Patchwork Progress

I apologise for the lack of cooking and recipe posts recently. I have made some new dishes, a wonderful beef casserole a few days ago but the photos – not so good…

Anyway, some of you know that I am a crafty Chica (of the creative rather than sly kind) when I’m not cooking or renovating. My latest project is a patchwork quilt, which almost follows a pattern and is being made by hand. Time for a big thank you to a new blogging pal, Kate over at talltalesfromchiconia, who has an amazing blog full of beautiful projects and a lot of quilts! She has been giving me, a humble novice quilter, some really great tips – thanks Kate!

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So, just to give some “technical” details for anyone interested, the pattern is based on one called Garden Walk from the book Jelly Roll Dreams compiled by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I used a Moda Jelly Roll (I think the colour was called Holly Wishes which turned out to be quite Christmassy!) plus extra fabric.

The blocks are now completed but I want to make the quilt wider to properly cover our King Size bed, so will be adding a contrast of sashes vertically between the rows of four blocks.

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The next step is to assemble the quilt block and then make the quilt “sandwich” and start hand quilting…

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53 thoughts on “Patchwork Progress

  1. You’re very welcome! Let me know if there’s anything I can do by way of tutorials or even just advice… Love your Moda fabrics – there’s so much you can do with a jelly roll, and it saves hours and hours of cutting.

    1. It was a treat to myself as they’re quite expensive but bizarrely using them gave me the confidence to realise that I can use the rotary cutter, board and ruler quite well and am now starting to build up a stash of fabrics in England (while thinking wistfully of the enormous stash I have in Spain which will have to travel with us next time)! Thank you for the help and inspiration 🙂

      1. It’s no trouble. I’ve been sewing all my life, and some things I just don’t even need to think about. So actually, it’s big fun breaking a job down into stages that are easy to follow.

  2. Beautiful! I have never quilted – is that the right term? I do however knit and crochet, well not for the longest while either!
    Your quilt is gorgeous and I hope you share a picture when it is finished.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  3. Methinks this is going to be a beautiful quilt and I hope we’ll see it finished – have been on Kate’s site before and I believe you are very lucky if she will mentor you! [No cats in the house, are there 😉 ? ] I have knitted professionally at one stage in my life for over five years but have no expertise in this art at all . . .

      1. [big smile] Well, if one is silly enough not to take an erstwhile longterm husband to the ‘cleaners’ upon divorce, one may get the short straw as far as finances go! To help: older daughter’s MIL who had over 200 ‘home knitters’ for her fabulous Australiana collection for tourists!! So one knitted endless koalas and kangaroos and emus and gum leaves . . . would you believe at 50 dollars a garment – each taking 10-12 days !!!!! Sometimes there are no options even with quite a few uni degrees in hand 🙂 !! Actually look back and know I enjoyed the time!!!!

  4. Wonderful! Except for a small wall hanging when I was very young and had a lot of time on my hands, I’ve never quilted. But I love the ones I own that others made.

  5. SO creative! This is something I could never do but have such great admiration for those who can sew so well…especially quilting and embroidery. What a gorgeous quilt this is shaping up to be. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    1. It was something called a Jelly Roll – which is 40 strips of pre-cut fabric which are supposed to work well with each other. I like some more than others but it’s given me the confidence to know I can go it alone next time J

  6. Not only is that absolutely stunning, but I’m in awe of how speedily you’ve sewn that together. I’m hanging my head in shame that I’m still only halfway through my hexie quilt.

    1. I’ve completely finished the quilt top but I added sashes and wider borders than the pattern called for (I wanted it to drape over the sides of our king sized bed) but I did those bits with the machine as it wasn’t such a challenge! Today I bought the batting, backing and a quilting hoop and got chatting to some lovely ladies in the shop who gave me lots of handy hints. How did you transfer your quilting pattern onto your quilt top? I remember it being very beautiful!

      1. I traced it on with pencil and tracing paper if it was a complex shape. Or used a paper template to draw round for simpler ones. Do email me if you need more help. Im no expert but happy to share what bit i to know. X

      2. Ooh thank you – I am starting with straight lines but my stitches look sooooo big which is stressing me out but I can’t seem to make them any smaller L And my finger already hurts!

      3. I thought that about my stitches but honestly they will look fine when its done. A thimble is your very best friend. And taking your time. 😉 slow is the only way. X

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