So the latest project was one that had been sat around for three years. Based on a pattern for an Amy Butler quilt, but using some cheapo fabrics as well - It worked out too expensive to use all Amy Butler.
So some Moda, Michael Miller, and tat ebay fabrics were also included.
I hate using wadding, but do like the depth of quilting, so I cheated, and used a 4.5 tog summer double duvet
Despite Tarquin's greatest efforts to hamper the project, it was complete over a couple of days. The dog is not an essential part of the tutorial, and in retrospect, I would probably not use his assistance next time
- Fabrics of choice (no idea how much, just guess - You can tell I don't do tutorials for a living)
- Cotton that matches sort of, out of the jumbled thread box
- 4.5 tog Double duvet - dimensions 200cmx200cm (standard size - i got mine for £6.99 at B&M - but available anywhere)
- 1 yard of material to make the bias binding, alternatively buy 8m of bias binding
- Material for backing 200cm x 200cm - I used one side of a king quilt cover and cut it down, rather that un-stitch the seam on a double cover. Alternatively a flat sheet would work
- 2 @ 50g of contrasting wool for crochet edging if required (100g in total, but I use double thickness, so two balls is easier to work with)
- 5mm crochet hook
- a large tapestry needle to sew the wool (it needs to be a sharp point)
|Fabric cut into rectangles|
STEP 1 - REMOVE DOG FROM SEWING TABLE
|Patchwork sewn - notice the squares are not perfectly aligned|
I don't do pinning or tacking, but as there is no movement in the duvet fabric it fits perfectly (unlike wadding, which I despise working with)
STEP 2 - REMOVE DOG FROM MATERIAL WHILST SEWING
Then sew your quilt line stitches - basically retrace all the patchwork joins, sewing through the entire quilt and backing fabric. I have an old singer seamstress machine which coped easily. Being quite a large throw, the centre rows are a bid fiddly to sew, but the duvet bunches through a standard arm machine ok
STEP 3 - REMOVE DOG FROM FINISHED PATCHWORK
If its any consolation none of my two inch strips actually lined up, once i sewed the tube together...
STEP 4 - REMOVE DOG FROM LAP
Using a 1 metre square, it gave me enough binding to go round the edges. Sew this onto the reverse first, then the front - it avoids tram lines on the front. I obviously did it the other way round. Bit of a boring task, but you could always buy ready made bias.
Pom Pom Edging
You can leave with just the bias binding edging, but I decided to over complicate it by adding a crochet pom pom border..
First step is making a way to actually crochet onto the fabric. There are pointed head sharp crochet hooks available, but only up to about 2mm, so of no use to me, as I always use double knit minimum.
|The reverse of the blanket has no stitching showing|
For the blanket stitch and the crochet pom pom edging, I use double thickness double crochet (i.e. 2 balls at a time on the pom poms, or sewing it doubled on the blanket stitch)
STEP 4 - REMOVE DOG WHILST STITCHING BLANKET STITCH
Once the blanket stitch is in place I simply added the crochet pom poms using this tutorial:-
|I spaced the pom poms by skipping every three blanket stitches (about 3cm)|
STEP 5 - REMOVE DOG WHILST CROCHETING POMPOMS
(I crochet pom pom edges onto all sorts now, is my favourite stitch :) ) And I managed to do the three sides successfully, so I don't wake up with a pom pom in my mouth
|Lastly,pitching the tent in the garden, to make sure it looked ok :)|