A Work In ProgressLately I have been working on a house-warming gift for a grown-up niece who has just bought her first home. I wanted to make her a quilt for snuggling on the couch with. I don't know if she even likes quilts but they are homey and cosy so perhaps she'll appreciate it in the future if she doesn't right now.
The idea came from some of the things that I know about her. She studied Interior Design at University and in her final exhibition she used hexagons divided up into parallelograms. Plus her favourite colour is blue.
I saw this tumbling blocks pattern in one of my quilt books and decided to have a go at it. If you squint your ideas it becomes 3D cubes, or you can see hexagons or even stars! Here are the pieces laid out so far.
The ProcessI am going to record how I did this in this post, mostly for my own records, but perhaps somebody else might be interested or curious too.
You need to choose fabrics that can be grouped into dark, light and medium tones. I used just one fabric for the medium tone, and it needs to be a pattern that isn't too noticeable. I used 1.5 metres of medium tone, 1 metre of darks and 1 metre of lights. Cut the darks and lights into strips that measure 2 3/4" wide and the medium tone needs to be cut at 3 1/4" wide.
Fourth: Now cut the medium tone fabric that is in the middle into a perfect triangle by cutting from corner to corner.
Fifth: Sew a dark parallelogram and triangle to a light parallelogram and triangle.When you sit them 'right sides together' they will always have these little 1/4 triangles poking out. Try to sew a 1/4 seam where the little dog ear meets the top fabric.
Again, press dark seams towards the dark and light seams towards the medium.
Sixth: You will end up with lots of these units. They are all the same really, if you turned the top pile around it would be the same as the bottom pile. But I separated them to stop myself from getting confused when I lay them out.
Take the pile that starts with a triangle on the left and lay them down in a row of four.
Then take the pile that starts with a light parallelogram on the left and lay them down in a row beneath your first row. You will see that a dark is always lined up with a light beneath it.
Seventh: Once you are happy with the layout and you have checked that they all match, start sewing the rows of units together.
The first picture in this post was after I had sewn the above pieces into strips, just to get an idea of the overall layout. I am looking forward to getting all those strips sewn together to see if it all really does line up and look like tumbling blocks!
To see my next steps in the process, please click here.