My SEW Hip! Patience Corner Quilt (issue 10) is done, and I am loving it!
I was initially a little worried about this SEW Hip! 2010 Challenge because it looks so complicated but it proved to be really simple and the end result is stunning!
SEW Hip! have given the Patience Corner Quilt a difficulty rating of intermediate but they mention that this quilt is ideal for first-timers and I couldn't agree more.
All of the SEW Hip! instructions are really clear in this pattern and to help things along they added photos for the cutting procress. I am a visual person and prefer to work from photos so this was a great help.
In keeping with my budget constraints I made my blocks using the leftover fabrics I had from the Moda Verna layer cake I used in my SEW Hip! Hexagonal table runner.
I really recommend using a precut layer cake – it makes life much simpler especially if you are rubbish at cutting fabric like I am.
I think it only took me a day to assemble, cut and reassemble all the blocks ready for sewing. As I have already said – this quilt is REALLY easy to make.
The only real issue I had in making the SEW Hip! Patience Corner Quilt was in finding material for the border of the quilt. I made my blocks out of a layer cake so I didn't have the required 1.6m of fabric.
I went online to see if I could get hold of one of the Moda fabrics I had used in the blocks only to discover that I could only get the fabric in the USA.
As I tend to get the wind in my sails when I start a project I didn't want to wait a week for my fabric to arrive so I improvised.
I decided to create an extra smaller border around the central block work and then use white fabric for rest of the border. I made the smaller border using a lovely brown & white flower print 1.5'' wide.
As I was already altering the pattern to suit my needs I decided to change the white border from 8.5" to 9' wide. It was easier to cut (I am really bad at cutting fabric).
Once the borders were added it was simply a matter of layering the base fabric, batting and top layer and sew it all together.
I thought I might try my hand at the fancy quilting stuff using my machine so I went and did some research.
Fancy quilting stuff is only possible if you have the right 'feet' it seems. I checked through my small selection of feet and my Dutch manual and I definately do not have the necessary tools. I have now added an even-feed foot and a free-motion foot to my ever growing sewing shopping list.
As there was no hope of doing any fancy quilting work I opted for ditch stitching.
Ditch stitching is easy – simply sew in the already existing lines of stitches.
Over the past few SEW Hip! 2010 Challenges I have discovered and devised a few tricks to make life easier.
- use bicycle clips to hold your quilt from unravelling when you are quilting/sewing by machine.
- use bull clips to hold your binding in place while you hand sew – it stops you from having to constantly readjust your work.
- use a quilting thimble to help with hand sewing. Trust me after a few quilts your fingers will thank you for it.
After my stint with ditch stitching all I had left to do was the binding.
In keeping with my general habit of not following instructions to the letter I made my binding exactly how I always make my binding 2" wide.
Why 2"? – because that is the width of my ruler!
If I had a 2.5" ruler my binding would be 2.5" wide. My binding looks nice so I don't see any point in causing unnecessary 'cutting incidents'.
I have had the pleasure of hand stitching binding for a while now and I have to admit that as pretty as the finish is I think it might be time to learn how to blind hem on my machine.
I have been a little reluctant to do the research until now because I liked the idea of having a little part of my quilt hand sewn as quilters of a bygone era would have done but after reading the March Issue of BBC Home & Antiques I have changed my mind.
According to Serena Fokschaner in her article "Snuggle Up" women have been using their sewing machines to quilt since the late 1840's!!!
Food for thought…but here is my version of SEW Hip! Patience Corner Quilt.
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