Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Just to remind you all that we will be at the Quilt & Stitch Village in Uttoxeter from Thursday through to Sunday. We will be taking all our new fabric with us and all these lovely pre-cuts. 

If your planning on coming to the show remember to come and say hello!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Charm Pack Quilt.

This little quilt started out life as a Charm Pack and 1.75 metre's of cream fabric. It was made for the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia.

First of all I cut the cream into 5" strips and then sub cut into 5" squares you will need a total of 90 5" cream squares for this quilt.

I then threw all the Charm Pack squares onto the floor and sorted them into the heart shape. I tried not to over think it, just looking for duplicates or the same colour next to each other. 
I had worked out the layout before so that I could use all of the 42 squares to make the heart shape. 
I then simply chain pieced the squares following the above table as a guide. Then into 12 rows of 11 squares. 

It was backed in some of this Crossword Fabric which I have wanted to use for ages, and to bind I used the last of the Walk in The Woods Grey and Red dash (my favourite binding fabric).

I quilted it in (fairly) straight lines on my lovely Bernina machine just using the edge of the walking foot as a guide.

The Finished size of the quilt is 47" x 53".

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Layer Cake Quilt.

After being really busy preparing for, and then doing two shows back to back, life has now returned (sort of) to normal.
We now have the time to catch up on a few blog posts and keep you all updated on what we have been doing. 

For the shows we had to make a few new Quilt samples made with pre-cuts and we will be showing you these over the next few days (or weeks?). 

The first one I am going to share with you was this bright and cheerful Quilt made with a Simply Color Layer Cake. It was my first attempt at half square triangles and I'm quite pleased with the result.

 The quilt is actually the wrong way up in this picture but my assistants were a bit short!

Here is my process for making it.
First of all I sorted through the pack to make sure that I didn't have two squares of the same pattern together and I tried to get one light and one dark in each block. 
I then paired up two of the pre-cut 10 inch squares from the Layer Cake and laid them right sides together. 

Next I drew a line diagonally from corner to corner and stitched a line either side of the drawn line using a 1/4 inch seam. 

I then simply cut along the drawn line and hey presto, you have 2 completed blocks. Continue with the rest of the pack.

Stitch the blocks into 7 rows of 6 and you have your quilt top. 

I backed the quilt in this print from Lucy's Crab Shack called Picnic Blanket and bound it in French Knot from the Sew Stitchy range by Aneela Hoey.

 I then quilted it on my machine at home following either side of the zig-zags. The finished size is 52" by 62".