Finally after what as seemed like three years in the making I finished the Fairy tale quilt for my granddaughter Daisy. I was starting to feel guilty as my oldest grandchild was the only one one without a personalised quilt from Grandma! when the boys were born I made one for Logan, George and William and Aliyah got her play quilt. But Daisy was kept waiting!
I wanted to include some of the fabulous Fairy tale embroidered collages available from www.emblibrary.com I chose these four. I was planning an a few more but as each one took over 6 hours to stitch out, I soon gave up on that idea!
I wanted to use the scraps of fabric which I had at home and used a simple foundation piecing strip quilt method. this works for all weights of fabrics as the cotton backing provides stability. I made my small blocks as 6.5 inches square and marked off with a pencil of diagonal corners 1.25 inches in from the diagonal point on two sides. Then drew lines joining them up to create my own basic foundation.
I lay a scrap strip face down touching the line and stitched by usual quarter-inch seam. I then folded the scrap strip over to be face up and finger pressed the seam down. I then lay my next scrap strip over the unstitched edge of the previous strip and sew the quarter-inch seam. The second strip holds the first strip down. I repeated this until the whole block was covered but left the white central diagonal foundation uncovered. That way when I joined up four blocks into a large block, they all linked.
I included scraps of fabric from outfits and dresses I had created for Daisy over the years, and bits of fabric she would recognise from her mums vintage style apron and her brothers quilt. There is even a little bit of Uncle Craig’s Army Camo uniform in there.
I appliqued her name by first printing out the letters on the home printer. Then tracing them onto the paper side of the fabulous Bondaweb before ironing onto the back of the chosen fabric. Then cur around the shapes and that helps seal the edges of the applique. I then iron the letters into position on the quilt top and used a blanket style stitch to finish off round the letters.
Hopefully, it will be with her for many years and will remind her of all the fabrics around her. But on thing I am sure of, it will be a long time before I choose to do another quilt with this method. I was a stash buster but it seemed to take forever!