I received some lovely Japanese Florals fabric by The Craft Cotton Company and decided to do a fan block quilt. I must admit was a little daunted about all the curves – I don’t think I have ever sewn so may curved edges before, however, I made sure I took my time (I’m terrible for flying off at speed and then wondering why it all went wrong!) and all the blocks came together without too many problems – I have to admit there were one or two I got a bit carried with and in my haste hadn’t pinned properly so had to redo – getting carried and going to quickly is always my downfall! The tutorial to make one is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk
When I saw this Bambi fabric by The Craft Cotton Company I knew it would be perfect for making a quilt, I have been looking at doing a tumbling block pattern on a quilt for a while now and decided now was time to give it a go!
I have always stayed clear of the tumbling blocks as I was nervous about sewing them all together and making they all aligned together correctly. I was really surprised how it went without any major problems – ignoring the fact of I managed to sew the pieces wrong sides together instead of right sides together a few times but we can just pretend that didn’t happen!
I really like the way this has turned out and I will definitely be making another tumbling blocks pattern soon.
The tutorial to make one of these is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:
I’ve had some jelly roll fabric for a little while now and have been wanting to make a quilt with it, but just didn’t have time. Finally I’ve had a chance to put it together!
I haven’t made my own quilt binding before so I went a bit out of my comfort zone on this quilt and rather than folding the back fabric round to the front for the binding, I opted to make my own binding out of scrap fabrics.
I’m so glad I took the plunge to try something different as it was no where near as scary to do as I thought it would be and its worked out so much better than I thought it would, I will definitely be doing it again on my next quilt.
I followed this tutorial for making the binding:
The fabric I used was a jelly roll by The Craft Cotton company in vintage floral purple, which I cut down into different length strips, making sure I had 3 strips of the same length so they could be sewn together in threes before sewing all of these sets of threes together to make the quilt. The backing fabric was from IKEA. For the binding I used scraps leftover from the jelly roll and scraps I had left from a cotton fat quarter bundle in purple by Fabric Editions.
Super pleased with this quilt, what’s even better is this one is actually for me, I’ve been so busy making them for other people I’ve not got round to doing one for myself for a long time!
A few months ago I was asked by The Craft Cotton company if I would be able to make a patchwork quilt for them using the new Ombre trends range by Heather Jacks. I jumped at the chance to do this, firstly because I enjoy making quilts, second I love the Using The Craft Cotton Company fabrics and finally because I really liked the look of both the patterns and the colours of the new Ombre trends fabric, I couldn’t wait to get started!
I opted to use the English Paper piecing method to make this quilt as I really like using it when making quilts and don’t often get a chance to do it.
I was so pleased with the finale outcome of this blanket and my tutorial for making it is featured over on their blog;
I got the idea for this quilt from a quilt I saw in Love Patchwork and quilting magazine issue 19. I really liked the way of adding patchwork detail to a piece of fabric by stitching on patchwork designs made using the English paper piecing technique, this created a quilt effect which was a lot different to anything I have made before. I really like using the English paper piecing technique while quilting too so this was perfect for me.
I’ve been on a bit of a mission to try and use up some of my fabric scraps recently (as they are rapidly taking over!) and they were perfect for making the patchwork details. On the downside, I think I still have enough scraps to make hundreds more of these patchwork details so I haven’t made quite the dent in my stash I wanted to but at least I have made a start. Also I have actually gained some more scraps from the backing and front fabric I bought for this so this plan my have backfired a little!
The final Christmas quilt I made was a square blocks quilt, I’m was so glad I managed to get it finished in time – I was getting worried it was going to have to be gifted late. Luckily I didn’t encounter too many problems with this one, although being squares you would think it would be easier to get all the squares to line up unlike the triangles but I did have to redo a couple that manage to misalign themselves a little – and it really was just a little that no one else would notice (I’m talking millimetres here!) but I had to just get them perfect!
I saw this pattern in Love patchwork and Quilting magazine issue 20 and really wanted to make it as a gift this year, however, I was really nervous to get started on it as it looked like it would be quite complicated to make – especially with the problems I have encountered and had to overcome so far with the triangle quilts I have machine made.
However, the time came when I could no longer put it off and had to face my fears. I couldn’t believe it when I got started – it really wasn’t as bad to make as I had thought it would be! I didn’t encounter any major problems with it at all, it ended up being really great to make.
I did change the pattern slightly and used individual arrows throughout rather than the long strips at the top in the plain fabric, as a result I also made my own template and cut the arrows out individually, rather than the method they used. I also didn’t add the different coloured fabric strips onto the tops of the arrows. For the fabric I opted to use patterned fabric for inbetween the arrows rather than just the white used in the magazine.
I also used a slightly thicker batting than I normally use as I wanted it to be a bit thicker, but this did make it a bit more difficult for quilting but I got their eventually with it. The worst part was the choice of backing fabric I used, I knew when I bought it it might put up a bit of a fight and it certainly did, with it being slightly silky it was slipping about with all the other layers no matter how many pins or tacking stitches I put in. But I got there eventually with it and never again will I pick a fabric like that for backing, especially when using thicker batting as that just added to the problems!
Only one more quilt make to go, I will be so relieved when they are all finished and on their way to their recipients.
For my second quilt I opted to do a rectangle strip one, I have been wanting to do one like this for a while so was really pleased I could do finally do one! I opted for quite a thick rectangle strip as I didn’t want one that was too thin for working with – especially after my difficulties with the fiddly-ness with the small triangles!
This one came together much quicker than the triangles too – as all that I needed to do was sew together the long strips of fabric. I opted to add quilted detail by sewing a straight line down either side of the seam in a dark contrasting green.
I now have 2 down and only 2 more to go, I’m starting to think I might actually get these finished in time!
1- Cut long strips of fabric 4.5 inches wide
2- Cut these strips to different lengths, and lay them out to the size of quilt you want.
3- First sew the row strips together, placing right sides together and sewing down the short side.
4- Once the row strips are sewn together you can now sew all of these together, by placing right sides together and sewing down the long side.
5- Layout your backing fabric piece, make sure this is a few inches bigger then the batting and patchwork pieces, next lay your batting on top, then place your patchwork layer on top. Pin like mad to make sure it won’t move while quilting.
6-Add your quilted detail.
7- Bind around the edge by taking the backing fabric and folding it over to the front like you would when making a hem and slip stitch around.
I’m flying ahead with my Christmas makes so far this year, although I have made sure I have started nice and early as last year I ran out of time. This stocking is the companion to another patchwork stripes stocking over on the Hobby craft blog http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-patchwork-stocking/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HobbycraftBlog+%28Hobbycraft+Blog%29 made to replace my rather thread bare stockings which I’m surprised managed to survive last year!
This stocking was made with some very cute penguin themed fabric from a fat quarter set from The Craft Cotton Company. I just love this fabric – how can you not with all those penguins! I decided to use the penguin fabrics on the outside to make sure they took centre stage, and a plainer snowflake pattern for the lining.
I’m really pleased I have managed to get both these stockings finished, they will look great hung out for Christmas optimistically waiting for some presents! I just hoping this successful progress with all these Christmas makes continues!
The Craft Cotton Company Penguin fat quarter bundle
Paper for the pattern
1 – Making the stocking pattern.
Draw a pattern outline for your stocking, making it as big or as small as you like. I fluted mine out a bit at the top as I like it wider at the top for when folding back. Make 2 copies of this pattern, one is for the lining, batting lining and batting pieces that will be left whole, and the other is for the front and back fabric patchwork. For this piece cut it into three to make the stocking template.
2 – Cutting out the fabric.
Make sure you allow 5mm seam allowance throughout. Using the whole stocking pattern piece cut out the following; two pieces of fat quarter bundle fabric for the lining, two pieces of batting and two pieces of lining fabric for the batting. Then, from the 3-sectioned stocking template cut out 2 pieces of fabric for each section (one each for the back front so you’ll have six pieces in total). Make sure when cutting the sectioned pieces and when using different colours for each side of the lining that you have the patterned side of the fabric facing up for the front pieces and the patterned side down for the back pieces.
Place the bottom and middle front pieces right side together and sew down the seam to join them, and then attach the top and middle pieces by placing right sides together and sewing along the seam. Repeat for the back.
Place the patterned fabric batting and batting lining together and pin to secure in place. I chose to add a snowflake detailing using a pre-set stitch on my sewing machine, but you could do zig zags, straight lines or any other patterns that you like. I went down each of the seams with this stitch detail and then diagonally across each of the sections. I also chose to use two different thread colours, one light blue for going down the seams and a teal colour for the other lines.
Pick one of the fabrics to make the hanger, I chose to use the green snowflake, and cut a strip measuring 24×6 cm. Next fold the strip in half with right sides facing and sew along the bottom and up the side leaving the top unsewn. Turn right way out and you have got your strap. Before sewing the front and back together, fold the strip in half longways to make the loop and pin to the back piece with the ends of the loop hanging 1cm over the edge of the back piece. I chose to place this 10cm down from the top edge to give enough space once the top edge was turned back over.
Pin the front and back pieces together right sides together – the loop will be on the inside. Now sew the whole way around but leave the top edge unseen. Turn the right way around.
7 – Making the lining.
Take the front and back lining pieces, place them right sides together, and sew around leaving the top edge unsewn. This lining can now be inserted into the stocking, to attach to the stocking fold the top of the stocking inward by 1cm and fold 1cm of the stocking lining outwards and slip stitch the two edges together.
For more ideas with the Craft Cotton Co. Fabric check out their free sewing tutorials over on their blog: