Sunday, 3 February 2013

Miss-Matched Quilt

Last summer while browsing through yard sales, I got this pile of material for 50cents. I thought they were just scarps. When I got home and untied the bag I discovered that were petty petals of soft shades. Some of them were already tacked !

There are two kinds of petals...and lots of them. [I never counted ]

I wanted make a quilt using these but did not want to venture into a large project as I did not know how I would fair. Instead made this smaller one. I also found this guide which has information  helpful for a beginner like me.

Rest of the fabric I used are from yard sales/thrift shops.

  • I don't think that these shapes were meant to be used in a flower, as I have done so. I just wanted try something different.

I did applique flower/and quilting by hand. I used the help of the machine to join the blocks.

I am left handed :)
I learnt;
  • ... that when piecing geometrical shapes [and the intention was to make a straight line], the measurements have to be precise, otherwise the results will be like this............. 

  • hand quilting stitches are not even.. should they be? [i need to read on that]
  • ....I should have chosen fabric with similar weave, it was difficult pull the needle through the blue  fabric which is used around flowers blocks

Finally,  I managed to finish it with lessons learnt and more to learn;

Thank you for stopping,

Until next project,



  1. what a great find, I never find anything to do with stitching in our charity shops, not even the odd ball of wool.
    Your quilt has worked out beautifully, you ask about quilting stitches, from what i have read they should be the same size but it takes lots of practise, like you I am quite new to it and mine vary in size as well

    1. Thank you Margaret for the suggestion. I hopefully will start another one.

  2. Lucky you Gaia to find such a surprise! So nice to see that where someone else has given up (whether through lack of time or interest), another is there to pull it all together. What a lovely quilt you have made! If you get the needle going up and down through all layers in a 'rocking' motion, the stitches tend to stay about the same size. If you use a 'quilting needle' (which is very tiny & very sharp), this helps to get the needle through thicker fabric too. Using 'quilting thread' also helps because it is coated (waxed) to help get the thread through numerous layers, and the coating also helps to keep the thread from fraying too often. It does take a bit of practice, but I wouldn't worry about even stitches too much. Having the quilt in some sort of frame helps keep the fabric somewhat taut which gets the needle through all layers easier(even a large embroidery hoop would work). I love to see the work you create here, it's all so original :) Wendy

    1. Thank you Wendy, for all the helpful tips and suggestions. I learnt so many things. I did not even know that you can get quilting thread. I have so many of those petals left maybe I will start another project. I am waiting for the yard sales :) - Gaia