So I finished a single bed quilt - it's the sample for the Anatomy of a Quilt class we are running - and after that will live out it's life on my spare bed. It's not perfect. Nor is it what I hoped or thought it would be when I started. But I really really love it!
Which has lead to a very photo heavy post!! Apologies.
I had this idea when I started it. I had some gorgeous linen from Tessuti* - over two metres of it in fact. It is such a simple beautiful pattern that I didn't want to cut it up - it would have gone against the laws of nature I reckon.
*If you are ever looking for gorgeous linen then check out Tessuti - just stunning!!
So a whole cloth quilt was the only way forward. I wanted super simple but without too much quilting as I still wanted the linen to be able to move and wrinkle. Nothing better than wrinkled linen. The spare room it was made for is a simple space so i wanted something that would fit.
I had been practicing my hand quilting by making a few baby quilts for my smallest girl child and so I really wanted to try something bigger. That said I didn't have time (and maybe not the courage yet?) to handquilt the whole thing. So what to do. I haven't come across many quilts that use handquilting and machine quilting in the one quilt but I thought I would give it a try. My idea was some feature quilting in the middle and then machine quilting in off white around it, so you would see the impression of the quilting lines but would be played down. I used organic cotton batting which meant I could leave the quilting lines to about 5/6inches apart - which meant I got to keep my favourite linen characteristic - wrinkles!!
There are so many issues with this quilt - which is going to make it a great teaching piece. So many issues....
But I really want to focus on the love. The fact that it doesn't need to be perfect to be perfect. The fact that I learnt so many many things while making it. Things that I actually already knew in theory but I now have tangible proof of. Gotta love some in your face mistakes to help you really learn. It was also a good reminder that even though your initial idea might not work - this looks nothing like what I planned - it can turn out even better.
Have you had mistakes that turn out better than the original idea??