I am going to be honest here and say that up until a month ago my poor sewing machine had been gathering a lot of dust. I decided to give my sewing room a massive tidy up in the hope that this would give me the boost I needed to start sewing again. There's nothing like stroking fabric to get you in the mood for sewing!!;)
I realised that I had way too much fabric that was not being used and I needed to do some serious stash busting patterns to get through the pile of fabric I have.
I came across a great free pattern on the website of Me and My Sisters Designs. They are fantastic designers for Moda with a great website and if you haven't checked it out yet I would recommend you give them a look. The pattern I chose was called XOXO.
First I had to get things set up. As you can see I took this very seriously! :)
The pattern was really easy to follow and super quick to make as the layer cake required no cutting. I have to be honest, I love the idea of layer cakes. I have made a couple of quilts with them in the past but have always found it really hard to cut into them. I usually buy them because I love the range of fabric so cutting into them seems wrong!
The only cutting required for this pattern was the background squares which made it perfect for my anti-cutting nature and also very quick! The layer cake was from the "Happy Go Lucky" range from Bonnie and Camille who are also Moda designers. I was delighted that I could show all of the fabrics as I think this range has some great ones!
All in all, the quilt took an afternoon and the following evening to make at a pretty slow pace.
I did change some of the patterns instructions. Rather than putting things together row by row, I put them together in blocks of four first. This just made joining the central squares easier and also allowed me to play more with the placement of the fabrics.
I was so happy with the end result I posted a wee pic on Instagram and was gobsmacked when the designers responded to say they loved it. It made my day and confirmed that I had my quilt mojo back!!
I took the quilt on a recent road trip back to Aberdeen in the north of Scotland and booked some time on the Gammill to get it quilted. I promise to share photos of that soon!
I have spent so much time sewing this summer. It has been great to sit with the patio doors open to the garden, a glass of wine and my sewing machine.
Hope you are having a great summer too!
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