I have done a variety of craft, but I have never done quilting. In fact, I have never even thought of trying the craft.
Quilting seems to require a lot of precision and commitment. People make large throws, bedspreads and table runners. I always found it daunting. This is certainly a skill you develop with lots of practice, and I have great respect to quilters.
But I wanted to make something using this patchwork method; a small play mat for my Hare and tortoise set.
I made a knitted version a couple of years ago for Knit Now magazine.
This one. It is one of my favorite.
I found very stretchy white fabric in my stash and decided to sew some bunnies with it. For tortoise, I am using felt.
I tried my first sample. I thought it worked well.
Then, made the whole lot for the game.
Now, I needed a mat. This is where quilting come into play.
Did I have any idea how I should do this? Not at all. I watched YouTube and got a basic idea. It is a very small mat, it cannot be too difficult or is it?
Yes, it is small, but you do need a lot of patience and precision. I did simple maths wrong at some places and I had to pick stitches and sew again. What I found extremely helpful was the fabric roller cutter that I invested just for this project. I don’t know how I manage without it. It was a star buy.
After some trials and errors, I came up with this.
I know, I know, it is far from perfect, but I shouldn’t be too harsh on myself. This is my very first patchwork and I even used sewing machine for it.
And my animals look happy on it.
It is good to go out of your comfort zone and try something new.