Tried and Tested: Clippings quilt pattern

I am currently working on this lovely pattern called Clippings which was published in Issue 28 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. The pattern is for a giant block which finishes at 24 inches square. I wanted to turn my block in to a baby blanket so I added a 3 inch border.

Clippings WIP front

I didn’t use any wadding in this blanket and instead chose to back it in a cosy flannel fabric for a bit of extra warmth.

Clippings WIP back

You can see some of the sewing lines. In the centre where I did a bit of hand sewing with embroidery thread, just to anchor the centre piece. For the rest I decided to ‘stitch in the ditch’ using a red thread, around the dark fabric. Stitching in the ditch is usually done with a matching thread that will not show, but I wanted the thread to show, the red gives a subtle outline to the pieced design.  I love how it turned out, but it does require very careful stitching and concentration as any wobbling off will be very visible against the white background.

I just need to decide what I am going to do for the binding.

Fabrics used:
Top: Flappy Owl by Copenhagen Print Factory, Owls by Copenhagen Print Factory, Dot in Dots by Copenhagen Print Factory, White Every Day Organic Solids by Clothworks. Back: Twig Fall Tomato by Birch Fabrics.

Happy sewing,

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

Linking up with Bee Social and Sew Cute Tuesday and Freemotion By The River and Fabric Tuesday

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How to make a very easy flannel baby blanket.

organic flannels blankets

Flannel fabrics are just made for the winter months. Their soft cosiness is just perfect for snuggling up in. It’s lovely to sew with too (if you can stop stroking it for long enough), and perfect for whipping up a simple and quick baby blanket.

Organic Flannel Baby Blanket

This is so easy to make I hesitate to call this a tutorial.

Flannel Blanket Sewing SuppliesGather together your sewing supplies:

Fabric, I am using 2 pieces 75cm x 95cm to make a crib size, but you can cut the fabric to whatever size you choose. Just remember to cut 2 pieces.

You will also need pins, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, ruler, fabric marking pen, hand sewing needle and embroidery floss. Oh, and a sewing machine of course.  Continue reading

Thank Friday It’s Finished! Papillion Baby Quilt

Papillion Baby Quilt

I have finally finished this very pretty baby quilt. I showed you this a few weeks ago when it was just a quilt top, click here to see that post and find out how I used the disappearing nine patch block technique to create the Papillion Baby quilt.

Papillion Baby QuiltI decided to quilt this in a spiral. I do love spirals, they bring a lovely softness to the hard edges of square blocks. The quilting lines are about half an inch apart, which gives a really lovely crinkle to the fabric. (Yes, everything is lovely today!) The thread I used for the quilting is Mettler silk-finish 100% cotton mercerised, this is a 50 weight thread. I used a lilac and light purple colour that coordinated with the colours in the quilt, the silk finish has a pretty sheen to it which fit well with feel of the quilt.

This is the first time I have used a 50 weight cotton to quilt with and I admit I embarked on this with some worry that the whole thing was going to fall apart before I even finished stitching the first spiral! I put this down to my fear of the secret quilt police, who issued a whole host of dire warnings when I first began quilting. As you can see, I had no need of worry, the thread worked wonderfully, no problems with breakage or thread fatigue in the quilting.

Papillion Baby

This was also my first time using Mettler threads. I have a whole case of different ranges that I got as a free gift when I bought a new sewing machine at The Festival of Quilts.  The case includes cotton quilting and embroidery threads in a variety of thread weights, all of which I am looking forward to trying out.

Mettler Thread selection

Definitely worth waiting for a show if you are in the market for a new machine, there are some really great deals to be had.

Papillion Baby QuiltFor the back of the quilt I decided to use a single piece of fabric that was included in the quilt top. I thought about doing a pieced back with some of the left over nine patch blocks, however with the spiral quilting design I thought that a ‘clean’ back would really help the spiral stand out. I think I made the right decision, the spiral adds enough interest to the back of the quilt.

Papillion BabyFor the filling I have used Hobbs Heirloom wool batting. The finished quilt measures 42 inches x 48 inches (107 cm x 122 cm) All fabrics are quilting weight cotton. Fabric links can be found in this post Lilac Baby.

I love how pretty and feminine this quilt is, the colours are even better when seen by eye.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

I will be linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday Crazy Mom Quilts Can I get a Whoop Whoop

 

Thank Friday It’s Finished! Animal Panel Baby Quilt

Ok, so I am posting this on Saturday, but technically I did finish it on Friday so it still counts!

Animal Panel Baby QuiltI had purchased a fabric panel without much thought as to what I would do with it. I didn’t just want a panel quilt with borders so added the red polka dot fabric which I think really enhances the original panel.

I used a block pattern called delectable mountains I found at Quilters Casche, to make the borders, I really didn’t want plain borders as I felt there wasn’t much going on in the panel.

I did a work in progress post for this quilt called redesigning a fabric panel, which details how I constructed this quilt. Here is the original panel that I sliced and diced:

Animal Panel Quilt

The quilting was originally stitch in the ditch, but I felt that was a little too plain and I wanted to connect the border to the central panel, so I added some straight line quilting.

Animal Panel Quilt Back

The patterning adds some more interest to the back, which was quite plain. I used a trilobal polyester thread in variegated green from Superior threads Rainbow range. If you read my post on the Animal Patches baby quilt, you will know that I had a lot of trouble with the bobbin thread breaking, caused by my machine not winding the bobbin tightly enough. Despite all the hassle I loved the look of the thread when the quilting was finished so decided to use it again here.

Animal Panel Quilt

It is a really lovely thread with a beautiful sheen that adds dimension to the quilting.

I have to admit that I have really struggled with this quilt creatively. I felt constrained by the panel and really had to fight to produce something that was a little bit different. I bought two panels, so I still have another one. I think I will cut it down and use them in different projects rather than in one quilt as I did here.

I am linking up with Show Off Saturday hosted by Sew Can She, Can I get a whoop whoop hosted by Confessions of a fabric addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday hosted by Fortworth Fabric Studio, The Handmade Hangout hosted by Too Much Time On My Hands, Finish It Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts and Pretty Pintastic hosted by Coffee With Us 3.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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Thank Friday Its Finished! Animal patches baby quilt

For those of you who read my work in progress post on the animal patches baby quilt (click here to read) and have been waiting patiently to see the finished quilt…ta da…

animal hearts baby quilt

I added a binding from a really cute floral fabric that picks up the colours used in the quilt top beautifully. Here is the back view…

animal patches baby quilt back

(Please ignore the coloured circles these are just my pin heads!) I had some real fun with the straight line quilting. You will remember from the work in progress post that I had a lot of bobbin thread breaks using a trilobal polyester thread because my very basic sewing machine is not capable of winding the bobbin tight enough. Despite the frustrations I am pleased I persevered because the thread looks beautiful on the quilt, unfortunately my camera skills are not good enough to really capture the beauty of the stitching. The thread is a variegated green from Superior’s rainbow collection and it really shines on the quilt adding more dimension to the simple quilting lines.

animal patches quilt fold

As usual I used a quilters dream wadding, all fabrics are 100% cotton and the quilt is finished with a double binding finished by hand. The finished size of the quilt is cot size.

To find out more about my inspiration for this quilt have a look at the work in progress post here.

I will be linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday (TGIFF) this week hosted by Quilt Matters. Link A Finish Friday hosted by Richard and Tanya Quilts. Finish it up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts. Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by My Quilt Infatuation.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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Thank Friday It’s Finished – Mini Jungle baby quilt

Mini Jungle Baby Quilt

Another finished baby quilt. I called this one mini jungle because the fabrics have cute little jungle animals (I am not original with my quilt names…it’s lucky it even has a name).

Here’s the back.

Mini Jungle Baby Quilt BackI put a strip of that cute jungle fabric across the back, actually the blue fabric also has a jungle animal outline print on it.

The back view shows the quilting lines, the straight lines are from quilting in the ditch and the yellow curvy lines are from free motion quilted…don’t know what to call them…sort of vines. I was thinking vines and leaves when I quilted them.

And now for the front. Continue reading

Thank Friday It’s Finished! Wonky Blocks

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My finished project this week is this cutesy wonky block coverlet/blanket. There is no wadding in this (no sandwich filling, just the bread), so I didn’t want to call it a quilt, although the construction of it in every other way is exactly the same as for a quilt.

To make the wonky blocks in the central panel I used this really clear tutorial from Sleepy Owl Studio. Wonky blocks are easy to make, great for a beginner who wants to move on from ordinary square blocks.

I added a cream border in the same background fabric as the wonky panel, then I added a green polka dot fabric that co-ordinates beautifully with the wonky squares. I finished it off with another cream border and a bright cheerful yellow double binding. I like hand sewing so the binding was hand finished. Continue reading