Here it is! I chose the pink gingham for the binding to match some of the patches. This is a really easy pattern to make up. Just search for “Tube method” on if you want to try it. I suppose you could adapt it for as many strips as you want to. I really enjoyed making it. I hope you like it 🙂

One day I might try to sell some of the quilts I make. Has anyone tried and made a success of it? Any advice or comments appreciated!

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  1. Oh, that binding is perfect! Such a sweet quilt. And your quilting looks very nice, too.

  2. Thank you very much!

  3. You will be very lucky if you make money quilting. Nobody really understands the cost and time in a quilt. It is not helped by the cheap quilts produced in Third World Countries. If you really enjoy making them and don’t care about profit go ahead. Remember though that what is now an enjoyable hobby could be spoiled if you make quilts for people that do not appreciate them.

    • Yes, I think you are quite right. Very few people would consider the many hours it takes to make one small quilt. Thank you for your comments 🙂

  4. Teje & Nero

     /  February 16, 2012

    Hi! Your quilt became such a beauty and the quilting and binding are so perfect for that!
    I have finished also today my ‘pink birds’ quilt and the funny thing is that I had the same fabric as you, for the binding but then changed my mind for something a little bit ‘stronger’.
    I have sold some baby quilts for friends. I have been lucky because they have been appreciated as handmade! It’s very difficult to find the right prize, but I think that because I love to make them, I don’t mind even the prize is not ‘enough for the hours’. I have opened my etsy shop in November and I have selled now few small quilted items and I’m so happy for that. Also now knowing that there is a small change to sell something, it gives me reason to make more patchworks and quilts. Other wise I don’t think I would sew so much – to do what with all of them?! I don’t feel that I have any pressure if I sew something for my shop – every time I make the item ‘just for my own enjoy’ and if I feel it’s good enough, I list it to my shop. But most of all I enjoy that I can share my sewings with all my dear blogging friends! Without you and all the others this wouldn’t be so fun!
    Happy sewing! x Teje

    • Oh thank you Tehe (and Nero). I’ll have to take a look at your bird quilt 🙂 As you know, I’ve only been blooging for about 7 weeks and the community is so inspiring. It makes me want to sew all day….if only I could! I sold one item on my Etsy shop a couple of years ago but felt that I put too much time into making them for the price. I blogged about those cushions in my earlier post about “things I’ve made before”. It was a very romantic story and I couldn’t resist making them 🙂 Avis x

  5. Oh it’s lovely. I’m not a pink girl at all but it is lovely. Quilting is gorgeous too. Well Done. I’m away at my Mums just now and she has just shown me her latest quilts. Might have to post some photos.

    • No, I’m not a pink fan at all! I like purple and blue best so I was well out of my comfort zone hehe 🙂
      Come on then, must see those photos now!
      Thanks for the lovely comments. Avis x

  6. claire93

     /  February 17, 2012

    simply gorgeous (although I’m not a pink lady either ^^)
    I have to agree with quiltaholic – I don’t think there would be much money to make when you consider the hours needed to make such a beauty because people don’t appreciate the time it takes. You’re better off simply using your talents to create beautiful OOAK quilts for friends (for birthdays, anniversaries etc) and KNOW that friends and family will really appreciate all the love and care that went into making the quilt

    • Yes, it would definitely stop being a hobby and probably become a chore very quickly. I know some people do the long arm quilting with very expensive computerised machines as a business. I have enough trouble quilting my own! I’m so scared of messing up 🙂 Thank you for your comments. Avis x

  7. Lisa Mary

     /  February 17, 2012

    this is really really lovely – I want to quilt like you!

  8. Thank you for the link to tube quilting – I’d never heard of it. How clever! I’m not sure it would work so well for hand-piecers, but I really enjoyed seeing it, and your quilt has turned out beautifully. I do sell my work, and I just about cover the costs of the materials, if I’m lucky. It’s a hobby that pays for itself, not a living. At least, not in my case. You might do better, and I wish you lots of luck. Your work is stunning.
    And thanks for stopping by yesterday 🙂

    • Yes, for hand piecers it could be a bit boring sewing all the strips together to begin with. I think the concensus of opinion is to enjoy the hobby. I’m very happy with that 🙂 Avis x

      • I was thinking more about slicing through the seams – hand stitched seams would probably come apart easier. Long seams by hand are quite relaxing 🙂

  9. Gosh, hand piecing is a whole new ball game. I would never have thought of the seams opening! that would be a real pain. Happy stitching 🙂

  10. Initforthehoney

     /  February 22, 2012

    Happy birthday! And I also think the swirly style of quilting is just wonderful! Looking forward to your next project!

  11. Sweet quilt, I love this pink!

  12. claire93

     /  February 24, 2012

    I have a novice question (ifr you don’t mind giving advice) – what weight wadding do you use? I’m not quite ready to begin quilting yet, but have started looking at wadding and have no idea which one to buy. For the moment, it’s not for a quilt, but for a wall-hanging and am hoping to make myself a bag in the not too distant future.

    • Hi, it really depends whether you want the result to be quite springy or more like the antique quilts which are quite flat. Most quilters prefer cotton or a cotton mix which is flatter. The much cheaper option is to go with polyester which some quilters would never use as they prefer to use natural fibres on a bed. I prefer to use 4 ounce weight but again it is down to preference really. I use polyester at the moment as I’ve only quilted 4 quilts to date but when I get more experience and the quilts are more “special” I’ll “splash the cash” a bit more. for a wall hanging, flatter would probably be better. I hope this helps.

  13. claire93

     /  February 25, 2012

    yes thanks, it does.
    I will go with polyester at first then as it’s cheaper and I don’t want to splash out too much until I know what I’m doing (and from what I’ve seen, it washes up well).

  14. quirky

     /  March 3, 2012

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful work of art! I love the colours, I’m not a ‘pink’ girlie either but I think we’re somehow hard-wired to appreciate the colour! It’s stunning 🙂

  15. Aw thank you! You seem to be making great progress too! I love your little special pots by the way 🙂


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