Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday fantasy quilt practise

I have now cut out 270 squares and spent a lovely evening making 30 piles of 9, evenly distributing the fabric patterns and colours between each group. I labelled them with post its and pinned them together. I had a little help there from Little M as you can see.

I used the smaller squares that did not make the cut to practise sewing seam allowances. Can you spot the two mistakes?

The second blue one on the top row is the wrong way round and I want to try and avoid two patterns next to each other because it makes a new shape (parallelogram for any maths geeks), shown on the left hand side.

I have made some notes on my design. I am going to border each set of nine squares. I had to... wait for it... buy some fabric. Yes people, buy fabric. 

Then I spent an hour playing colour sudoku working out how to distribute thess fabrics over the whole bed area.

Next step sewing 9 patch squares without mistakes.

Anyone else got a quilt on the go? Last week there was a great tutorial on putting layers together on A little happy place blog.

Real work today. Happy Friday Jo xxxx


  1. This makes me want to start another quilt but I'm trying to resist until my other is finished. She says whilst browsing for fabric

  2. I don't know, I think that you should always have one set of triangles going the other way, it could be your signature look! This looks really great and is a great way to practice and use the squares that didn't fit for your quilt! xx

  3. I am so impressed with all your notes, that is how I work. Planning it out both quilting and crochet granny squares, is the way to go. Have a great time with your beautiful project.

  4. I'd really like to make a quilt but I'm not sure I feel brave enough yet! Living all those fabrics!

  5. What fun! I do like playing with fabric. Even just getting the stash out from time to time and giving it all a quick fondle excites me. Mmmmmm, I hope I don't sound too deranged.......xx

  6. Pretty fabric and pretty squares! I love your notebook, I do the same thing :) I bought some felt tip pens a year ago to try and figure out colours for my projects and have not looked back!

  7. Lovely selection of colours & I love your diagrams. I have a half stitched quilt on the go, I'm aiming on finishing it in a couple of weeks.

  8. These fabrics are so bright and cheery! Cant wait to see it all put together. I just made the top of my first quilt and this weekend I will be adding the batting and putting it all together.

    Have a great weekend!
    Birgitta xx

  9. I have fabric waiting to be played with. I keep adding small amounts of lovely fabric to my stash and I am sure I could make a quilt the size of my living room if I needed to. The only thing missing is the motivation! I like your parallelogram. You could turn this into zigzag lines.... just an idea for your next one :) Have fun sewing!

  10. I love the bright fabric! It's going to be lovely!

  11. How do you do real work and all of this! This is going to be one beautiful quilt buddy! Wishing you an awesome weekend!! Nicole xoxo

    1. I don't watch TV and my children are good at going to bed??? Ooh and my house is normally in need of some major attention - I can't think myself how I do it sometimes Nicole.Great to hear from you. Jo x

  12. Love those fabrics you got! I have yet to ever quilt (or do much sewing, for that matter!), but it is on the to-do list! Brilliant idea to practice the seam allowances before you get to it, though - never seen that before, but it makes perfect sense!
    Can't wait to see how this all comes together!!

  13. This is going to be one stunning quilt, those colours are gorgeous. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. X

  14. It's really interesting reading about your approach to the quilt. I feel like I've been playing colour sudoku with my crocheted projects for ages, it's the only way to make things work! It's going to be gorgeous. x