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.  


  


   
   

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.