Today, I managed to get my hands on a copy of the Great British Sewing Bee Book. I didn't buy it, I happened to see it in my local library. I think I might be one of the first people to borrow it as it is in immaculate condition with patterns still in the back.
I had a flick through when I got it home. None of the clothes patterns, particularly appealed to me personally, but there are some nice patterns. I did like the Hacking Jacket, but am not in a hurry to make another jacket as they are quite tricky and time consuming. What did appeal, however, was an idea for a throw or quilt. It was made with full width strips of fabric sewn together.
I decided to head up to my sewing room later and have a go. I found some reclaimed and vintage fabrics that I had been meaning to use for a while and which went together quite well and started cutting strips up. I then placed them how I thought they looked best and finally I sewed them all together, so have essentially finished the top of the quilt or throw. Here's a picture of one half of it.
I ironed the seams flat and I've managed to buy some wadding for £5, I just need to find a fabric for the backing and the binding around the edge. I am using a thinnish synthetic wadding to give it a light but comfy feel, as it is intended as a quilt for snuggling under on the sofa, or for my daughter to use in the car when travelling. I'm not sure how well it will work as I have heard other quilters suggest that it doesn't give great results, but I'll give it a go. It wasn't too expensive to make this as all the 100% cotton fabrics have mainly been picked up from jumble sales, car boots or charity shops often for a few pounds each or less. It is a single sized quilt as that was the width of the fabrics I had.
I was surprised at how easy this was to make. It took just over two hours in total to get to this stage. I think the thought of sewing together of lots of little squares has actually put me off quilting so far, although I do admire the effect in other peoples' quilts, but this seemed far simpler with no overlapping seams to contend with. I quite like it aesthetically too. I know a lot of people use Liberty lawn fabrics to quilt in this way. I have seen them in the store and they are very pretty, albeit the strips of fabric are cut much thinner. I'll post again when it is finally finished.