Quilt in the Making
On a Summer Day

This cheerful cot quilt is now completed and is ready for dispatch.

Date: 19 October 2012

After trimming the borders, the double-fold binding is stitched to the front by machine, ready to turn to the back for hand stitching.

Date: 18 October 2012

Four rows of parallel quilting in the border completes the quilting.

Date: 17 October 2012

Quilting the panels - some free-motion and some using the walking foot. Tying off and threading in the ends takes as much time as the quilting !

Date: 16 October 2012

The picture panels have been joined  with a 1in/ 2.5cm strip and the inner border of the same dimensions attached . This was followed  by a 6in/ 15cm outer border. Now the quilt has been layered and pinned ready for quilting.

Date: 15 October 2012

The puffin panel is now complete -applique was more intricate due to the number of pieces and smaller stitching required.

Date: 13 October 2012

Highland cow panel now complete.

Date: 12 October 2012

The second background panel having been completed earlier, the highland cow and calf  are pressed into position and sewn - blanket stitch.

Date: 11 October 2012

The sheep panel is now complete , having been pressed into position as per fusible instructions and then stitched using the blanket stitch on my machine.

Date: 10 October 2012

Parts for the animal applique have been pressed onto fusible and cut out ready for applying to the background panel.

Date: 08 October 2012

Panel now trimmed and ready for the applique.

Date: 06 October 2012

Now we construct the background of the panel.

Place the sky fabric on a flat surface, and position the palest ie.furthest away fabric so that the pressed egde covers the bottom of the sky fabric. Pin in position. Add the next fabrics until you get to the darkest at the bottom. All the fabrics can be pinned into position before beginning to stitch. I prefer to sew no more than two strips at a time, stitching as close as possiible to the pressed egde, using matching thread. Always sew in the same direction, removing pins as you go and easing any puckers towards the edge. After stitching a strip turn the piece over and trim away any excess fabric. Press well from the back.

Date: 05 October 2012

Now to pressing - along the curved edge of each strip, press 1/4 in / 0.5cm to the wrong side.

Date: 04 October 2012

Having selected the fabrics and decided on the order in which they will be placed , the pieces are now cut. Using a rotary cutter  the strips are cut with gentle curves - any curve that feels good is fine. I try to vary the types of curves on each strip.

Date: 03 October 2012

This is a cot quilt of three panels which are a combination of patchwork and applique. The fabrics have been pre-washed so the first step is to audition the fabrics for the backgrounds on the design wall.

Date: 02 October 2012

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