Well it didn’t get finished in time for my visitors’ arrival back in the Spring, but it’s finally done now!
Here’s the Layers of Charm Quilt, made using a Whitewashed Cottage layer cake by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabric.
The Layers of Charm Quilt is a free pattern from US fabric retailer Fat Quarter Shop. It requires one layer cake and one charm pack plus additional fabric for backing and binding.
It should have been quite a quick quilt to make, but I had quite a long hiatus between finishing the quilt top and actually quilting it. I have to admit I’m not a fan of the quilting part of the process. I’m never very happy with the outcome and therefore never very motivated to get on with it. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to put my head down and try and get it finished and whilst baby was napping, I managed to get a few blocks quilted and my Mum kindly did the last half dozen for me the next day, just so it was done! I enjoy the binding part and that only took me an evening to get that stitched.
The Whitewashed Cottage fabric collection is quite an old one now but goes perfectly with the colour scheme in my spare room.
I’ve decided that it’s about time I finish the half made quilts that I have packed up and decided that it was time to get on with the Mirabelle Quilt. I started this quilt 2 years ago and the top has been finished for over a year! The backing fabric and wadding have been cut and it’s been ready to go for ages.
So yesterday whilst it was quiet in the shop, I sandwiched the layers and pinned it with curved safety pins.
And today, using the Elna 760 and quilt in the ditch walking foot I got started.
Progress was a bit slow as I had to keep stopping to serve customers, but the main thing is that it underway and I will keep it at the shop to work on in quiet times. I’m determined to stay on top of it and get it finished as soon as possible.
I couldn’t resist… I started another quilt yet I still have two to finish, plus a mini quilt.
But the Whitewashed Cottage collection by 3 Sisters that we had in recently to the shop was just calling out to me. I saw this free quilt pattern called Layers of Charm which uses a layer cake plus some extra yardage and last Friday I just couldn’t resist the urge to get started. Work was put to one side and I inwardly groaned when customers came in the shop, because I just wanted to sew without interruptions!
I got almost the whole top done in a day. There were only a couple of seams to finish the following day. If I’d not had interruptions and had started earlier in the day, I would have got it all done.
This is how it was when I was trying to decide where to place the squares.
I’ve chosen the backing and binding fabrics from the Whitewashed Cottage collection and now just need to quilt it. I’m going to machine quilt it on Mum’s Janome 15000 sewing machine using one of the stipple patterns that it does automatically. I want this to be a quick quilt! I’m going away this weekend to visit the in-laws, so it might have to wait until I have some time off over the Easter weekend to get it done!
The Mirabelle quilt top is now finished too, but I’m waiting for Fig Tree’s new collection Aloha Girl to arrive to see if there’s any fabric that might work for the backing and binding.
I still have the Somerset Mini Quilt to quilt too and the It’s Raining Cats and Dogs quilt to finish making, which I don’t think I’ve touched for a couple of years because I became a little tired of all the tiny appliqué pieces.