Quilting Work in Progress

The birth of a quilt


Having said yesterday that I was casting longing glances at the fabric on the back of my sofa that I appear to be trying to turn onto a quilt by willpower alone it seemed only fair to give you a sneak peek.  And not just because at the rate I’m going it won’t be finished until at least 2020!

Most of the time I buy fabric in odd fat quarters or maybe half a yard if the mood takes me and then when I’m trying to put together a quilt I go and sit in front of the stash cupboard, pull it all our around me and then start mixing and matching until I’ve got a winning combination and the room is covered in the rejects but for this quilt I’ve pulled out a very special fabric bundle that I’ve been hoarding for years. Back in the days of time and disposable income I spotted a ‘coming soon’ plug for Birch Fabrics Marine Too line on Fabricworm and knew it was love at first sight and would be ordered at first opportunity.  The more I make things, and decorate my house, and choose paint colours for H’s birthday or flowers for our table I realise that I have a bit of an addiction to a blue-teal yellow-orange combination.  That and the glory that is turquoise, red and white together. And Marine Too hits the sweet spot on colour with its turquoise blues, fiery orange and a gorgeous bright yellow.  And it has whales, and submarines, and birds, and sunsets and all sorts of watery loveliness.  It was meant to be mine.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I ordered a bundle from Fabricworm as soon as they released it, and then when I saw a couple of offcuts at the NEC Quilt Festival I added those to the mix.  It’s sat on my shelf for about five years now while I made other things and thought about what I wanted it to be and now I have a plan.  A plan, not a pattern. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I’ve never made a quilt without a pattern of some sort before but I just couldn’t find anything that was quite right.  And as I haven’t quite exhausted my enthusiasm for triangle’s after making Pip’s Christmas stocking I wanted to go in that direction again.

And that’s my plan.  I’m cutting triangles. Hundreds of triangles from all the patterned and orange fabric and then when I’ve finished all of that I’m going to cut hundred and hundreds of half triangles out of the two dark teal colours.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then when I’ve recovered from traingle-cutting induced exhaustion it will go together something a little bit like this.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


With a bit of luck and a following wind.

You can see why it’s a very good think that my family don’t depend on my quilting skills to keep them warm, but I love the way it’s looking so far.    

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  • Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com) 19/03/2015 at 9:04 am

    My daughter asked me the other day when I will learn to sew. I envy you

    • Carie 19/03/2015 at 9:52 pm

      Aww it’s really not that hard!

  • Mandycharlie 19/03/2015 at 10:24 am

    Ooooh, yummy.

    • Carie 19/03/2015 at 9:51 pm

      Isn’t it just!

  • sally 19/03/2015 at 11:33 am

    It will look beautiful, and I do love those fabrics/colours together – so fresh and Summery, and memories of happy seaside holidays.

    • Carie 19/03/2015 at 9:04 pm

      They’re definitely Devon colours aren’t they!

  • Vickie 19/03/2015 at 8:10 pm

    Oh I do love that fabric Carie! Such gorgeous colours and it’s lovely with the turquoise. It’s like the seaside on a quilt. 🙂 I can’t wait to see the finished item pop up on your blog.

    • Carie 19/03/2015 at 8:28 pm

      Well that’s the plan – if Mohammed can’t come to the mountain …!

  • Donna 19/03/2015 at 9:51 pm

    Oh wow, I love those colours and the triangles. We’re planning Little Man’s big boy room and it’s going to have a nautical theme so I am loving those fabrics x

  • Kim 20/03/2015 at 1:33 am

    Oh goodness, that is going to be gorgeous!

    • Carie 20/03/2015 at 10:56 pm

      fingers crossed!

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 20/03/2015 at 9:28 pm

    Great fabric Carie! I love reading your sewing and knitting posts. I think because I’m so cack-handed in this area I like to live vicariously through people who are ace at it 🙂 x

    • Carie 20/03/2015 at 10:42 pm

      I think the proof of that pudding will be in the construction – it’s triangles so I’ve got lots and lots of points to match up!

  • carlin 23/03/2015 at 9:14 pm

    Love the bright summer colors! I’m the same way, a lot of my fabric just hangs around where I can see it. Sometimes I think I like buying fabric the most . 🙂 I can’t wait to see it finished.

    • Carie 23/03/2015 at 10:03 pm

      I keep having to tell myself that I’m a quilter not a fabric collector, but there’s definitely some that requires determination to cut into!