Botanic gardens · Quilting from Little things

Design Wall

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This is vital for this quilt as there are so many fabrics and colours in it. Eight each of light and dark blue, green, yellow/orange and pink/red. I didn’t have enough colours in my meagre stash so mine is predominantly blue/green, a little yellow and orange with the addition of purple – just use what you have! It is not meant to be a slavish copy.

Design wall

I also didn’t have enough room for an actual design wall so the bookcase was temporarily covered with a table protector. This is plastic on one side but more like flannel on the other. It makes a great alternative to batting and was only $6, so much cheaper too.

Shame the bookcase wasn’t bigger as it started to creep a cross the floor!

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I have also pieced the quilt in sections as I like to chain piece and 21 squares is too awkward to remember the order if chaining in pairs. So it was 8 plus 8 plus 5. It also means you get used to the pattern and don’t make as many mistakes, it helped me anyway

Next the strips were sewn into ‘blocks’

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This quilt is rated 1 star for degree of difficulty – it is only squares and a few half square triangles, but the length of the strips made it difficult to chain piece – for me at least!

I added a border of two fabrics in similar large and medium scale prints in different blues/green/purple but after some thought decided to remove it. It just didn’t look right.

The backing was made up of different fabrics from my stash plus a couple of metres from Spotlight’s stash builder basket. Photos soon

About

About

I love to make things, draw, eat chocolate and go for walks; but not all at the same time. I started this blog as a challenge set by myself to make the dolly quilts from Sarah Fielke’s book ‘Quilting from little things’.

I love this book with it’s bright colourful designs that bridge the gap between modern and traditional quilts. The dolly quilts help you learn a different technique each time and they are paired up with a bigger quilt to try the technique on a bigger scale.

I intended to concentrate on quilting but I enjoy too many other things to do that so I will add the ‘other things’ at random as they are made.

I started this on another blog in 2013 but have decided to start anew with a new name and see how it goes this time!