Category Archives: Patchwork

Rail Fence patchwork quilt in blue

What seems like forever ago, I got Celia Eddy’s “100 traditional and contemporary quilt blocks”  and formed the rather hare-brained idea that I’d work my way through the lot …. a couple of years later, I’m still only 4 or 5 blocks in! At this rate, it’s only going to take the rest of my life … but …. so many ideas, so little time.

Anyhoo …. it was time for another quilt, and I wanted to both use up some of my scrap material, the huge mountain of denim-stash, AND work the next block in the book. Lucky me! The rail fence works perfectly as a stash-buster 🙂

It’s so simple …. just strips of fabric, arranged next to each other …. you could get very precise and make sure each strip was the same width, or you could do as I did …. and go with the flow …. I like the slightly-less-precise approach to dealing with scraps – aside from anything else, it avoids generating too much in the way of *more* scraps.

rail fence patchwork piecing

The other thing I wanted to do was graduate the shades in each block from dark to light ….. and use predominantly denim, with a strip of a printed cotton in each block …. I like.

Each block is arranged next to the other, alternating horizontal and vertical stripes …

rail fence patchwork piecing

I’m not that much of a purist that I won’t concede that using the machine for this sort of piecing makes a huge amount of sense ….

I’m ironing to the dark side for each block as I piece it ….

And keep on building those blocks …. lining those junctions up nice and tight as we go ….

rail fence patchwork piecing

(anyone else hear Dory from Finding Nemo here?)

Just keep piecing, just keep piecing, just keep piecing piecing piecing …

rail fence patchwork piecing

Until you have yourself a quilt top that’s exactly the right size …. this one here is single (twin) bed size …. there’s about 4 whole pairs of jeans in this one, and all sorts of odds and ends. I finally gave up some of the liberty quilt fabric I bought when I went to the Quilts exhibition at the V&A a couple of years ago …. plus some odds and ends from girls’ dresses, mens’ shirts, old skirts, a linen tablecloth … even a little upholstery brocade snuck in there.

Sandwich time!

rail fence patchwork quilt

tape, pin, tack …. quilt!

I’ve used the totally lush quilters’ dream orient batting, and the backing is a blue vintage double sheet – so washed and used it’s almost as soft as flanellette …. scrumptious.

rail fence patchwork quilt

I’m having a bit of a moment with those foldover bindings …. this one is finished with strips of vintage ribbon in co-ordinating colours. And my second obsession of the moment – quilted borders …. this time I’ve free-motioned it in a pattern that echoes the rail-fence piecing. I like ….

rail fence patchwork quilt

It’s totally dreamy …. those blues are so tranquil …. my daughter noted how well it worked in her white-and-teal bedroom (I’m ignoring her not-so-subtle hints), but I think it’s subtle enough that it’d work in a boy’s room too. (I would have modelled it in my son’s room to prove this, but that’d mean tidying it up first, and that’s just a step too far for me!).

rail fence patchwork quilt

Anyway. Dreamy rail fence patchwork quilt in blue, waiting just for you in my Etsy shop

Chevron Cushion – pinstripe & brocade

Why yes, a cushion … patchworked, and quilted … and I think versatile enough to work in either a contemporary interior or a more traditional country home … I have a feeling that it might go down well in a home office – the pinstriping is quite masculine, and the flash of red brocade reminds me of regency waistcoats, somehow ….

chevron patchwork cushion

Back towards the end of last year, I started in on a little project to work my way through Celia Eddy’s book  100 Traditional and Contemporary Quilt Blocks, and this is the latest … the chevron block.

I started with this:

Wool pinstripe and chinese brocade ...

Love those rich, rich fabrics. The pinstripe came from an old suit jacket I deconstructed, and I’ve been hoarding that brocade for a while now – it’s so lush.

foundation piecing for chevron block

Then happened a lot of foundation piecing … I probably made it more complicated for myself than I needed to by deciding that I wante the pinstripes to run in alternate directions on each block ….

foundation piecing ... chevron strips

Much coffee was drunk during the process ….. but eventually it was all put together and ready for quilting – there’s a good layer of wadding between the top and the cotton backing.

quilting ... stitching in the ditch

I managed to restrain myself and stick to just stitching in the ditch (along the seam lines) … the fabric needs to speak for itself.

quilted cloth

I always love that moment when the cloth is finished, and ready to be used ….

A little binding in the brocade along the edges and some vintage brass buttons that made me think of suit-sleeve cuffs.

chevron block cushion

And …. finished … and …. in my Etsy shop ….