Quilt in the Making
Tartan Medley

The binding has been turned to the back and hand stitched in place.

Date: 05 December 2012

A continuous binding with mitred corners is sewn to the front by machine.

Date: 05 December 2012

The cable quilting is completed. The borders are now trimmed and a double fold binding pinned in place on the front of the quilt.

Date: 04 December 2012

A celtic-style cable is quilted in the wide borders.

Date: 01 December 2012

Quilting underway ! Diagonal stitching through the tartan squares in both directions.

Date: 29 November 2012

The quilt is now layered. The backing is stretched taut and clamped onto the layering table.Wadding and quilt top are then smoothed out  on top of the backing. The three layers are then pinned with curved safety pins - the pins are carefully placed so that is is not necessary to remove them whilst quilting.

Date: 27 November 2012

The quilt is now ready for marking. Diagonal lines are drawn through each tartan square using a silver quilter's pencil. A stencil is used to draw the cable  on the borders - a white quilter's pencil works well for this.

The border cable has previously been drawn on paper borders of the correct length in order to check if any adjustments to the design are required. If necessary such adjustments are made in the centre of  a side so that the corners remain unchanged.

Date: 24 November 2012

Tha tartan rows have been joined and pressed. Navy borders of 6 in /15cm are added on all sides.

Date: 23 November 2012

The rows have been pressed, the seam allowance on alternate rows being pressed in the opposite direction. This enables an accurate joining of the squares as the rows are sewn together. 

Date: 21 November 2012

Sewing the horizomtal rows commences  - 17 rows of 11 squares across.

Date: 19 November 2012

The squares are laid out randomly , but  with consideration of colour balance across the quilt. Once happy with the layout , each horizomtal  row is stacked and numbered ready for sewing. 

Date: 16 November 2012

Squares of 5½ in / 14cm are cut  from the now ironed tartan fabric -187 in total are needed.

Date: 14 November 2012

Another good drying day ! This time for the navy border, binding and backing fabric. Even larger pieces to iron later.....

Date: 12 November 2012

All the tartans are washed and are drying on a breezy day. I have to be careful with the choice of day as too strong a wind ( and we have many of those here in the far northwest ) will distort the pattern on the fabric.

Lots of ironing to do later!

Date: 10 November 2012

This quilt will be a mix of 100% cotton tartans.

Date: 09 November 2012

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