Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A Mini for Miss M

Well what can I say... I was distracted. I needed a quick fix. I wanted to start and finish a project in one day and oh boy did this take the edge off. 
I was inspired by a quilt I spotted on Pinterest... naturally.

I wasn't sure what colours I was going to use and I hadn't planned the rainbow layout but I was 100% sure about the quilting. I knew this was the quilting I wanted to do, natural 1/4" echo, and the design for the quilt went from there. Although I wouldn't attempt this kind of dense quilting on a larger quilt, I really enjoyed doing it on this Mini. It all came together pretty fast and I cant be happier with the results. M is just dying to play with it. I think for now I've convinced her to leave it on the wall. 


p.s. Apologies for the lack of and quality of the photos. My big camera is in need of some repair so these pics are from Instagram. Hopefully I'll have better pics for you in my next post.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Quilt top WIP

Well I'm just shocked at how long it has been since I've posted. I've been so caught up with life and enjoying my "maternity leave". I'll try and be a little better now... no really I'll try. 
My Miss M has started kindergarten and my Mr M is almost crawling. He's found his own way of getting around the house with out having to use any lower body strength. I really don't want him to crawl but my kids have never liked just sitting still. But among all the family stuff I have been squeeeeezing in a little sewing.

When I caught a glimpse of this fabric collection, Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz, I had to have some. It's my "grown up adult' quilt. I love it. I'm hoping to baste and quilt it soon... no really I mean it. ;P In the mean time it's been folded over the back of the lounge so I can still enjoy looking at it. 
Oh and I've been sprucing up my little blog. Trying to declutter and refresh in hopes of a renewed enthusiasm for blogging. 
In the meantime, the best place to catch me these days is on Instagram. I'm dreampatchgirl, seems to be the easiest way to connect these days. :)


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Chevron pattern with no triangles- A free tutorial

*** This is my interpretation of THIS tutorial by CrazyMomQuilt
The reason for my tutorial is because of the request by my readers for the details of this quilt I had made and pinned. I had linked to the original tutorial but it had disappeared and I was inundated with emails asking for the details. Amanda from CrazyMomQuilts has since reposted the original tutorial if you would like to visit click the link above. ***

As promised, I've put together a tutorial on how to make a chevron quilt with no half square triangles.
In my opinion this is a much simpler and easier way to get the chevron pattern, and it is a huge bonus that you don't have to wrestle with the bulk you usually get with the HST method. 

In this tutorial I've only made a few blocks which I've turned into a cushion for M's bed, but you can make as many as you like to make up a quilt. 
Let's get started... it's super easy, I promise!

Step 1.

Most obvious, pick your fabrics. You will need at least 1 neutral colour but the rest is up to you. I've chosen 4 different prints but you can do more or less, completely your choice!

Step 2.

For this size block, 4 1/2" square, I cut strips at 2 1/2" wide, which also makes this tutorial jelly roll friendly.
You will need as many neutral as coloured.

Step 3.

Sew one neutral strip to a coloured one. I've used 1/4" seams for this project. If your using a light neutral you will want to press your seam toward the coloured fabric.

Step 4.

Now trim your strips into square blocks at 4 1/2" each. 

Step 5.

In this step you will start to see the chevron pattern. Lay out you blocks as shown below.
(click on image for a closer look)

Step 5.

Sew your blocks together diagonally.

Step 6. 

And then each row together, matching block seams. You will end up with a quilt top like this.

Step 7.

Now just trim the edges to finish up your quilt top. I always trim my quilt top 1/4" from the last corner to give it a nice clean edge. 

And that's it. Super easy... no fuss, no muss! 

If you would like to make bigger blocks change the measurements in step 2 and step 4. For example, 

3" strips  =  5 1/2" blocks
3 1/2" strips  = 6 1/2" blocks
4" strips  = 7 1/2" blocks  
and so on

If your after a different block size, all you need is this quick formula... 
double the strip width, minus 1/2". 

If you have any questions please feel free to email me, I would be more than happy to help. 

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Finished at last!!!

Remember these? I've slowly been finishing them off.

And here it is...

I've made it different to the quilt along. I wanted it to be more vibrant and playful. 
I've also added Yoshi. It's just not Mario without Yoshi!!! The layout was changed a little to fit him in, so I added a couple of coins to fill in the blanks. I'm sooooo happy with how this baby turned out.
Due to it's sheer size I decided to quilt each character separately and then put the blocks together, quilt as you go style. This meant I could quilt lines 1 inch apart with easy. I wanted to quilt it a bit more densely than I normally would because of all the extra seams. It's a big fellow at 59" (150cm) x 75" (190cm). 
Big enough for my tall hubby to enjoy with a little extra space for M and me to cuddle under too! 


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