This year I am challenging you and me for that matter to make something a little bit bigger than our usual Sunday project, we are going to make two items... well pretty big items, we are going to make (drum roll) a fabric quilt or a knitted Afghan over the year. I have every faith in you and your skills, so this post is all about prep.
Now I know what you are thinking... Ros this is going to sooo expensive, don't you know about the recession? Well tell me about it people, this is why the quilt is going to be quilt as you go, as well as being a scrap sampler quilt, which means we will do two blocks a month, a plain block and a patterned block and we will quilt them as we go along, so there will be no big backing to do. And did I mention, you will learn a new and mysterious language?
The Afghan will be a little bit different too, it will be reversible... yep, that is right, which ever way you look at it, it will look the same. It will be knitted on big needles, so it will not so much grow as race off your needles... I promise and remember I had my Firefighters and Braille badge when I was in the Girl Guides, so you can trust me!
What will I need to have and be able to do to make the quilt?
Right let's talk about the skillset... can you do Maths? Scared, OK, can you do sums and read a clock, yes? Well, then you can do this, it will be a cinch! Can you sew straight? Can you use an iron? Did you answer yes, then how come your house is not covered in quilts? You can definitely do this.
|This is just a selection of my fat quarter... and one of the odds and ends bags...|
Now, you have to make a choice about backing, is it going to be the same colour for each block (the square or section) but remember you will only be doing two squares a month, so you really only need to buy a metre of backing and front every couple of months.
So you will need cotton fabric, batting / wadding, rotary cutter, quilting ruler, cutting mat, thread, a water soluble pen or pencil, fish knife, washi tape, sewing machine and then you will be ready to make a start.
|This was my very first quilt - a hand sewn Amish quilt|
But don't worry, I know that not everyone will want to make a quilt but you can try out any of the techniques to make smaller projects like cushions / pillows, tote bags, place mats.
Hang on a minute, what will it look like, well do you know something, I just don't know, here is my work book, I can see it in my mind's eye and I will be making it alongside you... so don't just read this jump on it for the ride!
And this Afghan, what do I need for that?
Can you knit and purl? Can you count? Then you can definitely make an Afghan and this one is going to be special as it will look the same both ways.
I am making mine in three colours, grey, cream and red and we will be knitting up 12" x 12" squares... they will knit up really quickly and I aim to have squares that will knit up in an evening.
We will join them together with a crochet stitch and it will look fabulous, as well as being snuggly.
I am going to be working with 5 balls in each colour of Jarol's Sweet Briar Chunky, a pair of 6mm needles... and a cable needle, cos we know how to do reversible cables already, don't we team?
Just remember all we are doing is making a mess of knots with sticks and string... and even children, cats and kittens can do that!
Anyway this is how it will roll, the first Sunday of the month, will be our quilting date and two weeks later is our knitting date... except this month, cos we quilt next Sunday.
In case you are worried, we will still be doing other fun crafty projects on the other Sundays... I still owe you a tutorial for an Etui box, don't I?
Just a little plea before we finish, I know that many of you will immediately start looking on the internet but if you can, please remember that your local yarn and fabric shop need your support too, these are tough times people and we all need to support our local shops.
And the good news now, is that Handmade Monday has returned from its Christmas hols... and you just know that the team on there will have done something amazing in the break!