SEW Hip! Summer Blocks Quilt (issue 17) is the 14th project to be completed from my 2010 SEW Hip! Challenge.
I have no idea how I got to the 14th SEW Hip! project so quickly as I should only be on my 12th project according to my diary…but this is where I am at (woohoo!).
This is also the 5th quilt/throw I have made since the beginning of the year (again woohoo!).
I know that for the professional quilter out there that this is nothing, and that my quilts don't actually have that free-motion quilting thing going on but to me this is actually quite amazing.
Let's be honest, 6 months ago I didn't think I would complete one quilt let alone 5… AND… enjoy making them!
I wont' deny that I had some misgivings when I initially chose this project. There were so many things I didn't like about it, the featured colour scheme, the quilting and the all the cutting but for those of you out there still avoiding your first quilt I actually recommend trying the SEW Hip! Summer Block Quilt.
You will get a great look for very little effort…trust me…I have made 5 quilts this year!!
Did I mention I am pretty chuffed with myself at the moment?
But seriously, the SEW Hip! Summer Block is really easy to make, all you need is a ruler or two, sharp scissors (or rotary cutter) and some great fabric.
Sharp cutting tools and rulers are very important for this SEW Hip! project because the Summer Block Quilt is made up of 160 rectangles measuring 3.5" x 9.5"
Yep that's right 160…
Cutting isn't my forte, especially the straight line variety but my skills have improved significantly enough over the past 6 months that my cuttings actually look like rectangles now.
I also reckon that for this project I was about 98% right for sizing unlike the rectangles for my SEW Hip! Strips & Bricks Quilt…some of those cuttings were more rhomboid than rectangular despite using a ruler, a lined cutting mat, another ruler…
…as I have said, cutting really isn't my forte.
…but 160 Rectangles?!
I know 160 rectangles sounds a lot (and it is) but it is worth the effort.
One way to reduce the cutting time and make your life easier is to invest in a rotary cutter & self healing cutting mat. They aren't cheap but they are worth the money as you will be able to cut through layers of fabric in one big hit. The mat also has measurements on it to help you cut the shape you want.
I think after the sewing machine, my rotary cutter & mat have been the best investments I have made all year. I don't think I would have lasted 6 weeks let alone 6 months on my 2010 SEW Hip! Challenge without them.
The next stage in creating the SEW Hip! Summer Block Quilt involves piecing together the actual 'blocks' of the quilt. There are 53 of them in total that create the top layer of the quilt. I know it sounds and looks complicated but…
It's dead easy to do!…thanks to the design of the quilt and the clear SEW Hip! instructions. Just follow the diagrams and you will finish the top quilt layer in no time (without mistakes).
The rest of the quilt assembly is straight forward; sandwich your batting between the top & bottom layers of fabrics and quilt away.
SEW Hip! used straight line quilting on their version of the Summer Block Quilt so I thought I would try some a litle different.
Free- motion quilting!!
Okay so my quilting technique isn't exactly the fairground 'Waltzer' kind of quilting that adorns most beautiful quilts but it is still free motion and I like it.
I just have to decide on a name for my 'freemo' , I was thinking… "2am Kick out"..
All there is left to mention is that the finished size is …70" x 58". Which is bigger than the SEW Hip! version?!
SEW Hip! Summer Blocks Quilt – Fabrics
SEW Hip! Challenge – 6 months on
SEW Hip! Strips & Bricks Quilt