I have found using the Aurifil 50 weight thread makes quite a difference to getting these lovely little squares accurate. With the fine thread you can get fine stitching in the seams that does not take up allot of room therefore making a 1/4 inch seam more achievable. I also use a Schmetz 60/8 sharp microtex needle with this thread making smaller holes and again less room in my seams. I use this thread for all of my piecing work and have found it to be absolutely brilliant.
Aurifil Thread is available on our website. www.pinevalley.co.nz/catalog/aurifil-100-cotton-mako-502-thread
Schmetz sewing machine needles are also available on our website. www.pinevalley.co.nz/catalog/schmetz-sewing-machine-needles
When making smaller blocks, I have found that smaller prints or tone on tone fabrics work famously. The black fabric in these pictures has maybe a larger print then I would normally use for this size but as it is the black that I want to focus on in my design I am happy with it.
I am making these into a table runner for our Pine Valley Quilts pattern line so keep watching as I will keep you updated with the progress.
For this one inch size 1/2 square triangle you need to cut squares 1 7/8 inches, then draw a diagonal line down the middle of the wrong side of the light square.
Place squares together with right sides facing, stitch a 1/4 inch seam on each side of the drawn line. Cut down the drawn line to give you two 1/2 square triangle units and press them open towards the light fabric.
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This morning I find myself with too many quilts in progress at one time! They are all at a stage that they can be worked on and I love them all !
The first one is the BOM 2018 which I have almost finished the quilting, I only have the very last border to finish. If you missed this last year, you can find the full pattern for this quilt here.
These are just a few of the things that I got up to in 2018. There is more to come but I am not able to tell you just yet. I will keep you all posted when I am able to spill the beans. Lot's of secret sewing has been going on.
New patterns are coming along, so in the New Year there will be some surprises.
The Full version of the Winterwood Pattern is now available as a full pattern containing everything you need to complete the whole quilt. The Winterwood quilt pattern can be found here containing 71 pages. This is one of my favorite quilts, I loved every minute of making this beautiful quilt. Sometimes everything seems to go along so smoothly when designing and making a quilt, this quilt was one of those times.
It's been such a long time since I posted, I am going to start today off with a post about the Zig-Zag border I am making for my Roses quilt.
There are many ways to make a Zig-Zag border, I have chosen to use half square triangles.
Here's how it works.
I cut 2 1/2 inch strips from a dark print and a light print then matched the light and dark print fabrics with right sides facing. I used a half square triangle ruler to cut out the pieces. Taking them to the sewing machine and sewing them together with a 1/4 inch seam. I like this method, it's fast and requires very little trimming.