As I have so many quilt makes on my list this year I was slightly worried that if I did them all by hand using the paper piercing method that I have always used I wouldn’t get them all finished in time. I have also wanted to try making a quilt from scratch using a machine, so I thought this would be the answer the my extensive quilting list – to attempt doing some of them with my machine. I will keep doing the more complex patterns of stars and hexagons that I will be doing by hand but the more simple square patterns I am doing I will try and do by machine.
This first quilt I have started on is based on a quilt I saw on All People Quilt magazine by Jaybird Quilts for a square background quilt with appliqué houses and heart detail, http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/wall-quilts/home-last?page=0%2C2
this is perfect for its Christmas recipient who only recently moved into a new house! I decided to a basic 6×6 square area background with each square being 5×5 inches in size. I cut out all of the fabric into 5×5 inch squares and laid them all out into the pattern I wanted – this took quite a while to get the result I was wanting but I got there eventually!
Next I sewed together each square in a row, then sewed each of the 6 square rows together so that I had my patchwork quilt front layer completed. I was really surprised how easily It came together – I expected it to be much harder than it was. The fact it was not as difficult as I had expected is great news for the other quilts I need to do for Christmas as I now should get them all finished I time! The only downside to this method is finishing off all the loose ends!
My next job is to appliqué on the house and heart shapes, unfortunately I have run out of time this weekend on this project to do this, so it will be going into the work in progress pile! So although I have not got it all finished this weekend, I am very happy to have got started on it and have got quite a big part of it finished. Hopefully it won’t take me too long to finish the rest of it ready for quilting!