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

 

Quilting Challenges

By now I was hoping to be showing you lots more quilting on my pink quilt. Unfortunately my Bernina has decided to misbehave, so I’m a very unhappy bunny itching to get finished, and I haven’t even got the repair man to call me back yet!

Meantime, with the help of my faithful 30 year old Singer, I’ve made 4 meters of binding for the edge…

I’ve also been contemplating making another quilt. I blame Lynn and her foxy quilt she’s made for her new great niece that’s due in June. I’ve got a a new great nephew due in June and the foxy quilt reminded me I’ve couple of fat quarters of fabric in my stash suitable for a baby quilt…

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I’m thinking of making a simple half triangle affair like Lynn’s. I have some green, gold and red in fabric in my stash that match the colours on the jungle fabric….

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Or should I leave the green out and just have the three primary colours…

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Or do I need to add some more fabrics? Although ideally I’d like to be doing this from my stash and I have nothing else that works.

Also is the gold too dull? Should I have a more vibrant yellow?

Look forward to hearing what you think,

Bekki x

 

Wonky Hearts and Advice Please

Having finished sewing the ditches on my quilt I’ve started the decorative quilting. I decided on a combination of heart motifs and what I think is called stippling, aka scribbling in thread.

I’ve completed the centre. The hearts are sadly, but not surprisingly rather wonky.

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I’ve also quilted one of the four borders around the centre, but I’m wondering about the other 3, which is where I need your advice.

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They’re so thin, I’m considering not quilting them.  Here’s another pic with none of them quilted…

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What do you think? Any ideas on what to do if I don’t leave them unquilted?

Bekki x

Quilt Sandwiched – Thoughts on quilting please

Although my lovely quilt savvy friend is incredibly busy at the moment, she spent an hour and a half yesterday crawling around my bedroom floor helping me glue my quilt back and front to the batting.

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So much easier to put a giant quilt together when their are two of you and also great to have someone to make sure I got it right with my rusty memories of how to do it.  The only downside was that we were so engrossed working on it and in having a quilty discussion, I forgot to take any more pics until we’s rolled it up ready to carry downstairs to my sewing room…

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Today I’ve been stitching in the ditch around the patchwork seams…

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Still a way to go, then I’m going to do some more quilting, but I’m not sure what. So I thought I’d ask if anyone has any quilting patterns/motifs they’d like to suggest. I’ll probably ignore you, but you never know.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Patchwork Progress

Finally – almost two years after I started it – I’ve finished the patchwork for the top layer of my quilt.

Last time I showed you it was looking like this…

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The final border was made up of six inch squares. It took quite a while laying them out and ensuring the patterns were evenly spread and no two patterns that were the same touched…

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I then numbered ever square, because every time I do chain piecing I manage to mix the order up.

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Pleased to say I managed to keep them in order and they’ve all been attached now.

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Next I need my lovely lovely friend to help me put the quilt sandwich together – far to big to do on my own – and I don’t mean this lovely lovely friend…

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Until next time

Bekki x

Frog or Finish Nine for 2019

Over at Beads and Barnacles Pippa’s been getting organised with Make Nine and Use Nine grids. She’s inspired me to make a grid of nine projects I want to frog or finish this year. I know I’m a bit late in the year for posting my UFOs, and I know I usually just list them, but a grid makes a nice visual reminder and is a manageable number. So here’s my Frog or Finish Nine for 2019…

  1. We’ve already discussed this this year – it’s the patchwork quilt.
  2. Two project bags that just need handles.
  3. A Santa sack that just needs sewing up.
  4. An almost finished cardigan that I just need a friend’s opinion how the opening should sit to finish.
  5. A crochet top that has to be frogged – my thumb’s too sore to crochet these days 😦
  6. A pair of socks.
  7. A too boring shawl that needs frogging.
  8. A shawl that needs blocking – it’s always so damp in Dartmoor, I never want to deliberately make something wet just to dry it off.
  9. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll recognise this UFO – I’m still wrestling with myself; I don’t seem to like it enough to finish it, but can’t quite bring myself to frog it!

In truth I could finish 7/9 of these in and evening if I frogged number 9. Let’s see how long it actually takes me.

Until next time,

Bekki