SEW Hip! Woven Quilt (issue 11) has been completed and is ready for it's first outing!
This particular 2010 SEW Hip! Challenge was not on my original project list but after completing the SEW Hip! Patience Corner Quilt I felt I should make the second in the series of 9-patch quilts.
I am glad I did as it was as easy to make as it's predecessor and I now have another great quilt ready for winter.
To add an extra dimension to the challenge of making the SEW Hip! Woven Quilt I decided to go with a more tradtional look.
No fresh upbeat colours for me.
To help establish a more 'traditional' look to my quilt I choose fabrics from French General's Rural Jardin & Rouenneries ranges.
It's strange what you take a fancy to when you shop online.
I usually hate grey, grey-beige, grey-brown or any other grey blend with a PASSION but I bought a whole load of the stuff.
The SEW Hip! Woven Quilt works on the same principles as the Patience Corner Quilt; cut lots of 5" squares (or use 2x charm packs) and arrange them to your taste in 9-patch blocks.
Sew your 9-patch block up and then slice & dice them. Rearrange them to create a 'woven' look and sew them back up.
At the end of the slicing & dicing you should end up with 16x 9-patch blocks that you piece together to create the main pattern of your 'Woven Quilt'.
It really couldn't be any easier than that. The SEW Hip! instructions & photos are so clear that a beginner could make this!
The SEW Hip! Woven Quilt if you follow the instructions measures about 68"x68". I have a queen sized bed so I opted to make my version a little larger.
The quickest and easiest way to increase the dimensions of your quilt is to widen your border fabric.
SEW Hip! suggest that you cut your borders 8.5" wide. I cut mine 10.5" wide and I also added in an inner border that was cut 2" wide bringing my total border width to about 11.5".
Creating an inner border is useful on many levels – you can add extra width to your quilt, add a splash of much needed colour or use it to separate your main patchwork from the border fabric etc.
I like using an inner border to help define the patchwork center.
For my inner boder I used fabric from the French General Rouenneries range – the advertised colour is Oyster, I think it's just plain old grey.
At this stage in the project I was beginning to have some serious misgivings about my choice of fabrics.
I like fun colours when it comes to my living spaces – grey for me is not fun!
To counteract the cement coloured inner border I had added to my SEW Hip! Woven Quilt, I decided to inject some fun by adding little squares of red & blue into the corners of the border.
Well that was the idea, but after an hour of pffaffing about getting the measurements all wrong I gave up and simply added the little 2" squares of colour into the center of each inner border.
It hasn't of course made any difference to the overall amount of grey in my quilt but for my own sanity I needed to do it.
Quilting the SEW Hip! Woven Quilt was if I am honest a complete nightmare. I spent two days trying to fashion some semblance of 'quilting' across it.
It is no doubt my own fault as I decided to venture into a new territory – diamond quilting.
The SEW Hip! instructions suggest that you use a "straight forward quilting technique to create an unsual woven look". This roughly translates into straight lines sewn across the quilt either side of the natural seam of the woven section.
Straight lines sewn across the quilt either in the seam ditch or next to it is exactly what I did for the SEW Hip! Patience Corner Quilt and that of the SEW Hip! Strips & Bricks Quilt.
I really wanted to try and do something different this time so I chose diamond quilting. It is still straight lines across the quilt but now at an angle.
I know it doesn't sound like a huge leap away from my comfort zone but it takes me in the right direction.
To help with my proposed quilting leap I bought an Even-Feed Pressure foot.
The Even-Feed Pressure foot is supposed to help you minimise puckering of the fabric when you quilt by ensuring the the bottom layer of the quilt feeds through the machine at the same time as the top layer.
This $30 baby was even more trouble than it's price tag. I spent a day sewing, unpicking, sewing and unpicking some more.
Diamond Quilting was not to be had at any cost….
Everytime I sucessfully sewed 1 diagonal line across the quilt, the next would cause a fabric pile up the size of Mauna Loa. I tried everything, sewing lines in opposite directions from each other, sewing from the center of the quilt out, corner to corner but nothing stopped the pile ups.
My poor little Huskystar E10 was frazzled by the end of the day and so was I.
The next day I changed tactics. If I couldn't do diamonds across the whole of the quilt I would sew some smaller ones inside the patchwork center; specifically within the blocks of fabric made up of 4 charm squares.
After successfully completing the larger diamonds I opted to add a few where the fabrics cross over to create the 'woven' look.
The quilting on my SEW Hip! Woven Quilt isn't as dramatic or spectacular has I had envisioned but there are diamonds on it and there is virtually no fabric puckering.
I think I mentioned in the SEW Hip! Patience Corner Quilt that I would investigate the options of adding the binding by machine. My normal process is to attach one side of the binding by machine and hand sew the other side.
The finish by hand is fantastic but it isn't exactly a finger friendly option on a larger quilt so I thought perhaps I could try either blind hem the second side or use a pretty embroidery stitch along all edges.
The feathered embriodery stitch on my Huskystar E10 is good and on the grey binding it actually loooked pretty but my binding fabric wasn't reallly wide enough to accomodate it
Blind hemming is something I really need to work on – my efforts were all over the place.
In the end I completed my binding my hand, my fingers are sore but it looks great.
Check out my SEW Hip! Woven Quilt!
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