Monday, 10 August 2009

Sarah's Quilt

My daughter Sarah needs a quilt for her bed and she asked me to design something in neutral colours, easy to sew but original. This is what I've come up with, a 60"x60" quilt which can be made larger with a border or two if necessary.

When I design using EQ6 I don't bother to scan my fabric as I work with many different scrap fabrics. I use fabric in the design that is close to value and hue to what I have.  I have chosen this range from my large collection of 5" squares.

I intend the design to be a guide only. The rows of plain squares are 5" squares, so they will be easy  - just sew them in a row. Then there are a few strips of differing widths - not too difficult either! The three pieced rows are of 8" finished blocks and 10" finished blocks. they are made up of half square triangles and 4 patches. A few 9 patches could be added for variety or quarter square triangles! Because of the casual nature of the design, if the rows of finished blocks are not quite 60" then a strip added between blocks or at the end of the row will not look out of place. and if the finished row is not 8" or 10" deep then an adjustment to one of the strip rows will take care of that. I have a workshop this coming weekend "Sewing outside the Square" with June Nixey and the blocks I make there I'll give to Sarah for this quilt.


Helen said...

I love the collection of squares you have put together. That's only a few of the stash you have - right?? (tee hee)

Sarah's quilt is going to look great.

Terrie Sandelin said...

Love the fabrics and the design. It looks like it's going to be an absolute classic quilt.

Janice said...

Actually Helen, that's nearly half of what is left I think, I stopped buying them a while ago because they are too hard to wash and I don't like the formaldehyde in the unwashed fabric. I don't suppose Sarah will use all of them and I'll ask for the remainder to be returned to my collection!

emmad said...

So Sarah is actually going to do the sewing?

Hmm don't think I would be that keen lol.

Janovi said...

Hi Janice,
I found your blog when I was doing a research on the swiftquilter. You should be the best person to advise me!! I am thinking of getting just the frame. What do you think? I bought a Janome 6260 quilter's companion last year so I don't think I want to buy the Juki. I look forward to your reply. But I'll keep an open mind!! LOL By the way you have a very interesting blog!!