Monday, 23 January 2017

Waterwheel Quilt

A few weeks before Christmas, I finished my English Paper Piecing project that I had been working on for months (I will hopefully get it up here soon!). And because the Christmas break is meant for lying around EPPing, I wanted to find a new project to work on. The waterwheel quilt by Tales of Cloth caught my eye, and I knew I wanted to create something like it. Personally, I prefer framing things to quilts, not just because they take less long, but also because I feel like I will enjoy them more framed - does anyone else feel this way? So I decided to make a block that I could frame.

To be completely honest, I didn't have much of an idea of what size I wanted when I started! I'm not used to not planning things through completely, so it was a bit different to what I would usually do, but I actually loved just making it up as I went a long. The only dis-advantage was that I ended up unpicking a few hexagons as I didn't like the colours together, but it didn't take too long, and was worth it in the end. One of the lovely things about this project was that other than the background fabric, I challenged myself to use only fabrics from my scraps basket - and it worked really well! I really love being able to look at it and think 'ooh, that was the fabric from my dress!' or 'that was the cushion scraps that I made last year!'. Its really nice to make a project with scraps, because every piece of fabric has a history.

This was such a lovely project as it was really relaxing, and I did a lot of sewing over the holidays. As I said, I didn't have a set plan, I just stopped when I wanted to stop and added pieces for the border. It just grew bit by bit, and I took my EPP with me to various different places and so I sewed it up in different settings too.

I'm so happy with the frame! My mum is brilliant at framing things, and I think she picked just the right colour card. I've hung it up where I can see it a lot, and I just love looking at it! Overall, a fun, fast and pretty fabulous project!

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