- The pattern: adapted from a flannel quilt in 'Best of Fons & Porter: Baby and Kids Quilts'.
- The fabric: a couple of layer cakes from my stash.
A quick sub-note here that these beautiful fabrics were purchased from the website connectingthreads.com. Not only do they offer free shipping to Australia when you spend over $75 (amazing!) they also have a pretty good range of quilting supplies including pre-cut selections they put together themselves. My fabrics included lots of different ranges including Cotton and Steel which I just adore.
Armed with this design plan, I hit the cutting board and got organised. My first problem, I needed some muslin to use as the background fabric to stitch my cut pieces to and I didn't have any. Solution, I cut up one of the children's old cot sheets. It was perfect. Whilst not 100% cotton, it was thin enough to not add excess bulk but tough enough to stitch onto. Winner.
I chose this pattern as I wanted a quick block. My previous project had taken ages to piece so this one was a perfect remedy. I was also very methodical with my piles of fabric so as to spread the colours evenly. This is how I put it together
- Place a square of fabric somewhere centre-ish on the square of muslin. This pattern works best if the block are NOT all the same.
- Stitch two triangles on opposite sides of the square. Press.
- Optional - I did decorative stitching along these seems using polyester embroidery thread.
- Attach another two triangles to the remaining edges of the central square. Press. Optional: stitch over seams as before.
- Trim blocks to 6 1/2"
- Join blocks, quilt as desired and bind.
The finished size of my blocks was 6". This was a really workable size and meant that I didn't have to do a lot of quilting. I just did a decorative wavy line over the main seams. I made my quilt 7 x 7 squares due to the amount of fabric I had and it ended up perfect knee rug size. This also meant I had a couple of blocks leftover - perfect for a quilt label.
I was just so happy with the final product on this project. It was everything I wanted and I've kept all the little offcuts for further scrap busting projects. It probably also helps that I made this quilt for one of my closest, most supportive friends. Happy quilting!