This post is to celebrate the completion of my “Be My Valentine” quilt designed by Helen Allison which is featured in Pam and Nicky Lintott’s gorgeous Jelly Roll Inspirations book.
This is my second quilt (first one from a Jelly Roll!) and is made from Moda’s “Summer House” jelly roll by Lily Ashbury and some white multi-coloured polka dot spot background fabric.
To make the fabric cutting easier its a good idea to make yourself some plastic templates – it helps to label them too!
What’s nice about this quilt is that as its made of 16 heart panels (or blocks) you can see the design come to life very quickly. The cut pieces are lined up, strips stitched together and a heart is formed! It’s a good idea to pin the strips together at every seam or joint to get a good match. This gives you the chance to re-stitch your pieces together if your heart shape is out of line before it notices!
As the top and bottom 2 strips aren’t joined to the heart at this stage, pin the strips to your joined piece to keep them all together.
Once all the 16 heart panels are at the same stage, the jigsaw puzzle starts! It’s time to play with 300 two and a half inch squares to form the flowers.
Unless you are lucky enough to have a room where you can leave your quilt pieces laid out it’s a good idea to take lots of photos at this stage to help you remember where each piece needs to go!
Once your are happy with your layout, it’s time to finish off the heart panels. Before I joined my finished panels together I used a rotary cutter to square and get them all to the same size.
I was so excited when I managed to get to this stage!
I pinned the borders onto the main panel at the fabric intersections as it gave me the chance to spot (and hide!) my inaccuracies before they were stitched on.
The quilt layers go together a bit like a sandwich – the wadding / batting is the filling and backing fabric and top jelly roll front the slices of bread. Remember to leave the backing fabric and wadding bigger than the front until after quilting. I find temporary fabric spray adhesive or safety pins keep your layers together when quilting.
The quilt binding is made out of strips of cotton fabric which are sewn together to form a continuous length. To make my quilt edge lovely and thick I used a double layer of blinding. For a neat finish, the binding is sewn to the front of the quilt by machine, folded in half over the quilt edge and then attached to the backing fabric with small hand stitches. There are lots of free and excellent instructions on the web to show you how to do this and make perfect mitred corners.
My sewing machine was great for sewing in a speedy square quilting design.
My finished quilt!