So you’ve finished all your blocks from segment 1 but now what are you going to make with them?! Well, the Partners in Design team thought we would come up with some project ideas to help you decide!
Perhaps you don’t have time to commit to making all thirteen blocks or you may not need yet another quilt, so this year we’ve decided to offer quick project suggestions so you can join in the fun without having to commit the time needed to a full size quilt.
I’m delighted to show you my quilt project ideas . . .
I have a bit of a thing about mug rugs and Block 2 seemed to be crying out to become one! 12 1/2″ seemed a fraction large to me, so I trimmed 1/2″ off all the way round the block then sandwiched and bound the quilt as normal. You will need a 50″ binding strip at 2 1/2″ width to recreate the mug rug I made.
I quilted 1″ grid lines inside the central rectangle of the mug and loose swirls around the background.
I used a gorgeous, textured sage green linen for the back of the mug rug, unfortunately the colour is washed out in the photo and you cannot see the green tinge. I’m very fond of this fabric as it came from my twin sister. She doesn’t quilt (I know! Shocking! How can we be twins?) but a while ago she wanted to try and bought some fabrics. Life got in the way and she never did take up quilting so she ended up giving me the fabrics she had purchased and this lovely linen mix was one of them.
Here is my wall hanging, waiting patiently to be quilted. My poor ninety year old mother-in-law fell and dislocated her hip so we had an unexpected trip to Sligo and I haven’t caught up with my quilting yet.
I used the remains of a Stof Fabrics panel from their ‘Hand Made with Love‘ collection to complete this quilt. (I used the rest of the panel on my sewing mat project from Sherri Noel’s ‘Text It!’ book.) While the panel is no longer listed on the Stof website, there are still a few on the market websites if you want to get your hands on one!
I added a 1/2″ inner border in a deep red around the sewing machine block then I cut out a choppy, scrappy border incorporating the panel pieces. This was more time consuming than I expected as the different motifs were not of a standard size and some were not printed completely straight on the fabric!
The side borders are 5″ wide (not including seam allowances). The top and bottom are 4 1/2″ wide (without seam allowances).
I love all the little details in the panel pieces and I’m looking forward to completing the wall hanging. When this quilt is finished I’m going to hang it in my studio, right above my sewing table!
My final project idea is a table topper. I really like how these blocks look together as they all have a lot of fine detail so I think they complement each other well.
I added 1/2″ wide sashing in a blue grey blender print which separated out the blocks without competing with them! At 39″, the final size of the table runner is just perfect for my dresser top! The quilt was bound with a 1/2″ binding (a 2 1/2″ by 109″ binding strip) which picked up the navy and teal colours in the blocks themselves.
I kept the quilting really simple with stitch-in-the-ditch quilting in all three blocks as I wanted the block designs to take centre stage. I outline quilted around the numbers in the Ruler block.
My daughter loves the butterflies on this quilt and took this photo, I was quite impressed!
I added a ghostly chimney and some smoke to my quilter’s cottage! If I was doing this again, I think I would applique on the chimney and just stitch in the smoke.
I’d love to know what you intend to do with your blocks, will you make small projects or are you planning to make the full quilt? Which of the small project ideas is your favourite? As a designer, I love to hear your thoughts on these things so I can design more of what you want!
The following Segment 1 hosts also have project ideas for quick makes:
The rest of the ‘Partners in Design’ team have done Segment 1 wrap-up posts:
All the details of the giveaway are available on my introductory post.
If you’d like to enter the giveaway through the linky party, upload your photos to the linky below!