Today I continue on my quilting journey with a quilt that I made only a few years ago. It started when a friend gave me a garbage bag full of fabric. It was a wonderful assortment that she had collected over a 6 year period. I set about sorting them out into colours and ranges, and finally decided that I would like to make a quilt out of suffolk puffs. I began making the puffs – all 900 of them. I used a paper template to cut the circles and then stitched them by hand (not a yo-yo maker in sight). On a good night I could make about 40. It was very relaxing and quiet so I didn’t attract any dirty looks from the rest of the family as they watched television (as opposed to machine sewing!). From there I hand stitched them together in rows of 3 and then blocks of 9, and then stitched the blocks together.
Now I wanted to attach it to a background. After much thinking I decided to stretch a backing on my quilt stretching frame. Then down went some light weight wadding, then the background fabric, then finally the suffolk puff quilt. It was pinned into position and then I attached (through the centres) all of the puffs around the outside of the quilt. My first plan was to do this to all 900 but after it took 2½ hours just to do the outside rows it was onto plan B (skip the next 4 rows and do the 6th rows in; then skip 4 and do 11th rows etc til the centre).
Once it was finished off with the binding and displayed in the shop my friend (who gave me the fabric) said she wanted it. I told her that she could have it when I die. She was happy with that until I reminded her that as I was only 3 years older than herself and as I planned to live for a long time she would ultimately only own the quilt for a couple of years! So to remind her that she can’t have it until I die I bought this badge
and attached it to the quilt.