Patchwork Arrow Pattern Quilt  

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.

 
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! 


Quilt Project: Sewing A Rectangle Stripe Patchwork Quilt

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 triangle quilt project – 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.  

  
Rectangle Stripe patchwork quilt:

Materials:

  • Fabric – in different shades.
  • Paper to draw your template.
  • Scissors.
  • Pins.
  • Needle.
  • Thread.


Assembly:

  • Cut long strips of fabric 4.5 inches wide
  • Cut these strips to different lengths, and lay them out to the size of quilt you want.
  • First sew the row strips together, placing right sides together and sewing down the short side.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add your quilted detail.
  • 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. 


   
   

Sewing Tutorial: Christmas Patchwork Penguin Fabric Stocking

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 Craft Cotton Company blog 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 gifted 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!

Fabric gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Patchwork Christmas stocking:

Materials:

  • The Craft Cotton Company Penguin fat quarter bundle
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Batting
  • Lining fabric
  • Paper for the pattern
  • Needle

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sew the three separate stocking pieces together:

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.

  • Add the quilting detail:

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.

  • Make the hanger:

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.

  • Sewing the front and back together:

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.

  • 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.

Quilt Project: Sewing A Triangle Patchwork Quilt

I decided early on in the year that I would make quilts this year for Christmas gifts, by deciding early on I knew I would have plenty of time to get them made. Unfortunately I have been so busy with other makes I completely lost track of time and forgot about getting started on these quilts. After this realisation I had a slight panic about whether I would be able to get them all made, but decided to try and see if I could get them finished alongside with the board of other makes I need to get finished for Christmas! 


I decided to do a triangular one first, which after my last battle with a triangle machine made quilt was quite a brave decision! I battled through however and despite a few problems and a lot (and I really do mean a lot!) of unpicking and re-sewing and a few minor meltdowns I managed to get it finished and I’m really pleased with it – there are a few little bits in not 100% happy with where some of my points haven’t lined up completely but I think thats just me being over critical, and considering it’s only the second machine triangle quit I have done it’s come out really great. 
Now this one is finished I can get on with my other quilts, hopefully these go a little more smoothly and as I won’t be using triangles for these I think they will be a little less problematic – although now I have just said that in sure they will cause me no end of stress! 

  
Triangle patchwork quilt:

Materials:

  • Fabric – in different shades.
  • Paper to draw your template.
  • Scissors.
  • Pins.
  • Needle.
  • Thread.


Assembly:

  • Draw your triangle template; 10cm long across the bottom and 10cm high, meaning the sides are 12cm long. 
  • Cut fabric into strips 10cm wide 
  • Take two strips of different fabric place right sides together and sew down each side 0.5 cm from the edge.
  • Now take your triangular template and lay it across the fabric, with the base on one sewn side and the point on the other, cut down the sides, unpick the point and turn right side out – here are your joined double triangles!
  • Layout your triangles into the colour layout you want, I chose to do a random pattern of the different colours.
  • Cut out some singular triangles to form the straight edges at the top and cut some joined double triangles in half to straighten the side edges. 
  • Start sewing the triangles together, working on the diagonal, place wrong sides together and sew down the seam. Once all the diagonal strips have been completed, sew these diagonal strips together. 

    

  • 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 everywhere to make sure it won’t move while quilting. You could also do a tacking stitch to really keep it together.  
  • Add your quilted detail, I sewed down the diagonal lines to create a diamond detail on the backing fabric. 
  • 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. 

Sewing Tutorial: Christmas Patchwork Striped Stocking

Getting ready for Christmas with the first of a few new stockings – don’t think my old ones would survive another year! 

I have just finished a tutorial for a patchwork stocking which is over on The Craft Cotton Company blog, really simple to make and perfect for hanging out on Christmas Eve!

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Halloween Patchwork Spider Tutorial: Part 1 – Quilted Giant Patchwork Spider

Halloween will soon be upon us so it’s time for a bit of a spooky Halloween craft takeover, scuttling in first is a quilted patchwork spider!

I started my Halloween makes a little later than normal this year, I normally like to get started nice and early as I have quite a few to do each year. This year however I have lost track of time – the year is just going by so fast I am loosing track of what month we are in. So I now that I am late starting I need to get cracking on my makes to get them finished in time, although as they say better late than never!

The first make this year is a quilted patchwork spider, I love having spiders around the house as decorations for Halloween and wanted one which would last a bit longer than just a paper or card one. I made this one quite large but you could do it as small or big as you like, also you don’t have to put the quilting details on you could just do it as a plain patchwork one.


I was very lucky to receive some of The Craft Cotton Company fabric to make this (a big thank you to The Craft Cotton Company), I do love this fabric I am always able to find a fat quarter set that is just perfect for the make I have in mind, and I really like making things using the fabric. The fat quarter bundle which was ideal for this was Classic Black.


As with any make where you make the pattern yourself I was a bit nervous whether the spider would be a full success or whether I would need to tweak the pattern a bit, but I think I have got it just right – so so happy! A house of spooky makes won’t to too far away now!


There are some lovely makes and tutorials over on the The Craft Cotton Company blog:


I always love to see what other people are making using the fat quarter bundle sets, there are lots of great ideas on there along with all their lovely fabrics!


Quilted halloween patchwork spider instructions:

Materials:

  • Classic Black fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company.
  • Batting.
  • Toy Stuffing.
  • Thread.
  • Needle.
  • Scissors.
  • Paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Pins.
  • White felt.
  • Black felt.

Making the Body Template:

  • Draw around a plate the size you want the spider to be, for spider I used a small dinner plate as I wanted it to be a good size, but you could do it as small or as big as you wanted. Draw around the plate and cut out.
  • Next fold this piece of paper in half and draw a curved line starting from the top right down to the bottom. I wanted my spider to be quite squat rather than ball like so I made the curve quite wide in the middle section.
  • Cut along this line to create the body pattern piece.
  • Next take this body pattern piece and draw around it and cut out another, now cut this second pattern piece in half – this give you two halves of the leg section pattern piece.


Cutting the fabric:

  • For the body I selected to use 3 of the 6 different fabrics from the fat quarter set, this meant each fabric would appear twice on the body, once on the front and once on the back. You will need to use the body pattern piece twice (one for the front and one for the back) and the leg section pieces 4 times (two for the front and two for the back – with one pair each side of the large pattern piece).
  • When cutting out the fabrics ensure you add a 5mm seam allowance.



Adding the quilted detail:

  • Cut out a piece of batting the same size of each of the fabric pieces along with a piece of lining fabric.
  • Now take one of your fabric pieces and its corresponding batting and fabric pin together to stop any movement and start to quilt – you can choose what pattern you like to do this, I decided to do a free hand swirling pattern.
  • Repeat this on all of the pieces. Trim down if needed afterwards so that the wadding and backing fabric are the same size as the front fabric piece.

Making the legs:

  • Cut 8 long strips of fabric, 30cm long and 8cm wide (this includes a 5mm seam allowance). I cut a template out for this first to make cutting out much easier. I used a selection of the 3 fabrics used for the body for these legs.
  • Fold the shortest ends of the strip in half with right sides facing each other, pin to secure and sew down the side and along the bottom, leaving the top unsewn.
  • Next turn the legs to right way out, and stuff lightly, this isn’t the easiest but using a long ruler of knitting needle will help! Leave 2cm from the top unstuffed.
  • Now 11 cm from the top sew across the leg and fasten off – this creates the joint in the leg.
  • Repeat until all 8 legs are made.

Attaching the Legs:

  • Take two of the leg section pieces (a top and bottom piece) and place 2 of the legs to the left hand side of the bottom piece, do not place it too close to the edge seam otherwise it will get caught up in that seam when sewing together. Also, when placing these together ensure the leg pieces are laid at least 1cm over the top edge of the fabric otherwise they will not be sealed in the seam, then lay the top piece on top of the bottom piece right sides facing together.
  • Now sew along the straight edge to seal the legs into the seam of the two pieces.
  • This give you a joined front leg piece. Repeat once more.

  • Now repeat this process with another two of the leg section pieces (a top and bottom piece), but instead of placing the legs to the left hand side, place them to the right hand side of the bottom piece.
  • This gives you a joined back leg piece – This means when the front and back joined leg pieces are sewn together the legs will all be next to each other without a large gap. Repeat once more.

Assembly:

  • Take one of the front joined leg section pieces and a back joined leg section piece and place right sides together, making sure the legs are lined up on top of each other (this means once you open it back it the legs will match). Sew down the side seam on the left to join the pieces together ensuring the legs do not get caught in the seam!. Repeat with the remaining two joined leg section pieces.
  • Join the remaining pieces:
    • Take a body piece and place right sides together with the previous joined leg pieces and sew down the side seam to attach.
    • Take the second set of joined leg section pieces and place right sides together with the previous body piece and sew down the side seam to attach.
    • Take the final body piece, place right sides together with the previous joined leg section pieces and sew down the side seam to attach.
  • Once you reach the final seam to join, only sew half way down the final seam, turn the spider the right way around and stuff. Once stuffed, hand sew this opening closed.
  • If you would like a loop for hanging, then before fully sewing closed the top place a piece of ribbon 30cm in length folded in half and sew into the seam at the top of the spider as you sew it all closed. I used the ribbon that tied the fat bundle together – perfect!

Eyes:

  • In white felt cut out two round eyes, I drew around a kitchen roll tube to get the size I wanted.
  • In black cut out 2 circles, I drew around a small cotton reel for this size.
  • Next place the black pupils in the White eyes – position then in a place you like best – its a great way of getting different expressions depending on where you put the pupils!
  • Next sew the eyes onto the head, I put mine on the seam on each side of the middle section, but again different expressions can be made depending on where you place the eyes so you can choose to put them wherever you like the look best.


Happy sewing!