Guest blog: Hannah & Rosie, The New Craft Society
Crafting duo and enthusiasts, Hannah and Rosie, are the bloggers behind The New Craft Society and were recently awarded Best Craft Blog by Cosmopolitan after only setting up earlier this year. It focuses on old craft techniques such as knitting and tapestry, applied to new and more stylish designs.
We caught up with the pair to find out more about them as they shared with us their tutorial on how to make a baby quilt which can be personalised with adjusting the quilting block.
“Friends since we were 11, we both attended a school in Germany and became good friends a couple of years later. We’ve always been creative and studied art together at school and college.
Hannah returned to Germany and it was while Rosie was visiting that we thought of the idea for the blog. We both had been crafting and wanted a way to share what we had made and together, and so we came up with The New Craft Society. We have had a great positive response which has given us plenty motivation to keep going.
This baby blanket is a great beginner quilting project. Its size means that it is not too daunting and it is easy to maneuver- much more practical than a king size quilt. The deconstructed 9 square design looks far more complicated than it actually is ,and there are lots of variations of this design around so try out a few!”
This quilt is made by Liberty Lifestyle Stile and Bloomsbury collections.
You will need:
50 x 3″x3″ squares – in assorted colours, you will need 5 of these for each 9-square block
40 x 3″x3″ squares – in one colour. On our quilt these are the green Leonard print squares
50cm x 120x of plain cotton for the plain squares
60cm x 1m of cotton batting
60cm x 1m of backing fabric
320cm of 2″ binding
Pure cotton hand quilting thread
Quarter inch machine foot (this is not essential but certainly helps!)
First step is to cut all of your 3″x3″ squares. This is a bit of a time consuming job ,but it is very important that you get these the right size – it’ll save you a lot of hassle later so take your time! Use a rotary cutter and cutting mat to make this easier and quicker.
You can then start assembling your 3″ x 3″ blocks. The easiest way to assemble these is in strips and then join up each of the three strips. Make sure you match up the joints as closely as possible, pin them to help you. All seams are 1/4″ – if you have a 1/4″ machine foot use it!
You should have 10 of the 3″ x 3″ square blocks in total.
Next come the deconstructing phase. Cut each of your 3×3 square blocks into equal quarters. Invert two opposite corners and sew together back into a block.
Do this for all 10 squares.
Cut ten 7.5″ x 7.5″ squares out of your plain cotton.
Try out a few designs on a flat surface and make sure you have your favourite before you start sewing them together. You can put them in any direction.
Sew the blocks together in strips and then join each strip together. You should end up with a baby blanket that is 5″ x 4″ blocks in size.
Now it is time to layer! Iron your backing fabric and place front side down on a large flat surface. To help keep it flat whilst pinning the layers together, secure the backing fabric to the floor with tape.
After you have got your backing fabric as flat as possible you need to layer on the batting, followed by the patchwork front (front side up). You will now have sandwiched your quilt together.
Make sure that all layers are securely pinned together. Curved safety pins are great for this!
You have reached the quilting stage, choose your design and decide whether you’re going to hand or machine quilt. We decided to hand quilt the baby blanket and wanted to make our stitches fairly visible, so placed them in the plain squares. You can do whatever design you want here. Be experimental!
Trim your quilt to one size. Use a ruler and a rotary cutter and trim the excess backing and batting to the correct size.
After trimming it is time to add your binding. Iron you binding in half lengthways.
Machine sew the binding on to the quilt front as shown. Make sure that you are sewing all of the raw edges together. You can do this in one continuous piece. There is no need to sew each piece of binding together, you can simply tuck the new piece inside the last.
When you reach a corner follow the three steps below to create a neat mitered corner.
Slip stitch the other side of the binding to the back of the quilt. This should be almost invisible and will finish the quilt off beautifully!
Sit back and admire your creation!
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