Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Scrappy Quilt - Ginger Jar Quilt

When I found out about the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, I knew immediately what category I was going to enter and the quilt I was going to submit.

In September 2013, my grandparents celebrated 65 years of marriage.  I thought that was worthy of an extremely special gift and set about making my first BIG quilt.

Well, second actually but I didn't finish the first because the deadline for this one was looming, so I had to crack on.

My Granny collects blue and white china, and ginger jars in particular.  Their bedroom is blue and so I felt it only appropriate to create a blue and white quilt.  Finding some willow-pattern-esque fabric sealed the deal!

I made it using the Scrappy Trip tutorial, and used only blue and white fabrics.

The Ginger Jar Quilt - The Front

The back (including a lines of scrappy leftovers from the blocks)

I made this quilt to an extremely tight deadline and had intensive evenings of sewing for three weeks in order to complete it on time.  That gave me plenty of time to think about my Grandparents and how wonderful it is they are able to celebrate this milestone.  There isn't even a card for 65 years!


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Back in the Saddle

Today I felt the urge to start sewing again.

After I finished the Ginger Jar Quilt, I decided my machine and I needed a break from one another.  I also wanted time in my days to pursue other things, like this wedding do I'm supposed to be organising.  Finishing my first large quilt to a deadline meant I spent every evening and weekend for three and half weeks at the machine.  This is not recommended.

Today, I really wanted to do some sewing again - hoorah!

Look familiar?  Matching cushion covers for Christmas gifts, oh yeah!