This is the back of the work, showing the current piece I am working on and one that is finished. Instead of cutting the yarn for the next colour change I am just having it loosely on the back to cut after it is done to weave it in.
There is a wonderful knitting blog with step by step techniques I am following with delight, http://verypink.com/category/techniques/
This is the Aussie hero quilt so far, It will have an Aussie map appliqued onto it.
This is for you Kaylee! Make your blocks as a quilted sandwich as normal and trim. I am using bias binding strips to join them together. Cut your bias binding just a little bit bigger than your block, one for the front of your block and one for the back of the same block.
Open up the binding showing the raw edge, pin that at the same time as the back on the same edge.
You are creating 5 layers to sew, bias binding, your quilted sandwich (3 layers, top of quilt, batting and back of quilt) and the bias binding.
Sew it all together with a 1/4 inch seam. This is the view from the front.
This is the view from the back.
Next we will be adding the next block. Place the blocks back facing back and open up the back bias binding only, pin in place the bias binding. It should now have the following layers to sew, Bias binding and the quilt sandwich.
Sew a 1/4 of an inch. The back of the block is now joined and the edges enclosed.
Open up the blocks so that the right sides are facing you, You will now have 1/2 inch of batting sandwiched between what you have just sewn.
View from the back.
Now it is time to sew the bias binding on the front to the block encasing the quilt sandwich in between. This time you do not have to unfold the binding, just pin it over to the next block and sew it down in place. The picture show that the place you are sewing is on the right hand side of the binding.
Here is what I have used, a blanket stitch. You could use a top stitch if you like, or you could even hand stitch it if you did not want any stitches showing. I chose to add the blanket stitch on the opposite side of the binding to balance it up, this is purely decorative and not essential as it is fully enclosed.
The blocks are done, they have been given a green background also cut at an angle, Just have to decide if it needs sashing or a wide border. I am thinking of a border at the moment. Time for lunch first.
Wonky 4 patch quilt. This quilt is for a female with no preference requested for and and so I am happy to do something fun. First I am cutting up some left over 4 patch blocks into wonky 4 patch using this tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nePbzjUD5_o
Then I will be using up other fabrics to pull in some blues and greens.
Using paper I have made my template, but a little differently. Instead of having to use 2 pieces of paper to make the right and left template I have drawn it on the same side in different colours and labelled it block 1 and block 2.
So first I am going to make the blocks up and how I will set it will come later, I will be having a play with it. I will applique a map of Australia with permission from Emma from her cushion pattern.
This is her blog. http://www.emmajeanjansen.com.au/
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Just have to sew the 3 rows together, then the top and bottom then binding it. A totally scrappy quilt. Using all the scraps of fabric and batting so really this is a freebie quilt. It took a bit of juggling, super fun to do.
I came up with this idea and thought I might share it with you. Using a 1/4 inch paper double sided tape I have made a temporary removable grid for the quilt. I have marked the size and the centre lines. The tape is easily removable and leave very little sticky that is easy to clean. The tape can be used several times.