Welcome to my stop on the Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Tour. Kerry Horsley’s book is just delightful and there are 18 fun projects ready to sew through the seasons. It’s nearly Halloween so I thought I’d showcase one of the Autumn projects with some Halloween inspired sewing of the Patchwork Pumpkin & Maple Leaf Placemat.
One of the things I love about sewing is being able to put my own spin on an already fabulous design. I adore Kerry’s placemats but thought I’d skip the maple leaf in the pumpkin to make my version even more Halloweeny (is that even a word!).
I used some Boo Crew by Sweetwater fabric I’d been hoarding for longer than should be mentioned in polite company and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
I love the little cutlery and napkin pockets in Kerry’s design! They are the perfect touch and were super easy to do thanks to the easy to follow directions in the book.
Lovely Little Patchwork is available now on Amazon and in quilt and bookstores everywhere. It’s such a fun little book! If you’d like to take a look at some of the other projects in the book you can check out the posts of the other bloggers joining in with the tour.
Do you have a list of quilts you plan to make? I sure do. It includes all of the quilt methods and patterns I’d like to try one day and for years now that list has included a triangle quilt. Just a little while ago I finally got my act together and managed to make one!
The quilt I made is off on a little adventure around Australia as part of the Showcase Fiona from Two Green Zebras has organised for Tilda’s new fabric collections, Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane. Both collections are in stores now.
There are quite a few triangle quilt tutorials out there and I’m sure they are all great. My favourites are from Ashley of Crafter by Night and Amy of Diary of a Quilter. Amy’s tutorial uses the same star design in a single block quilt and both tutorials include everything you need to know and heaps of awesome pictures that make lining up the triangles correctly a breeze. Its definitely worth checking both out before you start making your quilt!
One more thing before we get to the tutorial. You’re going to need a 60 degree triangle ruler to make this quilt. There are quite a few triangle rulers available and, of course, it is possible to cut equilateral triangles using the 60 degree mark on a standard ruler but, you will find things much much easier if you use a specialty triangle ruler. I have a Creative Grids 60 Degree Double Strip Ruler and wouldn’t be without it. It makes cutting hundreds of triangles super easy and super fast! If you have trouble finding one please shout and I’ll send through details of some shops that stock them.
You can download a PDF copy of the tutorial by click on the image below, or you can bookmark this page and access it any time right here.
I made a slightly smaller version of the quilt in the tutorial using 8 fat quarters and 1 3/4 yards of background fabric. The smaller version finishes at 45″ x 48″ and uses 11 full star blocks and 4 half star blocks. Its a great size for a baby quilt :).
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you make your own quilt I’d love to see it. You can flick me an email or, much easier, tag me on Instagram 🙂
Today I’m taking a trip to the Playground to share a project I’ve made for the Playground Showcase. Playground is Amy Sinibaldi’s latest line for Art Gallery Fabrics and it’s delightfully sweet. If you don’t already love it I know you’re going to!
If this is your first visit to my little corner of cyberspace… hello, its lovely to see you here 🙂
I love the fun small scale prints Amy designed for the Playground collection. They’re a perfect mix and the colours make my heart beat a little faster each time I look at them.
With so many beautiful prints I had a hard time deciding what to make but after quite a bit of deliberation I thought it would be fun to try out a scrappy version of my Raspberry Royal pattern. Here’s the baby sized version drawn up (before I started making changes).It was definitely my intention to make the quilt exactly as shown in the drawing but, when the blocks were laying out on my very unposh design floor I thought I’d try something a little different and skip the sashing. Verdict: Super happy with how it turned out!
I quilted this one myself on my home machine with a simple all over meander which I think helps to give it that crinkly look I love on scrappy quilts.
If you’d like to make your own version of the Raspberry Royal quilt you can grab a copy by clicking here.
Playground fabric is in stores everywhere right now and there is inspiration galore happening as part of the Playground Showcase. Check out the links below to see what everyone else is making!
And just in case that wasn’t enough…. You can also click here to take a look at the beautiful Lookbook Art Gallery Fabrics have put together. You might recognise one of the projects in it (hint hint!).