19 September 2018

The Chinese Coins Quilt

The blue and white wedding quilt has gone off the the longarm quilter, I am really excited to see it quilted! I decided that I will gift it to my son and daughter-in-law for Christmas

I have two sons and I thought I better get a wriggle on and make a quilt for my youngest also.  I have been promising him a new quilt since he did up his room and bought a new bed last year!  He has very different taste to his brother and I struggled to find a pattern that I thought would work.

My good friend Paula Doyle of Green Mountain Quilts has a new book out called Easy Stack, it's a fun quick way of making kaleidoscope blocks with very little fabric waste.  You stack four identical pattern repeats of your fabric and then cut your squares or rectangles, each block is different and you don't know what you will end up with 😀 Paula will be on the Quilt Show demonstrating this technique next week!


My son has decorated his room with an Asian theme and loves red, so I thought this fabric would be a great place to start.

I started by making 'bright hope' blocks - four identical rectangles surrounding a square, I then cut then into circles and machine blanket stitched them to larger black squares. I think they look like Chinese Coins, hence the name

I love how each one is cut from the same fabric but they are all different!  I will border the centre with a  large 10" border of the dragon fabric so that the full pattern is on show.  I still have to put this queen size quilt together and I'm not sure yet how I will quilt it.  My son has some ideas!!

03 September 2018

Farmer's Wife 1920's Sampler

I mentioned some months ago,  that I have joined a weekly quilting group in a local village hall, I love going along every Thursday to sit and sew, but sometimes it is a mad rush to find something to take along and to get my stuff together.  I decided I needed a project that was easy to pick up and put down, that I could work on when I had nothing else prepared to sew.

When I saw that Angie over at Gnome Angel was organising a SAL for the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt I decided that would make the perfect take along project.  You see I bought the book when it first came out in 2009 and it has been sitting on the shelf ever since 😀

You can find details of the SAL here https://www.gnomeangel.com/farmers-wife-1920s-sampler-quilt-sew-along-faq/   Angie is using EPP with precut papers from paper pieces.  I did briefly consider doing the same, but they are quite expensive and I am saving for a very special birthday present (more on that later!)  I decided to hand piece my blocks, so I simply printed the templates and laminated them.  This method works really well for templates that you only need to use a few times and it's much more accurate than tracing. I use a small 1/8th" hole punch to mark a hole at the corners.

I often start off these projects with great enthusiasm, and then lose my way part way through when I forget what my original plan was! For this to work I need to be organised as this will be a long term carry along project for me.  I had a couple of  F1/8th bundles of Brenda Riddle Moda fabric in 'Fleur' and 'Guernsey' which I thought might play nicely with some Lecien yardage I have been hoarding and a Marsha McCluskey staples pindot in pink.  If I can make this quilt entirely from stash then I will be very happy 🤗

I am using the templates to roughly cut a big enough piece of fabric for each of the pieces in the block and then storing them in small bags, I will accurately cut my pieces when I am ready to make the block.  I thought that if I had all the fabrics chosen, it would make it easier to just pick and bag and make a block.

I am also using the book like a diary, writing on the date I make a block and anything that happened that day along with sticking a piece of the fabric I used onto the pages, it should make a nice memory record of the quilt and it will be interesting to see how long it actually takes me 😝

I have all my tools and threads etc in the sewing pouch I made a couple of months ago, details HERE

and an old square ruler covered in felt that serves as a design board

I have put all of the bags, the book etc into this lovely canvas bag a friend gave me for my birthday last year as it reminded her of my cottage.

I have an old box that a salad bowl came in, which is the perfect size for storing finished blocks.  I don't think I have ever been so organised 😂