Rather shockingly I started planning this quilt in May 2013….yes, FOUR YEARS AGO!!! It had been intended as a wedding gift for somebody but I started to have doubts about whether or not they’d like it, and then for whatever reason it got put away. Fast forward to last year when I dug it out and found that past-me had been thoughtful enough to pin all the rows together which made sewing the top a breeze (high five to past-me!). And then I finally got round to finishing it up this year and I’m so glad that I did because I absolutely love it. Perhaps I secretly just really wanted to keep it for myself all along!
I didn’t work from any pattern. The half square triangles were made using the four-at-a-time method (you can find a great tutorial here by Blossom Heart Quilts). Based on the dimensions I’ve ended up with (which are a little variable…) I think I started with 9.5″ squares. The HST’s were arranged so that each four blocks made a pinwheel quilt design.
The finished quilt is around 62″ x 62″ and just sits nicely on top of a double bed.
All the fabric is by Tilda. I’m not sure what ranges they belong to because they aren’t listed on my invoice. I bought 10 quarters of prints and 1m of solid white cotton. Although some of the prints are more blue-green and others more yellow-green I think it all comes together OK.
The quilt is backed with Art Gallery Pure Elements solid green. I’ve moved to stocking Kona Solids in the shop and I was keen to use a green rather than a pink for the backing just to tone it down a bit. The binding is Liberty of London Tana Lawn and the print is Tom Daley. I have a lot of Liberty in my stash and this hot pink just seemed the perfect colour to make the quilt top pop and bring it all together.
Wadding is Hobbs Premium 80/20. The quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt thread.
Honestly this quilt has been sewn in such a haphazard way I’m not sure I can remember much about sewing it together! All I know is that the 4 at a time method for the half square triangles means you end up with bias edges on your HST blocks which I don’t think is ideal. The Tilda solid white fabric seemed to have a looser weave which meant that I had to handle it really carefully not to stretch those edges out. To be honest, I’m not sure I’d do this method again or use the Tilda solid.
Quilting and Binding
I was keen to get this quilt finished and decided to go with simple straight line quilting along the diagonal pinwheel seams. I moved the needle as far to the left or right (depending on which side of the seam I was quilting) and sewed with the edge of my walking foot on the seam. I really like how the quilting has turned out, and how it looks on both the front and back. I’m ~just~ within the recommended spacing for the wadding I used and it gives the quilt a lovely soft, squishy feel.
My preferred method now is to machine sew the binding onto quilts. I start by sewing it on to the back of the quilt first, and then flip it to the front and edge-stitch it in place. I like how it looks; I think it is more durable; and mainly I love it because it gets the job done quickly!
This is the first quilt I’ve made that I’ve kept for myself. It is now residing on my bed and I love how bright and fresh it looks. Good things do indeed come to those that wait!