Patchwork · Quilting · Sewing

Patchwork 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:https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Patchwork · Quilting · Sewing

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.

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

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Patchwork · Quilting · Sewing

New binding challenge completed with this 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.  
I followed this tutorial for making the binding: 

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

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! 

Patchwork · Quilting

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 their blog;
http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1

  

Quilting

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.  
  
   
   

Patchwork · Quilting

I didn’t think I was going to do it but after some very late nights I did manage to get the final quilt finished just in time for Christmas!

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! 
   

    

    
 

Patchwork · Quilting

Third quilt down only one more to go, this arrow quilt was so much easier to make than it looked too, so glad my fears were unfounded! 

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.