Tuesday, 8 June 2010

A Homage to "Red letter Day"!

My second quilt is finally complete!
Just when I was beginning to feel like I would never find the time to get it finished, half term came and somehow with the boys occupying each other and #3 napping, a little sewing got done, and I'm extremely happy with the results.

I must say I've made mistakes, some of which irritate me, especially because as soon as I had made them I realised what I'd done wrong. I guess this is what happens when you teach yourself something so that's ok as its a learning curve, I just need to remember to learn from my mistakes!

I've also learnt about wadding. I followed the advice I got from your very useful comments and bought Hobbs batting. It feels like a lovely wadding but after sandwiching the layers together and reminding myself that I was making a play mat rather than a quilt and it was puffiness that I was after I changed my mind and decided to use 4oz polyester instead.

Why the word polyester makes me shiver I don't know, after all the polyester is sandwiched by cotton. I didn't find it that easy to quilt but that is probably due to my lack of experience rather than the wadding itself. I am pleased with the end result. It's not as puffy as I had thought it would be, but it is a nice weight and I think it offers enough protection to soften #3's falls even on our wooden floors.

After a lot of umming and ahhing over a fabric for the back I decided to stick with "red letter day" and the duck theme and choose "Sitting ducks" in tangerine. I also used her "pink and lilac" stripe for the binding. So I really feel this play mat has turned into a homage to Lizzy House's Red letter Day.

With #3 sat on her "ducks" as I type I feel very happy that I can finally cross this project off my to make list.
I already have plans for another quilt it would be naughty of me not to! I mean I can't just buy the hobbs wadding and not use it, now that would be a waste!


  1. I love the pattern, did you use a specific one or make it up as you went along?

  2. The pattern is the "playtime quilt" out of Amy Butler's book "little stitches for little ones".

  3. That is absolutely gorgeous - I agree with you on the heavier polyester wadding - it makes you cringe to think of it but I used it for my kids's quilts because it makes very cosy think quilts which we need in those cold country!

  4. That quilt is just gorgeous,your choice of fabric is lovely! I too really like 'sitting ducks'!! Justine xx

  5. Wow this is amazing for your second quit - the fabrics are lovely.

  6. love it. gorgeous colors and great design.

  7. It's simply gorgeous, faults and all...not that I can see any.

    Nina xx

  8. Well done! I can't wait to see it! Not long now! Love from me! XX