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warming winter – my finished quilt

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Last week I began making a small quilt for my guest room. The fabrics are printed with lavender, morning glory, violet and primrose, perfect for a room themed with purple flowers! To see my method for this quilt, see my post for January 11, 2016.

https://janetims.com/2016/01/11/warming-winter/

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I promised a look at the finished quilt. Here it is, back and front and front again!

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I tried something different with this quilt. I used some drawstring details from the blouses I cut up for fabric and made the quilt so it could be rolled and tied. Now it can be stored neatly on the corner of the bed and unrolled when needed!

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I have plans for a few more quilts this winter. Lots of cold evenings with needle and thread …

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

January 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

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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