Type of item: Functional
Pure cotton fabrics (only three different ones, two of them with metallic highlights), cotton thread, polyester wadding
What was your inspiration?
I was in the middle of the short course that taught me the patchwork and quilting basics, and had learnt rotary cutting, chain-piecing, quarter-inch seams etc, when I found a book called "Learn to Quilt" by Sharon Chambers in our local branch of Waterstones bookshop,. I bought it and couldn't resist making this quilt straight away as it was SO simple! It only involves three fabrics (plus the backing, of course), and only two blocks: a snowball block and a square block using a simple partial piecing technique. This quilt doesn't even have a binding as it was completed by the "bagging out" method, so was pretty fool-proof (and therefore Patricia-proof)! I finished off by quilting "in the ditch" (or near it!).
What are you most proud of?
Making a whole quilt on my own for the first time, even though I hadn't finished the "learn to quilt" course at the quilting shop.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I can't recommend this book too highly for absolute beginners as it covers lots of different techniques with clear instructions for a quilting project using each one - eleven in all. This is where I first found out how to make a Quillow (the author calls it a "Cushion Quilt" or "Surprise Package Quilt"). It's a wonderful book for a raw beginner and even a more experienced quilter might possibly find something useful in it.