Thursday, 5 May 2016

A four-patch wonder, and a new All Squared Up kit


One of the many reasons I love patchwork and quilting so much - apart from the gorgeous colours, textures, stroking factor (you know exactly what I mean!) -  is how there is always something new to learn. Clever quilters around the world share new techniques and discoveries every day - we're very generous like that - so I just had to share this little gem.
http://www.sewmotion.com/four_patch_using_charm_squares.html

Now, I'm sure this isn't an original idea, and that it probably eeked into my subconcious from Pinterest, YouTube or a lovely fellow blogger - who knows where! But while I was developing new quilt patterns that feature charm squares, I was having a play and came up with this very quick and nifty way of creating two four-patch blocks in one go... You can see the full tutorial with plenty of pics here.

While not fabric-playing, I’ve finally finished my latest All Squared Up quilt, this time in Sevenberry’s Japanese prints with a little cream Kona thrown in for good measure.
http://www.sewmotion.com/sewmotion_shop/prod_4885594-All-Squared-Up-Quilt-Kit-in-Sevenberrys-Japanese-Prints.html

This pre-cut kit includes all the 2½” x 44” strips, borders, binding and thread you need to complete the quilt top, you just need wadding and backing. A couple of lovely customers who are just beginning their wonderful quilting adventure, have recently told me that these kits are great for them, as they don’t have to worry about fabric selection, or even all of the cutting, they can just get stuck in, which was so great to hear and this is exactly what I’m aiming for!

Just when I thought I would move onto a new quilt design, these Cotton Candy beauties from Dashwood turn up… How amazing would they look in an All Squared Up quilt!?!



On a sad note, I may have mentioned that my next craft fair was at Stokesley Town Hall this Saturday. Unfortunately, the organisers, Yorkshire Craft Fairs, have decided to call it a day and cease trading, mainly down to poor footfall and low re-bookings from stallholders. It’s a great shame this fair is now cancelled, I was really looking forward to another sunny weekend in North Yorkshire!

Anyway, I have been looking at other events further a field… more news on those soon! For now, I'm linking up with Sew Fresh Quilt's Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday over at My Quilt Infatuation and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts - come over and say Hi!


4 comments:

  1. Oh, the Sevenberries fabric is just gorgeous in your All Squared Up quilt! And I love the simple wavy line quilting, too. Just right to give it good texture without competing with the pretty fabrics.

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    1. Thank you so much Louise, I do love a bit of texture! :)

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  2. I went over and checked out your tutorial for making 4-patches, and think it is a really neat idea! I hadn't seen that before and will definitely try it!

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    1. It's pretty good isn't it, you must give it a go!

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