Thursday, 11 February 2010

Can You Sew Something For Grandma's Birthday Please?

Mr Earplug's is always a bit 'last minute' when it comes to present buying so I wasn't surprised to find that he hadn't organised anything for his Grandma's 91st birthday. She's a lovely lady and keeps us supplied with handknits for the boys so I figured she'd be more than happy with a handmade item herself. I decided to have a go at making a lap quilt. This was my first attempt at patchwork/quilting so I had a good browse on the internet and decided on a Disappearing Nine Patch design.

It was a bit scary cutting into the fabric with a rotary cutter for the first time, but I managed without making a hash of it.

I cut the fabric into 5" squares and stitched them into a nine patch.

I laid everything out on the bed to try and get a random pattern. Unfortunately I forgot to mark the orientation of the patches when I gathered them up - doh! I had to try to re-do the design as I was stitching them together and it didn't entirely work out as I wanted. But never mind, I'll remember next time!

I made too much binding just to be on the safe side - 2.5" wide strips, folded in half and ironed.

And here it is just before binding.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the finished quilt - another thing to remember next time! Grandma was really pleased with it.



  1. Oh wow - that's really gorgeous. I'm so impressed. Well done you. x

  2. I can't believe you did not take a finished picture!!!! That is just so beautiful. Maybe you can sneak a pic when you see grandma again :) Hope you have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's day.

  3. ooh it is lovely!Well done. Mike's Nonna loved her quilt (she never said ANYTHING to me, but apparently the nieghourhood knows that I made it for her....maybe she doesn't want my head to swell!) so I bet your gran-in-law is super appreciative too :)

  4. That is beautiful, I am extremely jealous, thank you so much for sharing. Would you mind if I "followed" you ? :)

  5. Its so lovely. Im so impressed you made it at such short notice...............MEN!!! (tut) X

  6. i bet she was pleased, its wonderful! suzie. xxx

  7. Great quilt! Sure you'll be making many more now...


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