Thursday, November 17, 2011

Valentine's Day Quilt

Finished size: 130cm x 130cm
Block size: 9in

2.7m background fabric
1m red heart fabric
30 cm small cream print
60 cm rose print
90 cm green fabric. (Including binding)
Photo frame fabric (if available) — yardage will be determined by which frames are wanted
150 cm x 150cm backing
150 cm x 150cm  batting
110 cm fusible web - 90cm wide Rotary cutter mat and ruler

Template plastic
Bias Maker 18mm
Photo Transfer paper + photos to copy for quilt
Spray starch
Embroidery thread for hand or machine sewing to match red and rose print fabrics.

Cut the fabric
from the background fabric, cut:
• 3 strips, 9.5in x width of fabric. Cross cut into 12 squares, 9.5in.
• 2 strips, 4in x width of fabric, then cut 4 Template A
• 8 strips, 6 7/8in x 28in. Cut 8 Template B.
• 4 squares, 10in for the corners

From the red heart fabric, cut:
•1 strip, 21in x width of fabric
• 2 squares, 13 5/6in. Cut each square diagonally once.
• 1 square, 11.5in

From the small cream print fabric cut:
 3 strips, 3.25in x width of fabric, then cut 24 Template C

From the rose print fabric,cut:
3 strips, 3.25in x width of fabric, then cut 24 Template C
1 strip, 11 in x width of fabric

From the green fabric, cut:
6 strips, x 2.5in x width of fabric for the binding. Join the strips end to end.
30 bias strips. 1/4in wide from the full width of fabric at 45 degrees. Remember to spray starch the fabric before cutting.
The number of strips may vary depending on the length of the shorter strips.)
Piece the block
Block Diagram - Valentine Quilt from Kansas City Star, 10th February,1934

1.Sew 1 cream Template C and 1 rose Template C (see Diagram )
Make 24 pairs keeping the colour order constant.

2. Sew 2 of these pairs together to form 12 Four-patch blocks.

3. Lightly press both diagonals on each 9.5in background block.
Centre the Four-patch block on the background block, both with right sides up, using the diagonally pressed lines as a guide. Pin in place.

4. Using a bias maker and iron, make the bias from the cut strips. Pin the bias into position along the edge et the Four-patch block (see Diagram 2)
 Using your preferred method of applique, sew the bias in place.

5. Iron the fusible web onto the wrong side of the 21 in strip of red fabric and the11in strip of rose fabric without removing the paper. Using a plastic template of Template D, mark 68 hearts on the red fabric and 28 hearts on the rose fabric. leaving approximately 1/3in between each heart.

6. Cut out the hearts, remove the paper and position them, referring to the block diagram and the diagonals on the block as a guide. Remember to leave the seam allowance on the edge of the block. Iron the hearts onto the blocks.

7. Buttonhole the hearts onto the blocks either by hand or machine.

8. Sew the blocks together on 2 sets of 2 and 2 sets of 3, referring to the quilt photo for the colour placement of the Four-patch blocks.

Frame the centre square
1. Join 4 Template A to form a frame for the centre square. Stop sewing 1/4in short of the inner corners.

2. Using the placement guide on Template A. position, then sew the bias and hearts onto the frame. Refer to the quilt photo for colour placement.

3. Stitch the 11.5in red square into the centre of the frame.

Assemble the outer border
1. join 2 Template B at one end to form the outer border for the corners. Stop sewing 1/4in short of the inner corners. Make4.

2. Insert a large red triangle into each outer border to complete the corners.

3. Using the placement guide on Template 8, position, then sew the bias and hearts onto each border.

Assemble the quilt
1. Sew the sections of the quilt together referring to the Quilt Assembly Diagram. Press.

2. Using Photo Transfer paper and carefully following the manufacturer's instructions, prepare the images and print them onto the paper. Make sure that each image is the required size before printing.

3. Tranfer the chosen images onto the fabric. One of the fabrics in this range is covered with empty photo frames. Care must be taken when printing the image onto the transfer paper that it is the correct size to fit in the frame.

4. Using the inner heart on Template E. cut out the remaining 4 photos from the transfer paper. Iron each one onto the centre of a 10in background fabric square.
Lay template E over the photograph and with the small centre heart aligned in the centre, mark the outer edge of Template E on the fabric.

5. Carefully position these in place on the assembled quilt top, referring to the photo of the finished quilt and using your preferred method of applique, sew in place.

6. Position the rose hearts in the corners of the centre square and applique in place as before.

Finish the quilt
1.Layer the completed quilt top with the batting and backing. Thread or bin baste the three layers together.

2. Quilt as desired. You can quilt around each heart and along each side of the bias strips.

3. Before binding, add a rod pocket if the quilt is to be displayed.

4. Bind the quilt using the long green fabric strip. Remember to date and label your quilt.


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