Pinwheel Baby Quilt Ta da!

I finished the Pinwheel Baby Quilt months ago. Firstly I didn’t post because the baby hadn’t arrived and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise if lovely niece accidentally spotted it. Then, after the baby arrived, I went AWOL from the blog. And then I kept not posting because I thought I’d post a pattern tutorial for it. Well, maybe I will post a tutorial in the future, but as that doesn’t seem to be happening, I thought I’d better show the finished object and cross one more finished object to show you off my list.

Ta Da!

Pinwheel Baby Quilt

I’m pleased apart from that I wish I’d made the rectangle for the name in mustard.

I’m also very pleased that this project has been made virtually only from my stash and  scraps from bag making (the polka dot fabric). All I bought was the batting. Hope you like it.

Until next time.

Bekki x

 

 

 

 

 

The Elephants in the Room.

When we moved into our house six years ago our old lounge suite was both exhausted and the wrong shape to fit our new lounge. The chairs went to chair heaven and the settee to the kitchen for HRH…

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However the footstool still had plenty of life in it – clearly we don’t have very heavy feet. It also fitted nicely into a corner of our new lounge – well, apart from the colour.

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I planned to make a cover, but you know how it goes… Six years later the red footstool was still sitting in the corner and we’d been ignoring the colour clash for years.  Then Harry arrived rather suddenly and boring plain throws were immediately cast over my beautiful Laura Ashley settees.

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As I began to plot and scheme how to improve the look of the throw covered settees, my thoughts turned to the foot stall and, when I discovered some elephant Clarke and Clarke fabric, a plan emerged.

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Making a footstool cover from this fabric would leave me with an unused long thin strip of fabric – not very economical. But if cut the strip into near squares four elephants long by three wide I could made a fake patchwork quilt with them for one of my very bland looking settees.

So that’s what I did: I made a simple footstool cover….

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…and a rather less simple quilt….

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….which incidentally won second prize at the produce show

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until next time.

Bekki x

 

Floral Quilt TA-DA!

For the last two weeks I’ve been spending most evening hand sewing the binding onto my floral quilt.

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It’s taken two weeks because not only did I have seven meters of binding to sew, but I also find hand sewing hard going on my middle finger – the eye end of the needle manages to make it sore and even bleed very easily – does anyone else have that challenge?

With the binding finally attached the quilt is finished…

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Lovely Husband is behind there somewhere

And here it is in place in our bedroom…

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What else is there to say, but HURRAH!

Until next time,

Bekki x

Quilting Time

I’m pleased to report I’ve finished the top of the jungle baby quilt and sandwiched it up with batting and backing fabric…

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Next step: Quilting.

I’m thinking I’ll stitch in the ditch between all the patchwork pieces and echo the pinwheels in quilting across the jungle fabric squares. I’m not going to quilt the thin jungle fabric and polka dot boarders, but the red one is a wee bit too wide not to quilt. Any thoughts on what I should do with that?

Look forward hearing what you think 🙂

Bekki x

Patchwork Progress

My knitting may be growing a little slowly at the moment, but my patchwork is going well. My floral patchwork quilt is now quilted…

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I’ve sewn on the binding…

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… and even hand sewn a quarter of it down…

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I’ve also finished all the pinwheel’s on the baby quilt and added a boarder made from scraps of left over jungle fabric…

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It was tight. This was all I had left when I finished…

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Hopefully I’ll have completed the floral quilt by next week.

Hope your projects are coming together well.

Until next time,

Bekki x

The Quick and Easy Pinwheel Block Method

Last week, when I shared the new decisions I needed to make on my baby quilt , you lot most decisively told me I should make pinwheel blocks between the jungle fabric squares. I completely agreed, but also cringed at the thought of all the extra work. After all 10 pinwheels require cutting and sewing 80 half square triangles. (In future to be referred to as HSTs)

Or do they?

Somewhere in the back of my brain I remembered there’s a quick way to make a square that consists of two HSTs.

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An HST Square

I rummaged around in my grey matter then cut out 10 red and 10 mustard 6″ squares.

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The technical bit…

At the start I had looked for a formula for how big the squares should be, but I couldn’t find one – Please tell me if you know of one. So I calculated for a pinwheel that measured 6″ once sewn into the quilt I needed 6″ squares and a small amount of trimming. (FYO: A pinwheel that measures  12″ once sewn into a quilt would need 10″ squares and a small amount of trimming.)

I placed one red square and one mustard square wrong sides together and sewed a 1/4″ seam around the edge…

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I then cut each in half from one corner to the other…

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…then in quarters by cutting across the other diagonal…

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This created four HST squares from each pair of larger squares…

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I pressed each HST square with the seam towards the darker fabric…

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I then trimmed the HST squares to make them 3.5 inches square exactly.

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I rather liked that I needed to trim, because it meant my squares were unquestionably the right size.

Then I pieced the squares together in pairs – being careful to make sure they were all pieced identically, so the final result would be identical pinwheels..

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More seam pressing…

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…then the pairs were pieced together in pairs…

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Followed by more pressing.

Et Voila! A pinwheel block…

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So pleased I remembered this method.

Hope you’re having a great crafty week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

Back in the Jungle

Last week I asked your opinions on the colours to use with a some jungle fabric I wanted to make a baby quilt out of.

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It was all but unanimous that I should use red, gold and green.

I set about pressing my fabric before I cut it, only to find the jungle fabric had been folded for so long it had developed white lines bang in the centre of each fat quarter.

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I now couldn’t cut sufficient pieces of the right size for the pattern I wanted, so I decided (after much anguished thought) to make a smaller quilt of 5×4 6″ squares where every other square was jungle fabric. I could have made the quilt bigger with more other fabric, but I wanted the jungle print to dominate.

Still not convinced I wanted to add more than red and gold to the mix, I cut out some red and gold squares and arranged them with the jungle print on the green fabric…

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I then tried chucking in some black and white polka dot to reflect the zebra colours and a bit of red and white polka dot for the hell of it…

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Now I know you almost all voted for red, gold and green (and I do think including green looks better in the photos) but in real life the gold and red only are winning my vote…

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However, what I’m thinking would look even better (even though this was supposed to be a mega simple quilt) is having red and gold pinwheels rather than squares.

So that’s where I’m up to a week later, still staring at the fabric and wondering what the heck the quilt is going to end up like.

And while I’m staring, I’ve got a quick question, what colour thread would you used to piece these colours together?

Hope you’ve had a more successful crafting week.

Until next time,

Bekki