Oh my...i actually quilted.

I have always thought quilting was kind of gay. Left for fanatics that liked tacky fabrics.
Recently my opinions have changed due to Claire and a couple of quilting projects between the hot "Babies Muma's". Most of the projects included us chipping in to make a square for each other and then we are left to our own devices as to the arrangement of them. I ended up with a few squares and had to turn them into a quilt....I managed ok...but learned a lot about quilting in the process.

On the "Stitch n Bitch" weekend i sucked it up and had a go at making one for myself. I had grand ambitions of making one from the Material Obsessions book but half way through trying to work out the cutting, not having the right tools and a suggestion from the very wise Claire i settled on "complicated" square pattern.

I made the quilt out of vintage sheets, found fabrics and some new ones from spotlight. I love the mix of old and new and it really feels like the quilt expresses something about the maker. When you spend that much time on a project it becomes a part of you in a way. I like how the quilt will be treasured in our home and i love having beautiful bedding and fabrics around the house. Maybe the couch needs one now....
I had never put much value on home made stuff around the house, as it is pretty easy to go and buy stuff these days ...but there is so much more love in the homemade.

The value of the home made quilt must be high...i mean how often do you find one in a vinnies store.....like never. I hope mine gets passed down through the generations....its not a work of art in the quilting world but i love it regardless.

This weekend on a caravan trip in my much loved retro mobile i finished the quilt...phew!! Wanna looky??

Isn't it pruudy!!!

And a shot of it in my retro caravan..looks hot!! I love it. Too bad this trip will be our last till next spring or summer...sad face....i really want to take the quilt on more holidays now.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.