Tuesday, 20 May 2014


I finished Zigs just before the birthday of the recipient - perfectly on time, exactly as planned!

I'd changed my mind about the quilting so many times. First I was going to follow the zig-zags, then I was going to go straight across but with rainbow quilting on the border, but ultimately I settled for nice simple diagonal lines.

If I were to do it again I'd add more quilting lines as it feels like it could really benefit from a few more. For a first quilting experience it was pretty full on, though, so I'm not going to be too hard on myself by saying that I should have done more.

I really like the back. The colours show up very happily against the darker grey and the light shines through them like pretty stained glass. In hindsight I wish I had've used the darker grey for the front, but it's done and being slept under so that's the main goal.

I'm so proud of the binding - it's a rainbow! I was going to sew it down by machine since this quilt is for a 5-year-old boy, but nothing would have matched all those colours so there was absolutely nothing for it but to use 9 different colours of thread and hand-sew it.

I got it done a lot faster than I thought I would. I ended up taking it to my grandparents' place over Easter and working on it there.

I did up a little label too, I'm really pleased with how it came out, though it ran a little in the wash so I obviously need to get a proper fabric pen for any future labels.

It's on my brother's bed at the moment and I think he really likes it. It's hard to tell, he's five and he got distracted by Hot Wheels, but he did tell me that it was "the most beautiful thing that's ever been on the floor". I think that's a good sign!