Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A simple quilt (and a question)

Time to blog another project which I finished weeks ago, but didn't have the time to blog about yet.

When I saw Cherie's super soft Lua sleep sack a few weeks ago, I fell in love with the triple gauze fabric she used. I bought a meter of it to make a soft blanket for Ava, and then the question came: what fabric to use for the back? I looked in my stash, and stumbled upon a gorgeous piece of pink nani IRO fabric which I bought a while back at Monday's Milk - as far as I knew the only place where it was (and still is) available. Mint and pink - what better combination is there?



I originally ordered a small piece nani IRO Waltz Minuet with the intention to make a dress for Norah. Luckily, Rozalinde of Monday's Milk cut me an extra generous piece - as if she knew that I might change my mind about what to use it for, and that I would need more (thank you, Rozalinde!)

I feel a bit sorry for the mint triple gauze fabric: by using the beautiful nani IRO print on the other side, it feels like the main act became the support act. Still, this side of the blanket is really pretty, as you might have seen in this picture (in which Ava modeled her new leggings):


Because of the large print on the nani IRO fabric, I kept things really simple: just seven parallel lines of stitches. I batted the quilt with Quilters' Dream Wool bought here. Five layers of gauze and one layer of wool - this is by far the cuddliest blanket I ever made. And my absolute favorite one.

Meanwhile, I have been cutting Arizona fabrics for a next quilt - a bit bigger, but nothing too complicated. I feel that I'm getting increasingly intrigued by (modern) quilting, a practice which is not very popular with (young) sewists here in Belgium (Europe?). I assume that most of my readers are into making garments rather than into quilting, and I'm wondering how you feel about quilting... Do you consider quilting? Why, or why not?

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  1. Hi, I am also feeling the urge to make a simple, modern quilt. I have no idea about quilting in Germany, my sewing life is mostly online and English speaking ;-) maybe I should look into it! A while ago there were a few posts on modern quilting at the craft sessions blog called "I was totally wrong about patchwork". Maybe you would enjoy reding them http://thecraftsessions.com/blog/2014/4/2/part1-wrongaboutpatchwork http://thecraftsessions.com/blog/2014/4/16/part-2-i-was-totally-wrong-about-patchwork http://thecraftsessions.com/blog/2014/5/13/part-3-i-was-totally-wrong-about-patchwork There is some great inspiration!

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    1. Thanks for the links Ute! They contain so many beautiful examples which show that quilts do not necessarily be old-fashioned or boring. I love the assymetrical ones so much!

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  2. I am definitely considering quilting! I have bought 6 (!) Room Seven quilts already because I love (and use) them so much, but they're not cheap and it still is so much more fun to create something yourself, isn't it? :-)

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    1. It sure is! And they last a lot longer than clothes :-)

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  3. I've been getting the urge to try quilting for a while, bust just haven't had enough confidence in myself yet (confidence or fear of cutting?!?) I'm hoping to finally just suck it up and go for it. I've been trying to 'gather' (it being a loose term here since I haven't saved anything) info and ideas for a while and hopefully will put use to it soon :)

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    1. Interesting! I'd love to see your style translated into a quilt :-)

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  4. I do a bit of quilting--mostly garments but I love the artsy-ness of quilting. (Quilting with a Modern Slant is great inspiration!)

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    1. That book is a great tip! Looks really pretty...

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  5. I'm a regular reader and while I do sometimes sew clothes for my daughters, I actually mostly make modern quilts.

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    1. I just checked out your blog - your stuff is gorgeous! Following you now :-))

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  6. I want to make a simple quilt. I don't have time or patience for anything complicated. Yours is so pretty! Wish I could feel it.

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    1. Thanks Emily! I have a preference for simple stuff too. More complicated is not necessarily prettier, is it?

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  7. I always enjoy sewing garments (mostly for my two-year-old nephew or friends having babies). I LOVE quilting though. For one thing, a quilt will always fit! Lately, I've been trying my hand at improv quilting and I’m completely hooked! Pinterest and Instagram are overflowing with quilting inspiration, not to mention an incredibly supportive and encouraging community of fellow quilters :)

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    1. I googled 'improv quilting', and I love it! I'm goibg to try this soon...

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  8. I've been planning a triangle quilt with solid colors for a long long time, but somehow it has not happened yet. Sewing that paper pieced fox together made me realize it's not that simple as it looks ;) A true quilt artist once told me she prefers quilting over garments because the quilts last longer.

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    1. That fox was amazing! Much more complicated than the "quilts" (notice the quotation marks) I have made so far :-)

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  9. I've been doing some modern quilting for ages. My first big project was made 20 years ago, I was 22 and quilted a huge bedspread for when I was getting married. I worked on it for 1,5 years! And lately I've made some smaller blankets for myself and my godchild, without any hand stitching though… And on my planning is another one, with simple solid colors in triangles maybe. We'll see!

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    1. Really? I wouldn't have guessed... Curious about you upcoming project !

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  10. HI!! yes I am quilter. Actually I began sewing with quilting and I believe it is the best way to start sewing: because quilting requires accurate seams and good cutting! right now I am in the process of finishing a large bed cover for my boy. I actually did some free motion quilting for the first time and it was so great althgou ver imperfect. Wuilting is great because you don't have to worry about sizes and fitting! it is just for the joy of fabric and patterns and colros!! yummy! I took some classes on Craftsy and learnt so much!

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    1. Nice! I'll go and check out those Craftsy classes :-)

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  11. I tried making a quilt once, but it was soo difficult! Maybe because I was trying to sew a quilt I had seen somewhere but I wasn't following any instructions. But I think I'll always prefer sewing garments, I can use them and are quick to sew.

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    1. I think quiling is more difficult than many people think. But sew is making garments, right?

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  12. There aren't many quillters in Germany. Most sewers here will prefer to sew with jersey than with popeline or other woven fabrics. However, I increasingly often happen about some jersey-quilts on German blogs. You gotta go with what you like, right?

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    1. Jersey quilts? That sounds super soft and cuddly...

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  13. Hi, I'm the other way round from you in that I quilt but am thinking now about maybe trying garments. Most of the blogs I like to read are garment-makers not quilters, not sure why, but maybe just that a lovely thing is a lovely thing, wherever you find it.

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  14. Though I'm in the US, I'd thought I'd throw my opinion in! I am just beginning to quilt and love it, so I would love to read more about your quilting! I am still sewing garments for my little girl, but quilting is something I can do that we won't outgrow so fast! Can't wait to see what you come up with (as always)! Sarah

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! And The factor of outgrowing is one I also keep in mind when deciding what to use a gorgeous fabric for!..

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  15. I never considered quilting until I pinned this beauty: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/177470041539972575/.
    And I love this one too: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/177470041540119303/.
    I haven't made one yet though. ;-)

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    1. I've been drooling over that SeeKateSew quilt too... The triangles are awesome, but I also think that they might be difficult - you'd have to sew very precisely in order to have perfectly sharp points....

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  16. I have just made two quilts, both with Nani Iro. I can see the advantages to quilting over making clothes. Just sew staight lines and appreciate the combination of pretty fabrics. You don't have to listen to fights about who gets the Tinny dress with the bunnies in the snow. You don't have to spen one hour making imperfect gathers and you don't have to wonder why you can't find any women's patterns that do not look like maternity dresses.

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    1. Ha, that is a good list of the advantages of quilitng :-) Let me add another one: quilts aren't outgrown in 6 months time! One of the reasons why I decided to use the nani IRO Waltz fabric for the quilt is that I couldn't enjoy it in a dress as long as in a quilt...

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  17. Ik heb al een aantal quilts gemaakt, maar heb inderdaad ook de indruk dat het niet echt 'leeft' hier in Belgiƫ. Hoewel natuurlijk quilts een groot woord is: ik gebruik voor elke stap de naaimachine en quilt batting heb ik 1 keer gebruikt & nooit meer. Het eenvoudige 'lappendeken' dekt de lading beter denk ik :-)

    Prachtige quilt trouwens en bedankt voor de link naar Mondaysmilk, ik denk dat ik verliefd ben....alles is daar zo mooi!

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    1. Oei, batting geen succes? Ik heb de indruk dat quilters heir in Belgie vooral een heel ander publiek zijn dan vrouwen die (kinder)kleding naaien: meestal iets ouder, en met een andere smaak ook qua stoffen

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  18. What I don't get about quilting is 'how many quilts can one a person need?' Once you've done one or two, wouldn't you then go on to a cushion or something? ;-)

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    1. Ha ha, I've been thinking the same thing. But on the other hand, I've been asked the question "how many dresses can your daughter need?" :-)

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  19. Tried to post this once but it hasn't appeared, so I hope this works. I'm the other way round from you - I'm a quilter who is wanting to try making stuff to wear, but I'm more make-it-up-as-you-go-along so I'll need to learn to focus and be accurate! Most of my favourite blogs are garment-makers - I think lovely stuff made of fabric is always appealing to me.

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    1. Ah, the other way around is interesting too... I have the impression that many quilters are increasingly interested in making clothes...

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  20. You'll know from my blog that I'm a quilting fan - so many fabrics, so many options and usually the simplest ones are the best :)

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    1. I do! And you're right: the simpler, the prettier :-)

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  21. Oh boy that must be the snuggliest ever! I wish I had more time and space to do some modern quilting. But I love seeing what people come up with.

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  22. Sewing for me started with garment making but these days I spend more time quilting for the creative satisfaction. No limits, I say.
    Http://lisainporthope.wordpress.com

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  23. I love modern quilting! But the satisfaction of putting a garment in my wardrobe or my childrens' has been winning out lately.

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  24. I started with quilting, I made my then unborn daughter a quilt completely by hand (didn't have a machine!) at some quilting classes. From there I progressed onto making children's clothes. I was just thinking the other day that it's a good job I had two girls as I don't think I'd have got into garment sewing if I only had boys to sew for! And now I do both - and still love both!

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