There’s a side of me that likes all things old-fashioned. So when I decided to make a quilt just for me (rather than a present to someone else, as my crafts usually tend to be), making it from vintage fabrics was a natural choice. It was great to be able to pick fabrics that I love (as opposed to trying to think what sorts of fabrics someone else might prefer). Vintage fabrics have a wonderful softness to them, both in terms of texture and colours which you only get once the fabric has been washed many times.
This quilt has some classic English fabrics from Liberty and William Morris, as well as some wonderfully worn-out pale green fabrics that look like they come from a 1970’s duvet cover. The backing fabrics are new (woven stripes designed by Kaffe Fassett) but the brown and ochre colours have an old-fashioned feel to them, and the fabric is beautifully soft, so I felt it was a good choice.
Because this was my first ever quilt, and the fabrics were so beautiful in themselves, I decided to keep the pattern very simple, just traditional squares. I kept the darker fabrics to the edges, with the lighter ones in the middle, but I mixed them up a little bit to avoid any sudden colour changes.
I tried to machine-quilt it, but that didn’t work properly as the backing fabric kept being crunched up. Instead, I decided to knot the layers together, rather than try to hand-stitch it. I like the resulting “unquilted” look.
I call this quilt my “slow life” quilt, because it has taken me over a year to complete. It’s my biggest craft project during my illness that I’ve attempted so far and although I worked on it very slowly, with long gaps in between (for moving house and working on other projects), I’ve enjoyed every minute of making it. On the whole, it looks like a very traditional quilt, one that could have been made a long time ago, which is exactly what I wanted to achieve. So, all in all, I’m very pleased with the first attempt!