Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Quilt That Nearly Killed Me

OK, that is probably a bit of an exaggeration, but this quilt did put a needle through my finger.  I will spare you the photo again to remind you, but you can see it here if you feel like looking at it again.

This is the biggest quilt that I have ever made.  It was approx 150cm wide and at least 2.0m long.  That was probably a little too big for my little machine

I ended up only quilting 1/2 inch on either side of the rows of flying geese.

The back of the quilt - I was not too crash hot on it. I actually didn't want to use it, but I didn't have anything that was wide enough and that I had enough of to do it in one piece.  Once it is on the quilt, it is still not the best, but a lot better than I thought it would look.  It is from Ikea and only $4.00 a metre, so I guess it was not too expensive and sticks with the black and white of the quilt front.

I find it quite hard to give away my quilts. I love each of them and feel like it is a part of your self that you are giving away. With this quilt, when I made it, I intended to keep it, but my brother asked me some months ago to make something for him. It was only when I was quilting it, I decided it would be perfect for him.

My brother has been going through a pretty hard time over the last couple of years. He ended a turbulent relationship and the scars are still with him today. I care for him greatly and want him to be happy. He wants his own family and I am hoping that the quilt gives him a little bit of comfort.   When I gave it to him, he was shocked and chuffed that I had spent all that time making something for him.  It has now got me thinking of other things I can make him, just to show him that we care for him.


little betty said...

Tis a good man quilt with the b/w theme. Good choice to gift it and now you've practiced a large quilt with this number, you can make yourself another :)

Becky said...

I really don't mind the back, it works well with this quilt and is a good 'man' option. Well done!

Fiona @ Brave New Vintage said...

ooo it looks really good. I'm sure your big bro will cherish it, he's a good man (you can tell him I said that!). xxx

Amy said...

I quite like the back you ended up picking. I've got a few different Ikea fabrics in my stash but because they are all large scale prints I never know what to do with them, so to use them as a quilt backing is a great idea.

I know what you mean about giving quilts away, it can be hard to do, especially when you've devoted a lot of time into making it, but I think it's lovely that you've given it to your brother.