Sunday, May 23, 2021

Manx quilting block

Some years ago I spent almost 6 months for learning different patchwork and quilting techniques, different blocks and patterns. I have not tried all of them but those ones I was interested in I have tried.

Yesterday a quilt friend shared a very old technique and I realized I have not seen it before.

This is a Manx quilting block.

It is very easy, hand sewn  method that don,t need perfect measures.

I was challenged to make it by machine.


I decided to finish as a coaster because no idea what to do with a whole quilt the same technique. For now:)


Here is a short tutorial how to make the binding.

Do not place the last "logs". Instead of this use the backing for binding.

Double fold the sides by iron.

 
Double fold the corner.
 


 
Repeat with  all corners. Begin stitching from the middle of the side.
 

When reach the corner pivot with needle down.

Then turn back as close to the fold as you can.


At the next corner I made a back stitch in the inner corner. Hope it will lay more neatly.

The back 
 
  



Thursday, March 25, 2021

What a wonderful world - an educational quilt for twin boys

 I can't believe I haven't shared here my last quilt from 2020.

It was amazing quilt for twin boys for playing on the floor.

The idea came when I receive an order to make a present for their birthday, but there is no time to sew two separate quilts.

 

 

There is a sun to play with the sunbeams.

 moon and stars


 

and kite in the sky with tale with different texture ribbons

 


The rainbow comes after rain 



After winter


comes spring

 

There are autumn leaves, strawberry fields,  mountains and meadows, a lake with a fish and cats walking around.

The back is filled with stars.


What a wonderful world!

 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Hand quilting design

 Finally decided on hand quilting for the Disappearing Hour Glass Quilt.

Because it is a Study - the stitches are connected with making the block.


The white thread is for the stitching lines, the red thread shows where has to be cut.

 

Going to one corner I made a bigger stitch and realized that I could berry the thread in opposite direction and this would give more stability .


Made the knot as usual.


 And berry the thread in back direction along to the stitching - this makes the thread invisible if the fabric is light.

Finished front...
and back.



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The back of the Hour Glass quilt

 Finally finished the top of the Disappearing HourGlass quilt.

Added 6 inch boarders around and here is the result.

If you wander what has happened with the first block. Here it is.

 I have implemented in the back.

 I adore Log Cabin in each and every variation.

The quilting is on the way.

 Thinking of hand quilting...

To be continued...



Thursday, February 18, 2021

Disappearing Hour Glass' study

 One day drinking my morning coffee I found a video tutorial how to make Disappearing Hour Glass quilt block.

I was interested in and tried with two pieces of fabric I have by hand. They were around 11 inches squares.


I was not satisfied with the result and made another one with small pieces - 3 inches.


The colors' combination was great but the corner triangles were so small that after stitching to the neighbour pieces they would disappear.

Then I decided to make a study and made some blocks - 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 inches. 

The 6 inch block was the last one that looks well and by which the seam allowances would "not eat" the corners.


How they looked like at previous step?


I liked the puzzle with all blocks and gather them in a top quilt.


For now it is lap quilt  size. 

Probably have to add borders to have a bigger top?