Thursday, July 29, 2010

Inspired by the Kitchen Sink


Some time back, Miss Victoria showed an amazing creation taking shape on her Blog, called the "kitchen sink quilt".
I was very much inspired to grab all my scraps and "have a go". Time went by and I never made a start and it wasn't until I attended a scrap quilt class, that I really took the time to sit down to play!
At first all the ladies at the class said they found it hard to "throw away the rule book", but very soon, we were joining bits of fabric with whoops of pleasure and abandon.
I couldn't wait to amass a large enough number of blocks to join together and set my machine up on the kitchen table, so I could make the odd block in between stirring the dinner :D

At first my blocks were rather tame, but soon, they got crumbier, as I got the hang of using the tiniest of scraps and even cutting up orphan and experimental blocks.




Here is my finished quilt. It was my first attempt at free motion quilting, the part that took the longest was making and hand stitching the scrappy binding.
I am really enjoying following this site and marvelling at all your colourful, fun creations.
Best wishes from England!

17 comments:

beth said...

wonderful quilt!!!

QuiltSwissy said...

And I was afraid that putting the 15 minutes blocks together without something separating them would be too much. But I really like this. Thanks for showing it.

glen: quilts and dogs

Nifty Quilts said...

I love your quilt! These are my favorite kind of quilts--the scrappier, the better. It's fun to hear your story too!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

OOH! KAth!!! thanks for showing this beauty!!! I LOVE IT! you said, "set my machine up on the kitchen table" Perhaps it's the Kitchen table quilt? haha!

Kath said...

Thankyou ladies, it's such fun being here now I'm no longer playing on my own :D
Yes, the kitchen table quilt, that's a perfect name!

Juliejaz said...

Cool! I love your quilt, it looks so happy and bright. *2 thumbs-up*

paulette said...

Wow!! It's gorgeous!! Well done! Thanks for sharing!
Paulette

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing it:)

MamaT said...

Wow! What a cool quilt. Thanks for showing us. I'm inspired.

Sujata Shah said...

That's what I do!! Set up a machine at the kitchen table. No burning down the house allowed while sewing! My sewing room is in the basement :)

Gorgeous quilt! I am just about ready make one of these. Yours is quite inspiring.

Magpie Sue said...

Looks great! makes me think I might want to put more quilting in mine...

Kath said...

You are all so kind, thankyou for your words of encouragement, they mean so much to me.
I was nervous about showing it, with all the talent we have here.
I was dithering so much about the quilting, which was done by machine, with a variegated thread, but it seems to work.

Quiltdivajulie said...

MARVELOUS ... absolutely marvelous. Thank you for sharing it with us!

CharlotteP said...

Hah! Fabulous quilt - and I shall definitely copy your kitchen table idea!

Kath said...

I definatley recommend having a sewing machine on the kitchen table :D
As Sujata says, no more burned dinners! I doubt I would have completed this project if I had to go down to my sewing room every time I had a little time to spare.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

This is a great quilt! I recognize a lot of those fabrics.

Kath said...

How interesting that you should say that! All these scraps came from freinds, thrift shops, old clothes and what you gals call "garage or yard sales" here in England.
I guess some fabrics cross the atalntic or are bought on line at some stage. I think it's such fun that we might be using the same fabrics, living so many miles apart :D