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Finishing a Quilt

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Finishing a Quilt

BACKING The backing needs to be 8” longer and wider than the quilt top if you are long arm machine quilting. If you are quilting yourself 4" longer and wider will be enough.It is convenient to use wide-back fabric (108” wide).Or you can piece together any fabrics to make a back the correct size. Remember to always cut selvedges off before joining. WADDING/BATTING Use what ever type suits your needs - cotton, wool, bamboo, polyester, cotton/poly blends, wool/poly blends. 100% cotton is good for warmer climates.Wadding comes in many widths:1.5m (59”), 2.4m (95”) and 3.1m (122”).The wadding also needs to...

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Gypsy Wife

Australian Designers Pattern - Quilt

Gypsy Wife

Pattern and Classes available A great pattern by the Australian designer Jen Kingwell. Some of the blocks in my version of this quilt. I've used a matching jelly roll and layer cake with a few extra fabrics. So far it has been a lot of fun. I've made all the blocks and am half way to putting the top together - no photo to hand right this moment. There are some classes if you are interested and also the pattern is available from the shop.

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Free Patchwork Pattern - Layer Cake Quilt #3

Free Patterns Quilt - Layer Cake

Free Patchwork Pattern - Layer Cake Quilt #3

Layer Cake Patchwork Quilt - Windmills Another quilt to make with a layer cake. I used the range Linen Cupboard designed by Emma Jean Jansen, an Australian fabric designer. You need 20 10"squares to complete this quilt. Finished size - 130cm (51") x 150cm (59") Rather than use a layer cake you can cut your own 10" squares or use your stash! You will also need a co-ordinating fabric for the outside edge. In summary the requirements are: 10" squares or a Layers Cake ( click here to view what's available) Co-ordinating fabric - 80cm Border - 1m Backing & wadding: enough to cover quilt Other...

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Patchwork Tip - Half Square Triangles - Specialist Ruler

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Patchwork Tip - Half Square Triangles - Specialist Ruler

Half Square Triangles using a specialist ruler. There are many brands available of the special triangle rulers to cut half square triangles. They will all look a bit like this: Again always use finished sizes. Add 1/2” to measurement of side A - the finished size of the side of the half square triangle   Cut 2 strips this size from 2 different fabrics. Place the strips right sides together. Straighten the edge, cut a pair of triangles with the ruler the right side up. Flip the ruler over to cut the next pair of triangles, note that the little black point overhangs the...

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Patchwork Tip - Half Square Triangles

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Patchwork Tip - Half Square Triangles

Half Square Triangles Traditional Method Add 7/8” to measurement of side A. Cut a square this size and cut in half as shown. I always add 1” rather than 7/8”, this gives you ‘jiggle’ room. The square unit formed from the rejoined 2 triangles can be trimmed to the desired size. Example of side A = 4" Cut squares 5". Cut these in half. Rejoin to form a square and trim to the desired size - in this case trim to 4 1/2" for a 4" finished size   Another Alternative Instead of cutting the square in half you can...

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