My favourite quilt books are always those where I truly get a sense of the author and their style. From the first moment I paged through Weekend Quilting – Quilt and Unwind with Simple Designs to Sew in No Time, it was love!
The book, by Jemima Flendt of Tied with a Ribbon is abundant with great projects, tips, images and beautiful watercolour diagrams. It’s easily a quilting book you can get lost in, dreaming of all the things you want to make.
The book contains 16 beautifully designed projects that can be made in just a few days. And as the titles suggests, the projects are both simple and quick to create, making them easy and achievable for a new quilter; and the perfect inspiration for the more seasoned quilter who likes to create mini quilts for swaps, or for themselves.
Weekend Quilting contains chapters focused on piecing traditional quilting units, such as
- The Nine Patch
- The Half Square Triangle
- Flying Geese
- The Pinwheel, and
- Equilateral Triangles
And there are also chapters focused on popular quilting techniques, such as
- English Paper Piecing
- Applique, and
- Foundation Paper Piecing.
Jemima asked me if I would like to make and share a project from her book, and of course I said ‘yes’! The only problem I knew I would face would be deciding on what to make, which seems like a pretty good problem to have!!
Flying Geese Project – Duck, Duck, Goose Mini Quilt
The first project I made from the book was the ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ mini quilt. There was just something mesmerizing about the overall movement and the simplicity of this quilt, and I knew it would be a stunning addition to my mini quilt collection.
In the book, Jemima suggests the use of a Bloc Loc ruler for squaring up the flying geese units. It’s not a necessity, but the pattern is designed so you create oversized units, that then require trimming.
As a matter of process, I always oversize half square triangle units I create, and trim them to size using a Bloc Loc ruler, yet it was not something I had considered doing for flying geese units – so I purchased a ruler, and decided to give it a go!
It took me a few tries to be able to navigate the ruler accurately, but I think that was more to do with the fact I was using two different weights of cotton fabric, more than the ruler itself.
When it came time to sew the units together, I found that the point where the fabric intersects was ever so slightly below the quarter inch seam allowance, which meant there was no chance I was likely to accidentally lose the point – can’t complain about that ;).
Although it requires a bit of extra time to trim each unit, the actual sewing time seemed to me to be much more efficient, as I wasn’t stopping to check my points as I would normally do!
Assembling the top was a breeze, and before I knew it I was ready to quilt the top. I kept the quilting simple and machine stitched a set of diagonal parallel lines to reinforce the feeling of movement created by the flying geese blocks.
In terms of size, this mini quilt is on the larger size which gave me a chance to have fun piecing together some of my larger scraps to create the backing.
I did however break one of my own self-imposed quilting ‘rules’; and that is NOT to use a geometric pattern on the back of a quilt that I plan on quilting a geometric design on!!
Let’s be honest, it doesn’t look great – using the diagonal gingham with diagonal quilted lines really exaggerates the imperfections in those straight lines, even though they look great from the front! Oh well, lesson reinforced…moving on!! LOL ;).
Foundation Paper Piecing Project – Avenues Mini Quilt
The second project I made was Jemima’s ‘Avenues’ mini quilt. There is something about house blocks that I am drawn to every time!! I once heard Pat Sloan talk about creating a ‘quilt series’ to try and discover your own quilt style and hone it better, and since then I have always thought if I were to take up that challenge then I would like to create a series of house block quilts.
This particular quilt uses foundation paper piecing to create the shapes. If you have never used this technique before then this would be a good pattern to learn something new.
Jemima shares her tips for success at the beginning of the chapter, and clearly takes you step by step through making a basic economy block.
Although there is a little bit of ‘fussy’ work involved in preparing the foundation papers and eventually removing them, I was still able to make this mini quilt over a couple of sewing sessions.
The Showcase Continues
Over the next few weeks you can see more projects created from Weekend Quilting by stopping by the following blogs…
And don’t forget to check out the #weekendquiltingthebook and #weekendquiltingshowcase hashtags on Instagram –
|Mon 29th May||Lisa Cox – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs|
|Tues 30th May||Robyn Shapiro – The Strawberry Thief|
|Wed 31st May||Melissa LeRay – Oh How Sweet|
|Thurs 1st June||Emily Dennis – Quilty Love|
|Fri 2nd June||Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio|
|Mon 5th June||Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis and Higgs|
|Tues 6th June||Peta Peace – She Quilts Alot|
|Wed 7th June||Stacy Olson –Stacy Olson Design|
|Thurs 8th June||Sedef Imer- Down Grapevine Lane|
|Friday 9th June||Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box|
|Mon 12th June||Suzy Williams – Suzy Quilts|
|Tues 13th June||Rachel Howard – Family Ever After|
|Wed 14th June||Amy Sinibaldi – nanaCompany|
|Thurs 15th June||Jodie Carleton – Ric Rac|
|Fri 16th June||Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork|
|Mon 19th June||Heather Andrus – Quilt Story|
|Tues 20th June||Elea Lutz – Elea Lutz Design|
|Wed 21st June||Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama|
|Thurs 22nd June||Claire Turpin – Claire Turpin Design|
|Fri 23rd June||Jennie Pickett – Clover and Violet|
|Mon 26th June||Fat Quarter Shop|
|Tues 27th June||Alisha Orlando – Ministry of Fabric|
|Wed 28th June||Minki Kim – Minki Kim Sewing Illustration|
|Thurs 29th June||Jemima Flendt – Tied with a Ribbon|
Jemima is hosting a giveaway on her blog that runs throughout the showcase. Click on through if you would like a chance at winning a fantastic prize pack.
A big thank you to Jemima and Fons and Porter for inviting me to participate in the showcase! It was so much fun, and I can see more projects from the book in my future :).
I hope you enjoyed this stop on the tour, the glimpse into this cute new book, and the lessons I learnt along the way.
If you have learnt something new recently, and you would like to share – I would love to hear about it!
Until next time,