Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Christmas Joy Runner Tutorial

I finished assembling the Christmas Joy runner made from a charm pack of Moda Kate Spain's "Joy" fabric (25" x 48"). I decided to make snowball blocks from the pinwheel blocks, because it reminded me of Christmas candy or bauble shapes. Quite fun and festive and easy to make! Here are the ingredients needed to make this runner and basic instructions:

Ingredients: 
  • 1 charm pack (you need 40 5"x5" squares - 2 squares of each print)
  • 0.5 yard of solid white fabric for the background
  • 0.25 yard of a coordinating print for the border
  • 0.5 yard of fabric for binding
  • 1 yard for the backing (it will have to be pieced) or if you want it whole then use 1.5 yards.

Method (using 1/4" seams):
  • Select 2 coordinating prints to make each snowball block, make sure one is dark and one is light to create enough contrast, and that you have 2 charm squares of each print.
  • Halve each charm square (5"x5") diagonally - thus you will obtain 4 half square triangle blocks from each two same print charm square blocks.
  • Make the pinwheel blocks as follows:
  • Cut 40 3"x3" square blocks from the white background fabric for the snowball corners.
  • Make snowball blocks from each square pinwheel block as follows:

  • Cut 6 x 1.5" strips from your background fabric across the width of the fabric
  • Cut the 1.5" strips into 15 x 9" segments and 6 x 21.5" segments
  • Assemble pairs of snowball blocks by joining them to a 9" x 1.5" strip segment, and then also add a 9" strip segment to the exposed parallel edges. (See finished runner above).
  • Then join the pairs of snowball blocks to each other with the 21.5"x1.5" strip segments, also add a 21.5"x1.5" segment to the top and bottom of the snowballs on the edges.
  • Cut 3 x 2.5" border strips from the coordinating print across the width of the fabric. 
  • Cut one of the 2.5" strips into 2 x 21.5" segments and use the remaining fabric to lengthen the other segments so that you will obtain 2 x 48.5"x2.5"  strips for the borders on the long sides. 
  • Attach the short (21.5"x2.5") border strips to the centre panel first, and then the long (48.5"x2.5") border strips to the length.
  • You will need about half a yard of fabric for the binding and at least 1 yard for the backing.
  • The amount of batting will depend on the batting width.
  • Finished size of the runner should be about 25" x 48".
Here is the finished, quilted runner:

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Christmas pinwheel runner project


I know I shouldn't but I have started another project... I bought a charm pack of Kate Spain's Joy, I just couldn't resist. I want to make a Christmas runner. I finally decided on pinwheels but I'm uncertain of the layout. Should I stitch the pinwheels together or leave white borders in between each block? Or make snowball blocks from each pinwheel?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Germany visit and cross-stitch quilt labels

I went to visit charming Gรถttingen, Germany, last week, for work (academic research). 
thoroughly enjoyed the visit, especially since it has been 9 years ago since I was last in Germany, having studied there for part of my MSc degree in Stuttgart. I enjoyed all the good things like sauerkraut, bratwurst and brezeln. And was also able to peruse a few wool and craft shops. The quilting fabric is very expensive, much more than even in South Africa so I just looked. I did however find some cross-stitch fabric that is woven in strips with pretty edging which I thought that I could use for making quilt labels, since none of my finished quilts have any labels. I started making one for my "Spring Boston Common" quilt. I will also add my name, place, date and a small decorative motive to the label.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Loulouthi dress

I had 2.5 yards of this lovely Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi fabric (Coreopsis print) lying about and decided that it time to make a dress from it, especially since Spring is finally arriving in this part of the world. I chose this pretty New Look pattern 6910. 
I forgot how long it takes to make a dress... but I stuck with it and about 6 hours later (yes it took that long...) I have a cute dress that still needs to be hemmed. It was an easy pattern to follow and the dress fits perfectly. I will definitely be making it again. Now all we need is some warmer weather :)