Finished: The Mirabelle Quilt

I finished my Mirabelle quilt this week and overall I’m really pleased with it.

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It’s by no means perfect though. There are lots of alignment problems but I think since I started this quilt two years ago, my piecing has become more accurate. The machine quilting isn’t as good as I’d like either. I quilted in the ditch, which was made easier with a dedicated ditch quilting foot, but it’s still more wrinkled that I’d like, especially the horizontal sashing, which you can see in the photo above. Mum seems to get her quilts so smooth when she quilts them.

Things that I learnt whilst making this quilt

  • Always piece on the same sewing machine. Failing that, check the accuracy of your sewing/seams as you complete each block. As I made this over the course of many  months, I used different sewing machines when piecing. I found that some machines did a more generous ¼ inch seam than others and it wasn’t until I’d done a good number of blocks did I realise that they were coming out at different sizes because the seams weren’t quite the same. I had to remake some and trim down others. If I’d stuck to the same machine, even if the seams were a fraction bigger than they should have been, at least they would have been all the same!
  • Press the seams the same way. With the cross pieces in each block and sashing, I pressed some seams away from each other, and some towards each other. Because it is a pale fabric you can see the seams underneath through the top and it doesn’t all look the same.
  • Cut all the sashing from the same piece of fabric. Unfortunately all my horizontal sashing pieces were cut from a different piece of plain fabric. It was the same shade of Moda Bella Solids, however it was from a different bolt and the colour is very slightly different. It wasn’t until I’d sewed the whole quilt top together, that I noticed the colour variation. It does annoy me a bit as it looks like it is a bit grubby, but I couldn’t face re-doing it.

If you’d like to make a similar quilt, I’ve written a short tutorial here.

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My Clever Mum’s Kaffe Fassett Quilt

My Clever Mum has recently made two similar quilts.  How she did two in such a short space of time, I don’t know!  But they are stunning.  I would never have thought of putting all these wonderful colours from Rowan’s Kaffe Fassett range into one quilt.

The design is the Rainbow Garden Quilt from the Kaffe Fassett book “Country Garden Quilts”. She made two quilts, one for her queen size bed (she had to add extra blocks to make it the right size) and another the size given in the book, which she is now selling.

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Kaffe Fassett Rainbow Garden Quilt

If you would like to buy this quilt, then it is for sale from my shop at www.hulucrafts.co.uk.  More details about the quilt can be found there.