You know how I said that even I knew that I didn't need to start another project... well, there are always exceptions, right? Like the fact that this morning the wife of the cousin I never see has just had a baby.... well come on, I've had a baby that needed a cot quilt since I've been a quilter.
(The family seem split on whether the name Caleb Noah is fantastic or an infliction on the poor child - what's your reaction?)
So this afternoon I made this top thinking to just do a quick something with whatever I had to hand. Wonkiness is attributable to the photography not the sewing!
Trouble is that because I like to just sew as I go along it isn't exactly cot size and being 45 x 45 or course it will need a double length of fabric for backing and I haven't got anything suitable. ( I may have a good stash but it does still have gaps in it!!) I am designating it a 'crawl quilt' so really it doesn't need to be quick ( unless Caleb is a prodigy) but I don't want it hanging around the house.
So, tomorrow I get to drive to Southport to the quilt shop to get backing and then to quilt it, so Ricky's DVD will come in sooner than I thought!
On reflection perhaps I should not have been so eager to calm the quilt down and should have let it be all bright blocks together? I need to work more out of my natural autumn tones I think.
The top took me exactly 7 hrs to do. I don't know if that is fast or not but it does occur to me that one reason I look at my finished products and am manifestly unimpressed is that I go for speedy and simple over slow and intricate. Perhaps this is becuase the first quilt book I bought was called Quick Quilts to Make in a Weekend and it gave me the wrong impression! I am thinking though of starting something complex with the deliberate aim of working on it in small detail over a long period of time just to reset my mind as it were. Also I think to make myself make something that stays small would be an equal challenge!
But perhaps first, I should finish some of those quick-ish projects that are hanging around!