I have a bucket list.
It includes things like seeing all of Shakespeare’s plays, taking an Art Foundation course, and doing voluntary work in Africa. It also includes a few sewing projects. Here are three of them.
- Make a kimono
- Make one knitted garment and wear it
- Make a quilt
These are all very challenging projects (for me). The kimono will have to be a faithful reproduction of a Japanese Kimono, made in silk and probably painted. The knitting has been tried many times and I still have two unfinished jumpers/cardigans in my cupboard right now. The third is the quilt.
Last week I saw an amazing quilt on Ruth’s blog – modestly pegged to the washing line behind her SWAP catwalk show. I didn’t realise she had made it herself. Isn’t it gorgeous? I love the colours and would be so proud to have something like this. She, on the other hand, tells me it is her “learning quilt”.
The quilt in my imagination is hand stitched and rather delicate. On a trip to a National Trust property, more than a decade ago, we looked inside the daughters’ bedroom. Two dark wood single beds stood next to each other with a washstand in between. And on them were two identical Suffolk Puff bedspreads, in lovely, soft vintage fabrics.
This was the type of quilt I wanted to make. Handsewn, it is based on circles, where every circle is gathered and pulled up to make a little “puff” (or “yo-yo” if you are American). The finished quilt is light weight and airy – almost lace-like – because the pieces only touch rather than attach. The sheet or blanket underneath can be clearly seen. It doesn’t give much warmth but gives a feminine and subtle look if light colours are used. This one is photographed to reveal the gathering. The quilt can be used face down or up.
So I have a dilemma here. I started making the quilt, using recycled shirts in soft cottons. I guess I have 200 or so but probably need around 2000. I quite like the colour scheme, but I don’t love it. I don’t think I am going to finish this project. As I am Kondoing I am inclined to chuck them out. There is quite a lot of work there but then this quilt isn’t ever going to look right, so carrying on would be throwing “good money after bad” for me.
Should I discard it? Anyone want it? Should I finish it – given I could easily introduce new colours? For example the warm pinky brown is the colour that is discordant. If I discard this bag of bits will I ever make a quilt? And then I also wonder if we would use it. We have a plain white Zara home quilted cover on our bed and there is nothing wrong with it. In fact I like a white bedroom.
Please give me your views.