Hello! Mel here, reporting for duty as part of the Escape and Create blogger team. I’m very excited to tell you all about a special quilt project I have been working on, so make yourself a nice cup of tea and get comfy!
Many of my quilts are made as gifts for friends – usually to celebrate special life events such as buying a house or having a baby. One of my oldest friends has been desperate for me to make her a quilt for years and as she’s finally getting married in October, I have been able to make her quilty dreams come true!
I wanted to choose a quilt pattern with a nod to her love of Japan, so I picked the Mountain Horizon quilt by Lo and Behold Stitchery. It’s a really beautiful, modern design and the mountain element very much reminds me of Mount Fuji – perfect! When we chatted about colours she liked, blue and purple were mentioned, so I got out my pencil crayons and tried some different combinations using a handy colouring sheet that I downloaded from the Lo and Behold Stitchery website.
Once I was happy with my final design, Joy from Escape and Create was on-hand to help me pick the right fabrics for my project. I didn’t want to use any patterns or low-volume designs in the quilt, but I was worried that completely plain fabrics may lack depth. That’s where the linen texture range by Makower comes in – not patterned, but not plain, and available in a huge range of colours. We settled on baby blue, chambray, denim and navy to get the ombre effect on the mountain, with sunflower for the sun and lilac for the sky.
It didn’t take long to cut out the fabric at all – most of the pieces are straightforward strips or half-square-triangles and the templates included in the pattern make cutting the curved sections a breeze. I stuck mine onto template plastic so they lasted longer and this also ensured greater accuracy.
The mountain sections came together very quickly. The strips are stitched together and then trimmed, making the process much faster as there is less matching to be done. The sun sections were more time consuming due to the curves, but they were not difficult to sew and I was able to get very well-matched seams with some careful pinning and sewing with the quarter inch foot on my machine.
Rather than wait until all the blocks were finished, I started sewing them together so I could see my progress more clearly. As you can see, my furry sewing assistant Mog was on hand at every stage of the construction process to provide moral support!
Before I knew it the quilt top was finished and I was absolutely thrilled with it! The combination of colours was perfect and the textured fabrics worked so well with the design. As the quilt was going to be a special gift and I was working to a deadline, I decided to ask Mary at Thimbles Quilting to work her long-arm magic on it.
We discussed how it should be quilted at length and decided on an edge-to-edge design that would give a lovely texture to the quilt, but not disrupt the design. Mary is so skilled and experienced, I knew my quilt was in very safe hands and I was not disappointed – she did an absolutely amazing job and managed to have it ready for me in just one week!
All that was left to do was bind the quilt – I decided to use the sunflower colour to make the sun sections pop and I think it works really well. I’m absolutely delighted with the finished quilt and giving it away is going to be tough, even though I know that it will be treasured forever by my friend and her new husband. I suppose I better dust off my rotary cutter and make another one for me to keep!
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Mel was provided with £30 towards this fabric in exchange for her blog post and photos. She was allowed to choose what she made with the fabric, and all thoughts and opinions are her own.