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warming winter

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After Christmas, especially on cold evenings, I stay warm by making lap quilts. These little quilts warm you when you make them, and when you use them!

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the patchwork of the lap quilt I am making

the patchwork of the lap quilt I am making

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These evenings, I am working on a quilt for my guest room. The theme of the room is purple violets, so this quilt will use fabrics printed with various purple flowers.

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some of the patches I am using

some of the patches I am using

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My quilting methods are not academy worthy. I don’t follow any pattern and my stitches are a bit long and haphazard. Thanks to an aunt who gave me a store of left-over fabrics last year, I have lots of pretty fabric and quilt-backed material to use as a batt for my quilt.  I begin by measuring out the quilted fabric. My guest room lap quilt will be about a meter by a meter.

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I use ready-quilted fabric for the quilt batt

I use ready-quilted fabric for the quilt batt … the fabric doesn’t have to match the quilt patches because it will be covered in the end

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I cut rectangular blocks of fabric in random sizes and baste them to the backing. Then I apply other fabric patches by top-stitching. Gradually, the quilt takes shape.

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patches go on in a random pattern, wherever they seem to fit

patches go on in a random pattern, wherever they seem to fit

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For this quilt I have a plan to incorporate a drawstring tie, so the finished quilt can be rolled up and tied to use as a neck roll. For the ties I will use salvaged bits of the dresses I used for fabric patches.

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I like salvaging parts of the clothes I used to make the patches … pockets, ties, drawstrings and hems may make it into the finished quilt.

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Once one side of the quilt is done, I will work on the other side. I do the backing with wide strips of fabric, stitching through all layers of fabric so the whole quilt is sewn securely together. I’ll bind the quilt in more wide strips.

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My quilt will be done in five or six evenings. I will be showing you the final result! You can see one of my quilts from last January at https://janetims.com/2015/01/23/stitching-a-small-quilt/

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Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

 

Written by jane tims

January 11, 2016 at 7:05 am

Posted in strategies for winter

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  1. Beautiful quilt! I love the different purples.

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    letspaintnature

    January 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm


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