Weekend Quilting is all about stress-free quilting with start-to-finish projects designed for a cathartic weekend of stitching.
Quilters can choose from 16 fresh designs quilts, wall hangings, runners, and cushions–while learning tips on using pre-cuts and rules for time-saving preparation Author Jemima Flendt is a member of Australia’s Penny Rose Design team (Riley Blake’s sister company) and collaborates with Lecien Fabrics, Millhouse Collections and Liberty of London.
We have a little treat for you. A bonus project that Jemima has created, to give you a taste of what to expect in the book. She has created a stunning Rainbow Hexagon Mini Quilt, which could be used as a lap quilt of babies blanket.
If you have ever wanted to give English paper piecing a try, this beginner-friendly quilt is a great first project. Just by using some of your fabric scraps, you can make this sweet design inspired by all the colours of the rainbow.
- Colourful print fabrics, (7) 2.” (6.5 cm) squares each of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, purple, and white/black (mini charm squares and scraps are perfect for this project)
- Background fabric, ⁵⁄8 yard (0.6 m)
- Backing fabric, ⁵⁄8 yard (0.6 m)
- Black/white stripe binding fabric, 1/4 yard (0.2 m)
- Batting, 27″ (68.5 cm) square
- Precut paper hexagons, (50) 1″ (2.5 cm) pieces
- Cotton thread in coordinating colours for hand quilting hexagons and hand sewing needles
- Glue pen (archival quality)
- Applique pins
- Rotary cutter and self-healing mat
- Erasable fabric marking pens in coordinating colours for drawing hexagon shapes
- Acrylic template, 1.” (3.8 cm) hexagon
Finished Size: 19″ (48.5 cm) square
MINI CHARM SQUARE AND SCRAP FRIENDLY
All seam allowances are .” (6 mm)unless otherwise noted.
From each of the colourful print squares, cut:
7 hexagons using the acrylic template (49 total)
From the background fabric, cut:
(1) 20″ (51 cm) background square
From the binding fabric, cut:
(2) 2.” (6.5 cm) X WOF (width-of-fabric) strips
Making the Blocks
For detailed directions, see How to English Paper Piece.
- Attach the fabric hexagons to the precut papers (Figure 1).
Sew each of the hexagon colour groups together, starting with the centre hexagon and hand sewing your way around the centre (Figure 2 ).
3. Referring to Figure 3, sew each of the coloured hexagons to the black-and-white centre hexagon in the order shown. Pin the rainbow hexagon block to the center of the background fabric.
4. Sew the rainbow hexagon block in place using an applique stitch along the edges of the hexagons (Figure 4 ).
Assembling the Quilt
5. Trim the quilt top to 19″ (48.5 cm) square. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste the layers together with safety pins about 3″ (7.5 cm) apart, starting from the centre and working your way out to the edges of the quilt top.
6. Quilt as desired. (The featured quilt was hand quilted around each of the coloured hexagons using a running stitch.)
Note: To create the colourful hexagon design, draw 1″ (2.5 cm) hexagons on the background fabric with an erasable fabric marker, then hand quilt around each hexagon using a running stitch and matching coloured thread (Figure 5).
7. Bind the quilt.
Download the PDF booklet now and you will also get a great guide on how to English Paper Piece.