Valentine’s Quilted Heart with Jemima Flendt

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 13.00

 

 

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, start a new Liberty print project with lots of heart…

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Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching, so we called on Jemima Flendt from the blog Tied With A Ribbon to talk about her love of crafting and show us how to make a mini Liberty print quilted heart wall hanging.

Tell us how you got into crafting?

Since I was a young girl my fondest memories are those spent with my Nanna in her sewing room and baking cookies. My mum was always making at her sewing machine. I have grown up to love and be inspired by all things fabric, textiles, buttons, ribbons and embellishments.

I started quilting when I was about 16 – making quilts with leftover scraps from Mum’s sewing projects. I was quickly hooked and started taking classes to learn about different quilting techniques and skills.

Why did you start your blog?

My professional career as a Home Economics teacher means I have been able to combine my love of teaching with my love of baking and sewing. I started Tied with a Ribbon to create a direction in which I could pursue this love. I have been teaching quilting and sewing classes, retreats and workshops, as well as contributing to several publications with projects over the past few years. It is a great buzz encouraging others to develop a love for sewing and stitching.

What is your favourite craft?

I love to crochet – I learnt this as a young girl but only really picked up my hook again about two years ago. So far I have been making simple bags, Ripple Blankets and a variety of granny Square Blankets, next I’m hoping to try some cute animals. But quilting is really my true passion. I love making modern and contemporary quilts. I love combining bright colours and textures of different fabrics like linens and lawns and embellishing them with added features such as hand stitching, ribbons and appliqué.

What techniques do you specialise in?

I love hand quilting, using different hand embroidery threads in a quilt, and relish the time taken to add this special touch. I often use multiple fabrics and use materials like cotton, linen, chambray and lawn to create different textures within the one project.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I am often inspired by the other women I sew with. I love being around others while sewing, stitching and crocheting – so many ideas and new projects start here. I read blogs and love connecting with what is happening around the world in terms of fabrics and trends. I love shopping for fabric just as much, so I am often out in quilting and fabric stores searching for the perfect materials for a project. My two girls like drawing, so I often use their pictures to create projects or incorporate their design ideas into quilts and other sewing tasks.

If you could make a quilt for anyone who would it be and why?

If I could make a quilt for anyone I would love to make one for my Nanna. She passed away when I was 12 and I wish that I could have shown her how much she would shape and become a part of my life even after she was gone. She was such a strong and determined woman and made time to instil a love of craft in me. I truly treasure the crafting gifts she taught and shared with me.

What plans do you have for your next Liberty print project?

I just got my hands on some stunning Carline Chambray – I have plans to make a quilt with it that will be for someone special. This fabric will be the star of the quilt so I will spend time designing just the perfect quilt to showcase its beautiful rose print. I have also just signed up for a Liberty of London swap over on Instagram. I love being pushed outside my own comfort zone to create a beautiful piece for someone else, plus there’s a little bit of pressure to create for a fellow Liberty Lover. I’m going to make them a mini quilt out of colours and prints that they hopefully will love.

How to make Jemima’s mini quilted heart wall hanging:

Finished Size – 20in x 20in (51cm x 51cm). ¼ inch seam allowance included. Fabric measurements based on fabric 42in/110cm wide (WOF)

You will need:
6.5in x 6.5in of 18 different Liberty Prints
16in (40cm) white fabric
6in binding fabric
26in x 26in (60cm x 60cm) batting
26in x 26in backing fabric
Cotton sewing thread
A pencil
Hand quilting embroidery cotton
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
General sewing supplies
Sewing machine with ¼ inch and walking foot

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Cutting Instructions

From the White
Cut 8 –1.5in strips x WOF. Cross cut into 224 – 1.5in x 1.5in squares
Cut 1 – 2.25in strip x WOF. Cross cut into 16 – 2.25in x 2.25in squares

From each of the 18 Liberty fabrics
Cut 8 – 1.5in squares. You need 144 squares in total
Cut 1 – 2.25in square. You only need 16 in total.

Binding
Cut 2 – 2.25in strips x WOF

Read all instructions and view or download this layout before starting.

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Steps:

1. Cut out as per cutting instructions.

2. To make the Half Square Triangles (HST) – take the 2.25in white squares and with a pencil mark a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Place one Liberty 2.25in square with right sides facing a white 2.25in square. Pin together. Sew ¼ in, along either side of this marked line on your white square.

3. If you mark and pin them all up you can chain piece these to speed up this step. You will have two Liberty squares left over, as you only need 16.

4. Cut along the diagonal line and press the seam toward the coloured fabric.

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5. Trim these HST to be 1.5in squares. Repeat until you have made 32 HST’s in total.

6. Lay out your white squares and Liberty prints in the Heart pattern so that you make 20 columns by 20 rows. Play with the placement of the Liberty fabrics to create a pleasing look to your mini quilt top so that you do not have too many of the same fabrics or colours together. The HST blocks will form the shape and sides of your Heart.

7. Sew up the squares and HST by sewing each of the 20 squares together the make a row.

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8. Press the seams in the same direction. Continue sewing each of the rows together pressing alternate rows in the same direction.

9. As you have pressed the rows in opposite directions the seams will “nest” when you sew the rows together. This will make it easy to pin the squares in place.

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10. Once you have sewn all of the rows, sew them together to complete your mini quilt top.

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11. Draw the word “love” onto the mini quilt top with a pencil. Using a backstitch – sew the lettering using your hand embroidery thread onto the mini quilt top.

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Sandwich your Mini Quilt
Lay your backing fabric right side down, then centre the wadding and lay the quilt top right side up over the top. Smooth out the quilt top and pin the three layers together.

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Quilting
I machine-quilted the quilt in the ditch around the heart. I used a white cotton thread to sew the lines and then I echoed the shape of the heart out from the centre to make a heart shape with my quilting lines.

Binding
Take the binding strips and join them with right sides facing.

Binding

Mark the diagonal and sew along this line.

sew-along-binding

Trim and press the seam open.

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Then press the entire strip in half lengthways with wrong sides facing.

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Start about halfway along one side of the mini quilt and sew the binding strip to the right side of the mini quilt, mitring the corners as you go.

Stop about six inches from where you started. Join the ends and cut off excess. Continue sewing the binding to the min quilt top. Trim the backing and wadding.

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Fold over the binding and slip stitch into place along the back seam line.

And you’re finished!

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