This week I wanted to finish my Avenue Loop quilt, but I wasn’t in the mood to work on a large quilt. Saturday I decided that it is the right time to carry on with work and prepare a quilt sandwich. To my surprise I did not have enough batting. Now I have to wait for another week till the shop opens after holidays. Since I haven’t been on the sewing machine for some time, I really wanted to work and make a smaller project (to fit in my rest batting). I found a nice quilt tutorial at Hyacinth Quilt Designs called Sanctuary Squares. I downsized it and used fabrics from the collection Freshcut by Heather Bailey. As solids I chose a bright fuchsia and aqua in light blue/green. The top as well as the backing are now ready, tomorrow I shall make the quilt sandwich. I tried to take a photo this afternoon, but we always have wind – so everything was moving.
Still thinking about the quilting pattern and I am looking forward to finish it. Anyway, the best part with each quilt is binding (at least for me). And I hope I can bind this one later this week.
Happy quilting, Barbora
Over the last week I have worked on the computer to design a MINI pattern on one sheet of paper. This provides a photo and basic information about each quilt. The pattern is divided in 4 standard sections :
- fabric requirements
- cuttings instructions
- making the block
- quilt assembly diagram
MINI patterns for some of the quilts I made :
Floating Colors 8 - pdf file
Floating Colors 15 – pdf file
Abstract Dreams – log cabin block pdf file
Please be free and leave a comment about the MINIs, I would be happy to hear from you!!
Looking back the years :
A friend of mine gave me a couple of weeks ago some quilting books. I’ve looked through them and thought how much has changed in patchwork and quilting over the last 40 years .
My favourite one is “The Perfect Patchwork Primer” by Beth Gutcheon. It was first published in 1973. The issue is in black and white, includes a few photos and many block illustrations, designs or quilt assembly instructions. The author is a devotee of hand quilting. Machine piecing is OK, but machine or free-motion quilting is unthinkable. The other thing that surprised me, is that in those days there were no cutting mats, cutters or rulers. Only “home-made” templates were available and for cutting there were just scissors. Today we are very spoilt with all our sophisticated tools and various helpers.
Starting something new :
# One : From next week on I shall give classes in machine piecing and quilting. So last week I sew an easy sampler quilt top for beginners. At the same time I made tutorials about basic cutting and piecing of square and triangle units, blocks with flying geese units as well as sashing and borders, quilting and binding. I enjoyed preparing all information and I am looking forward to start with the classes!!!
# Two : While working on the computer I got an idea for a new quilt. A simple design with all the solids I love. It is based on the ideal proportion of the sides of a rectangle : golden ratio. As the top has also a “golden” solid fabric I named it
Golden Ratio . Changed my mind, the name is Floating Colors This one shall be quilted in straight lines in vertical and horizontal. The goal for next week (but more probably weekend) is to finish the quilt.
Happy quilting, B.