Last week I highlighted a few projects that I started using some pretty Fat Quarters that I had picked up at the local market.
My intention was that I would have all of the projects finished this week and that this post would show the triumphant results!
Yep, well, life got in the way a little but I did manage to make some progress so here goes …
Remember the quarter square triangles that I showed you last week?
Well, I picked up from where I left off with them and decided to create a simple layout of squares dissected by thin sashing so cut some one inch wide strips from 100% black quilting cotton and got set to sew.
The strips were cut so that I could assemble the squares in sections, starting with one square, a strip and then another square for the bottom – the same for the top and then joining those two pieces together with a longer strip, like this …
It was a bit tight, even with a quarter inch seam allowance as there is very little room for error when working with such thin pieces. I did however find that using a Sewline fabric glue pen for temporarily keeping the pieces in place whilst sewing was MUCH easier (and quicker) than trying to pin or baste with thread – I would highly recommend getting one!
I continued in this fashion for the other groups of squares…
I then cut more sashing so that I could do the same thing to join these four squares together, but this time I cut the strips at two inches wide instead of one inch, and got sewing.
This is the result.
I was quite pleased with how this was going, considering that I was making it up as I went along – which is not always advisable when working in patchwork.
The surround was also made from two inch strips of black cotton sashing.
It looks a little like a window frame doesn’t it? :)
Before going on to the next step I gave some thought to the binding. I wanted to do something a little decorative so I looked at the batch of things that I was toying with last week and dug out the strips of strips.
They matched the fabric that were in the triangles in terms of tone and colour families so I felt that they would be perfect.
I arranged them to see how they would look and found that if I were to attach them as groups of two on each side, that it would look great.
I’ll be filling in the corners with black fabric. I did have more of the fabric and could have made this striped look for the whole outer edge but got it into my head that I liked what I saw so I went with it.
I didn’t start sewing these yet though as I still wanted to do a little bit of top stitched quilting on the panel.
After creating a sandwhich from some batting and a panel of black cotton fabric (that I spray basted together) I started to stitch.
First I created a line that ran parallel to the edge of each of the thicker sashing strips.
So this is where I got to before the day came to an end.
It’s a shame that I couldn’t get it finished but I’m grateful that I had some time in which to stitch.
I’ll be picking this up next week and trying to finish it, and hopefully some of the other projects too.
Anyway, how are things going with your projects? Going well I hope.
Thanks for the catch up, I’ve enjoyed seeing you again.
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See you next week for more Fabric Friday!