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Creative Week 17

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Again I haven’t been able to complete/create much as my little son has been on holiday from school for the past week, we have been trying to remain entertained in between exam revision and keeping up beat due to the rain and cold we have endured enjoyed!

I have started work on some small cushions made from leftovers, yet to be finished (of course) and stitched the last few remaining blocks from those left over from the previous weeks quilt tops.

cushion 1 cushion 2


The stitching lines that are visible are only temporary and will be removed once the cushions are complete.  This fabric was purchased some years ago whilst on holiday in Quimper (pronounced Kemper) Brittany France. Well worth a trip if you’re in the area.  We also enjoyed a boat trip from Benodeot at the mouth of the river Odet (Benodeot is the literal translation of the mouth of the Odet) up river to Quimper, the views of different styles of chateau are really worth seeing –  perhaps it is time for a return visit, maybe next year!


This small piece measures 20.5″ by 24.5″ unfinished (again), I’ll add a couple of borders to bring the size up to maybe 30″ by 30″.  Starting with a white/ivory border just on the right and left sides 2″ (finished) to bring it up to 24.5″ square, then 3″ borders all around.


This week Quilt Idea – Rail Fence Trio  a simple but effective quilt made with just three colours of fabric sewn into 2 strip sets then cut into blocks.

42" by 52"


From the light fabric

20 x 1.5″ strips across the width of the fabric for the quilt top set aside 4 of these for the inner border.

From the medium fabric

12 x 1.5″ strips across the width of the fabric.

From the dark fabric

12 x 1.5″ strips across the wide of the fabric (blocks)

4 x 5.5″ strips across the width of fabric (outer border)

6 x 2.5″ strips across the width of fabric (binding)

Block 1 (centre strip green) stitch 4 strip sets comprising of dark, light, medium, light, dark.  Press all seams in one direction from the front.  Sub cut into 5.5″ blocks (28 in total)

Block 2 (centre strip red/burgundy) stitch 4 strips sets comprising of medium, light, dark, light, medium.  Press all seams in one direction from the front.  Sub cut into 5.5″ blocks (28 in total)

Arrange as per quilt diagram, placing alternate blocks at 90 degree rotation, 6 across and 8 down. Stitch in rows, pressing as you go.  Join rows, pressing as you go.

Add the inner border:- from the light fabric, cut 2 strips 32.5″ by 1.5″ and two 40.5″ by 1.5″ add the shorter 2 to the shorter edges of the quilt top before adding the longer two.  Press

Add the outer border:- from the dark fabric, cut 4 strips 42.5″ by 5.5″.  Stitch one border strip to each of the longer edges, press before adding the remaining two borders.

Layer up on top of a backing fabric (placed face down on a flat surface) and batting, baste using method of choice.  Quilt as desired. Square up before adding the binding made from the remaining dark fabric, cut into 2.5″ strips joined to make the required length.  Add a label and you’re finished – Enjoy.

Fabric requirements:-

Light fabric – 80cm/30″ (includes enough for inner border)

Medium fabric – 50cm/18″

Dark fabric – 150cm/55″ (includes enough for outer border and binding)

Backing fabric – to measure 122cm/ 48″ by 148cm/58″

Batting same size as backing fabric.

Thread, both piecing and quilting.

I have been exact with the fabric measurements in inches but generous in cms.

You will have 4 of each block left over (as well as 3.5″ from each strip if using 42″ wide fabric).  From the left over blocks I will be making 2 small cushions to go with the quilt.


Quilt Show Update.

7th – 8th June

Springfields Quilt Show

Spalding Lincs



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