Monday, 1 September 2008

Overlocked quilt

Cor, there's more to this overlocking business than just finishing seams!
OK, so it won't win any prizes, but at less than 2 days (including time taken to make dinners, do laundry, walk dogs, blah-di-blah) it's by far the quickest cover I've ever made.

It was a very simple design. I just flatlocked 3 strips together, cut them into lengths equal to their width (17cms)*, then blocked them together.

I then used a 10cm border in matching fabric. I backed it with an old duvet cover, attaching between border and patchwork. I roll hemmed the border, and underneath (on the backing piece) overlocked longer strips of co-ordinating fabric. Easy peasy.
The fabric is Folklore by Moda (2 jelly rolls made enough patches for a King size throw).

Unfortunately, the colours aren't exactly right for this time of year (because I've been putting this off for ages) so I'll have to make another for Autumn.

* My rotary cutter and I have been eyeing each other nervously for about 18 months. I used it once and decided I didn't like it. I have now made friends with it after realising that, as with most things, it's all down to having the right equipment to use with it and getting the right technique. It would have taken me forever to do this quilt without it.

17 comments:

JuliaB said...

WOW!!! THAT is amazing!!! 2 days?? it would take me 2 years i think ... on the inside!! Wow ... x

blossomsmum said...

I love the throw bought two yesterday just plain beige and they cost me a fortune maybe father christmas will put one or even two in my stocking OMG 16 weeks to Christmas!!!!!!xx

Indigo Blue said...

I think that you and your overlocker are now offically friends! What a lovely throw it is brilliant. You have given me an idea for my quilt I am going to start soon.

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

I think you did an AWESOME job! I want one! And I think it is totally Autumn-ish.
Beaut-i-mous!!!

Junie Moon said...

What an awesome quilt project. The fabrics are great and I love the dimensional effect of the way you seamed everything. A job very well done!

Marie said...

Wow. That's gorgeous. The colours are fab. I bet it'd look scrummy in autumn colours too.

xMx

Primrose Corner said...

Fantastic! What a lovely cover. You make it all sound so easy.

April said...

OHH That is gorgeous - I Love it! Well done you

April xx

Vicky said...

Fabulous Anna - you are SOOOOO clever. The colours are great.
xx

Erin K said...

I'm totally gobsmacked!

And what's this about wrong colors? This quilt is for all seasons I say! :)

*must research overlock*

joannabags said...

TWO DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lyzzydee said...

What a great quilt. I have made a couple useing the same technique, but not the overlocking bit.
I use my rotary cutter all the time while scrapbooking uits the only way I can get straight lines!!

Anonymous said...

I would like to learn to do it!!What about a tutorial?

Things Hand Made said...

thats a great idea, all I need now is an overlocker!

Crafter...oo said...

2 Days? OMG, that's amazing! Well done! Fab blog btw!

Lesley said...

What a beautiful quilt! great to see you having so much fun with your overlocker :)

xxx

Josie said...

2 days! - that is just brilliant, now I'm going to dust off my overlocker, 2 jelly rolls? what's the UK equivalent?
Josie x
ps, I've been going to make a quilt for the last 20 years!