Dresden Sunburst

28 March 2015

Have you seen this wonderful video from the Missouri Star Quilt Co all about the Dresden Sunburst block:


I was so inspired I just had to have a go:

Dresden Sunburst

Here it is waiting for the centre circle to be stitched on. Just for a change, I rounded the tops and I think I'll probably use needle turn applique to attach it to the backing.

This plate is quite large - 20" across (or 22" including backing) - so a good sized quilt could be made using 3 blocks across and 4 blocks down.

To cut the segments, I used the full length of the '18o Circle Segment Ruler' I bought from Creative Grids, so each blade was 9" long. The ruler also comes with an acrylic circle template for the centre. Unfortunately, the circle is not big enough for the "sunburst" version of the Dresden Plate.


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At Last!

21 March 2015

Yay - finished the cushion laugh

Finished Angles Cushion

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Lovin' the Hand Quilting!

14 March 2015

Finally finished hand quilting the top of my cushion cover. I used a fine calico (muslin) for the backing and Thermore for the batting.

I love Thermore for hand quilting small items. Because it's very thin, it makes the quilting that much easier.

I wanted to echo quilt, so I drew out quilting lines 3/8" away from the seam lines to avoid having to quilt through the 1/4" seam allowances. Because I used a Frixion pen to draw the lines, it was easy to iron them away once the quilting was finished.

Overall view of cushion top Close up of quilting

The next (and hopefully last) step is to put on the back of the cover complete with zip.

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Easier with Tri-Recs

28 February 2015

I’m a bit of a ruler fanatic. Can’t help it – just love rulers wink

Thinking about my last “Right Angle, Left Angle” project, where I made a cardboard template to cut out the rectangles accurately, I suddenly realised I might have a ruler which could make it even easier.

  Sure enough, I did. It’s called the Tri-Recs tool (aka Peaky and Spike!).

The original three-triangle quilt units were nicknamed “Peaky and Spike” by quilter Doreen Speckmann, who used them a lot in her quilts.

The larger, central triangle is “Spike,” and the smaller, side triangle is “Peaky.”


To use this tool in my "Right Angle, Left Angle" project, cut fabric strips 6½” wide and use “Peaky” to cut the triangles, rotating the ruler as you move along the strip, so you have no waste.

If you cut with fabrics right sides or wrong sides together, you automatically get the left and right diagonals.


Trim exactly to the ruler and you'll find corners are easily aligned for sewing.

When sewn up, the rectangle sizing is perfect at 6½” x 3½” (6" x 3" finished).

How easy is that! Making a quilt with this block doesn't seem quite as daunting as it did before laugh


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Right Angle, Left Angle

14 February 2015

I needed some new cushion covers for my lounge sofa, so thought I’d design a new block and make something a little different. I love to display different cushions – none of my cushions are the same design and it gives me a chance to try out new blocks and techniques on a small scale.

Here are the blocks I designed. I called them Right Angle and Left Angle but there may very well be a block like it already out there with a different name - I’d love to know.

Left Angle block
Left Angle
Right Angle block
Right Angle


I liked the idea that the square in the middle of the block could be “fussy cut”, embroidered or made special in some way. Needing an 18” square cushion cover, I designed the blocks to be 9” finished so I could work with a 2x2 arrangement.

Block layout for cushion


Cutting Instructions

Centre square can be fussy cut Cut the centre square 3½” x 3½”. (Finished size will be 3” x 3”)
Cut rectangles then cut on diagonal Cut rectangles 8” x 4” (oversized) then cut on the diagonal. After matching and sewing diagonals together, trim to 6½” x 3½”. (Finished size will be 6” x 3”)


When cutting the diagonals on the rectangles, make sure all the fabric is right side up. Depending on whether you want a right or left tilting square in the block, the direction of the diagonal is important.

Ask me how I know that !frown

Rectangle to be cut on diagonal Rectangle to be cut on reverse diagonal


Constructing the block

To help with cutting the sewn rectangles to size, I made a cardboard template:

 Cut a 6½” x 3½” rectangle and mark a ¼” seam line inside the edge, giving a 6” x 3” rectangle. Draw a diagonal line both ways across the 6” x 3” rectangle.

(Note that the diagonals don’t end at the corners of the cardboard. This is OK and how it should be.)

Card template for diagonals

Place the template on top of your sewn rectangles with the diagonal line on the cardboard aligning with your sewn diagonal. Mark the fabric at the corners of the cardboard and rotary cut to the correct measurements, using the marks for guidance.

Laying out the block before I sewed it together made it easier to see which seams needed to be joined first:

Block before sewing together

After joining the triangles together to make the rectangles and cutting them to size, the rectangles had to be sewn to the square in the middle. To do this, I had to partially sew one of the seams, sew 3 full seams then finally complete the partial seam . See below for the sewing diagram:

Sewing guide for the block

This is the first block:

Completed block

Here’s the reverse showing seams:

Reverse side of completed block

Here’s the completed top of the cushion cover:

Completed cushion top

The centre looked a little bland, so I improvised a bit with the turquoise diamond!

I really like this block and I think I'll play around designing some quilts with it later this week. smiley

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Autumn Leaves

31 January 2015

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Daisy, Daisy

17 January 2015

My Shirley Bloomfield book (see book details in my post 3rd January) is full of inspirational projects and I promised, a couple of weeks ago, I'd show some of the other projects I'm working on. This one is now complete. laugh

I fell in love with the fresh colourings and shapes of the ‘Daisy Meadow’ design. More ...

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A rose with no thorns

3 January 2015

A few weeks ago, I decided to try making a fabric rose.

I found the pattern in a book I bought in 2013 by Shirley Bloomfield called “Beyond The Applique Garden” (ISBN: 978 0 9553499 7 3). More ...

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