Part 1: Before the wedding
If you don’t already have a walking foot for your sewing machine, BUY ONE
Mum and I spent a whole day trying to assemble the quilt with increasing levels of frustration and disappointment. When I looked into quilt making further, I decided to try buying a specialised foot to see if it would make a difference and it bloody did! Don’t worry about getting an expensive one, I got a cheap one from China, watched a video on how to install it and Bob became my figurative uncle.
Decide on quilt dimensions and design
Rachael and I discussed how she wanted to use the blanket (for sofa snuggling purposes) and we decided on the final size- 150x120cm- from there. I thought that 15cm squares would give a nice size for people to decorate without being so small that I would go mad sewing them all together.
Cut out squares
Using a rotary cutter, ruler or steel rule and self-healing cutting mat makes this task much easier.
Choose what kind of pens to use
I wasted a lot of time on line researching the best brand of fabric pen. I bought a pack of coloured markers from Amazon based on the reviews, but found that they bled on the fabric more than I would have been comfortable with.
In hindsight it doesn’t look too bad but I remember being unhappy at the time.
I started going into art supply shops. Yes, I am so dependent on the internet that I go on Amazon before nipping to the high street. I have bought GLUE on Amazon before. IRL I quickly found these fabric pens that gave a finish that I was much more pleased with. I bought ten- five of each colour- but three of each probably would have done. Pro tip: If you leave the pens sealed and keep the receipt, you can return them after the wedding.
I would advise going with 2-3 colours with fabric pens as I think it would be very easy to get a busy or messy look with more.
Prepare idiot-proof guidelines
People may not read them, but at least you’ll know you tried!
The next post will discuss what you need to do on the day of the wedding.