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By Dawn, Nov 1 2015 09:32PM

If you've been following the Quilt-along since April, you'll know in spare moments it's been sew, sew, sew! Our panels have been pieced, layered into quilt sandwiches and quilted, and now these panels are ready to be joined together - hope you've been enjoying the skinny dippin' sewing too.

To join the panels:

1. Peel back the top of the quilt along the edges to be joined, so the top layer is kept well away from the wadding / backing.

For the backing, I chose plain white cotton, though in hindsight I should have used a backing which showed up better in the photographs, the white cotton tends to blend too much into the colour of the wadding - I'm really sorry this isn't clearer in the photos. (Note to self: must remember this next time!)

2. Pin the top layers with right sides together, then sew leaving a 1/2" seam.

TIP Use safety pins to hold wadding / backing from getting in the way when sewing.

With wrong side of quilt uppermost, press the seam.

3. Smooth the wadding over the seam, you'll find the wadding overlaps, so trim one edge of wadding so that when flat the edges of the wadding touch.

Use a slip stitch to join the 2 pieces of wadding and help keep them in place.

4. Smooth down the backing over the wadding, again the cotton overlaps, but this time we're not going to trim, instead using a water erasable pen draw a straight line 1/4" in from one edge.

Fold the backing under along this edge, to give a nice clean straight fold. Handstitch to hold in place.

5. Once the quilted panels have been sewn together both front and back, stay-stitch (machine sew on a long stitch setting) around the quilt, 1cm from the edge.

Now the 3 panels have been joined our Quilt measures 36" x 42" and it's ready to either be bound, or if you prefer, add borders before binding.

If adding borders prepare them by cutting the top fabric, wadding and backing to the size needed to frame your quilt. (Tip: Measure twice, cut once!)

Quilt, borders and binding - ready to sew!
Quilt, borders and binding - ready to sew!

Layer then quilt the top/wadding/backing sandwich. Then sew the borders around the edges of the quilt, in a similar way to joining the panels above.

Next time, we'll be nearly there - Yay! and sharing some of the blocks which have been made during the Quilt-along. So if you've made any (or all) of the blocks using our patterns we'd love to see them, whether it's beach huts, bunting, little whales or pinwheels.

Send us a photo using our Contact page, or post a photo on our Facebook page of your Skinny Dippin' Quilt-along block (or blocks) before 30th November and we'll enter you into the Giveaway, to win a gorgeous Daysail charm pack.

Till then happy sewing x

By Dawn, Oct 1 2015 05:00AM

Ethel (my trusty sewing machine) has been going full throttle piecing blocks from our Skinny Dippin' Quilt-along.

Just to quickly recap, there's four different types of blocks:

1 - Beach huts;

2 - Bunting;

3 - Plain sailing;

4 - Flying pinwheels

Pinwheel blocks ready to join into a strip
Pinwheel blocks ready to join into a strip

Blocks are joined to form a strip approximately 36" wide.
Blocks are joined to form a strip approximately 36" wide.

Once your strips are made, organise them into 3 groups:

Sew bunting strips above and below the Beach Hut strip....

Sew a bunting strip below the Pinwheels strip:

Then sew a bunting strip above the Plain Sailing strip.

Each group of strips measures approx 14"-15" x 36"

Once seams have been pressed, 3 lots of wadding and backing are cut so there's 1 or 2" extra around each of the 3 sections.

Approximately 40" x 50" (1m x 1.25m) of wadding is used in the quilt top shown.

Layer the quilt top block, using safety pins or a very light covering of spray baste to hold the quilt sandwiches (quilt-top/wadding/backing) together.

NB. If using spray baste use a very light covering, as too much makes the bed of the machine sticky when it comes to putting the quilted blocks together, which we'll be doing next month.

Then it's over to Ethel, (my sewing machine) for quilting....

Because the quilting is being done in long, narrow sections, pieces are much lighter and easier to manouvre, easily fitting through the throat* of my domestic sewing machine - (which for this tidy little machine is a very trim 6") - so no need to constantly fold and roll to fit the bulk through - it's also a lot easier on your arm muscles too, and much, much more fun!

(*throat of sewing machine - the space from the needle, on the left in the photo, to the motor casing, on the right).

A walking foot is also fitted to ensure both the top and bottom of the quilt sandwich feeds through the machine evenly.

When quilting the panels, leave a margin around the edge of the panel of at least an inch un-quilted. This makes it easier to join the panels together.

The pinwheel section, was quilted by stitching in the ditch, round the pinwheels and bunting triangles, this helped to make them stand out more:

For the Beach Huts a stitch in the ditch quilting outlined each hut, again helping make the beach huts and bunting triangles stand out more. The wavy stitch setting on the sewing machine made an ideal filler for the sea background:

Beach huts and pinwheel sections
Beach huts and pinwheel sections

The plain sailing section was quilted with stitching outlining the whale and boat, with wavy lines filling in the sea background, and straight lines for sunbeams over the sky:

Now each of the sections have been quilted, it's just left to tie off those loose threads (and sew the little button eye onto whale - oops!) so that next month, the 3 sections are ready to sew together!

We'd love to see blocks you've made using any of our Quilt-along patterns, whether it's beach huts, bunting, little whales or pinwheels. Which seems like a really good reason for a Giveaway!

Send us a photo using our Contact page, or post a photo on our Facebook page of your Skinny Dippin' Quilt-along block (or blocks) before 30th November and we'll enter you into the Giveaway, to win a gorgeous Daysail charm pack.

See you next month.

Till then happy sewing x

By Dawn, Dec 1 2014 09:50AM

Home for Honeybee Cloths is inland, but I love hiking along sections of the South West Coast path when I can, and regularly drift off to sleep dreaming of Godrevy and the seals, Hayle beach, Formby Point, Dungeness, and all the other lovely places where our shores meet the sea.

In mid June I begun making a quilt for a very special somone, who's served in the Sea Cadets and Royal Navy Reserve for almost 50 years! So I visualised a quilt inspired by the sea; ships, shoals of fish, navy blues and fresh salty sea air.....

It just had to be made from Janet Clare's gorgeous Hearty Good Wishes!

The Jelly Turnover Quilt top pattern by Shannon Mower on Moda Bakeshop, uses just one Hearty Good Wishes Charm pack, plus a White Moda Bella Solids jelly roll, a White Moda Charm Pack, and a few remants or a mini-charm pack for the little squares. Plus Shannon's pattern and super clear instructions meant it pieced together very quickly.

For the quilting, the "wonky straight line" stitch on my little Brother machine, seemed just right to give the effect of waves. Quilting horizontally across the quilt in straight lines made it easy for my small domestic machine to handle. I really enjoyed quilting this one by machine - it's incredibly fast!

Hearty Good Wishes No.1354-20 was used for the backing, and Gutermann thread Col. 1071 blended perfectly with the creamy off-white backing. (We still have a little Hearty Good Wishes No.1354-20 and No.1356-27 used for binding).

Also the really wonderful news I've been bursting to share is that More Hearty Good Wishes is on order for delivery in spring 2015! Including pre-cuts - charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes and, yardage and a really gorgeous quilt kit and pattern by Janet Clare - we can't wait! More photos to follow soon.

If you'd like us to let you know when More Hearty Good Wishes is in store, or would like to pre-order, please email via the Contact form, typing "More Hearty " or "HGW PRE-ORDER"

We'd love to see the projects you made from Janet Clare's beautiful Hearty Good Wishes, so please feel free to email or share on our Facebook page or Honeybee Cloths Twitter.

Stay snug and happy sewing x

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We very much look forward to sewing a little happiness together, Dawn xx

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