I am very excited to share my Trenton block mini quilt, which is featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 38 - out today in the UK!
Hand piecing has become a passion of mine, I have a tutorial here on my blog and now a technique focus in Issue 38. I would really encourage you to try hand sewing if you haven't before. It's a nice change of pace from machine sewing and it's fun to be able to take projects on the go!
I love making traditional quilt patterns with modern fabric and the Trenton block seemed like a cool one to try out. Curves are relatively easy when hand sewn and I have tips to ensure pretty points!
It took me a while to get the dimensions right and I pulled out all my school stationery!
Finally I had a draft of the block I was happy with and could use for templates:
The templates and a step by step tutorial with pictures, are in the magazine and it's really not a complicated sew!
There are so many ways you could quilt this mini. I chose to do some straight line quilting and echo inside the curves by hand quilting with black perle thread. I also added a few cross stitches for fun.
I really love the simplicity of the quilting, it works well with the fabrics and showcases the petal shapes nicely.
size - approx 19" square
The Essentials Graduations by Caryl Bryer Fallert for Bernartex from Patchfinders
Wild Goose with Black Spots, Just A Speck by Jen Kingwell
Ladder Lines in Sage, Doe by Carolyn Friedlander
backing fabric - Rock Salt with Black Spots, Just A Speck by Jen Kingwell
binding fabric - Mini Pearl Bracelets in Heather by Lizzy House
hand pieced with Aurifil 50 wt thread and hand quilted with Finca perle thread
Also in this issue, the Love Patchwork & Quilting team used my pattern to make a couple of Stitchy Pie needle cases with Cotton Candy by Dashwood. They are so pretty, love those fabrics!
And today Angela of Heart of Charnwood further brightened my day when she shared her impressive version on instagram...
I adore this so much and isn't her embroidery gorgeous?!
She also cleverly added a loop inside so you can hang it up or attach it to something.
When she sent me this picture I actually laughed out loud:
Funny, cute and beautifully stitched! Thanks for letting me share Ange :)
Finally I have to announce the winner of my Tilda giveaway...
Congratulations Martina! I have sent you an email.