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

TUTORIAL: Personalised Drawstring Santa Sack or Toy Bag

This week I have been working on writing a tutorial for how to make a santa sack. I have had so many lovely messages about the santa sack I finished last week (view that post here), from people who are new to sewing, I decided to share how I made mine. santa sack tutorialThe santa sack for this tutorial has a simplified version of the patchwork, I did on the other sack. There are no seams to match up, so it is not too scary for anyone new to patchwork. The construction on a drawstring bag is also pretty straightforward for beginner sewers. Of course if you choose different fabrics for this tutorial you can make a large toy bag instead.

drawstring toy bag

This toy bag was made with an old sheet and fabric scraps.

Drawstring Toy Bag

Back of toy bag showing patchwork.

I would really love to see your finished santa sacks, you can email them to me at the address on my about page and I will feature my favourites. If you are a beginner (or like me you find patterns seem to be written in a foreign language) and you get a bit stuck, please drop me a line and I will do my best to help you out. Continue reading

Thank Friday It’s Finished! Lined santa sack

Santa Sack

I showed this as a work in progress in a previous post. It has now had all the markings washed off, stray threads clipped and has been ironed so it is nice and crisp.

The fabrics are some gorgeous fat quarters I picked up from Kaleidoscope quilt shop’s stand at The Festival of Quilts 2014. They currently have the fabrics in stock in their online shop. I have used Christmas Wish by Lizzie Mackay for Dashwood Studio and Winter Wonderland by Moda. From my fabric collection I added in some metallic prints from Makower UK.

Santa Sack

The starry fabric for the back is another metallic print called  The Henley Studio from Makower UK, I purchased this from Hobbycraft. I got my fabric in store and they don’t seem to have it listed online. For the name I used Stained by Sharpie fabric markers, this was the first time I used them and they are really easy to work with on fabric. These fabric markers have a brush tip and can make thin or thick lines depending on the angle of the brush and how much pressure you use.

Santa SackI have lined the Santa sack using a calico (muslin) and stitched a 4 inch strip of the backing fabric to the top, so when the drawstrings are pulled you see the pretty fabric, not the boring calico (muslin). I added a grab handle that can also be used as a hanging strap.

All the fabrics used are quilting cotton. The finished size of the Santa Sack is a very roomy 60 x 65 cm (23.5 x 25.5 inches). I wanted it to be large enough to fit those bulky presents in and thought it would be a useful way organising the under the tree presents. The handle also makes it versatile so it can be hung up instead of a Christmas stocking.

I made this for a friend but loved the way it turned out so I have added it to my Etsy shop.

There are a lot of shop links in this post, I have added these for your information and I am not affiliated to any of the shops mentioned, (apart from my own of course).

Santa SackLisa 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

Work In Progress – Lilac Baby Quilt

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This is a quilt I am currently working on, the colours have come out darker than they are in reality…I need to get some lighting sorted out.

I Have given it a really boring name. I am rubbish with choosing names for my quilts. I am considering giving them a series number, like July#1. But then it would not be much of a series as it is unlikely to get past July#3 (I am a slow quilter).

Perhaps the seasons would be better…Spring#5. But that could become confusing if I made a winter weight quilt in April, would I label it a Spring#5 or Winter#5. Hmm…needs more thought.

Back to my work in progress. Continue reading

Thank Friday it’s finished!

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Here is one of my finished projects. It is a cute little pram size quilt made with fabric scraps from other projects. It was fairly easy to piece together being made from simple square blocks, but of course that meant that I had to be super precise with matching seams. Not a simple task for me as I hate all that careful measuring and millimetre perfect accuracy (because I can’t do it!). I took my time and pinned it every 2 millimetres (well that’s how it felt), which meant the sewing was slow and hey presto, matching seams!

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New Year New Blog

Happy New Year and welcome to The Quilting Bird.

The New Year is a great time for starting new projects and trying out different experiences, so for 2014 I decided to start this blog.

I love quilting (clue was in the blog name), the picture above is a photo memory quilt I made last year, (the blocks look a bit wonky because it is hanging on the wall by curtain hooks).

I have been making quilts for about 4 years now. The world of quilting is so vast, with art quilting, modern quilting, traditional quilting, hand quilting , free-motion quilting, etc etc etc, I still feel like a new quilter with so much to learn and experiment with. I decided to start this blog because I thought it would be a great way to document my experiences as I continue on my quilting journey. Continue reading