Kate who blogs at Tall Tales from Chiconia is co-ordinating the making of a quilt to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Australia. There’s information on her blog if you’d like to read more and maybe contribute a block too – she needs 36 blocks altogether! The theme for the block is “Time for Teal” – so we’re making teal coloured blocks around the afternoon tea theme. Kate also making a Teal Ribbon block which is the symbol to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
Kate organises a F2F block swap where basically each of the 12 members make 3 12″ blocks per month for a person who’s month it is. I’m really not explaining this very well, but Pat was one of the ladies, and she sadly lost the fight with ovarian cancer which has lead to the Time For Teal quilt being created. You really need to head to Kate’s blog who explains it all much better than me.
Initially for me the first thing I had to do was go shopping. Being a very newbie quilter (Hey, that’s the first time I’ve called myself that!!) I don’t have a stash of quilting cottons. So far I’ve only got the fat quarters I’ve bought for my Splendid Sampler.
Luckily there’s Dolly’s Craft Corner only 5 minutes away and I had time to call in yesterday once the snow had melted.
I bought a jelly roll with 20 strips of fabric for £12 and a spotty fat quarter. Oh and 2m of some cream cotton poplin. I was really excited to get started but had to get H to his physic appointment then take the MIL out for tea.
Eventually at 7:30pm I made a start. Armed with my iPad and followed the instructions for the Dresden Plate on Craftsy Class – Blocks of the Month 2012. It’s a free class where Amy Gibson shows you how to make 12 different blocks. It’s worth a look if you’re thinking of having a go at quilting. I was enthralled and watched it from start to finish about a month ago. It set me in good stead for when I throw myself into the deep end with the Splendid Sampler.
I don’t haver the fancy ruling for cutting out the pieces but she includes a template to make your own out of cardboard.
I did this for the first time – continuous chain piecing I think it’s called!
The little pointy pieces were really simple to make:
Here they are laid out ready for stitching:
And all stitched and pressed….
I pinned each dresden in place and attached with plate using machine appliqué.
I used this stitch (for my future reference!)
And it gave a really neat finish I stitched the centre circle with the same stitch.
I only said I’d make one but had also of ideas going round in my head so this morning I put pen to paper and designed my first very own block! I made a cup shape and cut out 4 then jiggled them about on the fabric.
Then I had to do some maths.Those funny shapes in the middle are tea cups in case you’re wondering! After making the Splendid Sampler blocks I’ve learnt why these 1/2 inches are everywhere w hen cutting out pieces so this was really easy to work out. ( I couldn’t have done this a month ago!).
I used the same appliqué method to attach the tea cups and then just added the border to the edge.
I think this is my favourite of the 2.
I’m going to post them off to Australia on Monday. You never know I might just get chance to make another one. I hope so!
And don’t forget, you can make one too if you’d like!