Ethel (my trusty sewing machine) has been going full throttle piecing blocks from our Skinny Dippin' Quilt-along.
Just to quickly recap, there's four different types of blocks:
1 - Beach huts;
2 - Bunting;
3 - Plain sailing;
4 - Flying pinwheels
Pinwheel blocks ready to join into a strip
Blocks are joined to form a strip approximately 36" wide.
Once your strips are made, organise them into 3 groups:
Sew bunting strips above and below the Beach Hut strip....
Sew a bunting strip below the Pinwheels strip:
Then sew a bunting strip above the Plain Sailing strip.
Each group of strips measures approx 14"-15" x 36"
Once seams have been pressed, 3 lots of wadding and backing are cut so there's 1 or 2" extra around each of the 3 sections.
Approximately 40" x 50" (1m x 1.25m) of wadding is used in the quilt top shown.
Layer the quilt top block, using safety pins or a very light covering of spray baste to hold the quilt sandwiches (quilt-top/wadding/backing) together.
NB. If using spray baste use a very light covering, as too much makes the bed of the machine sticky when it comes to putting the quilted blocks together, which we'll be doing next month.
Then it's over to Ethel, (my sewing machine) for quilting....
Because the quilting is being done in long, narrow sections, pieces are much lighter and easier to manouvre, easily fitting through the throat* of my domestic sewing machine - (which for this tidy little machine is a very trim 6") - so no need to constantly fold and roll to fit the bulk through - it's also a lot easier on your arm muscles too, and much, much more fun!
(*throat of sewing machine - the space from the needle, on the left in the photo, to the motor casing, on the right).
A walking foot is also fitted to ensure both the top and bottom of the quilt sandwich feeds through the machine evenly.
When quilting the panels, leave a margin around the edge of the panel of at least an inch un-quilted. This makes it easier to join the panels together.
The pinwheel section, was quilted by stitching in the ditch, round the pinwheels and bunting triangles, this helped to make them stand out more:
For the Beach Huts a stitch in the ditch quilting outlined each hut, again helping make the beach huts and bunting triangles stand out more. The wavy stitch setting on the sewing machine made an ideal filler for the sea background:
Beach huts and pinwheel sections
The plain sailing section was quilted with stitching outlining the whale and boat, with wavy lines filling in the sea background, and straight lines for sunbeams over the sky:
Now each of the sections have been quilted, it's just left to tie off those loose threads (and sew the little button eye onto whale - oops!) so that next month, the 3 sections are ready to sew together!
We'd love to see blocks you've made using any of our Quilt-along patterns, whether it's beach huts, bunting, little whales or pinwheels. Which seems like a really good reason for a Giveaway!
Send us a photo using our Contact page, or post a photo on our Facebook page of your Skinny Dippin' Quilt-along block (or blocks) before 30th November and we'll enter you into the Giveaway, to win a gorgeous Daysail charm pack.
See you next month.
Till then happy sewing x