Saturday, 4 December 2010

I DID IT!!!

i designed and made my very first quilt!!!

in mid-october, i was reading this post by em and felt inspired to make my very first quilt. em gives excellent step-by-step picture instructions HERE and they are SO easy to follow.   i made this cot quilt for my first grandchild due in just over TWO WEEKS!!!

i love the quilted dreaminess!!

 the designing and cutting out process took a week to do, here and there, but it only took me three days to sew it all together.  i was a little nervous when it came time to sew the top, middle/wadding and back layers together but my trusty little sewing machine handled it quite well.
i was rapt with how it turned out!

i appliquéd a heart design in the centre of the quilt to symbolise love and warmth. i was a little annoyed with myself because i forgot to place some paper underneath the base fabric whilst machine-sewing the appliqué heart.....this stops puckering around the edges of the appliqué.  it was a little trick i learned way back when the kids were small and i used to sew a lot of their clothes.  still, it didn't turn out too bad.

the quilt measures 88cm x 109cm (34½"x43") which is a perfect size for the cot.

i must admit i'm feeling quite proud of myself.

 something tells me that this won't be the last quilt i make either.
thanks for the inspiration, em!

~ LOVE, LIGHT AND PEACE ~

33 comments:

  1. Oh Serena! It just looks to soft and cuddly and pretty! Great job! I have never attempted quilting. I think you did a super job. Glad the sewing machine held up! Mikayla is going to love this blankie! :):)

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  2. it turned out just gorgeous, serena!!! really sweet. baby will love it, and her mommy too!!!! i can't believe how time flies and you will be a grandma in only a few short weeks!!! yayayayaya!!!!!! :)

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  3. Serena, you should be feeling quite proud of yourself. What a beautiful and cozy quilt your grandchild will have. Hip Hip Hooray for Serena!! :) Great work, I love the colors and love the quilt.

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  4. Yea! You did it! Congratulations. It is beautiful. And so much more special since you made it yourself and it was your first ever attempt at quilting. Bravo! I know it will be a much cherished gift. Wishing you all the best. :) Tammy

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  5. Serena...love the quilt..it shows so much creativity and love....2 weeks to go...oh the waiting...take care grandma-to-be

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  6. A quilter is born!! ;) It's fantastic Serena, and absolutely amazing for a first quilt - the colours, design, finish, everything! It will be loved for many years to come!

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  7. This is such a beautiful, colorful quilt. I am amazed that it is your first.

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  8. Yes, don't ever stop making quilts--this is such a beautiful art form that will become a family heirloom. I envy your talent--this is beautiful and so perfect for your new grandchild.

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  9. ooh! gorgeous serena! this looks great :D

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  10. I swear eveything you touch turns to gold! It is a beautiful quilt Mum. You would never know it was ur first ever quilting attempt. I can't wait to put it in her cot! She will love it and I am sure it will become a much loved keepsake.

    Thank you xxoo

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  11. Oh Serena, the quilt turned out lovely! Love the color choices. I am sure your new grandchild will sleep divinely under it. :)
    Hugs

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  12. It is really quite lovely and snuggly! It will be much loved and used, I am sure!
    Peace~
    Dawn

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  13. Just beautiful Serena and it will be much loved I am sure!
    Tina xo

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  14. It looks as if you've been quilting for years! I love it and I'm sure your daughter will, too. And of course the new grand baby will be warm and snug under the quilt and will know you poured your heart into it.

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  15. Thanks for all the great comments, everyone! I still can't believe I actually made it and I'm looking forward to seeing it in the nursery.

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  16. OH its so pretty!! I can't believe this is your first quilt holy jeez!! Its gorgeous! What a great heirloom. Your daughter must be over the moon w/ it. Good luck to her and I'll be sending good vibes her way for a safe and easy delivery. :)

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  17. I see Lots of love you put into this quilt really shows, not just by the heart but by your time and all of that effort you put into this beautiful quilt.

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  18. Fantastic job! Of course you could do it and do it good - you're so creative.

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  19. Hello,
    I love your quilt! I am expecting a new grandbaby next summer.. I should make a quilt:)
    Yes, I will send the giveaway where ever the lucky winner lives. You get entered a second time for putting it on your side bar. Good luck and I am happy to meet you.
    Blessings~
    Gwenny

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  20. What a gorgeous quilt Serena, I love the bright colours. Your grandchild will love it and treasure it for years to come
    Lee:)

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  21. It's stunning and will be a real treasure. I still have the shawls and blankets that my mum made when I had the boys.

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  22. Serena, your final work is very lovely!
    I am sure this baby will have a fabulous grandmother !
    It must be very exciting to prepare for a new baby in the family when our own kids are all grown up! Have fun and enjoy your new little angel!

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  23. As you should be Serena....it's a wonderful piece of work. Lovely colours.....

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  24. Hi Serena,
    Soo you should feel very proud of yourself, this quilt is fabulous for a first grand daughter!
    Hugs,
    Anna

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  25. It turned out FABULOUS Serena! How beautiful and I know it will be treasured for years! I just want to jump on it ,roll around and commence snuggling :)

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  26. Hi Serena...well my dear...you should be proud! the colours you chose to put together are so bright, happy and cheery! well done!

    I have done a lot of sewing and crafting and painting, and crochet...but never have I made a quilt! I know if and when I ever do get to making one as you have here...that I too would be quite smitten with myself!

    so give yourself a quilted pat on the back...or better yet, lay down and wrap yourself in the warm hug you've just made!

    ciao bella
    Creative CArmelinA

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  27. It's gorgeous, Serena. You should be proud of yourself. It's so warm and beautiful to the eyes, I can guess how warm and pleasant it will be to snuggle under. :)

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  28. This is beautiful...you should be so proud!!!

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  29. I just went to a huge quilt show with my mom (who is a quilter) and wow...it is such an amazing art. Beautiful!

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  30. it's amazing! looks so fluffy and cosy too! well done!

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