Saturday, May 15, 2021

Spray Basting Quilts

I've always pin basted my quilts, and it's always been my least favourite part of the quilting process. So instead of continually whinging about it I thought I should try spray basting. 

Best decision. So much easier and my quilt tops are so much smoother. 

I've been spraying outside and then bringing the pieces in to the living room on the wooden floor to 'stick' the batting, backing and quilt top together. A quilt ruler is really handy to smooth out any wrinkles, then it just needs a quick iron and it's ready to quilt! 


I haven't quite finished the daisy quilt yet, but I've quilted the Fibonacci quilt below. It was so nice to just quilt without stopping all the time to take pins out, which always made my lines go quite wonky. 

 I've yet to do a really big quilt, but I think I am a convert!


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Windflower Quilt

Introducing the Windflower Quilt!

The Windflower Quilt is a modern take on the Orange Peel block. Instead of sewing, or appliquéing curves, the blocks are foundation paper pieced. Then the blocks are all machine sewn together with sashing.
The finished quilt measures 57" (145cm) square which is perfect for a gift, a baby, a child, or on the couch or sofa.
I have included some instructions for foundation paper piecing, but I also have a simple tutorial here. 
You can use choose coordinating fabrics or scraps for the blocks. You could also choose 16 fat quarters and use the rest of them to make a scrappy binding.


The Windflower pattern is available now in my shop. 

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Through the Square Window

One of the first quilt patterns I wrote was the Through the Square Window pattern that uses layer cake or 10" squares. I thought it was time to redo the pattern with better illustrations and instructions.
I made this small version using Social by Melody Miller from Ruby Star Society.



I have made so many quilts from this pattern over the last 11 years. The medium size is perfect for as a lap quilt.

I have made so many small size versions over the years. They make a perfect baby gift. 
This pattern works with every layer cake and in every colour combination, and is the perfect pattern for a beginner quilter. 



Buy the pattern here!

 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Foundation Paper Pieced Leaves

Foundation Paper Pieced Leaves in four sizes - 6" x 6", 8" x 8", 6" x 8" and 8" x 6".






 

Friday, January 08, 2021

Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial


I wrote a foundation paper piecing tutorial a few years ago that was originally a free pattern on Craftsy. Ever since they removed all the patterns I have had it on my list to redo and add it to my blog. The very hot weather and inside time this week has given me the chance to get it done!
For the tutorial I am using this easy block which is is 4 1/2" x 9" finished, but you can scale it down (or up) if you wish. 


The template can be printed on either letter or A4 paper. The one on the left is printed on normal copy paper, which I find fine to use especially on larger blocks with bigger pieces. It is harder to rip, and I do not like using it when the block has small pieces, but it can be done. So if that is all you have then use it.   The one on the left is printed on Foundation paper which I bought at a patchwork shop. It is much easier to rip and use, but it can be expensive. 
After you have printed off the template cut around it leaving an extra 1/4" or so past the seam allowances. 
You really don't need any special equipment to do foundation paper piecing. You can get by with a rotary cutter, iron and a quilting ruler. but there are a couple of things I like that make it that little bit easier, such as a glue pen, roller and an 'add a 1/4 inch ruler'.
I used rectangular scraps to make my block. I just made sure that they were all bigger than the area I needed to cover.
On the wrong side of the fabric place one piece of fabric. Make sure it covers area 1, and extends past the stitching line by at least 1/4". I use a small bit of fabric glue to hold it in place.
Place a second piece of fabric on top with the right sides together
Pin it in place on the sewing side, and sew on the line. Don't sew over the pin!
I set my stitch length to 1.5 or 1.6 on my Bernina, which I think works out to 17 or 18 stitches per inch. Shortening the stitch length ensures that the paper is much easier to rip out at the end. 
Flip the second piece back over and make sure that it covers area 2. Press it flat. I like to use a roller (bought at a quilt shop) so I don't always have to go to my ironing board.
Fold down the paper on the stitching line between sections 2 and 3.
Trim the fabric, leaving a 1/4 inch for the seam allowance. 
You can use a quilting ruler, but I like this 'add a 1/4" ruler' ruler which has a 'lip' that sits perfectly on the paper and you get a perfect 1/4" seam allowance every time.
Place the next fabric on top, right sides together. Turn and pin. 
Sew on the line. Continue covering sections 4-8 until the block is filled. 
Press the entire block and turn to the sewing side to trim.
Trim the paper and fabrics on the outer seam allowance line.
Carefully remove the paper.
And the block is finished!
I made 10 blocks in a pink, grey and red colour way to make this mini-quilt! 

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Mod Flowers Quilt

The Mod Flower Quilt. 
This is one of those quilts that started with an ice for just one block.  

And then I thought about making variations of the block.

I joined them together with the white background fabric into sections.
And ket making more variations until I had enough for a small quilt. 




I found the perfect Westalee ruler for quilting the quilt.  Cute little flowers that for perfectly with the blocks. 


This was such a fun quilt to make. It was nice to not have a plan and see where it went as I added blocks. 
I think a bigger version of this is definitely in my plans!