8 January 2018

Have I Bitten Off More Than I Can Chew? Part II


When I left part I of this post I was doing a Scarlett O'hara from 'Gone With The Wind' -  

"Oh I can't think about this now 
I'll go crazy if I do
I'll think about it tomorrow
After all tomorrow is another day

Love that film

So let's recap, this is where I left off


trying to work out how many blocks
and how many squares in each block I would need to make the quilt larger. 
It wasn't going well, my brain just doesn't do maths!


I made templates which helped. 
But after all that exertion of the little grey cells I realised 

I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MATERIAL FOR THE AMOUNT OF BLOCKS I WOULD NEED...aaarrrghhhh..... what now?


Well I walked away, had a cup of coffee and then went back to it

and


Using the material I had I put more strips around the edges, 
bought ¼ metre of material in a contrasting colour and pattern (top right of picture)
and put a wider border around it.



Adding a bit of contrast by putting a square block of colour in each corner.


The next job was to make binding for the edges using left over material. 
The length of the binding was about 2" short!
Thank goodness I don't throw scraps away until the project is finished. 

These 2 scraps of material came in very handy. 
By joining them lengthways it was just about wide enough.

I then sewed straight lines through the material and fleece,


 put a border around the edge

  and voila the finished lap quilt.

The backing is fleece instead of the traditional material with wadding inside. 
Fleece is warm and soft which helps sooth distressed children.
The lap quilts I make go to Project Linus

 I'm so pleased its finished, I'm ready to start the next one now! 

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another
John Dewey
20th Oct 1859 - 1st June 1952


~Be warm and well ~

Polly x 


14 comments:

  1. After all that stress it was wonderful to see the finished quilt. A beautiful finish, love the contrast fabric.

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  2. Polly, I am blown away! And the fleece is a wonderful idea. Linus project is lucky to have you!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie. Another lady in my WI group has made some but she doesn't have time to make more.

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  3. It is wonderfully finished quilt.. it is lovely.. you did an incredible job..

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  4. I really don't know how you have the patience and skill to create something like this. And Project Linus looks good.

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  5. Hello Polly,
    Well done you! It looks fantastic.
    Big hug
    Giac

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  6. Hi Polly thanks for visiting Frugal in Essex and the kind comment you left regarding hubby. It has been a wish of mine to learn to quilt since retiring but I haven't got round to it yet. Perhaps this is the year! Great work, I do envy clever people like yourself.

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    1. Hi Tania, thank you for your lovely compliment. I'm an amateur beginner compared to some. I first thought about quilting over 40 years ago and have only just started! YouTube has some excellent tutorials and you will also see some brilliant quilters.

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