February block

Happy leap year day!! An extra 24 hours this month to get my February block done!! So for this month, I followed a set of instructions for a block design featured in issue 4 of Love Patchwork and Quilting (a great mag!).

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So, I chose my six fabrics for this block, ironed them and then cut them into strips measuring 1 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches:

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I then made four squares of six strips by joining the strips together making sure that I used the quarter inch foot on my sewing machine:

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Once I had four squares, I then paired them by joining two squares together, rotating each square by a quarter turn each time. It sounds a lot more complicated than it really is!!

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When I had two twos, I joined them together to make the final square. I had to double check this join a couple of times to make sure that I got the quarter turn right! ! Once I had joined them all together I had the final big square – the February block! !

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Now just for a final iron! !
It wasn’t as much fun to do as the pinwheel and when looking at the square as a whole I am not sure about the blue fabric strip…but making mistakes is all part of the learning journey right? !
Enjoy your extra 24 hours whatever you are doing 🙂
N xx

A Valentine’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

I have been exploring the history of quilts recently and I am particularly interested in the use of hexagons in quilts! The technique of english paper piecing dates back to the late 1700s and it involves fabrics being basted over paper templates before being hand sewn together.
A Grandmother’s Flower Garden is a quilt pattern that emerged from the use of english paper piecing where the hexagons were arranged to make flower shapes with a solid ‘garden path’ border running between them (pinterest has some fab examples!).
It isn’t a fast technique and I love the idea of building a quilt from fabrics that hold memories of places and events. I have started creating these flower shapes from fabrics I have bought during trips and holidays with my boyfriend – the aim being to eventually make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt made entirely from fabrics that hold memories for us both!!
So far, all of the centres of the flowers are from a piece of orange batik I bought during our first ever holiday to Amsterdam in 2015 – I had no idea what I was going to use it for other than to increase my stash! !

On the following three hexagon flowers, the outer hexagons are made using fabrics bought during our trip to North Devon this weekend (2016):

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On the next two hexagon flowers the outer hexagons are made using fabrics bought during our trip to Dublin for my boyfriend’s birthday in 2015:

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And lastly, on this hexagon flower, the outer hexagons are made using fabrics bought during our trip to Wales in January 2016:

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I am really looking forward to keep adding to this quilt of memories!!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!
N xx