Thursday, 9 February 2012

Bonkers drove me bonkers!

Yep, the bonkers quilt is done...I'll let the pictures do most of the talking..but I will just say I'm relieved!  I do love the finished article - I think the quilting and washing it gave it a more relaxed feel (I was worried it was going to be a bit too "in your face").
(thanks to mum-in-law for standing on a stool in her garden so I could get this picture!)

The things that drove me bonkers (lessons learnt!) were:
  • Quilting a large quilt with a stipple makes your shoulders ache.  I snapped 5 needles as the weight of the quilt pulled the needle forward onto the plate..doh.  I really need to get over my vanity and get some sexy quilting gloves!
  • Do not try to machine-sew a binding on if you are not practiced at it.  I ended up unpicking the whole 260+ inches in order to hand-stitch it on properly
  • And finally, do not underestimate the time it takes to sew in all the thread ends and trim all other loose thread off...2 hours work I reckon!

Quilt Stats for the bonkers quilt:
Pattern: Large scale disappearing 9 patch
Size: 60" x 72"
Fabrics: All from the stash, I counted 26 different prints and solids.
Backing: Quilt is backed in the black, white and green swirl that appears on the front.  This was originally a king-size cotton duvet cover by Hobbs.
Quilting: A large scale free-motion stipple pattern

Anyway, this one is destined for a local shop, but if it doesn't sell it doesn't matter, cos I reckon I can find it a home right here... now..on to the next project :)



  1. This is gorgeous - It'll cheer someone up on these wintery days I'm sure :-)

  2. You already know I loved your bonkers quilt top, but I love the finished quilt even more. Gorgeous!

  3. It's fabulous! I hope it flies off its shelf!

  4. Bonkers is a stonking success :-) Really looks fabulous!

  5. Bonkers maybe, but gorgeous! Get yourself some non slip drawer liner (from the £ shop) cut yourself 2 hand sized pieces and works perfect for fmq without the hot hands of gloves. And I use it when sewing on binding to move the quilt cos it's so heavy, eases strain on the wrists. As for the broken needles, big table to the left and behind the machine to take the weight will help enormously :)

  6. Ooh, it looks fab, despite all its trials and tribulations!

  7. Seriously. Just gorgeous, Ceri! You've outdone yourself. And thank you for the well wishes, I'm feeling MUCH better :)

  8. I think it's lovely, especially the binding. I would love to do a big quilt but the quilting of something so large terrifies me.
    Emma x

  9. Bonkers is gorgeous C! FMQ will always send me bonkers! I'm sure it will be snapped up in no time! Jxo

  10. Its awesome! Love the binding :-) Hoping it sells successfully for you x

  11. Good luck with the sale! Or would you rather keep it really?

    Love the balance of colours and shapes in this quilt! That blue is a happy colour

  12. hey ceri this looks FAB-eroo!!! worth the hard work for certain it looks great well done :) hope the lovely felix is cool x x

  13. That is lovely, I really like the colours. Hmm, I have quilters block - literally and don't know what to do next. Maybe I need to get all my 'brights' out and have a play. *Sigh* Love the semi invisible mother in law as well, what a skill!

  14. I love all that in your face colour. But having to unpick all the binding. Ouch!!!