A Walk in the Woods ~ and a delectable discount code! 

On the day I broke up from school for the Christmas holidays, I stayed up alone, very late, and made lists of everything I both needed and wanted to achieve over the fortnight off. I knew at the time it was far-fetched, but one of the makes I included on the list was a baby quilt for a lovely lady at work who was due to go on maternity leave in February. In an unusual moment of organisation, I had ordered the fabrics for the quilt topper back in November. More typically, however, I waited until the day before the baby shower to begin making the quilt. 

I had chosen to use this gorgeous Dear Stella collection from Elephant In My Handbag – keep reading for a fantastic special voucher code! I knew that mum-to-be Kelly loved fabrics featuring owls and animals, and the colour scheme seemed appropriate for a boy. On Saturday’s trip to Dewsbury, I picked up 1.5m of dark grey fleece to use as quilt backing. I’d bought a couple of metres of lightweight wadding a while ago, so the warm and fairly heavy fleece was perfect to add just the right amount of weight to the quilt. 

 
I cut the fat quarters into 5″x 5″ squares, which left only 2 narrow strips of waste. I didn’t place them in a particular order but made sure two matching squares didn’t touch.  I ended up with with a quilt that was seven 5″ squares wide and eleven 5″ squares long – fairly random I know but the approximate shape and size I wanted. 

 I tend to make up the sizes of the squares and finished quilt myself, but always refer to this tutorial for advice on technique.  

I stitched squares to squares, pressing the seams to the right; then rows to rows, pressing the seams down. 

  Next I laid the topper over the wadding and then the fleece, and cut around the edge so they were the same size. I pinned from the inside out, and placed many pins, which I think helped the quilt to stay much straighter than my previous ones.  I sewed around the edge leaving a space of two squares to turn it right side out. I pressed then slip-stitched the gap. Attaching my walking foot and extension table, I began the actual quilting. I kept the black cotton threaded, which was possibly too dark in retrospect – a navy blue might have worked better. Instead of stitching in the ditch as I have before, I did as the tutorial recommends sewing 1/8″ to the right and below the seams, which I think was much easier and more effective.  

 After quilting along the horizontal and diagonal seams, I realised I should have sewn 1/4″ all around the edge first – this would have made it easier as I wouldn’t have tried to sew the lines of quilting stitches right to the edge of the quilt. One to remember for next time. Pretty quickly, however, the quilt was complete.  

     

  I have a couple more quilts planned and in the pipeline. If YOU have any quilting projects planned, I would definitely recommend elephantinmyhandbag.com because they have a huge range of beautiful FQ bundles. Even better, if you enter the voucher code Marking99 you will get 10% off your first order – one use per customer. I’d love to know if you make use of the code, especially if you’re planning to make a quilt of any kind. 

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16 responses to “A Walk in the Woods ~ and a delectable discount code! 

  1. So lovely, I bet she’ll be delighted 🙂 Beautiful prints you’ve chosen too.

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  2. What a beautiful and special gift.

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  3. She’ll treasure this, it’s lovely. I’m going venture into quilting this year do thanks for the discount code. I’ve just had a quick peak but will have a better look when it’s pay day! 😃

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  4. Lovely quilt and thanks for going through it step by step. I don’t know much about quilting but your explanations have made it look a lot clearer to me and not so scary. I don’t know if I should have thanked you for that though, I’m starting to want to make one myself now!

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    • Trust me, if I can sew one that turns out ok, you definitely can! I don’t have enough patience for intricate designs but with nice fabric I think they can still be effective and a great gift. Let me know if you do try it! 🙂

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  5. Once again, you have made a beautiful gift! I’m sure she will love it 🙂 I think I prefer the quilting where it isn’t in the ditch; might try that next time!

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    • Yes I was surprised, I didn’t think it would look right at all but it did, plus I just used the width of the walking foot as a seam allowance guide which was so much easier than trying to sew straight across where one square joins another. I’m definitely converted for next time!

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  6. Because I really enjoy reading your blog I have nominated you for a Liebster award! You can find out all about it here https://remakeremodelrecycle.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/liebster-award/

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  7. What a lovely personal present, thanks for the instructions. Quilting isn’t on my list, as I have a lot of dress making fabric to get through. (But I keep seeing beautiful quilts that are very tempting though!)

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  8. Lovely present, and thanks for the clear instructions. It is tempting to have a go! But I think this year I need to tackle my dressmaking stash.

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  9. Lovely quilt. A super gift. Thank you for the clear instructions and the link to the tutorial, which I read and bookmarked despite not intending to make a quilt (no! no! at least not yet). If the code is valid long enough I might use it!

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