Sunday, 11 September 2011

Autumnal lap quilt

I've been thinking about making an autumn inspired quilt since I started sewing last year - and Celebrate Colour (via Stitched in Color) has given me the perfect incentive!

The front


I wanted to use browns and khakhi greens (being two of my favourite colours) and found some material in my stash that I thought would go well. The bird panel was a perfect match and I absolutely loved the apple fabric (although I'm not sure what it is, Metro Apples perhaps?).

For the back I still had a few scraps of the apple left...

I wanted the quilting to be fairly modern and so i did random straight lines, which were very fun to do. I haven't mastered free motion quilting yet - mainly because the sewing machine I have is a 1930s Singer with a hand-driven wheel so I only ever have my left hand to feed/move the quilt sandwich. Even still, I'm pretty pleased with the effect.

I used bright red fabric for the binding as I thought it brought out the colours of the panels really well.

I also put in one of my labels - based on my first ever cat Tybalt, who the blog is named after. Tybalt (or Tybly as he was affectionately nicknamed) got run over when he was only 13 months old earlier this year. He was my first ever pet and it was like losing my baby. I decided to remember him always in my sewing escapades through my labels.

A little bit rough around the edges! And please excuse the raindrop over "tybalt" - I wanted to photograph the quilt in the sun but it had just rained and I wasn't careful enough when laying the quilt out over the veg patch...(not sure why i even chose that location!)

Anyway, overall I'm really pleased with this - I actually wish I'd made it bigger rather than a lap quilt though. Oh well. I've entered it into the "home decor" category of the Celebrate Colour competition for September - check out the website at Stitched in Color. Fingers crossed, eh?

I'm giving this as a birthday present for my soon-to-be brother-in-law. Hope you like it too!


  1. Your little labels are adorable. How sweet that you named your blog after the poor lost kitty. I'm tickled that you started it just for Celebrate Color. Watch out - you never know where blogging might take you!

  2. Thanks Rachel - the labels were so easy to do - I just did a picture via Paint on my computer and printed a whole load onto fabric that can go through an inkjet printer. I was amazed at how well they turned out.

    And yes, I think I may have to limit my blogging, I can see how quickly one can get carried away!

  3. Nice quilt - love the red you added with the border!


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