Okay, so not all of my life is about photography, and one thing I love almost as much as being behind my camera, is being behind my sewing machine! I usually sew handbags, but in November I went on a course to learn all about patchwork and quilting held at the fantastic Lilac Barn http://www.lilacbarn.co.uk/ and the day before I started the course my little nephew Markus Maximilian was born at only 24 weeks and 3 days cooking. so it was kind of a certainty that my very first quilt would be for little Markus.
The photos show some of the stages (in reverse order!) through piecing the patchwork quilt top and some close up sots of the blocks that I made to build up the top.
The finished quilt for my nephew Markus
The label I made for the quilt. I ironed the fabric onto freezer paper, which meant that I could feed it through my printer, then removed the freezer paper et Voila!
One of the blocks – I can’t actually remember what this one is called, or even if it has an actual name!
Pinwheel Block (I think!)
Log Cabin block – my first proper block ever 🙂
The central appliquéd block – I used the “invisible machine appliqué” technique taught by Dawn Cameron-Dick, was so much easier than hand stitching it all on!
Corner star block
Quilt top finished and pinned to the wadding and backing, ready to start machine quilting it.
The five main blocks all pieced together with the red sashing and the setting and corner triangles, just waiting for the borders and border star blocks to be pieced on.
individual blocks laid out, with the central block waiting to have the boat appliquéd on.
Little Markus is doing well by the way, and hopefully when he gets a bit older he’ll like his quilt!