Archive for February, 2010
here it is! my first quilt pattern!
i’ve been quietly working away on this little project for a few months now (though it’s not a project that should take that long - it’s just that i always have about five projects on the go at once, and spread my time between them!). i have been SO looking forward to sharing it with you!
YOU WILL NEED:
a rotary cutter
a cutting mat
a quilting ruler
a needle for hand quilting
a water soluble fabric marker (test this on fabric scraps to ensure it really will wash off!)
1.5m of quilting fabric in a plain white, cream or ecru
a charm pack of bright printed quilting fabrics.
2m of a complimentary print for backing.
.25m of another complimentary print for binding.
approx 2m of batting (this quantity will vary depending of the width of your chosen batting).
2 balls of dmc perle 8 thread, in a colour that matches your plain fabric
cut 246 squares of your bright printed fabric, each measuring 2.5” x 2.5”.
cut 162 squares out of your plain fabric, each measuring 2.5” x 2.5”.
cut 2 strips out of your plain fabric, each measuring 36.5” x 2.5”.
cut 2 strips out of your plain fabric, each measuring 40.5” x 2.5”.
cut 2 strips out of your plain fabric, each measuring 44.5 x 2.5”.
cut 2 strips out of your plain fabric, each measuring 48.5” x 2.5”.
set 84 of your coloured squares aside, ensuring you have a good variety of your chosen fabrics represented in your selection.
take 5 coloured squares, and 4 plain squares, and, pressing as you go, piece them into a nine patch square like so:
repeat until you have 18 blocks in this configuration.then take 4 coloured squares and 5 plain squares, and, pressing as you go, piece them into a nine patch square like so:
repeat until you have 18 blocks in this configuration.divide these blocks in to four lots of nine, and, pressing as you go, piece them until you have two large blocks with plain fabric in the corners like this:
(n.b. i have created these piecing images in photoshop, and they don’t represent the variety of prints that appear in the final quilt – it was just easier to cut and paste from a smaller number of prints!)take your two strips of plain fabric measuring 36.5” x 2.5”, and sew them to opposite edges of this center panel.
now take your two strips of plain fabric measuring 40.5” x 2.5” and sew them to the top and bottom of your center panel. you should now have created a plain border around your pieced center.
from the 84 you set aside earlier, take 20 coloured squares and sew them into a long strip. press. repeat so that you have two strips of 20 squares.
sew these to opposite sides of your growing quilt top.
using the remaining 44 squares, create 2 strips of 22 squares, and press. sew these to the top and bottom of your quilt top. press. you should now have a border of squares all around the quilt.
take your two strips of plain fabric measuring 44.5 x 2.5” and sew them to opposite edges of your quilt top. press.
now take your two strips of plain fabric measuring 48.5” x 2.5” and sew them to the top and bottom of your center panel. press. you should now have created another plain border, and your quilt top is complete!
at this point you can have your quilt professionally machine quilted, or machine quilt it yourself if you have a long-armed machine. i chose to hand quilt mine, because I thought a simple, slightly rustic look would suit this particular design. the following instructions are for hand quilting.
take your backing fabric, and piece it together so that it is as large as your quit top with a few inches excess in each direction.
piece your batting in a similar way if necessary.
press your quilt top and backing carefully.
lay your backing fabric, right-side down, on a large, clean, flat surface. smooth it out so that it is completely flat. you can use making tape to secure it if you wish.
carefully lay your batting on top, smoothing it out as you did with your backing.
lay your quilt top, right-side-up, on top of this, smoothing again.
working from the middle, use your quilting pins to ensure that these three layers are secured together. you can’t really use too many pins. as a rough guide, i would aim for on pin to every 4 square inches.
though you might be tempted to, don’t trim yet!
take your quilting ruler and your water soluble fabric pen and mark the lines you would like to quilt along. i used long diagonal lines, creating an X over each plain square, and continuing over the borders.
thread your needle with your perle 8 thread, and settle in for some hand quilting! this one took me about two full days to quilt.
when you have finished the quilting, trim the backing and batting so that they are even with the edges of your quilt top, and remove the pins.
there are several different methods for binding a quilt, and each has their merits. i’ve chosen this one because I think it complements the hand quilting.
cut your binding fabric into strips of 1.75”.
using your machine sew these strips end to end so that you have one long strip of fabric.
laying one end of your binding strip flat on your ironing board, right-side down, carefully fold each long edge approx .25” in towards the middle of the strip, pressing them firmly as you go. do this all along the length of the binding, being careful not to burn your fingers!
carefully pin the binding over the raw edges of your quilt and then, using the same perle 8 thread you did for your hand quilting, sew it in place using even, visible stitches. when you get all the way around, tuck the end of your binding over so there are no raw edges showing, secure with a few careful stitches and then tie off!
your quilt should now be complete!
i really hope you like this pattern! if you use it, please let me know. i’d love to see your versions!
also, please respect that it took lot of time and effort to make this quilt and write the tutorial, so don’t claim the pattern as your own, and remember to link back here if you’re going to blog about making it.
as a nerd and a bookworm, i need a big bookbag in which to lug many tomes to and from uni. i’m happy to say that i’ve finished my 2010 bookbag, and i love it!
the hexies are paper-pieced, the bag itself is freestyle quilted, and the handles are hand stitched.
the lining is made of a few of the fabrics that i used to make hexagons.
i love paper piecing, because it’s pretty much the only time that i bother with fussy-cutting, the results of which i always love!
this project was inspired by this beautiful bag by modern acorn, and since it resembles her design quite closely, i won’t be writing a pattern for this one. you should join me in encouraging her to write a pattern that we can buy!
i hope you’ve had (or are having!) a lovely valentine’s day.
i made my honey a love bird, using molly chicken’s tutorial. it was easy to follow and i think the result is very sweet:
she has named him rupert.
my sajee finally has her own quilt, and she has our friend lili to thank for it. lili posted a photo of a cushion she was making using string blocks, and i thought it looked kind of great, so i had a go at it myself. it got kind of addictive, and this was the result:
i used heaps of scraps, and some carefully selected fat quarters, and i think it came together pretty well:
the backing is quite simple, to contrast with the super busy top:
and the blue contrasts nicely with the oranges and yellows:
but most importantly, it gets the tiny dog’s tick of approval:
i’m working on a pink and green one for myself now!
1// how cute is this little garland from addiebugs? better than any card.
2// artwork in romantic hues, by living on the move.
3// i love the idea of putting a valentine’s message in a handmade heart like this one (via sew, mamma sew!).
4// nothing says love like a pillow… with ‘love’ written on it… by alexandra ferguson.
5// these are the loveliest valentines cards i’ve seen - and the rest of the stationery at rifle paper co is just as beautiful.
6// a loving stamp, from paperfinger could take the hassle out of having to make multiple valentines! hee hee!
7// i found this cute pendant in my travels, and now i can’t remember where! rats!
8// this heart necklace has inches on one side and centimetres on the other - perfect for any kind of crafter! it’s from victoria mason jewellery.
9// i love this delicate little heart ring, from goldensilver on etsy.