Sunday, 14 October 2018

Marimekko River Quilt Update


I started the Jenny Haynes River quilt at a workshop at Village Haberdashery in April 2017. Over a year and a half later I am still enjoying the patient process of quiltmaking.

I joined Jenny Haynes again for a Finish that Quilt workshop at VH last Friday and had a lovely evening of chatter and some good progress on my quilt. To make things more interesting I decided to create an improvised quilt backing using all the left-over sections of fabric to save having to buy more new fabric. I think it has made a really interesting quilt backing and I am looking forward to seeing how it is going to look when I eventually get around to quilting the whole thing.

My finished improvisation 'scrappy' quilt back using leftover fabrics from the river quilt making
Jenny gave us some tips about how to sandwich the wadding (batting for USA readers) between the quilt top and backing. We laid the quilt back face down on the floor and masking taped it down carefully smoothing out any wrinkles working from the centre of each side outwards.

Jenny explaining how to sandwich the wadding with the backing fabric and quilt-top to the rest of the Finish that Quilt class. This is the first stage where you lay out the backing fabric face down and tape in place
Next, lay down the wadding. Smooth any bumps or wrinkles but take care not to stretch the wadding by being too aggressive with the smoothing out stage.

Lastly, lay the quilt top over the whole thing making sure it is lined up with the quilt backing. Ideally, the quilt backing should be an inch larger all the way around the quilt as well as the quilting wadding. You can see the white wadding sticking out all around my quilt-top.

Keep on pinning!
I purchased some quilting safety pins which are bent at a 45-degree angle to make it easier to pin together. Jenny advised me to apply the safety pins in the direction I am going to do the quilting stitching. I have chosen to machine stitch length-ways on the black sections and machine stitch width-ways on the grey. On the multi-patterned 'river' part will be a smorgasbord of hand-quilting techniques which I will explore as I go!

Jenny and I co-ordinating our socks with my quilt!
I am looking forward to seeing how it develops as I stitch each section.

8 comments:

  1. Your qulit looks lovely already :) Thank you for sharing the progress :)

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    1. Thanks Kat. Hopefully the next update won't be in a years time!

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  2. It's going to be amazing. Thanks for sharing your progress, and the tips you've learnt :-)

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    1. Thanks Julie. I am looking forward to seeing how the quilting will change the look of the quilt as it progresses.

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  3. Wow this looks amazing! I can’t wait to see final quilt, I love the colours.

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    1. Thanks. I have really enjoyed sewing with this limited palette.

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  4. Perfect post!! I always wondered how to do this properly without getting loads of wrinkles :)

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    1. Thanks CC. I always wondered how the 'sandwiching' part of the process was done properly before too!

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