#3: Thames Barge Quilt

And finished! In time to give away as a gift this weekend to my step grandmother. Her and her partner volunteer for a charity that restores Thames Barges, so I thought that the fabric was appropriate!

It was basically a learning experience. I wanted to practice piecing HSTs (half square triangles) before embarking on a much more complicated design. I wanted to get a bit more practice at being accurate with the walking foot. And I wanted to hand sew a binding neatly. The binding took one evening – about six hours in front of the TV. And I am very pleased with it.

Pretty good I reckon, and not bad speed at all – pieced in less than a month (about four/five days total work?). I think it’s just about 43 inches square.

What I’m most pleased about is the cost. Two Moda charm packs – £22 in total. Three meters of Ikea Calico – £6 in total. And Hobbs Heirloom batting – £7. So that’s about £35 for the materials – plus thread. Not bad at all for a practice quilt.

Thames Barge Quilt | Modern HST (Half Square Triangles) | Moda Fabric - More Hearty Good Wishes

Thames Barge Quilt | Modern HST (Half Square Triangles) | Moda Fabric - More Hearty Good Wishes

Thames Barge Quilt | Modern HST (Half Square Triangles) | Moda Fabric - More Hearty Good Wishes

I treated myself to two books over Christmas, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in using those for some inspiration. It’s Modern Rainbow and Brave New Quilts. I also have Patchwork City on the way from America with a load of fabric I got in the sales.

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And I’ve also got five meters of red fabric and five meters of cream ready to go for a red and white heirloom quilt inspired by this exhibition…