A simple quilt in Ikea fabric

When I first bought my sewing machine I decided that my very first project was going to be a quilt. Having never attempted anything like that before I did quite a bit of research online. I did know 4 things though. I wanted my quilt to be:

  • square
  • nice and puffy
  • made to fit the width of my bed; and
  • bright.

I decided that rather than go with pricier quilting cottons, in case it was a disaster, I would go with Ikea cotton instead. I love their textiles’- great prints and, I find, very colourfast. I was in the store for quite a while to find 4 fabrics that didn’t really match but somehow worked together.

Ikea fabric hand tied quilt

The construction was really simple for this quilt since it has very few blocks. I chose a very high loft batting to get the puffy look and white ribbed jersey for the back so it was nice and soft. All that meant that I couldn’t quilt it using the machine; it was way too thick. I ended up hand-tying it with ribbon and adding buttons for decoration on each of the corners. That bit was hard work. I ended up having to use a biggish needle to thread the ribbon through and then pliers to get it through the layers of the quilt- phew. I made bias binding in a spotty cotton for the edges which I hand sewed on and that was about it.

Ikea fabric hand tied quilt

SO I didn’t end up actually using the sewing machine much past the construction of the front after all.

Ikea fabric hand tied quilt

I love the end result though, besides I’ve had lots of practice with the machine since.

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