Christmas Sewing Pattern: Christmas Holly Patchwork Block

I’ve still got a few Halloween themed makes to complete but got slightly distracted by the Christmas make I’ve been wanting to get started on for a while.

I have had an idea in mind to complete a patchwork design of a holly but apart from a few rough sketches haven’t had chance to make one.

I had a bit of time a few days ago and decided it was time to sit down and see if I could put this patchwork holly block together or whether the idea needed to be scrapped for good. After a few mistakes with sewing together (no matter how much I try and make sure I don’t see any pieces the wrong way around I always seem to get at least one mixed up) I got the block completed. I love this block – I have already got some ideas for a few more!.

Christmas holly patchwork block pattern


Materials:

  • Fabric – I used some scraps of fabric I had leftover from previous Christmas makes (by and gifted by The Craft Cotton Company).
  • Paper.
  • Ruler.
  • Pencil.
  • Thread.
  • Scissors.
  • Pins.

How to make the Christmas holly patchwork block:

  • I drew out my holly themed block measuring 18x18cm on paper to give me my templates to cut out my fabrics.
  • I then cut out the templates – numbering/shading the pieces prior to cutting make help to keep them all in the right place.

  • I cut out my fabrics adding a 0.5cm seam allowance.
  • Placing the pieces right sides together I sewed down the edges to join.
    • I started with the right hand side of the block first and began by sewing each individual block together, then I joined each row together. I repeated this with the left hand side of the block then joined the two sides together.
  • Next I added the side pieces.

  • Finally I added the two top pieces to finish.

This project is great for using up leftover fabric scraps – I’ve used some leftovers of fabrics gifted to me by The Craft Cotton Company.

I’m undecided whether to use this block for a Christmas themed cushion cover, quilt or table runner. Once I have made a few more blocks (hopefully I have enough time before Christmas arrives) I will make a choice.

Sewing Tutorial: Patchwork Curved Fan Block Quilt

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.

Sewing Tutorial: Bambi Fabric Mini Tumbling Blocks Quilt

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.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

The tutorial to make one of these is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog

Sewing Project: First Attempt At Making My Own Binding – Challenge Completed With A Patchwork Jelly Roll Quilt! 

 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.  

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Sewing The Binding:


I followed this tutorial for making the binding: 

http://m.thesewingloftblog.com/69d9tir/articles/99483/How-to-Create-Scrap-Binding#_a5y_p=5017901

Sewing The Quilt:


The fabric I used was a jelly roll by The Craft Cotton company in vintage floral purple which I cut down into groups of 3 of the same length. These groups of three were then sewn together to give separate rows, which were then joined together to make the final 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! 

Sewing Tutorial: Patchwork Triangle Ombre Fabrics Quilt

From a mass of 128 paper and fabric triangles emerged this bright and cosy quilt 

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 The Craft Cotton Company’s blog

Patchwork English Paper Pieced Applique Quilt

In a vain attempt to try and use up some of my fabric scraps before they completely take over the house I am making some more quilts 

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!

I love this quilt, think it’s up there as one my favourites.