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.

 

Framed Patchwork Squares

I’ve been totally engrossed in making beautiful patchwork squares. As much as I love hand made patchwork quilts the amount of work involved in making a bed size quilt makes it uneconomical to sell so I’ve come up with a way to share the beauty of patchwork in an affordable way. Here are a few of my favourite squares ready for you to frame or I can supply them in 10″ (25cm) square 25mm flat light oak frames.

The pieces are all unique and one of a kind. I can also make them to your own colour scheme or personalise them with themed fabric. Shop here.

They come framed in a precision bevel cut board mount.  The outer measurement of which is 10″ x 10″ (25cm x 25cm) with an aperture of 6¾” x 6¾” (17cm x 17cm).

For more information click here

 

 

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

Log Cabin Quilt Block Tutorial

My quilting group is keen to learn some new blocks.  We’ve started out with a simple Log Cabin block.  I’ve cut out the pieces and packaged them up with instructions.  So far, so good -we have a 16 square quilt top.

We used some plain navy and some navy and white striped fabrics.  I cut strips 2″ wide and 2 x 2″ squares (one navy and one striped) for the centre. As each strip was attached (with a quarter inch seam allowance) in the sequence we just snipped off the excess fabric ending up with a square 8″ x 8″.  Click here for the instructions on how to piece the block:Log cabin block sequence