Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super week. Here in my little corner of the northeast of England it’s definitely starting to feel like winter. To my dismay I have not seen any white flakes yet!
Is it just me or are the weeks just flying by. Christmas will soon be here and not far behind will be the New Year. As far as I know there are still 24 hours in a day so there’s no reason for the days to whizz by so quick. I’m keeping good and busy with chores and plenty of crafty bits. No sooner do I get up in the morning that it’s getting dark and time to pull the curtains closed.
I did a wee bit more work on my Moving Forward quilt block. So, here’s a little bit more info on how I approached the task. Once you have done the fine hand appliqué stitching securing the large petal type shapes it’s time to add the centre circle. Now I have done a little tutorial before. So, to see the tutorial click here. Making really good circles is so simple. First you will need a cardboard circle template. Cereal box card is perfect for this job.
Trace the template onto your chosen fabric. Leaving a generous margin of at least ¼” trim the fabric in a nice circle shape.
Using a doubled strand of thread sewing a running stitch all the way around approx. 1/8” from the edge. I sew on the right side of the fabric because it’s easier to tie off from the right side. Now insert the card template and centre it. Now pull on the thread which will result in the fabric gathering up around the template. Make sure the fabric is pretty snug around the template and secure in place by stitching a few stitches.
Now press the wrong side and let cool. Press the right side and let cool. Remove the template.
Place the really good circle in the centre of the large petal type shapes, pin and tack in place. Appliqué the circle in place and voila you can now finally see your Moving Forward block coming to life.
My next step is to square off my block. In this case I cut my background fabric 13” in order to be able to square off my block down to 12-1/2”. And the reason I cut my background fabric larger is that by the time my block is finished the edges have frayed and become messy. So, cutting it larger and pressing guidelines in to centre the design works really well for me.
Once you’ve squared off your block you have a decision to make. You can either leave it as is or you can add corners to it. For my big quilt, I decided to add corners. This is how that works. For each block, you will need to cut 4 squares 3-1/2”. On the wrong side of the fabric, draw a line diagonally from corner to corner. Aline the square to the corner of the block and sew on the drawn line.
Now trim away the excess fabric.
Press the seam outward.
My demo block will be turned into a cushion so I have added a border but if I was making a quilt I would be adding sashing and corners etc. The sashing on my big quilt was made using 2-1/2” in strips and the cornerstones were 2-1/2” squares. I will do my best to turn all the info I have posted into a printable document sometime in the next few days to post next week. In the meantime, you will find the relevant templates here.
It’s been a busy week in happy quilt maker land. I have worked on various projects including knitting socks. I completely forgot to take a photo of my finished socks. I have started working on a second pair. I think knitting socks is addictive! So, I will be on the hunt for nice sock yarn over the next few weeks in order to keep knitting them.
So, for this evening, this very happy a super ambitious quilt maker will be knitting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching ♥ ♥