Baby Quilt Finish and Pattern Release

 

I’m very pleased to have finished the ‘Four Patch Dash’ baby quilt. πŸ™‚ I designed this little quilt with speed in mind – hence the ‘dash’ in the title! The pattern PDF is now available to purchase and download from my Etsy store, AllisonsPatchworks.

The design is fat quarter friendly, using five fat quarters for the four patch blocks with some extra yardage for the borders. Definitely a quilt that can be quickly put together using stash fabrics!

I used a sea creature print fat quarter as the feature fabric of my quilt. The colours in the print helped in the choosing of four plain fat quarters from my stash.

In the pattern I have given instructions to cut fat quarters into long rectangles. These are used to strip piece the four patch blocks. Strip piecing saves a lot of cutting and time and helps with accuracy too. If you’d rather be using up scraps than using fat quarters, there is a cutting chart and instructions for making the blocks using individual squares.

To make the quilt sandwich, I pieced a backing (including the label) and used a piece of soft, easy care Quilter’s Dream Green wadding. To keep with the sea theme of the feature fabric I decided on simple ‘watery’ looking quilting designs. The wavy lines across the four patch blocks were stitched using a walking foot and a 40wt variegated Aurifil thread, 3817. In the borders I free motion stitched a ripple design using a 50wt Aurifil thread, 6724, which blends well with the unbleached calico. I used the same ripple design on a smaller scale to quilt the feature fabric blocks.

The quilt finished at 39″ x 39″ and used 5 Fat Quarters plus a yard of fabric for the front and half a yard for the binding. Backing and wadding were cut to 46″ x 46″ before trimming.

All finished with a blue/green binding. This was hand stitched to the back after my failed experiment with a different binding technique! I will give that technique another try but with wider binding..

Here is the Four Patch Dash quilt in a different colourway:

That’s the story of this little quilt! The pattern is now available as a PDF download from my Etsy store. I’m very happy to provide a 20% discount to readers of this blog as a thank you for your friendly and encouraging support :-). Use the code FOURPATCH or this link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AllisonsPatchworks?coupon=FOURPATCH

Offer ends Thursday 4th June.

Allison

Celebrating A First: One of my quilt patterns in Quilt Now magazine

I am so excited to be able to reveal the ‘Secret Sewing’ project I was busy working on through July and August. I submitted a quilt pattern to Quilt Now magazine way back in April 2019. To my surprise and delight theΒ  pattern was accepted by Editor Bethany and her team. I was informed the quilt would be featured in issue 71 due to be published on 5th December. A deadline of 1st of September was set for me to send through the pattern instructions and a completed example of the quilt.

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (57)

Welcome to another edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ It’s a virtual sewing day with a chance to bring along your latest project(s) and share in the conversations across the Worldwide Quilting Community. You’ll find links to some blog posts below and you are welcome to add to the conversations by writing and sharing links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Scrappy Trip Along finished front (2) by Allison ReidAfter all the rushing around last week to finish the Scrappy Trip Along quilt, these last few days I’ve only spent a few hours sewing. I did enjoy another of the monthly sewing days at Brown Candover. I was still in a bit of a dither over which project to work on next…. In the end I decided to start a new project *blush*. At a quilt show two or three years ago I bought the fabrics pictured below – a jelly roll and charm pack of Moda’s Mirabella range along with 2m of background.

 

Moda Mirabelle fabrics by Allison Reid

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Free Motion Quilting – issues of scale and contentment

Well! I’ve made a start free motion quilting my Scrappy Trip Along quilt. I can’t say it’s been plain sailing! Never mind, I’m doing it!

Scrappy Trip Along top with borders by Allison Reid
Scrappy Trip Along quilt top.

I’ve found one of the issues I have with fmq is creating the ‘right’ scale. Ideally I want to achieve a fairly open quilting pattern so the finished quilt will feel soft and drape easily. However I end up with stitching lines closer together than I intend. I think there are two factors playing against my intentions (in addition to lack of skill!):

  1. I’m concentrating on the small section of quilt under the machine foot and bordered by the span of my fairly small hands.
  2. Any lines of stitching behind the needle are obscured by the machine foot and the body of the sewing machine so I sometimes mis-judge how close I am stitching to previous stitching.

The quilters view by Allison Reid

Here is the first feathered swirl I stitched. It measures a much smaller than intended, 6″ long by 5″ wide:

Scrappy Trip Along small feathered swirl by Allison Reid

My second feathered swirls measures a much more satisfactory 13″ long by 9″ wide:

Scrappy Trip Along large feathered swirl by Allison Reid

The second is larger because I drew the curved spine of the feathered swirl onto the quilt using a Chaco marker. I found this simple measure a great help in stitching out a larger, more open, relaxed motif. Not perfect by any means but much nearer to what I’d set out to achieve.

Serendipity and all that….Β  Teri of TerifiCreations shared a short, encouraging video clip by Angela Walters’ entitled ‘Three Things Quilters Shouldn’t Do‘. It spoke to me at just the right time πŸ™‚ encouraging me to stop doing these things and start enjoying the quilting I am doing!

Finally: A shout out for what a wonderful bunch of people there are inhabiting the Worldwide Quilting Community. This morning I was so fortunate to have Jo Westfoot aka ‘The Crafty Nomad’ come visit me at home to, in typically generous fashion, share her knowledge of the Electric Quilt software. Thanks to Jo I’m now much closer to publishing my first foundation paper pieced pattern πŸ™‚ Her kindness didn’t stop there though! With her encouragement and practical experience I have for the first time submitted a quilt pattern to a magazine! How exciting! As my boys would say, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained!’

Check out Jo’s website, gorgeous patterns, subscription groups and workshops here and let’s keep being thankful for the lovely community built around the craft of patchwork quilting.

I’m off to enjoy some more free motion quilting πŸ™‚

Joining in with Moving it Forward Monday over at Em’s Scrapbag and with Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.

Allison