Last December the children's school was shut due to very heavy snow.... so I decided to start a new quilt. I know...why on earth!
I ordered some white fabric, from Rags for Linda, which my trusty Postman brought, despite the snow.
(My Postman was off work for 9 months the previous year, after he had a slipped on ice and broke his pelvis.)
I had decided to make the Tokyo Subway Quilt, which is a free pattern from Oh Franson. I started cutting and piecing the little 2.5 inch squares. There are 25 blocks, and each block is 8 squares by 8 squares. That's 1600 sqaures in case you're wondering.
I am not a very precise sewer, so it was a real challenge, but I think I improved as I went along.
As the snow melted, I worked on this in fits and starts. The problem was that you needed to leave the stacks of squares set out as you worked on them, and I kept knocking them over! I eventually got it all pieced, the backing pieced, and then got it sandwiched. At that stage I put it aside for a while until I worked out how I would quilt it. I don't have a walking foot on my machine, and was really afraid to try the straight line quilting the pattern suggested. So I eventually took the bull by the horns and started hand quilting.
I used some quarter inch tape as a guide and sewed inside each of the coloured lines.
I rather like the back...I had cut several extra squares, for various reasons, and when the white cotton piece I had for the backing was too small, I pieced the spare squares and added a strip of Ikea heart cotton.
The plan is that this will hang ustairs in our landing/reading area. I hope the children will enjoy looking at it, as much as I do..it is rather mesmerising to follow the coloured lines, and how they go under and over each other.
As usual I am looking for advice too....as I mentioned, I do not have a walking foot on my machine, and I have found one that will fit my machine, but I have been told that for a walking foot to work well, that a machine should have one kind of built in, rather than a retro-fitted one, like I would be doing....anyone added one to their machine at a later date, and if so, does it work well?