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FO :: My Very First Quilt

Hello,my friends!

What an awful heat we are suffering here in Italy!! Still!!! And it seems that we will have such a dreadful weather during all summer… Can you imagine…?Just to describe a bit better the situation my Big man and me went to buy a portable air-conditioning and they were all gone!!! And here is how I look like almost every day…. Please,forget the red lipstick and the elegant hairstyle seen on Facebook….

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Sweaty, red in face and very perplexed!!! Please,please, heat give us a break!!!!

I try to craft despite the hot weather even if that’s not always easy… the concentration lost and a lack of creativity are always around the corner… but you know me,I’m stoic! So,inspired by Sheila’s patchwork picnic blanket, I tried to sew one by myself too… I bought the wadding and the plastic tablecloth I needed the day after I sewed together the fabric squares….

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… and I didn’t have problems with the wadding and the quilting itself….

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…. but sewing on the plastic tablecloth….THAT WAS A REAL DISASTER!!!!

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It was hard to make it slide properly, it curved and curled continuously…. a nightmare!!! Now I know that sewing a plastic or a vinyl or a leather fabric is just too ambitious for me. I’m not even sure if I have an appropriate sewing machine foot at mine for this kind of materials. Here they are….

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Is there anything suitable,in your opinion? On my hand,I decided that I’ll study my sewing machine accessories once the heat will be gone….

Back to my quilt now. πŸ™‚ I didn’t give up from it and decided to change the original project by using some fabric I have at mine for quite a while…

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Its purpose didn’t change at all, since it is FO I’m using it like a rug in our living/crafting attic and I use the plastic tablecloth to protect the quilt from the dust… See what I mean in the below photo and, by the way, this is how the back side looks like …

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The borders are not straight like I wanted them to be but all in all I’m satisfied… and here it is the front side…

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The plastic tablecloth is bearing the scars of the many tries I made to sew it on…

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… but i decided to leave it so and remind me that I still have a lot to learn about sewing…

And finally, my quilt in use….

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What do you think? Did the quilt turn out ok since it is my first one? I was thinking about sewing blankets for the little ones of my Big man and my family! In your opinion,can I dare to?

Despite the imperfection of my crafts,my aim is to have a cozy home and I see that slowly I’m achieving it. πŸ™‚ This makes me feel good indeed….

Love

xxx

Tajana

24 thoughts on “FO :: My Very First Quilt”

  1. It looks lovely to me. I have given up doing anything but the most straightforward sewing…the whole business with the plastic tablecloth sounds far too much for me to even think about! I do hope you get some relief from the heat soon.

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    1. Thank you so very much!! I know myself well, I will try again with vinyl soon πŸ˜› It seems that the heat will last for a while and we will try to face it as we could. The good thing is that I have a perfect excuse to travel more often to Croatia and have some relief on the seaside πŸ˜›

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    1. Thank you so very much!!! I feel so encouraged and self confident now 😊😊😊 I’ll be knitting in the following days but I’m already musing about new blankets…. Fabric store,here I come!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. Ooooh, that quilt looks perfect in your craft attic! What a lovely space it is, too… No wonder you’re turning out so many FOs just now, even with all that heat to contend with. Speaking of which, when I was a student I lived in France during one of the hottest summers they’d had in years… Sometimes it hit 45C during the day! So on my days off I filled the bath with cold water and sat in it until I felt cold again. Give that a try… At least until the shop gets a new delivery of AC units πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so very much for your words πŸ˜€ Oh,I have a lot of free time to dedicate to craft and I’m that kind of person who can’t just sit down with anything to do, so …. πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› I swear I’ll do the same if I have a bath but here we found only a shower with no bath… It doesn’t matter much though since I spend my days with some ice cubes on my ankles which swell quite a lot because of the heat. That helps me so very much to stay cool and in an acceptable fit… πŸ™‚ On the other hand,we travel to fresher places during the weekends,including Croatia and the seaside so I should complain a bit less…. πŸ˜› this weekend we are going to Berceto and a yarn store in Parma has a big sale so I hope to find some yarn for this year Xmas presents… not bad, at the end of the story…. πŸ˜›

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      1. Any excuse to get away for a couple of days is good in my book! We’re due some cooler weather here over the next couple of days, so hopefully the temperature with you will drop a bit too. In the meantime, happy yarn shopping πŸ™‚

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  3. It looks beautiful. When I have to sew using oilcloth I have to lightly brush some oil (I use what I cook with) on to the underside of the sewing foot and it makes it glide along the oilcloth easily πŸ˜€

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    1. How I love this tips and tricks!!!! Thank you so very much for the advice! I think I can remember my Mum doing something similar and to be honest I was thinking about it…. Then I looked at my poor sewing machine and thought that she deserves to be treated with competence…. I always use too much of anything and was afraid to use to much oil…. Maybe next time when I will be more self confident 😁😁😁

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  4. Your crafting/living space looks soooo comfortable and homely, you have done a wonderful job, I would most definitely recommend you make more for your family, as for the heat I sympathise with you it’s so draining, just try to relax and enjoy the summer xx

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    1. Thank you so much,my dear!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— Even my Big man appreciated my quilted rug 😝😝😝 I will I will!!!! I’m going to sew three blankets for the little ones of our families! I made my Xmas to do list and they are going to be a part of it. The big boys will all have a scarf while the girls a bag… This will be fun…. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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      1. Roma,you are just too kind!!! I will not work as much as last year but will try to craft items that could be liked by the recipients…

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      2. You say that now Tajana LOL, yet I have a sneaky feeling that as Christmas approaches you will be working at your crafts just as hard as last year πŸ™‚

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