A New Quilt Plus a Pinwheel Tutorial

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CIMG3839This is the contents of the charm pack I used to make the pinwheels for this quilt.
CIMG3876If you haven’t made pinwheels from charm squares before, here is one method.

Put each charm square with a square of the same size of plain fabric, right sides facing.

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Draw along one diagonal with a pencil.

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Sew one quarter of an inch from both sides of the diagonal and through both squares.

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Cut along the diagonal line.

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Turn the triangles so the darker fabric is on top.

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Lift the darker fabric and press away from the seam. Trim the tails.

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I usually do these steps with all of my charm squares on a sort of assembly line. That is, make all of the pairs. Then draw all of the lines. Then sew all of the seams. Then do all of the pressing and so on.

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Lay out so that opposite sails are the same.

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Sew pairs together. Press the seams towards the patterned fabric.

Then sew the top and bottom rectangles together.

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The back will look like this. It is tricky to press the last seam without getting a

lump in the middle caused by all of the layers of fabric.

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Look where my pin is pointing here. Those two stitches on both sides should

be unpicked. You will then be able to press your pinwheel lovely and flat. Be

careful not to take out too many stitches. You can always take out another

one if you didn’t do enough but it won’t be easy to put it back again!

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If you press it correctly, you should have a mini pinwheel in the centre.

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Here’s what mine looks like on the back with all of the pressing done.

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Almost finished.

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You just need to to square it up now and make more.

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Red, White and Blue!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Just popping in to show you my latest finish in red, white and blue. My friend pointed out that this one is very patriotic, being the colours of several national flags around the world.

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I love red, white and blue together. This is a simple sampler and great for any beginner. My free fourteen part photo tutorial is available in my tutorials at the top right of this page if you want to make it. It’s a large lap quilt size which would also work well as a single bed topper. My favourite block is the card trick which is the blue and white one in the middle of the second from bottom row. It probably has other names too depending where you come from.

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The quilting is in a waves pattern as I’m Sewing Beside the Sea. This is such a relaxing design to do in free motion quilting, really good for my muscle memory Winking smile.

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I first attached the binding to the front by machine and then, for a change, machined it on the back. I’m really pleased with how it turned out as I usually prefer to stitch the binding by hand. A change is as good as a rest, so they say Smile.

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I’ve got a very exciting new project (well for me anyway) to post about over at Sewing Beside the Sea so I’d better get on with it and then catch up with what you have all been getting up to.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend Smile

Avis x

Scrappy Stars

Hi everyone! I’ve been such a busy girl in the sewing room over the last few days which means I have a new quilt to show you.

I made the quilt top some time ago and stored it in my box labelled “To Quilt”. I already have a tutorial at the right of this page showing how I made the stars. I know there are several other ways to make this star block but my idea this time, was to use a complete charm pack plus dark and light solids.

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I split the charm pack into 20 light and 20 darker squares and paired the light ones with burgundy solid and the darker ones with ivory.

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I used the patches as a kind of grid to position the swirly quilting.

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I didn’t actually like this charm pack very much when I opened it up but I think it coordinates really well with the solids I’ve chosen.

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I like to use a solid fabric for the back as it really highlights the quilting. This leaves no room for errors!

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The binding is also ivory solid, sewn to the front by machine and hand-stitched to the back. I hope you like it Smile

I’m linking up with the February Made It Challenge over at Woolhogs. It’s just a bit of fun but if you want to win a gorgeous prize, enter your own February finishes. Maryanne has pulled out all of the stops again to bring us all a fine bunch projects to ogle. Hop across and take a look for yourselves NOW! If you want to enter, there’s only a few days left so get a move on 😉

Happy stitching,

Avis x

Chicken Run Giveaway/Swap Stage 2

Good morning everyone,

I’m pleased to announce the next stage in the Chicken Run Giveaway/Swap.

Carla, over at Granny Maud’s Girl has made three chickens, so the winner gets to choose which one they would like to win. Here is her little brood taking the sun in Australia. If you would like to win a chicken there are a few simple rules to follow. Pop over and enter today!

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Aren’t they cute? Granny Maud’s Girl has even provided a nice tutorial if you would like to make a chicken using the foundation paper piecing method.

Enjoy! Avis x

Pillow talk!

Following my post about the chevron pillow/cushion cover, I’ve received emails asking me how I made it. So I thought it would be a good excuse to make more covers and write a tutorial at the same time. My cover is quilted through three layers on the front and is fully lined. The closure is envelope style. I’m sure many of you already make covers in your own way but this is my way. I like it because it doesn’t require buttons or zippers, though you could add them if you wish. Also, there are no fabric scraps left.

Here is my chevron version again, in case you missed it.

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And the quilting.

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Materials

You will need: 19.5 inches (half a metre) off the roll for the outside of the cover and the same size for the lining, assuming that both fabrics are 42 inches wide. Also, a piece of wadding/batting which is about 21 x 21 inches.

Method

1. Cut the selvedge edges off both sides of both pieces of fabric. I chose bright orange with white spots for the outer fabric and white lining.

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2.Lay the lining fabric to one side. Cut a square which is 19.5 x 19.5 inches from the outer fabric. Cut the remainder in half to give two rectangles measuring 19.5 x 12 inches approx. If yours is slightly bigger than 12 inches, that’s fine. It will give a larger overlap on the envelope closure.

3. Repeat with the lining fabric to obtain exactly the same sized pieces as you did for the outer fabric.

4. Take one rectangle of each fabric and place them right sides together.

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5. Sew a one quarter inch seam along one 19.5 inch side. Repeat with the other two rectangles.

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6. Lay these pieces on the pressing board with the outer fabric uppermost and the new seam at the top. Lift the uppermost fabric and press away from you so the seam is pressed towards the outer fabric.

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7. Now put the rectangles with wrong sides together and press along the seam so that the outer fabric is just peeping around the edge. Trim the lining in line with the main fabric along the long edge. Repeat with the other rectangles. The back pieces are now finished.  

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8. Next, the quilted front of the cover. Lay the wadding/batting flat on the table. Place the wrong side of the lining square on top of the wadding. Make sure it is lying square and smooth it out.

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9. There should be a small amount of wadding all around the edge of the lining which you should trim away so they are both the same size.

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10. Carefully, turn the double layer square over and place the outer fabric on top. You should now have lining on the bottom, wadding in the middle and the outer fabric on top.

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11. Sew along one side through all three layers, close to the edge. This will anchor this side ready for quilting. Place pins at intervals through all layers.

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12. Quilt as desired. For this cover, I folded my square in half and sewed a line along the fold from the stitched edge to the opposite side. I then attached my little gadget to the machine so that I could sew lines parallel to the first one at intervals of 1.5 inches.

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13. I then folded my square in half diagonally, sewed a line along the fold and repeated the paralell lines process.

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14. Now, all we need to do is sew all of the pieces together to make the cover. Lay the quilted square on the table with the right side uppermost. Place one of the rectangles with the lining uppermost at the edge of the square. Pin in position.

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15. Now pin the other rectangle to the other side of the square. If you are using fabric that has a pattern with a right way up, now is the time to change positions if you need to. Don’t wait until after it has been sewn together.

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16. Sew all the way around the cover through all layers. Take care to stitch slowly over the thicker parts where the fabrics overlap. If you have a serger, this stage will be much faster as you will be able to sew a seam and overlock the edges at the same time.

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17. I don’t have a serger so I switched to zig-zag stitch and sewed around the outside edge of the seam. Trim the edge and snip across the corners.

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18. Turn the cover to the right way, press the edges and insert a pad. Stand back and admire Smile.

Here is my finished cushion. I hope you like it.

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I couldn’t stop!

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I quilted this one with another different pattern, keeping it simple.

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Here they are all together.

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Sunshine versus sewing!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well Smile.

I woke up to glorious sunshine and birdsong today and thought long and hard about whether I should be spending time in the sewing room. However, my new fabric has now arrived and I couldn’t resist the temptation to play.

Here’s what I made.

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The front is quilted in a very plain and simple pattern to complement the chevron fabric design.

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The Mean Green Sewing Machine coped easily with the quilt sandwich. In fact I was having such fun quilting, I also went along the other side of the white chevrons.

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The back, which is not quilted, has an envelope closure with a good overlap.

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I like my cushion covers to have a bit of substance so this one is fully lined.

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I can certainly feel a few more new cushions coming on and there might even be a pattern on the horizon Smile.

I hope you have enjoyed the weekend. Maybe you have had sunshine too. I hope so!

Avis x

Mystery Blackwork Stitch Along Part 6 (The Final Part)

Welcome to Part 6, the final instalment of my Mystery Blackwork SAL 🙂

Here is the sixth part completed.

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I hope you have enjoyed stitching along. I know you will have lots of ideas on how to finish your embroidery and I would love to include your final photos in the gallery. Please send them to me as usual for part 6 and of your final finished project.

I have chosen to display my blackwork in a frame after adding a little extra pulled thread embroidery around the edge.

If you have been following the stitch along but didn’t tell us before, please send me a photo of your finished work. It would be lovely to include it in the gallery with all of the others 🙂

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Happy stitching everyone! I’m looking forward to seeing all your lovely ideas 🙂

Who knows, maybe I’ll share another one of my own designs with you in the future…..if anyone is interested.

Take a peep in the gallery before you go!

Avis x

Mystery Blackwork Stitch Along Part 5

Welcome to Part 5 of my Mystery Blackwork SAL 🙂

Thank you so much for all the lovely photographs of your work which can be found in the gallery of last week’s post.

Here is the fifth part completed.

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Enjoy! See you next week,

Avis x

STOP PRESS
Jule has spotted an error….
My chart is slightly different to the way I’ve stitched the fans. You can decide for yourself how you prefer to stitch them. As long as all four fans are the same, nobody will know 😉

Mystery Blackwork Stitch Along Part 4

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Part 4 of my Mystery Blackwork SAL 🙂

Here is the fourth part completed.

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Please respect my copyright.

Enjoy! See you next week,

Avis x

The Mystery Blackwork SAL Gallery

Hi everyone,

I thought you might like to see the Works In Progress from the Stitch Along so far. We are now three weeks into the project and there are a further three stages to go.

If you’ve missed the first parts but would like to stitch along with us, the latest chart will be posted tomorrow. You can join the group at any time and catch up with the rest of us at your leisure. Please let me know you are stitching along 🙂 If you are already stitching along, please send me a photo of your stitching by email (address on the right) and I’ll include it in the gallery below 🙂

I hope you like them all!

Starting with mine:

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Alison

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Angela

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Cath

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Cathie

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Christiane

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Claire

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Corinne

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Elizabeth

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Jule

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Julie

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Jocelyne

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Leela

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Masha

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Mau

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Nora

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Valerie

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Wivi

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Avis x

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