Friday, August 10, 2007

Twin Quilts for Twin Nieces!

About three weeks ago, I decided to make twin quilts for my two nieces who were going to be arriving today from Japan for a visit. So I started cutting out pieces and thinking about the type of design that I wanted to make.

Then when I had 10 days to go, I realised there was no way I was going to make it in time. My heart sank, and I went to plan B - making them each a pair of fishermans' pants instead, like the ones I made my daughter back in May. I went out and bought some lovely soft denim, and started work.

However, I couldn't for the life of me remember how I made the first pair! (Note to self: make tutorial as soon as you can, so you remember how to make the damn thing!) So I spent (wasted) an entire day of potential sewing time doing more swearing and unpicking than creating.

At the end of the day, I thought, "Fuck it, I'm going to make the quilts after all."

By now I had ONE WEEK to make two little girl quilts. And it took 10 years off my life, but I finished them at 10am today with 2 hours to spare! And it was totally worth it!

Here's Gina's quilt:



And here's Leyla's quilt:



I am in LOVE with the Churn Dash block, and this was my first attempt at free motion quilting. Here's a close-up:



I also free-motion quilted a label for each girl with their name on the back (it's a little hard to see, sorry about that):





So after a million thread breakages during the quilting, one needle breakage, several basting-pin stabbings and scrapes (nobody told me quilting was an extreme sport!) I am now truly spent. And totally ready for the next project!