I finished my first quilt! Very very happy with it, and I loved the whole process.
The pattern is the Union Jack Quilt from Hexa-go-go by Tacha Bruecher. I especially like the combination of hand sewn hexis (sewn in the evening mainly, in front of the TV) and machine sewn borders (because there came a point when I just wanted to get it done!).
I bought most of the cream fabric and three FQs of blue, but everything else is made from scraps or small stash pieces. I was able to include plenty of the vintage scraps I’ve been hording, including some seventies Laura Ashley.
The back is made from two large pieces of batik (intended for a dress, but it was too heavy) with a strip of blue squares down the middle.
I had no idea how to make a large quilt when I started, so I broke the process into sections and learned each one as I went.
I was most intimidated by the quilting, and how to handle the bulk of the quilt on my machine. I watched a Creative Bug class on machine quilting basics which was brilliant. Much easier than I thought it would be. I quilted three lines across the cross and diagonal lines, with some triangles on the blue sections.
For the binding, I cut alternating strips of vintage Laura Ashley sprig and some modern quilting fabric and used Kerry’s tips from the Simple Sampler QAL. Very pleased with my mitred corners – and they weren’t difficult.