Sunday, 19 August 2012

Cheyenne Quilt Block

The biggest news of the week has to be my visit to the Festival of Quilts.  This year is it's 10th anniversary and it really has grown into a magnificent show.  Over 1.300 quilts on display, more than 200 traders catering for every quilter's needs, making it an exhausting, expensive but thoroughly enjoyable day out.  What I love is the variety of categories of quilts, meaning that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

I've added the cheyenne quilt block to the quilt block patterns page.  it's one of those blocks that is as pretty as its name suggests.  It's made using eight squares and eight half square triangles and takes no time at all.  Probably a good one to use in a scrappy quilt.

Quilt as you go is such a good way of making a quilt if you want to quilt on your domestic sewing machine.  I've made a quilt showing how to make the rows of quilt blocks in the usual way but then add the rows together using quilt as you go.  I'm quite pleased with the way it has turned out - and it was certainly easy to quilt.

Sometimes I look at quilt blocks and immediately think that they are going to make lovely secondary patterns when they are sewn together but I got it wrong with this Hither and Yon quilt block.  It's a lovely block but I could only put several together in one way.  When I started rotating blocks I just got a mess- oh well, it's still a pretty block.

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Monday, 13 August 2012

Folded Log Cabin Quilt Block

I love log cabin quilt blocks anyway, but the folded log cabin is a delightful variation and really easy to make.  The logs are double thickness because they are folded and that gives a lovely feeling of depth to the block.  It needs to be made on a calico backing (muslin in America) and I used an 8" square because I happened to have one that size already cut.  It is thought to originate from the Isle of Man and is often called Manx folded log cabin quilt block.

Fold the calico and press along both diagonals.  This is just to create creases to help locate the first square.  This is a 4.1/2" square which is placed right side up in the middle.  The corners of the square line up with the diagonal creases to make sure that it's right in the middle.

For the logs of this folded log cabin block cut 2.1/2" strips in both light and dark fabrics and press them in half along the length, giving folded strips 1.1/4" wide.  The first four logs (two light and two dark) are 4.1/2" long.  Lay the first one with the fold towards the middle and the raw edges in line with the edge of the square.  Sew in place using a 1/2" seam.  Continue adding one log to each edge of the square.

The first log of the next round is 4.1/2" long.  Place it so that the fold is 1/2" down from the fold of the log underneath it.  For this first log of the second round I used my tape measure but after that I just placed the logs by eye.  Sew in place using a 1/2" seam.

The next log is 5" long.  Sew it in the same way.  Continue with the next two dark logs which are 5" and 5.1/2" long.

Continue addings as many rounds of logs as you wish.  The next logs are 5.1/2", 6", 6", 6.1/2", 6.1/2", 7", 7", 7.1/2".  Once you've got into the swing of it, it's a really quick log cabin block to make.  If you're planning on turning it into a cushion (as I was) you don't need to do any measuring as it won't matter if the log cabin block is a little bigger or smaller.  I'm going to add a border now to make it up to 10" for a cushion cover or bag.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tile Puzzle Lap Quilt

The tile puzzle quilt block came together nicely to make a small lap quilt.  It really does make me think of a tile pattern.  There's plenty of white fabric in it to give a fresh summery feel as well.  I made a 40" lap quilt and it only took one yard of brown, just over quarter of a yard of yellow and three quarters of a yard of white fabric.  This photo doesn't show the border, but I just put a simple 2.1/2" brown strip on to frame it.

This is the layout for each block and you can find full instructions on lap quilt pattern.  Not quite a scrappy quilt, but it doesn't use too much fabric.  As ever, I still have to layer, bind and quilt it.

I don't think that I ever showed you the Crowning Glory quilt block.  I made it before the Olympics began and tried to use the gold, silver and bronze colours of the medals.  Now that the Olympics are in full swing with medal ceremonies every day it seems quite appropriate.  I have never watched as much of the Olympics as I have this time and I've found them absolutely riveting.  What a lot of talented athletes there are.

I missed the linkup last week, but this week I'm in time to link up with freshly pieced again:

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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Dresden Plate Flowers

I think that I have neglected my blog this week - too much excitement with the Olympics in full swing.  What amazing and committed people these competitors are.

I've always loved dresden plate designs but sometimes a complete dresden plate takes up too much space - unless you make the segments really short.  The other option is to make quarter plates and that's quite good fun.

Always anxious to use up fabric scraps, I made these quarter dresden plates from 2.1/2" squares.  I cut fifteen segments altogether so that I could have three of them.  Usually I put them in a corner, but the third one this time is in the middle of the edge, just so that you can see that it is possible.

Sew the segments together using a 1/4" seam and place them on the backing fabric.  I have sewn them in place using stitch in the ditch, just stitching across close to the edge to get from one segment to another.

I know that it doesn't show up too well in the photo, but I have satin stitched across the top of the dresden plate quarters and for the one that's not in a corner I have satin stitched down the sides as well.  I used a fairly narrow satin stitch, about 3 on my machine.

When adding the centre, the only important part is to have a decent curve where the centre covers the bottom of the segments.  Most dresden plate templates come with a circle template, but if not you can always just draw around a glass.  The other edge of the centre doesn't matter because you can trim it to size after you've sewn it into place.  Sew it in place using the same satin stitch as used on the outer edge of the dresden plate.

Finally add something pretty in the middle.  I drew a butterfly silhouette and then went over my drawing with a small zigzag stitch.

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