I attempted it again now) and the size alone scared the bejeezes out of me. So getting this far has been somewhat of a challenge. Austy is dutifully impressed though (aren't two year olds the greatest when it comes to "Mummy Made-em's" appreciation?!) so now his excitement at seeing his quilt this near completion, is the push to make me finish. I am wondering whether or not to add a border. What do you think - 2" scrappy squares in left over blues and car/truck/plane/train fabrics with a tiny bit of red? It will make it slightly larger than a standard single bed quilt. Then I will bind it with navy????



Austy is sitting here pulling out these leftover fabrics and placing them on the quilt top saying "Mummy sewed a quilt for Austin! I love it, I love it! I really really do" Makes it all worth while.

18 comments:

AJ said...

Well Done on finishing Joy...honestly I'd add a red 4" border all the way round...will pull it all back together IMHO...just a thought

Helen said...

Ahhhh Joy! It looks fantastic! Don't be too hard on yourself, every quilt is a learning curb. Personally I think 2" scrappy squares in the border would make it look a bit busy and there is already a lot going on in the middle with the feature blocks and the red. Just a 3 or 4 inch border in plain red with navy binding would frame it all nicely, IMO! :)

Emma said...

I'd go for a 2" border in navy (the same as the setting triangles, or maybe navy with little red stars if you could find it?) and then the binding.

Cass said...

Joy I think it looks great and it's obvious Austy loves it so that's what counts

Juni said...

I *love* that square with the trains on it. Beautiful fabrics. Such a shame that it was such a nightmare for you to put together but I know what you mean about learning a lesson for life now!

Peta said...

I think it looks gorgeous Joy - and Austy loves it and will never see the mistakes you think you have made which is all that matters!!

atet said...

Austin will love it! And ya know -- everyone does need learning quilts. You should see my own first efforts. Um, let's just say they are in my mother's protective custody. Where they belong. Enjoy how much your son loves it and don't worry about "down the road" enjoy the here and now!

Little Munchkins said...

I am not surprised that Austy loves it so much, it looks fantastic!

sue said...

It does look great and your son loves it too. I would add the red border to finish it off, and it is always nice to make it a bit larger too.

Natalie said...

I think it looks fantastic!!!! I'd love to attempt one each for my boys...... one day lol.

Becky-Dee said...

That looks great! It's no wonder Austin loves it so much! I am sure he will treasure it even when he older.

Cascade Lily said...

Okay so you do know the rule is that once the quilt is finished there are no mistakes?

It's gorgeous and no wonder Austy really, really does love it!

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Chookyblue said...

good to finally be at this stage...........practise some more and then do one for Austy

ingrid said...

Wow Joy! It looks fabulous!

A Busy Bee said...

Its looks great. You did so well on such a big job. I also think a border of red will really make it stand out.

The Humming Cat said...

Really nice Joy.