zaterdag 18 maart 2017

Quilting, a non-sewing version

Sometimes I get the urge to do something totally different from what I'd been doing the previous days. In this case, after making furniture for the kitchen and cutting openings for windows I wanted to do something with fabric, so I decided to make a quilt  #noconnectionatall :D

I looked at a lot of tutorials and decided to follow these instructions. I measured and cut 80 squares of five different fabrics, and 80 pieces of paper.

I tacked the fabric to the paper, wrapping 5 mm over each edge. 

I pinned those squares to a little cork board to try different patterns.

Unfortunately, after I made 36 squares and attached the first 5 together, I had to give up because it turned out to be too straining for my shoulder and arm (muscles). Something that also prevents me doing macrame at the moment.
I decided to try the non-sew method instead (a) Won't be as neat and pretty as I'd want it to be, I think, but hee, we can pretend Bianca probably isn't as good in sewing ;)

I opted to make use of this example.
I used an old coton pillow case, draw 8 by 10 squares of 1,5 cm and taped it to my cutting board.

Starting in the middle (well, at one of the four squares in the middel xD) ...

... I glued the first piece of fabric, right side up.

The next piece is glued with a sharp fold/edge, on top of the first one, following the pencil lines.

Third square on the opposite side.

The fourth and fifth close in the first square.

For the next four - corner - pieces, I folded two sides and cut a bit of fabric to make it less bulging.

I used some extra glue to secure the fabric at the corners.

And I drew new pensil lines after I'd done a row.

Then I repeated it with a new round of squares in the same order; first the ones in the middle, then the ones on either side and I ended with the four corner pieces.
In the next photo I'll show you the order in which I glued the fabric.

All 80 pieces glued in place.

The only thing I was not happy about were the transitions (?) between the squares, but I looked through all my craft supplies and found some tin ricrac I could use to hide every corner that isn't neat xD  I ordered more of the trim at Minidoor, and some in an orange colour in advance. When it arrived the next day, I glued the trim. Since they tended to get loose at first, I put some pressure on it, one square at the time.

I liked the orange fabric as a border. I tried it with green but I thought the colours of the quilt looked warmer with orange beside them xD

I'd decided to sew the back of the quilt instead of glueing it, but of course you could use either technique.

Between the back and front I put a piece of terry fabric, and I added some thin wire to the longer hems so I'd be able to make some folds.

Since I hadn't made a bed for little Penny, I put it on Draco's four poster bed to show you ;)

6 opmerkingen:

  1. Oh wow! Absolutely gorgeous quilt! You have so much patience and skill Arlette......I'll be giving this technique a try :D

    1. Thanks, Kim! Can't wait to see how you'll manage :D

  2. Arlette, wat heb je dit leuk gedaan zo zeg, en de knobbelband op de naden staat erg goed. Evt. kun je een volgende keer ipv badstof ook Solu-vlies gebruiken om meer body te kunnen geven aan je quilt.

    1. Dank je wel, Thea. Ik moest even googlen van Solu-vlies is, en zag dat het in water oplosbaar is? Dat lijkt me niet echt handig ;) Ik heb inmiddels ook quilts genaaid, een zonder vulling en een met 'gewone''vlieseline. Nog even uitproberen maar :)