Hello and welcome to the 12 days of inspiration! I can’t believe today is actually DAY 6 Already! In today’s blog post I would like to inspire you to sew with someone special and create special memories & special quilts along the way! First up I’ll be showing you some quilts that me and my Nan have made starting with a quilt that has 1200 pieces!
We made this quilt together after I said to my nan "let’s make a quilt together" she said sure lets do it! I told nan you can pick the pattern you wish to make......well I partly regret that decision now because after I spent too long in the fabric shop ( I was only there for nearly 2 hours, that's normal right? ) with my nan had managed to find the patterns & book section where she found a quilt she liked in one of the books then said Jackson I found a quilt we’re going to make it this one here as she showed me the page in the bool I looked in complete shock! I looked at the amount of fabric different fabric requirements along with how many pieces the quilt required after getting over the shock I said you know what let’s make this Nan! & let’s make some special memories while we make the Quilt!
Shortly after we decided to make a quilt together I spent the weekend visiting here in walcha where we made the quilt top during my stay, after making our fabric choices and doing all the cutting we began piecing the blocks together and I was showing nan some tips and tricks along the way on how to get nice finishes within her blocks. here are some joyful photos of me and my nan making the blocks
After Making all the blocks together Nan said "Jack can you put Them blocks together for me?" I said "I can but.....I want you to give it ago because you can do it" so after I showed her how to layout the blocks & join them she decided to add a border to help make the centre really stand out. Once she was happy with how quilt top looked she said "Jackson I’d love you to quilt this quilt for me" my response was, sure be an honour!
For the quilting I decided to do a nice stipple as the fabric and the patchwork were working nicely and I didn’t want to distract from that by adding intricate free motion quilting.
After quoting Nans quilt she asked me could I also bind it, I said sure, no worries at all!
I love how the finished quilt come together but most importantly loved making a quilt together with my nan and make some special memories along the way! And to top it all of we even managed to get a photo together holding the quilt, this quilt now sits on Nans bed as she says " its to special to hide in the cupboard!"
After making the first quilt together Nanny June has since become addicted to patchwork and has gone on to make Manny more quilts today im sharing 4 of them however there are Manny more that i'll share in future blog posts! Next I’d like to show you another quilt me and nan made, this quilt came about after Nanny June said "Jackson can you design a quilt for me?" I said "sure what do you want to have on it" nan thought about it for a bit then said "I like stars...., something fun, I want to use some of my fabrics I have stashed away" i went to my computer getting straight onto it, I designed a few options when presenting my ideas to Nan she wasn’t too keen on the bright options however, she did like the colours featured in the second option which featured some lovely greens, blues, creams and maroons.
After nan liking the second option I wrote a quick how to make the block along with the cutting requirements, A week later nan come to me & said "Jack I I've made the blocks what do you think" words couldn't express how proud of nan I was!
A few weeks later nan come to me & said "Jack I I've made the all the blocks and put the quilt top together, what do you think?" I was actually blown away by it and even got the opportunity to quilt it for nan!
For the Quilting I went for something a little more custom starting with S-curves in the star blocks to create direction, then some people swirls in the background all pulled together with A nice motif in the quarter square triangle blocks
once the quote was Quilted I showed it to Nan, I was quite nervous as I wasn’t sure how she would like the quilting, thankfully she absolutely loved it & thought it made the quilt come to life, making me feel quite proud of the quilting job I’ve done! here is a photo of the finished quilt.
Next I’d like to show another quote that Nan made, ill start with how the quilt started, it was in 2018 when I won Second and third at the Sydney quilt show in the junior section it was also Nans birthday on the day of me winning the prizes, in the bundle there where 2 Lovely honey bun pre-cut fabric rolls, I didn’t really know what to use them for and since it was Nans birthday I thought to share the joy of my win with nan so I said to my Nan I’m going to give you these fabrics I may not be able to use them but I think you’ll love them to make a nice quilt, a few weeks later nan comes to visit with some lovely rectangles she created using the strips and said Jack I don’t know what to do with them but I want to turn them into a quilt so we sat down at my computer to play around with the possibilities for the rectangles in the end she decided to place a square In the centre with the rectangles around the square with some partial seems then to make the blocks pop add some sashing and a boarder.
Just a week later nan come to visit brining a finished quilt top and said "okay Jack I want you to quit this quilt please" for the quilting I decided to do an organic all over design with swirls, teardrops and feathers in a lovely dark orange Wonderfill Konfetti as its a lovely solid 50et thread & quilts out beautifully!, I chose to use a light yellow to the in with the fabrics., it really brought the background to life by adding interest and brought all the fabrics together quite nicely as well.
After being inspired by Nans quilt I now have plans to make my own version in different colours!
here are some photos of Nans finished quilt, feel free to look through the mini gallery.
The last quilt for todays blog post that me and nan have made together is one Nanny June made with all her scraps after she seen my quilt I made using all my favourite Tula Pink scraps, Nan said I’d love to do one like that, I said sure I’ll show you how I made the blocks, then you can make one of your own like it nan said righto & after showing nan how I did it she come back with all these lovely blocks asking me what do I think, i said Nan there absolutely lovely why don’t you turn them into a quilt and show me what you can create!
The next time I saw nan she brings back a lovely quilt top and says "jack here's another quilt I want you to quilt this for me please" my intent response was no worries, id love to quilt your quilt!
I chose an organic all over for this quilt on Nans as the quilting won't take away from all the Fabrics in the quilt but bring together together, I’m glad I did as it brought the quilt to life and added a gorgeous texture!
The thread I used to quilt Nans quilt was Wonderfill Konfetti as its a lovely solid 50et thread, I chose to use a light yellow to the in with the fabrics.
After Binding many of Nanny June’s quilts I said to Nan I think it’s time for you to learn how to bind a quilt, I sent her a link for my binding tutorial then said I think you can do it nan went home & watched the video a few times then called me to ask a few questions I said yeah you’ve got this Nan!
Then I get a call from Nan and with great excitement says " Jackson I’ve bound my first quilt! I did it! " I was absolutely over the moon that my Nan now knew how to bind her a quilts but most importantly gave binding a go and succeeded! This an achievement for her but it was also quite a good feeling knowing I had helped my Nan learn how to bind a quilt! here is a sweet photo of nanny June proudly showing off her finished quilt!
this brings me to the end of day six however I hope you’ve been enjoying the 12 days of inspiration I wish I could share more quotes at me and Nanny June had made together however unfortunately I don’t have photos of every single quilt that we’ve made together mainly because there’s so many of them!
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I hope today’s blog post has inspired you to quilt or even sew with someone special and create some special memories and special Quilts and projects along the way! be sure to check in to the house at Jackson blog tomorrow for Day 7 of the 12 days of inspiration!
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A message from Nanny June to you
I hope you have enjoyed Jacksons blog & enjoyed seeing our quilts and hearing the story behind them! stay safe this holiday season
- Nanny June
STAY SAFE, STAY INSPIRED, STAY STITCHING