Saturday, 24 April 2010

Finishing Line

The end is in sight, well just about if I pull my finger out.  I have been working on this nest quilt for almost a year.   I have done lots of other stuff as well but this has been ongoing.   I have ordered a Japanese clothes pattern magazine and I want to make something out of it as soon as it arrives so realistically I have got to get this done.

Let's just pause a minute to contemplate the arrival of Pochee Magazine vol 7.............................

I cannot wait.  I have ordered it from an ebay seller ccalled pompadour24.  She has a beautiful selection of books available on ebay mailed from Japan.  She also includes lots of photos in the description to give you an idea of what you are getting.  These pics just make me feel that I have found my dress making destiny, it is like coming home.  But, this quilt has got to be finished first.  It is my first bigger quilt, although I guess it is only lap size, that is big for me.  I find big chunks of fabric difficult to handle so I am making it using Carolyn Forster's quilt-as-you-go method.  Works well but involves a lot of hand sewing.  Each square is machined to the next but the batting and backing have to be joined by hand.  This is the last sashed square awaiting machine quilting.

Then the batting is hand sewn.

And the baking fabrics are joined, yawn, by hand again.

It works well but the hand sewing is literally a pain. I had to put the pincushion in to the shot because it is so cute and very functional.  I'll try bigger sections of quilt with the next one.  Binding to come...


  1. Wouldn't you be able to use "fusible tape", to connect the batting?
    I've used it, just to use up my smaller pieces of batting. It would be less hand sewing. Then you'd only have to hand sew the last step.
    I'm curious if it would work, I don't see why it wouldn't.

    1. I think you could, although I hadn't see it available anywhere when I was sewing this quilt back in 2010, easier to find now!

    2. Hello again ....

      Oh, I see. Fusible tape may not have been around, back then.

      You call this a "nest quilt", using Carolyn Forster's "quilt-as-you-go" method. Are there any significant differences, between the two methods? Just curious, because it seems like it's the same thing.

      I'm a new quilter, and have been looking for a "QAYG" tutorial/video, for over a year. Your "Happy Zombie" quilt is by far, the best and the easiest to follow, that I've seen. And like I said, I've been looking for over a year.

      When I finally start working on my granddaughter's quilt (again),
      I think I'll give the fusible tape a try.

      Thank you.

    3. Hi Susanne
      It’s a Nest quilt as that was the name of the fabric range I used. There are a variety of QAYG methods, Carolyn's book shows one and Monica's (Happy Zombie) is another great method. It's down to personal taste- some people really want to avoid any hand sewing!


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