This project began when I purchased EQuilt software. I had to find a way of learning how to use the software, and the best way I always feel is to play. I had just completed these gorgeous bears, and really wanted to see how I could make them look. I was so happy with the effect, that I completed the project. The fabrics that I have used have all been hand dyed (I was going through a period of hand dyeing fabrics, that I am still attempting to use some of the fabrics up from. Whilst hand dyed fabrics give this a unique look, any subtle prints would work well with these gorgeous designs.
Whilst this quilt is a lap size quilt, you could easily create more blocks, and make this a single size bed quilt.
- Finished size of quilt – 33.5” square
- All seam allowances are ¼”
- White Homespun – 1m
- Pink Fabric – 35cm
- Yellow Fabric – 25cm
- Green Fabric – 35cm
- Blue Fabric – 47cm
- Orange Fabric – 25cm
- Border and Binding Fabric – 75cm
- Backing fabric – 35” square
- Pellum – 35” square
- Tear away Stabiliser
- Pink, Brown & Purple embroidery threads
- White/Beige Sewing Thread
- Rotary Cutter
- Patchwork Ruler
- Candlewick Teddy Bear Designs from Julie Hall Designs
|White Homespun||Cut 5 x 12” squares|
|Pink Fabric||Cut 4 Triangles
Cut 8 Triangles
|Yellow Fabric||Cut 4 Triangles
|Green Fabric||Cut 4 Triangles
Cut 8 Triangles
|Blue Fabric||Cut 4 Triangles
Cut 4 Triangles
|Orange Fabric||Cut 4 Squares|
|Borders||Cut 4 strips 3.5” wide|
|Binding||Cut 5 strips 2.5” wide|
- Take the 5 squares of white homespun, and using the Candlewick Teddy Bear Designs, stitch one of the teddy bear designs onto each of the squares. Remember to lift the presser foot height, so that the candlewick stitch is able to form easily and give a nice, high knot.
- Once the embroidery is complete, remove all of the excess stabiliser, press all squares, and trim each block down to 10” square.
Putting the quilt together
- Take all of the cut elements for the quilt and lay out ready to use.
- Using the diagrams below, begin to piece all of the sections together. (Look at the coloured and embroidered blocks, not the white border fabric) Note that in the middle block, the embroidery design is not facing the right way (my software wouldn’t let me move it around properly)
- You will now have 7 sections of the quilt. Working one section at a time, take each of these sections and join together to form the quilt top.
- Join the border strips together and press.
- Stitch the border panels to the sides of the quilt, press.
- Stitch the border panels to the top and bottom of the quilt, press.
- You are now ready to back and quilt your creation as you wish. I used a stitch in the ditch technique to keep the focus on the fabrics and designs, however I found over the years that this really wasn’t enough quilting for this designs, and nowdays I would use an all over stipple, or focus on the blocks and do some custom quilting in the blocks of this design.