As a follow up to my ‘Home is where the heart is quilt’, I wanted to show just how versatile a deconstructed nine patch quilt can be to inspire you for our new quilting evening class. You might need to look closer to see that the pattern is the same, but that by using print fabric all over you get a totally different looking quilt. This is the re-constructed nine patch block:
I used one of our new Tilda fat eighth bundles which has 14 different fabrics. A bundle is a great way of getting a good range of prints (a fat eight is half the size of a fat quarter). The overall combination of the Tilda fabric and quilt pattern makes a lovely vintage looking quilt. This range is called Tilda Sweetheart and is a soft palette of creams, blues and pinks.
One of the things I really hate about the quilting process is the basting step. I’ve recently discovered Hobbs do a double sided fusible version of their popular heirloom wadding – Hobbs Heirloom Fusible Cotton Blend 80/20 Batting – so I thought I’d give it a go. The wadding is sandwiched between your front and backing fabrics by ironing it from the fabric right sides. I found I could iron first the front and then flip it over to secure the backing which was easier than trying to do both sides at the same time. However, if anything does go wonky you can simply pull it off, re-position, and then iron again. I added a few pins as well as a safety precaution but I didn’t really need them. If you feel it is coming apart as you handle the quilt you can just go over it aagin with the iron. The finished quilt is nice and soft with no residual crispness. I have to say I was really impressed with it and took all the hassle and worry out of basting. So much so I’ve already used it again and now have it available in the shop.
The quilt is backed and bound with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Denim. Simple straight line quilting on the diagonal using Aurifil 50wt thread. I think both of these really complement the softness of the Tilda Sweetheart.
The finished quilt is toddler sized at 32.5″ x 45.5″. My finished binding is 1″ wide. I’ve taken to doing this wider binding as I like how it looks, and also how it gives a nice smooth edge to a quilt.