I used paper piecing or flip-and-sew method of sewing to sew the friendship braid strips together. The following items are what I use when I paper piece.
1 sheet of Foundation Paper or A4, 90/95gsm, tracing paper, a sewing machine in good working condition, a single hole throat/stitch plate is also helpful (optional) Mettler threads Silk Finish 100% Cotton thread (50/3 weight), 100% cotton fabric, 70/10 Jeans/Denim sewing machine needle, Iron and ironing board, ruler, rotary cutting board, ruler, Add-A-Quarter ruler 6” (optional), rotary cutter with straight blade, wooden press, pencil and general sewing supplies.
66 various scraps of fabrics 1¼” x 2” for friendship braid strips
1 strip of light fabric 2” x 20” – for the hand embroidered strips A
2 strips of blue fabric for the first border and binding 1” x 42” B – C
1 strip of floral fabric for border 1¾” x 42″ D – E
Neutral-colour cotton threads for machine piecing, quilting and hand sewing.
Basic sewing tools and supplies appropriate to the task.
Cut two 2” x 8” A strips light fabric
Cut two 1” x 8” B strips blue fabric
Cut two 1” x 8¼” C strips blue fabric
Cut two 1¾” x 9” D strips floral fabric for border
Cut two 1¾” x 10¾” E strips floral fabric for border
Make 1 copy of the paper-piecing Miniature friendship braiding on to Foundation Paper or tracing paper. Prepare fabric pieces and complete 3 strips of the friendship braid units referring to Machine paper-Foundation Piecing. They use Foundation Paper if you can’t find it the tracing paper works exactly the same!
Once the pieces have been sewn, press and trim the strips to 1¾” x 8”. Remove paper from the back. Press carefully again!
Note: The first time I showed a friend how to paper piece. She hated it! But now she loves it! Now every time she has to do a complicated block she wants to know if she can paper piece it! Don’t give up after the first time. If this has pricked your interest to paper piece and you want more info, go to the ADD-A-QUARTER site.
Alternate and join three friendship braid strips to two A strips. Press towards the A strips. Press gently and square the pieced centre unit off.
Sew a B strip to either side of the friendship braid strips. Press towards the B strips. Sew C strips to the top and bottom and press towards C strips.
Mark the two vines onto strips A for embroidery. Embroidery the vine design using, the following embroidery stitches; lazy daisy for the flowers and leaves, stem stitch for the vine and French knots for the grapes. Press on the wrong side.
Sew D strips to opposite sides of the pieced centre, press seams towards B. Sew E strips to the top and bottom of pieced centre, press seams towards C.
Press quilt top both sides, check for proper seam pressing and trim all loose ends.
Mark top of quilt with a quilting design of your choice. Sandwich backing, batting and quilt top together. Quilt as desired! When quilting is complete, trim batting and backing fabric even with raw edges of quilt top.
Bind edges with 1”- wide blue fabric referring to Tutorial – Quilt Binding with Mitered Corners.
Note: If you would like to make the pink quilt you will need 84 various scrap of fabrics 1¼” x 2” and 4 extra paper piece strips for the border, for the 2 short borders add 2 more pattern pieces onto each pattern strip and for the long borders, add 7 more pattern pieces onto each pattern strip.
Lots of love
Last week I showed you my finished friendship braid quilt! I then decided I need a “mini me”! So o made a miniature friendship braid quilt! Today I will just show you the pictures! Next week I will share the pattern with you, I’m still fine tuning it and didn’t have time to finish it before the post!
Till next week.
I finished quilting and binding my friendship braid quilt that I started in this post!
After piecing the braid, appliquéing the flowers and embroidering the flowers and the butterflies, I sewed all of it together to form the top of the quilt! This is, to me, the easy part, now comes the sandwiching of the three layers so that I can start quilting it!
Well this one was no different! After pinning the quilt and choosing the kind and colour of thread that I would be using, the quilting starts! I start with the easy quilting, this is the stitch in the ditch and I using my walking foot to stitch along the long straight seam lines.
Then I move over to the free motion quilting. I have been following a blog called In Box Jaunt written by Lori Kennedy and she has the most amazing free motion quilting tutorials and I used the fabulous flower tutorial as a quilt design for the braid.
Now I “free motion” outline, the appliqué design, and quilt a free motion design in the negative space! Big job is done! Square it off, bind and make a label, lately I have enjoyed making nice labels and I really like this one. It has a braid as border and some hand embroidery.
Now I want to finish my Dear Jane quilt that I started 5 years ago! Maybe a little Dutch quilt on the side!
I’m slowly getting back into crafting! I’m not coping well with this heat in Africa! I did manage to do a bit of the following! Read, Quilt, Knit! All three crafts where inspired by my recent visit to Amsterdam!
I had the privilege of visiting the Anne Frank house and this is the ‘read’ part! I know you would say this is the kind of book you read as teenager! Well I didn’t like reading as a teenager! My first idea was to buy the book as an audio book on my iPad from iStore. Then I can ‘Read and Quilt’ or’ Read and Knit’. Nothing wrong with that! Well sorry for me! The audiobook supplier with the book, does not trade with South Africa! Well I was pretty miffed! The only way I can download it is in book form! So now I am reading ’ Anne Frank – The Diary of a young girl’ and to my surprise, enjoying every minute of it!
The ‘quilt’ part is inspired by last week’s post, i.e. my purchase at the quilt shop! I’m dying to make a Dutch inspired quilt! The problem is, I need to finish my friendship braid quilt! I m glad to report it is now at the quilting stage!
And now the ‘knit’ part! One thing I noticed in Europe is people were wearing knitted scarf’s. Walking around the different cities an idea was taking shape in my head. I decided I’m going to knit a ‘Dr Seuss scarf’, for my next trip to Europe! When I arrived home the first thing I Googled is ‘Dr Seuss scarf knitting patterns’ and came across this ‘Dr Who scarf knitting pattern’. Gotto have it! I’m now knitting the ‘original’ Doctors Scarf from the BBC series Dr Who.
I’m using a local yarn -, African Expressions – Joy DK a mixture of mohair, wool and acrylic. I changed my colour scheme slightly from the original pattern. Their coIour suggestion is the word, what I used is the number in brackets and the ones with a * my colour is different to the pattern.
Purple (1121), camel *(off white 1001), bronze*(brown 1033), mustard (1097), rust *(red 1120), grey (1062), greenish brown*(blue 1122). If you decide to knit the scarf, check out the “tips”.
Happy ‘Read, Quilt, Knit’!
I’m back from a wonderful holiday in Europe, to a “hot as hell” Africa!
As with any trip I make overseas or local, my first priority is to always find a quilt shop! I found the most amazing quilt shop in Amsterdam of all places! It is a small quilt shop by American standards, but for me it was love at first sight, in this shop there wasn’t a piece of fabric or book I didn’t like! I could have had it all! I fell head over heels in love with Dutch quilts! It was so bad I had to go back a second time and bought more fabric and books. Well, when you are in love what can you do?
The Netherlands has a long tradition of quiltmaking which date backs to Romans times. The oldest reference of a Dutch quilt dates back to the 13th century. In 1602 the Dutch East India Company stated trading chintz from India in exchangefor spices from the Far East and from then on the Dutch quilting tradition grew until quilts went out of fashion in 1860 until 1970 when American quilts gave quilting a new life worldwide.
If you would like to know more about Dutch quilts find this book – Promenade dans un jardin Hollandais – Promenade in a Dutch Garden by Petra Prins & An Moonen. Petra has a passion for traditional quilt patterns and opened Den Haan & Wagenmakers in Amsterdam in 2009, together with her best friend. An started off as a needlework teacher and she specialized in textile conservation at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and later became the curator of the Netherlands Open Air Museum in Arnhem.
Amsterdam is a relatively small city and De Haan & Wagenmakers quilt shop sits smack bang in the middle of all the major actuations. Lucky for me!
Sorry have to go have to finish my friendship braid quilt! My fingers are itching to start a Dutch quilt! HEHE
Till next week!