Ayubowan Winter

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Anna gets a quilt made by shirts of her family.

Ayubowan - ආයුබෝවන්

One should recognize all the different fabrics - that means to cut the pieces very big, at least 10 inch squares. But the quilt should also have a beautiful pattern - that means to cut small pieces.

We searched several books by Bonnie Hunter and researched at Pinterest. Anna finally chose Bonnies pattern  'Nifty Thrifty' of the book 'Scraps und Shirttails'. The smallest pieces are 2x2 inches but a lot of pieces are larger - that's ok!

And the good news: The shirts Anna gave me were not in the least threadbare!
Good to know: very old, worn out shirts are difficult to use. But shirts in a fairly good state are like fabric from the bolt. Easy to cut, to sew and to press.

Then I prepared the sashings and cornerstones:

The sashings are sewn to the blocks:

30 blocks on the floor

Yes - one block is not made by shirts but an old napkin of Annas Grandma.

It's gonna be a real family-quilt!


But - how to quilt this one?

I almost always prefer freemotion, then I don't end up with these tiny puckers.

I made a test-sandwich - top made by a shirt, batting like the wool-batting and the backing made by a used duvet-cover (remember - family-quilt).

I started with Nylon (bobbin Mettler cotton) - ups - that didn't go well. I changed the thread-tension several times - it didn't work. Not at all. Do you see all the eyelashes?

My last resort was to try Mettler cotton also for the top thread. Again I had to adjust the tension several times - but finally it worked!


Oh well. During the quilting I had tension-problems again. Duvet-covers made of flannell are not the best option for freemotion quilting.I had to rip out stitches several times and do them again.

That's the reason I opted for straight stitch-quilting for the border - I didn't want to rip out stitches on these solid fabrics.

And once again more than 9 yards of binding...

And that's how Ayubowan is looking now - finished and washed!



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Comments (5)

  • Nancy
    at 20.12.2019
    I love quilts made of plaids and this one is no exception. It's gorgeous. Anna should be thrilled with it!
  • Tammy
    at 20.12.2019
    Oh my goodness! You are so brave to quilt this on your sit-down machine. It is truly lovely.
  • Jenny Benton
    Jenny Benton
    at 20.12.2019
    You did a great job on Anna's quilt - congratulations!!
  • Yanicka Hachez
    Yanicka Hachez
    at 20.12.2019
    Priceless quilt. Thank you for sharing
  • Judy
    at 20.12.2019
    Really beautiful! A family heirloom for sure!

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