Project: Elizabeth Quilt
It’s…been a while!
So I have, as usual, dived headlong into a million projects after being dormant for far too long. I welcome this creativity though, after what seems like a few years of doldrums. I was even inspired to resurrect this journal after a threeish year hiatus! I don’t know if this means I will have a spectacular flameout or this will settle nicely back to the new normal. That would be nice.
So, without further ado, I seem to have gotten sucked into quilting. I have started hand-piecing a Christmas-themed lap quilt that I will talk about soon, and I am also planning on making quilts for the kids. Here’s the first one.
I fell in love with the Elizabeth fabric line from designer Tula Pink so ordered a fat quarter bundle. It is absolutely gorgeous, fun patterns and great imagery and colours. For once in my life I am being somewhat restrained and I chose what appears to be a pretty straightforward pattern for the fabric. I am going to be slightly modifying this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. I have started cutting out the squares from the fat quarters, and it is going well so far.
I had a rotary cutter and tiny mat from a long-ago crafting experiment, and I started cutting out squares for the Christmas quilt project. I quickly realised that the gridded clear rulers are an essential, so I bought one of them from the local fabric store. I was planning on going back and buying a larger mat and some other notions later in the month (nothing like dropping a large wad of cash on a new project!) but I was lucky to mention my project to my Mum, and she had a large cutting mat and rotary cutter stashed in her sewing closet.
So, my plan is to get all the squares cut out and then start sewing! I brought my trusty old sewing machine out from exile, and it seems ready to go. The last time I used it was a couple years ago when I made flot bags for archaeobotanical analysis…or maybe it was when I made beanbags for the kids. I can’t remember, which is a sign I haven’t used it in a while! I have had this machine since my 16th birthday. It just is labelled “Imperial” and all it does is go forwards and backwards. The motor is a Janome, so I assume Imperial must have been one of their lines? Worth poking around on the internet, anyhow. There is so much stuff out there now that was impossible to find 20+ years ago.
I’ve played a bit mocking up what the blocks will look like, and I am super excited to see this come together.