A Couple of Baby Quilts

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I’ve just completed another couple of Baby Quilts.  One for a boy and one for a girl:

These were very simple and quick to piece and a good way use up scraps.

Baby Buds Quilt

Baby Buds Quilt

Sail Boats Quilt

Sail Boats Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both quilts are made up of 6 x 12″ squares (blocks). Here are the instructions for the Sailboat Quilt.

Sailboat Quilt

For each 12″ block you will need:

White Fabric:

  • 4 x 3½” squares
  • 3 x 3⅞ squares

Yellow Fabric:

  • 2 x 3⅞ squares
  • 2″ x 156″ (approx) for binding

Orange Fabric:

  • 2 x 3½” squares
  • 1 x 3⅞ square

Turquoise Fabric:

  • 4 x 3½” squares

To complete the quilt you will need:

Navy Fabric:

  • 9 strips 3½” x 12″
  • 4 strips 3½” x 33″

Backing Fabric:

  • 36″ x 48″

Wadding/Batting:

  • 36″x 48″

Use a ¼” seam allowance and press your seams open as you sew.

Start by joining 2 white 3⅞ squares to 2 yellow 3⅞ squares. Then cut on the diagonal to create 4 squares of one white and one yellow triangle.

Then do the same with one orange and one white 3⅞ square. There are many sites with detailed Instructions on how to do this.  Here’s one of them.

The blocks are constructed by piecing 4 rows of 4 squares then stitching the rows together in the following pattern:

Piecing instructions for Sailboat Quilt

Piecing instructions for Sailboat Quilt

Once you have made 6 blocks, stitch one 12″ navy strip to each side of 3 blocks and one 12″ strip to only the right hand side of 3 blocks.

Now stitch the rows together in 3 groups of 2 blocks by adding one 33″ navy strip to the top and bottom of one group of 2 blocks and then add blocks and strips, working your way down the piece until you have 3 groups of 2 blocks enclosed in navy strips.

Place the backing fabric right side down on a large table, top this with the wadding then lay the pieced sailboats right side up on top of the wadding.  Pin all 3 layers together with large safety pins or tack/baste starting at the middle and working out towards each side.

3 layers

3 layers

Quilt  with wavy lines to represent the sea.

Fold binding strip in half and press so you have 4 long pieces each 1″ wide. Machine each piece to each side of your quilt with raw edges together.  There is a great tutorial on how to do this here. (You’ll find the whole binding process much simpler and easier if you use a walking foot on your sewing machine.)

Either embroider or use an indelible marker to add your name, the date and who the quilt is for to a scrap of fabric and sew it to the back of the quilt.

Now you are ready to give a truly unique and personal gift.

Baby Buds Quilt

For each 12″ block you will need:

White Fabric:

  • 1 x 4½” squares
  • 3 x 4⅞ squares
  • 4 strips 4½” x 36″
  • 9 strips 4½” x 12″

Centre Square Fabric:

  • 1 x 4½ square
  • 2″ x 156″ (approx) for binding

Pink Pattern 1 Fabric:

  • 1 x 4½” squares
  • 2 x 4⅞ square

Pink Pattern 2 Fabric:

  • 1 x 4⅞ squares

To complete the quilt you will need:

Backing Fabric:

  • 36″ x 54″

Wadding/Batting:

  • 36″x 54″

Use a ¼” seam allowance and press your seams open as you sew.

Start by joining 1 white 4⅞ squares to 1 pink (pattern 1) 4⅞ square. Then cut on the diagonal to create 4 squares of one white and one yellow triangle.

Then do the same with 2 white 4⅞ squares and 2 pink (pattern 2) 4⅞ squares. There are many sites with detailed Instructions on how to do this.  Here’s one of them.

The blocks are constructed by piecing 3 rows of 3 squares.  Piece each row then stitch the rows together in the following pattern:

Piecing instructions Baby Bud Quilt

Piecing instructions Baby Bud Quilt

Once you have made 6 blocks, stitch one 12″ white strip to each side of 3 blocks and one 12″ strip to only the right hand side of 3 blocks.

Now stitch the rows together in 3 groups of 2 blocks by adding one 36″ white strip to the top and bottom of one group of 2 blocks and then add blocks and strips, working your way down the piece until you have 3 groups of 2 blocks enclosed in white strips.

Place the backing fabric right side down on a large table, top this with the wadding then lay the pieced baby buds right side up on top of the wadding.  Pin all 3 layers together with large safety pins or tack/baste starting at the middle and working out towards each side.

Quilt.

Fold binding strip in half and press so you have 4 long pieces each 1″ wide. Machine each piece to each side of your quilt with raw edges together.  There is a great tutorial on how to do this here. (You’ll find the whole binding process much simpler and easier if you use a walking foot on your sewing machine.)

Either embroider or use an indelible marker to add your name, the date and who the quilt is for to a scrap of fabric and sew it to the back of the quilt.

Baby Buds Quilt

Baby Buds Quilt

Quilted Bag

Having learned the technique of foundation paper piecing, I’ve had a go at using the same method but instead of paper I used wadding/batting.

Here’s the result:

Quilted bagI used lots of scraps and some pieces from charm packs to create a tote for lugging all my sewing stuff around to the various groups I belong to.

Quilted bag hangingIt holds a massive amount of stuff and is very comfortable to carry. I will make another version soon and remember to take some photographs so I can add instructions next time.

 

The Safe Asset Quilt

I started this quilt back in April 2014 when I attended a Kaffe Fassett workshop at Lady Sew and Sew a fabulous fabric warehouse in Henley on Thames.  It was definitely a slow burner.  I went from loving the fabric to really disliking some of the colours but now it is on the bed, I love it!  The pattern is Nine Patch and is from Kaffe Fassett’s book, ‘Kaffe Quilts Again’.

Safe Asset QuiltThe Design Process:

 

How The Quilt Got Its Name

The workshop was opened by Kaffe’s studio manager, Brandon Mably, who explained that Kaffe Fassett’s name was often mispronounced and that it should rhyme with safe asset.  Since then, my lovely daughter, Sarah, named this project the Safe Asset Quilt.

Quilt Label

Towards the end of making this quilt, I started to research the history of an antique quilt that was given to me in the 1980s.

I have no idea who made this beautiful quilt or when or where it was made and I’m still none the wiser.

At the same time I’ve also been reading  ‘The Elm Creek Quilters’ series of books by Jennifer Chiaverini.  One of the books in the series follows a woman as she searches the country for her mother’s handmade quilts.

All these things came together and I decided to label my quilts from now on.  This one is labeled the Safe Asset Quilt with my name, place it was made and the date.  Hopefully, it will last long enough for someone to be thankful I’ve labeled it!

 

 

 

Patchwork & Quilting – Foundation Paper Piecing

I’ve been trying to puzzle out how quilters make tiny, intricate quilts so precisely since one of my daughters was given a sweatshirt with this heart on it many years ago:

Quilted heart from sweatshirt I loved it so much, I kept it in my sewing box always intending to put it on another sweatshirt for her.  One of these days I’ll get around to it.

Many things came together to bring me to Foundation Paper Piecing.  1) We went to a lecture by Linda Seward at Lady Sew and Sew in Henley where I bought her excellent new book.  Having seen Linda’s quilts, I was inspired to try something new. 2) I had a bag of fabric scraps that were too good to throw away but too small to use for regular patchwork pieces. 3) I found this wonderful video by Karen Johnson of Connecting Threads that explains the whole process of Foundation Paper Piecing and gave me the confidence to give it a go.

There seem to be many different versions of Foundation Piecing some using calico but I followed Karen’s instructions using tracing paper which worked for me.  She also uses an ‘Add-A-Quarter’ ruler that makes the whole process very easy.

Add a quarter rulerAfter gathering all the supplies together, the next step was to find a pattern.  I used one by Carol Doak that looked easy enough for a beginner and chose my fabric.

foundation paper piecingAt this point I started Karen’s youtube video and paused it after every step.

folding paperThe secret to this method of Foundation Paper Piecing is to keep the fabric on the wrong side of the tracing paper and sew with the paper uppermost in the machine. Place the first piece of fabric under the tracing paper so you can see the wrong side through the paper. Then add each subsequent piece of fabric right sides together.

Paper uppermost in machineKaren’s instructions are so easy to follow, I don’t have anything else to add except that I added a backing by putting right sides together and stitching around 3 and a half sides. Turn right way out and press.  The gap left for turning can be used to stuff with lavender and adding a ribbon.

adding backingfoundation pieced lavender bag

Art Quilt for ‘This Moment’ Art Competition

Bucks County Council are holding an art competition to raise awareness of mental health and the value of mindfulness in promoting mental wellbeing.

My entry is a mixed media piece that I think falls under the category of ‘Art Quilt’. I feel a whole lot more confident in calling it that after hearing Linda Seward speak at Lady Sew and Sew in Henley on Thames last week.

This is how I made it: Continue reading