Backing the quilt
At last we are at the backing stage -now I could say I wanted to make my quilt backing more attractive, but the fact is that I measured the fabric incorrectly and ended up with the backing about 2" too short! How frustrating, but not a major problem!
I chose 5 fabrics from those used on the front of the quilt and used die 657609 and the Big Shot to cut 10 x 4 1/2" squares. I then cut the backing fabric in half across the width.
I joined the squares together and used the pieced strip to join my 2 pieces of backing fabric together!
(The actual size of fabric you need for this quilt is 44" x 60" if you're using one piece.)
I taped the backing Right Side down to the floorOn top of this I laid a piece of wadding ( 45" x 60") and smoothed this out.On top of the wadding I laid the quilt top right side up.Starting from the middle I smoothed and pinned the quilt to the wadding and backing.As you may notice I didn't re-arrange the blocks - because I realised it would mean that I would have to take the whole top apart!Now the next question is how to quilt it? I am quite a fan of stitching in the ditch because I don't want to detract from the patterns made - so i think I'll stitch around each block, and then see if I want to be creative on the sashing.Also next week I'll add the binding to complete the quilt!I hope you've enjoyed this series, and that maybe you could post some photos on our Face book page.I'm at the Malvern Show ground for the rest of this week demonstrating the Big Shot and Dies alongside Cottonpatch, and here we are all set to go- do come and say hello if you're at the show.Have fun.Bye for now,Angela
Sashed and ready to go.
I did enjoy the Bank Holiday sunshine - spending it outside with grandchildren - watching on while they did all the running and chasing.
So to the sashing and joining of all the blocks.
I used a royal blue, from the Perfect Palette range by Fabric Freedom.
I used 1 1/2m because I didn't want to have joins in the long pieces.
I made the sashing and the border strips all 2 1/2" wide and used die 658328, and cutting pads - 656847, to cut the strips.
You will need 5 strips 48 1/2" long ( I usually cut a little longer just in case the quilt is bigger than I thought it was, the extra can always be trimmed off later.)
2 more strips will be needed for the top and bottom border and these need to be 42 1/2" long.
Finally you need to cut 16 x 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" to join the blocks into strips ( I cut 2 long strips and then cut them to length ).
Lay out all your blocks in an arrangement that you like.
Starting from the top, and working in rows down the length of the quilt, join an 8 1/2" strip to the bottom of the first block, and then add the next block to the strip.
Press the seams towards the blue sashing.
continue to join the remaining 3 rows of 5 blocks together in the same way.
Using the longest strips pin the sashing along the inside edge of the first row of your quilt, stitch in place, and then add the second row to the sashing.
Continue until you have joined all 4 rows together. Trim any excess fabric from the sashing.
Add 2 more long strips to the long outside edges of the quilt, to form the outside border.
Finally join the last 2 strips to the top and the bottom of the quilt to complete the sashing and the binding.
Now you can trim any threads or extra border away and we are ready to layer the quilt and stitch
It was only after I had taken the photo that I realised I had 3 blocks with yellow in a row - I would have preferred to have them mixed through the quilt more - I may change it before next week - but I'm not sure - so double check how you've laid the blocks before you stitch!!!
next week I will be at Quilts UK show at Malvern Showground - I'll be demonstrating on the Cotton Patch stand.
Come and say hello as you go by, it will be nice to meet you, and if you like bring your quilt to show me!
The final two.
It's the end! - well only of making the blocks for our quilt.
I'm often asked which is my favourite die and I usually answer that it's the one that I'm working with at the moment, but having used the 2 1/2" half square die again this morning I have to admit that I always enjoy removing the triangles from the die and seeing them so perfectly cut.
The first block I am making today is a variation on Churn Dash, using 4 fabrics instead of the usual 2.
Using die 657609 and the darkest fabric and the Big Shot to cut the one square.
Die 657605 is used to cut 4 rectangles from a medium fabric, and then use die 657611 to cut 4 squares from each of a medium dark and light fabric.
Join the medium dark triangles to the light triangles, and join these to opposite ends of 2 rectangles, see picture below.
Join 2 rectangles to opposite sides of the square.For the second block I used 3 fabrics to make a variation on a pin wheel block.Use die 657607 and dark fabric to cut 4 squares.
With medium fabric and die 657611 cut 8 triangles, and with die 657613 and light fabric cut 4 triangles.
Join the triangles to adjacent sides of the square, to create a triangle.
So that completes the 20 blocks for the quilt.
Next week I will be cutting and attaching the sashing.
The Bank Holiday on Monday is supposed to be fine - which would be lovely - but whatever the weather I hope you all enjoy the weekend.
Until next week, have fun.
Hearts on my sleeve
Well not quite, but I do have to admit that I really enjoy applique - and this week I've had fun using 2 different heart shaped dies.
As I mentioned last week we are coming to end of making the 20 blocks for our quilt and need to look at the balance of colours before choosing the fabrics for the last few blocks, which I have duly done.
So this week I used the Primitive Hearts die 656335, with the Big Shot.
I used 2 fabrics to which I applied a fusible web to the back.
I folded 5 layers of fabric over just the middle sized heart and cut with the Big Shot, and then repeated this with the second fabric.Using a light fabric for the background, (I cut it oversized to allow for handling during sewing and will trim it to size later)
I stitched these in place using a small zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine.
Using Bigz die 656334 I cut the small and medium hearts.
Again I fused web onto the back of the fabric before cutting.With the marbled fabric I cut 2 of each of the small and medium hearts and then used 2 different fabrics to cut a pair of small and medium hearts.I used the same light fabric for the background for this block.I then arranged the hearts to look like butterfliesagain I machine stitched these in place because time didn't allow me to hand stitch.I think I will add some embellishment to these, but more of that another time.So now we only have 2 blocks left to do - and I really don't know at the moment what I will choose - so before choosing I will lay all the blocks out on the fabric that I am going to use for the sashing and have a look to see if there is an obvious shape needed.I suggest you could lay your blocks out as well and see what you think.Enjoy the weekend, whatever the weather brings!!!Angela
Rectangles and squares
The early flowering magnolia, in my garden, is about to burst into bloom - so I think I can safely say that spring is here as last!
Also as promised photos - of the wedding dress made by me ( in my spare time!!!)and the cake made by Jo, my eldest daughter - which tasted as good as it looks!
This week we have 3 blocks again but this time I am using a rectangle -die 657605, and a 2" and a 4" square ( dies 657607 and 657609 ).
For the first block you need 2 contrasting fabrics - and die 657605 to cut 3 rectangles from each fabric, and die 657607 to cut 2 x 2" squares from each fabric.and then join the light and dark rectangles together.Join the 4 rows together to complete the block.
Join 2 rectangles together along the short edge, and repeat.
Join a rectangle to each side of the square.Join the pairs of rectangles to the top and bottom of the square to complete the block.The final block uses the 2" and the 4" squares
The light fabric is cut into 4 x 2" squares with die 657607.
Join the dark and light squares togetherJoin the pieced squares to the large squaresJoin the 2 pieces together to complete the block.
Next we need to lay out all the blocks to see if there is a balance of fabrics throughout - and then choose which fabrics need to be used for the final blocks to create a pleasing mix.
I think next weeks blocks will be applique to bring a balance of style to the quilt - so have a lovely week and catch up again next time.
Trio of triangles
Well hello again, I'm back at the sewing machine after enjoying the wedding of one of my daughters last week ( I have 4 daughters so I'm often doing something with one of them, I'll try to add some photos next week).
So this week I have a trio of triangles for you - I'm beginning to get impatient about how this quilt is going to look - so we have 3 blocks ( but I promise that it won't keep increasing!)
I have used the 2" and 4 " finished 1/2 square triangles and the 4" finished 1/4 square triangle and cut them with dies 657611,657613 and 657166. I have also used the 4" x 2" finished rectangle, die 657605 in one of the blocks.
Let's start with the simplest of the blocks - the pinwheel - for this I used 2 fabrics
and die 657613, cutting 4 triangles from each fabric. What I love about using the Big Shot and dies it that I can cut so much in one go - and it is always precise.
Join the dark and light triangles together to make 4 squares -How quick was that!Now the next one will take a little longer and uses dies 657611 and 657613.You need 2 different fabrics - the lighter one you need to cut 12 x 2 1/2" (unfinished) triangles, and from the darker fabric you need to cut 4 x 2 1/2"( unfinished) triangles and 4 x 4 1/2" (unfinished ) triangles.Join 4 dark triangles to 4 light triangles,and then join 2 light triangles to the dark triangle - shown belowJoin this pieced triangle to a large dark triangle -Make all 4 squares like this and then join the squares to complete the block.I've called this block Spinning Fish - but I'm sure it really has another name - any suggestions?The final block is Clay's Choice and uses 2" finished triangle - 657611, and 4" x 2" finished rectangle - 657605.You need 3 fabrics - dark - to cut 4 rectangles and 4 triangles, medium - to cut 4 triangles and light - to cut 8 triangles.Join the light triangles to 4 medium and 4 dark trianglesJoin the pieced squares together -and then join these to the dark rectangles.Join these pieces together, to make 2 large rectanglesand then
So next week I am going to check that I have a balance of colours in the blocks before I choose the colours and designs that I will use in the last 7 blocks.
I'm pretty sure that I am going to include some more applique - because I enjoyed the flower blocks so much.
But for that's all for this week -hope you've enjoyed it.
As for me - I think I might be helping one of my daughters move house this weekend - so I will be back to sewing again next week for a rest!!
Fireflies and puzzles
Hello again - it seems like more than a week ago that I was writing my blog - maybe it's because of the Easter holidays. anyway I'm here again and this week I thought I'd make 2 blocks - so we have Old Maids puzzle first, followed by Fireflies.
Old Maids puzzle uses dies 657607 - square, 657611 and 657613 - half square triangles and the Big Shot machine.
I've used 3 different fabrics for this -
With the darkest and die 657613 I cut 2 triangles, with die 657611 I cut 4 triangles and with die 657607 I cut 4 squares.
With the medium fabric I cut 2 triangles using die 657613.
Finally with the lightest fabric I cut 4 triangles using die 657611.
To make the block I joined the large triangles together and then the small triangles.
Then join the pieced squares to the squares.
Join these pieces together.
Join the pieced squares together as in the picture below.
Finally join the two pieces together to complete the block.
Now for the Fireflies.
I used the same square and triangle dies and the Big Shot.
This time I used 4 fabrics -
Using die 657611 I cut 4 dark,10 light and 2 medium light triangles.
With die 657613 I cut cut 2 medium triangles.
Finally with die 657607 I cut 2 dark and 2 medium light squares.
Join the 4 dark triangles to 4 medium light triangles, and 2 light triangles to 2 medium light triangles.
Join the pieced squares to the dark squares as in the picture below, (you will have 2 of each)Join the two pieces together, to make a square, repeat with the other pieces.Join a triangle to pieced square as in the picture below - ( make 2 )Join another triangle to the piece to make a large triangle - ( make 2 )Join this pieced triangle to the large triangle triangle -and then join this square to the other pieced square - see picture below - ( make 2 )Finally join the two pieces together to complete the block.Well I hope you like these two blocks - we're now half way through making our 20 blocks for the quilt, and if we make at least 2 each for the next few weeks we'll soon be putting it all together - and by then if the spring has come maybe it could be used as a picnic blanket.Meanwhile- I'm off the make a cup of tea.Enjoy your week whatever the weather.Angela
Flowers a plenty
As promised last week I've been playing with flowers.I used this die last week at Sewing for Pleasure and I liked it so much I decided to incorporate it into our sample quilt. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you at the show - especially because of the weather - and to see some of your work and talk about our shared passion for sewing.The bigz die I used is 657690 - Flower Layer and Leaves.To create variety I chose 4 fabrics for the flowers and White fabric for the background.I cut the white fabric for the background slightly larger ( 9 1/2" square ) to allow for any fraying while handling and will trim them to size when I've finished them )I bonded a fusible web onto the wrong side of the fabrics ( 5 1/2" squares), andd put all 4 fabrics on the die and rolled them throught the Big Shot and you can see, in the picture above, the variety of shapes created.As there would be too many pieces to fit on one block I decided to make 2 blocks - one will be machine appliqued and the other will be stitched by hand.The photo below shows the flowers and leaves layered and pressed in place on the backing, and.then machine appliqued - using a narrow, close zig-zag stitchThis is the set that I sewed by hand - using blanket stitchI thoroughly enjoyed the hand stitching on this block - so I think there may be another hand stitched applique block later in the blog.All I'm going to say about the weather this week is that the sun is shining at the moment!So enjoy Easter, whether you're inside sewing or outside in the garden.Have fun.Angela
Light and shadows block
It's official - it's Spring! well at least according to the date - let's hope the weather will catch up sometime soon!
So this week I've chosen to make the block 'Light and Shadows'
I've looked back at the fabrics I've already used and have tried to keep a balance so that I am using different ones from my collection.
For this block you will need enough dark fabric to cut - 5 x 2 1/2" squares and 2 x 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles.
From medium fabric you need to be able to cut 2 x 2 1/2" squares and 2 x 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles.
Finally a small piece of light fabric to cut 1 x 2 1/2" square.
Using die 657607 and the Big Shot machine cut 5 dark, 2 medium and 1 light squares.
With die 657605 cut 2 rectangles from each of the dark and medium fabrics using
the Big Shot machine.
Join 2 dark squares to either end of a dark rectangleand then join a medium and a dark rectangle - see photo belowFinally lay all the pieces out, see below
Hope to see you there.
Next week I'll be working with applique flowers - just in time for Easter.
Have a lovely week.
Crossing over from winter to spring?
Hello - what a week - we seem to have visited winter and come back to spring in just 7 days! Also I seem to have spent a lot of time in the car traveling to Preston and Wickham Market in Suffolk, to do demonstrations and teach workshops - a busy week but it was lovely to meet so many of you.
Now this week I've made a block called Arkansas Crossroads - do you ever wonder where the names originated and why - I know I do.
Anyway back to the block - you will need 4 fabrics for this block, - dark, medium, medium light and light.
Using die 657611 I cut 4 triangles ( 2 1/2" half square triangles, unfinished ) from each of the dark and medium fabrics.
With die 657607 ( 2 1/2" squares, unfinished), I cut 4 squares from each of the medium, medium light and light fabrics.
Remember that all seams are 1/4" unless stated and press the seams as you go - wherever possible towards the darkest fabric.
Join the dark and medium triangles together.Layout the pieces for the first row, see picture below,
Repeat this once to create row 4.
Lay out another set of squares, see picture belowand join these together to make row 2, and then repeat once to create row 3.
Join a pair of rows together, being careful to match seams.and repeat once.Then join the two pieces together -
and there is the complete block.
We're well on the way now.
I'll be at Sewing for Pleasure next week - running some applique workshops - do come and see me if you're there - and that could be a clue to the type of block I'll be showing next week.
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