I don't claim to be a quilter, and I don't follow the rules, but I do like having a go, and the mini baby quilt further down is the latest attempt. My first attempt was this cot quilt, and also the single cot pocket below.
|Bits of my wedding dress fabric and old cotton blouses are in here|
The mini quilt -
I made this out of pieces of men's shirts which I had bought in a charity shop ages ago for £1 each. I only used the smaller pieces, like the yoke, as I intend to use the larger pieces like the back and sleeves to make something else. I made the body of the quilt in the same way I made the cot quilt and cot pocket, which is to sew pieces together into one longish strip, then cut this strip up and rejoin it in a different way, do the same again, and again until I had a squarish piece. I used "proper" wadding this time, having bought some samples from Cotton Patch - one sample was big enough for this.
For the back I used some nice soft brushed cotton as the intention is that either the quilt can be hung on the wall, or, as it's small - about 10" square - it might become a comforter for baby Reuben. And now, time to get excited - the mitred corners!
Some time ago I bought a tea towel from the Organic Textile Company in Wales. I have to admit to having a bit of a thing about good tea towels, and while I normally (about once every twenty years!) would buy linen ones, I added this lovely cotton one to an order I made for their Scanfil thread. When it came I couldn't help but notice the beautiful mitred corners - I'd never seen ones this neat - and did some googling to find out how they were done.
Must mend the husband's jeans now - his first questions when he comes in are always "What's for tea and when's tea?" and tonight his next will be "Have you done my jeans?".