A finished quilt!

26 Jun

I set out my goal for this month to get this quilt top transformed into a finished quilt:


Photo from Jo’s IG

I did it!   It was almost too hot for basting but I managed it and also came to the end of a 15 metre roll of wadding!

Summer has arrived and last Friday after school we headed to the beach for a splash in the sea and a BBQ tea. I took the opportunity while dinner was cooking to sew in threads and while the children moved stones around the beach my superb cameraman took some photo’s:

Wonky Cross quilt 2

I got it into my head when we were sewing blocks together that I wanted the back to be a large Wonky Cross:

Wonky Cross quilt 2 - back

I love the idea of having a super large version of the front block on the back. It’s not always easy to do but worth the effort I think!

Wonky Cross quilt 2

This quilt is a wonderful example of people pulling together for a good cause. Susy put a call out on instagram and in the Siblings Together Flickr group for Wonky Cross blocks.  In total we received 211 wonky cross blocks and used every single one of them.  The request was for blue’s – navy, cobalt, denim, persian, azure, royal married with greys, whites, pale blues.  We received one block that was green and even that was used, I sliced it up and added it in to the binding! 

Wonky Cross Quilt - 2

I quilted in straight lines either side of each block seam using a Gutermann variegated cotton 4056 which complimented the variety of blues in the quilt top.

Wonky Cross quilt 2

I machine bound the quilt for speed and durability and I also couldn’t face the thought of sitting on the sofa with a quilt on my lap in the heat of last week! I did miss that slow and steady end to the quilt process though.

Wonky Cross quilt 2

Thanks to everyone who contributed blocks, I think I’ve remembered everyone, apologies if I have missed anyone, there were a lot of you:

joanne333jonesrosedahliathewoolpalaceCarolmochawildchildinspiredbyfelixbrianisthemessiahheartofcharnwoodSue, metroquilterfabricandflowersuk, helenlay82BossyOzimstudioloupetal68moogiemumquiltificationhannlibbothybirdjorobexetersusydunne

Thanks to Emily for allowing us to use her frame to quilt 2 of the quilts.
Thanks to Emma (Brian is the Messiah) for the donation of the iconic Ikea number prints fabric for backing this quilt.

I’m waiting for labels to arrive, once stitched on this will be mailed off with others to the Siblings Together office ready for the summer camps.  73% of siblings in care are separated from at least one brother or sister.  The camps aim to provide adventure and to create memorable and meaningful experiences which sibling groups can share together and cherish forever.  The quilts are given to children to take home at the end of the camp.  

There is an ongoing need for quilts, so if you missed out on contributing to this quilt there will be other opportunities, join the flickr group and offer to make blocks or a whole quilt if you can.

I have another of these to share but that is saved for another day and Susy has one that she is finishing off too.

Quilt Stats:

Pattern: Wonky Cross 9″ blocks
Fabric: a wide variety from stashes in the UK and Europe!
Binding – Scrappy using Bike Path in blue, black and lime green
Backing – Ikea Britten Nummer and Bike Path by Alison Glass in blue
Wadding – Super-Soft 70/30 Eco-Blend by Sew Simple
Quilting – 1/4 both sides of every block
Size – Approx 63″ x 90″

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13 Replies to “A finished quilt!

  1. It’s wonderful Mary!!!!! Well done to you, Susy, Jo & Emily in putting them all together – they will make someone very happy 🙂 Sx

  2. This looks fantastic! And I love the back! I’ve been thinking about the idea of one enlarged block for the back, and now that I’ve seen yours, I definitely want to give it a try! Really well done 🙂

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