- sewing-machine or hands :)
- needle punched polyester 100 g/m2;
- ruler for patchwork;
- scissors for sewing;
- sewing-machine needles for quilting;
- washable marker for pattern.
1. Select cloth, I took batiste + long strips of cloth for patchwork. The shades and patterns should match each other.
2. Lay the stripes together one under another (the pattern goes equally from the middle of the piece to its both sides), one can leave punctures with needles.
3. Cut the stripes at the angle of 45⁰ like in the photo.
4.Sew the stripes to batiste and sew their angles together leaving a 6 mm seam allowance. It’s even better to use a presser foot for patchwork with the 6 mm seam allowance.
5. Sew the monochrome stripes into borders. Make a sandwich with the help of sticky tape and safety pins bended up for quilting. The back side is always bigger.
6. Divide the blank in two with the washable marker. Use angle patterns of your pattern rulers for patchwork. Draw a rhomb like in the photo.
7. The rhomb thickness is optional. Round the edges using special rulers of acrylic resin for long arm sewing-machines, or anything round-shaped like cups or saucers.
8. Having drawn the thick border of the rhomb, you see a square inside. Roud its angles, too, marking 1-2 cm with the ruler. This depends on your quilting methods.
9. Mark the angles from the four sides of the central square.
10. Start filling the inner rhomb with quilted feathers. The feathers near the border should be of a middle size, otherwise the work would be coarse. The thinner the filling, the softer the quilt.
11. Fill the center of the quilt with infinity signs moving along the marks. Find more about the stitch
12. Quilt the angles of the blank in the overall style and fill up all the rest with feathers.
13. Now quilt the stripes of cloth — the pattern of fabric always influences your stitching method.
The border is rounded at the angles, like in the photo, the sprigs and feathers have a little twist which gives liveliness to the work.
14. When all is done, it would look this way. You need to get the quilt wet at room temperature, torment it slightly and squeeze out the water out of the blank having put it between the folds of a bath towel. Lay it out on the floor for drying. I’ve got heated tile floors at home, it’s very convenient. Having dried, the quilt can be ironed and without steam; set a temperature below the average and move the iron quickly.
15. Cut off all extra edges. Use mat or a ruler with the right angle to check if all side and border allowances are equal.
16. Cut out new stripes for edging; their width depends on the edging you want. This all should look proportional and any single part should not draw all attention to itself.
Sew the stripes together at 45⁰.
17. Fold and iron like in the photo:
18. Mark a 45⁰ angle with a dot using the washable pen. It is seen in the second photo below :)
19. Turn over the stripe to the left like on the photo, make 90⁰ and 45⁰ folds. Sew it from the very edge. I use a presser foot, it helps to pull up and deal with thick pieces of fabric.
20. We have sewed three sides and stopped 20 cm before each end to lay out the stripes, like in the photo, to put 45⁰ washable marks.
21. Add 1.2 cm (two seam allowances of 6 mm each) and cut all extra cloth at the angle of 45⁰.
22. Join the 6 mm allowance, like in the photo.
Finish the edging seam.
23. Unfold the border with your nail or a special stick in the anti-stitch direction at the right side.
The fold has already been ironed, so it’s quite easy to arrange it.
24. One can perfectly stitch the border only by hand, no matter how much experience you have. Besides, handmade stitches add something unheard-of. Where a 45⁰ fold is, I sew from the back, like in the close-up photo below; I don’t do anything with the angles at the right side as they’ve already been fixed with stitches.
And the photos of the ready item.
Light, practically weightless, it would be even softer and better in time. Such quilt would be a perfect present for a newborn, and it could be used later as a wall decor. Kept during a lifetime as a memory and passed on to heirs.
Do sew, especially for your nearest and dearest!