Friday, 1 October 2021

Carol’s aka @therunninghare ‘s quilt !

This beautiful quilt top was made by Carol and she has kindly agreed to me running a block drive using this design.  It’s a great one for using up scraps so I’m hoping to reduce the mountains of scraps I seem to collect.  Are you in for another scrappy project with me? 

This quilt is made from two different blocks - each block measures 8.5” square.

The first is made from four dark coloured 4.5” squares, sewn together in a four patch.

The second block is made from sixteen 2.5” squares.  Eight low volume squares, and eight brightly coloured ones.  Arrange them and sew in rows, as below:

1st row:   LV - Bright - Bright - LV

2nd row: Bright - LV - LV - Bright

3rd row:  Bright - LV - LV - Bright

4th row:  LV - Bright - Bright - LV

The position of the low volume and bright squares then makes the chain pattern across the quilt as though can see in the top photo.

Sew rows together to make an 8.5” block unfinished.

Thank you !  Our quilts make a difference to the lives of young looked after people and are really appreciated.  

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Mini block drive tutorial June 2021


If you would like to help me make more quilts for Siblings Together here is my tutorial for the next mini block drive.  

Cutting instructions

Please choose sweet pea coloured fabrics: purple, pink, blue, turquoise, green, and yellow.  The background should be Low Volume or plain, light coloured, unpatterned fabric used throughout the block thank you.

From background fabric cut: 

Four 4.5” squares

Five 2.5” squares

From assorted pink, purple, turquoise, blue, yellow and green fabrics cut :

Four 8.5” x 2.5” rectangles

Four 4.5” x 2.5” rectangles

Four 2.5” squares

Use a scant 1/4” seam throughout

1 Join a coloured square to each of four background squares, open out and press seam to the darker colour - unit A

2 Join a background 4.5” square to each 4.5” x 2.5” rectangle, open out and press seam to the rectangle - unit B

3 Join each unit A to each unit B, adding the two squares to the coloured rectangle as in the photo.  Unit C

4 Join each rectangle 8.5” x 2.5” along the length of each unit C as in the photo. 

All four should be joined together in the same way but with a mix of different colours.

5 Take last background 2.5” square and stitch, but not across the whole square, to attach it to one of your completed units. This is called a partial seam. (Stitch further than I did in this photo to make the final seam easier) 

6 When you open this seam out you will now be able to add the next

 unit entirely.  Join the next unit, and then the other two. 

Now complete the partial seam and press.  

7 Your block is complete and you have aced the partial seam!

Your block should be 14.5” unfinished.