Patch­work hang­ing

Mas­ter the art of sewing smooth curves with a mod­ern mini quilt

Mollie Makes - - Contents -

HOW TO MAKE A PATCH­WORK HANG­ING MA­TE­RI­ALS

Robert Kauf­man Kona Cot­ton Solids, 16 x 35cm (63/ x 13¾") in 8 Nec­tarine (Fab­ric 1), 14 x 14cm (5½ x 5½") in Mango (Fab­ric 2), 25 x 30cm (97/ x 117/ 8") in 8 Yar­row (Fab­ric 3), 25 x 60cm (97/ x 235/ 8") in 8 Shell (Fab­ric 4), 15 x 25cm (6 x 97/ 8") in Fog (Fab­ric 5) and 50 x 50cm (19¾ x 19¾") in Slate (Fab­ric 6) 45 x 45cm (17¾ x 17¾") back­ing fab­ric (Fab­ric 7) 45 x 45cm (17¾ x 17¾") wad­ding Match­ing threads 50cm (19¾") wooden dowel 1m (393/ ") cord 8 Walk­ing foot Ro­tary cut­ter Quil­ter’s ruler Cut­ting mat All hail the mini quilt – a quick patch­work fix and a chance to play with colour com­bos and new tech­niques. This mod­ern hang­ing is all about the lines and curves – you’ll prac­tise cut­ting, piec­ing and sewing them pre­cisely with the help of a trusty walk­ing foot. Geo­met­ric wall art here we come.

Use a 0.5cm (¼") seam al­lowance through­out, and when sewing the fab­rics, place them right sides (RS) to­gether and align the raw edges. Press the seams open each time to help keep the piece flat, press­ing to­wards the darker fab­ric where pos­si­ble, so the seams don’t show.

01 Start with cut­ting out. From Fab­ric 1, cut two 16 x 7cm (63/ x 8 2¾") pieces, one 10 x 14cm (4 x 5½") piece and one 16 x 16cm (63/ 8 x 63/ 8") piece. Use the outer curve tem­plate on page 90 to cut a curve out of one cor­ner of the 16 x 16cm (63/ x 63/ 8") piece. From Fab­ric 2, 8 cut a 14 x 14cm (5½ x 5½") piece. Use the in­ner curve tem­plate on page 90 to cut a curve from the square. From Fab­ric 3, cut one 18 x 14cm (71/ x 5½") piece, one 5 x 8 14cm (2 x 5½") piece, one 5 x 22cm (2 x 8¾") piece and one 7 x 5cm (2¾ x 2") piece. From Fab­ric 4 cut one 5 x 6cm (2 x 23/ 8") piece, one 14 x 14cm (5½ x 5½") piece and two 21 x 21cm (8¼ x 8¼") pieces. Use the outer curve tem­plate on page 90 to cut a curve out of one cor­ner the two 21 x 21cm (8¼ x 8¼") pieces, and the in­ner curve tem­plate on page 90 to cut a curve from the 14 x 14cm (5½ x 5½") piece. From Fab­ric 5, cut one 7 x 5cm (2¾ x 2") piece, one 6 x 8cm (23/ x 31/ 8") piece and one 14 x 8 14cm (5½ x 5½") piece. Use the in­ner curve tem­plate on page 90 to cut a curve from the 14 x 14cm (5½ x 5½") piece. From Fab­ric 6, cut one 14 x 6cm (5½ x 23/ 8") piece, two 8 x 16cm (31/ x 63/ 8") pieces for the 8 tabs and four 7 x 50cm (2¾ x 19¾") strips for the bind­ing.

02 Pair the two Fab­ric 4 outer curves with the Fab­ric 2 and Fab­ric 5 in­ner curves, and the Fab­ric 1 outer curve with a Fab­ric 4 in­ner curve. Fold each piece in half to find the cen­tre point.

03 Pin the pieces with RS to­gether at the cen­tre points and ends, then in be­tween. Slowly sew the pieces to­gether to cre­ate three curve units. Don’t rush sewing curves. Go slowly and ad­just the foot ev­ery few stitches, keep­ing the nee­dle down and lift­ing the foot to move the fab­ric to the right po­si­tion.

04 Sew the Fab­ric 5 7 x 5cm (2¾ x 2") piece to the edge of the Fab­ric 3 18 x 14cm (71/ x 5½") piece, 8 align­ing the edges. Sew the Fab­ric 6 14 x 6cm (5½ x 23/ 8") piece to the Fab­ric 1 10 x 14cm (4 x 5½") piece.

05 Use the outer curve tem­plate to cut the Fab­ric 5/Fab­ric 3 unit, and the in­ner curve tem­plate to cut the Fab­ric 1/Fab­ric 6 unit. Sew to­gether as be­fore, tak­ing care to line up the two ver­ti­cal seams.

06 Sew a Fab­ric 1 7 x 16cm (2¾ x 63/ 8") piece to the left-hand side of the Fab­ric 1/Fab­ric 4 curve unit, as shown. Sew the Fab­ric 5 and Fab­ric 3 7 x 5cm (2¾ x 2") pieces to the end of the sec­ond Fab­ric 1 strip and sew to the top edge of the unit. Sew the Fab­ric 4 5 x 6cm (2 x 23/ 8") piece to the end of the Fab­ric 3 5 x 14cm (2 x 5½") strip and join to the Fab­ric 3/Fab­ric 5 edge of that curve unit. Sew the Fab­ric 3 5 x 22cm (2 x 8¾") strip to the Fab­ric 3 side of the curve unit.

07 Trim each curve unit to 21 x 21cm (8¼ x 8¼"). Trim the most fab­ric off the outer curve pieces, so the cir­cle seams all fall in the same place and match up when you sew them. Sew the units to­gether in pairs, then sew the pairs to­gether to com­plete the quilt top.

08 Se­lect cot­ton threads in co­or­di­nat­ing colours for quilt­ing.

09 Lay the back­ing fab­ric RS down and place the wad­ding on top. Po­si­tion the quilt top cen­trally and RS up. Tack to­gether us­ing your pre­ferred method.

10 Quilt dense lines of stitch­ing, us­ing the co­or­di­nat­ing threads for each fab­ric and a walk­ing foot – it’ll pre­vent the fab­ric puck­er­ing as the three lay­ers move. Trim the ex­cess back­ing fab­ric and wad­ding. Fold and sew a hem along the two long edges of the Fab­ric 6 8 x 16cm (31/ 8 x 63/ 8") pieces, fold in half along the width, then pin th­ese tabs to the re­verse of the quilt, align­ing the raw edges at the top.

11 Sew the bind­ing strips to­gether end-to-end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Fold in half along the length with wrong sides to­gether and press. Open out, align one long edge with the raw edge of the quilt, RS to­gether, then use the walk­ing foot to sew the bind­ing to the quilt.

12 Fold the bind­ing over to the back of the mini quilt and slip stitch in place to fin­ish. Slide the wooden dowel through the tabs and at­tach the cord for hang­ing.

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