Sunday 18 March 2018

Medallion Quilt Finishing it up

This is it, the last instructions for the Medallion Quilt.

alternate layout using the churn dash block

Sashing and Borders


Sashing fabric: A   cut (20)  1 1/2'' x 20 1/2''                   
Cornerstone Fabric: B cut (10)  1 1/2'' x 1 1/2''

Step 1

1. Using 10 piece A's and the B's sew together using a 1/4 inch seam. See diagram 1.
2. Press towards dark.
3. Make 10.

diagram 1

Step 2

1. Sew a sashing strip A to the right side of the blocks in row 1. Using only 3 strips for the row. See diagram 2.
2. Do not join the blocks yet.

diagram 2

3. Repeat for bottom row. 
4. Sew the sashing to 2 blocks on the right side as above and 2 blocks on the left side. See diagram 3.

diagram 3
these blocks are on either side of the center as per layout above.

Step 3

1. Sew the units from Step 1 to  the bottom of the blocks in the top row. See diagram 4. 

diagram 4

2. Join the blocks in the top row together.
3. Repeat for bottom row except sew the strips from Step 1 to the top of the row. See diagram 5.
4.Repeat for side blocks. See diagram 5.

diagram 5

Step 4

1. Join rows to center. Sides first then the top and bottom rows. See diagram 6.

diagram 6



Border Fabric:    cut (2)  2 1/2'' x 51 1/2''  
                           cut (2)  2 1/2'' x 55 1/2'' 

Sew the border strips to the unit from Step 4 above.

Congratulations you now have a completed top ready to quilt.

I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 Or email me a photo.

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Fabric Postcard Swap

Have you ever made a fabric postcard? They are a fun addictive little quilt, that you can mail. I just made my first one. I am participating in a postcard swap hosted by Elm Street Quilts. The instructions were simple a 4'' by 6'' postcard to be mailed by March 17, mine was mailed more than a week ago and the recipient should have received it already. She did and she loved it!

assorted fabrics
For this exchange, we were supposed to choose one word for the maker to use as inspiration or a prompt. The word I had was 'House'. I did a little sleuthing around to see what the recipient liked, she has an IG account no blog. On her IG feed I quickly saw why she chose the word house as she has several pieces with various houses. 

I pulled some fabrics and started cutting shapes, going a little improv and adding various shapes and sizes. I used Lara's Crafted Applique method for the applique.

 I didn't cut with precision in mind as you can quickly tell from the door. I was totally into artistic license with this little piece, free form all the way. A little snip here a little snip there and the top was ready to stitch. 
thread pull
A simple straight stitch around the edges of the applique pieces to keep applique shapes,  the top and one layer of batting together. I did match thread to the fabric, it left for lots of thread changes but I wanted that matchy effect for this little piece. To put the piece together I used the top with the one layer of batting, a layer of timtex fused to the batting layer and the backing.
thread stitching for the grass

 A little free motion work for the grass and in the sky. Satin stitched the edges for a finished postcard. I did write a note on the back and her address and as such no photo of the back.

Saturday 3 March 2018

Free Craftsy Classes this Weekend

All of Craftsy's classes are free to watch this weekend.  Sit back and enjoy some of those classes you've been thinking about. Or maybe your wondering what a Craftsy class is, now is the perfect opportunity to find out. Who doesn't like free?

Quilting with rulers with Angela Walters is on my list to watch. I have  other Angela Walters classes and like them.