Hello! and welcome to my pickledish quilt a long!!
Here are the links to all quilt a long posts so far :-
- part one - cutting the templates is below
- part two - piecing the arches
- part three - piecing the ovals
- part four - making the blocks
I am so very glad so many of you have decided to join me, this is going to be a lot of fun. Firstly do NOT panic. The above image has been digitally created using mosaic maker and is not my finished quilt top. So far I have only made one block and you can see this has been repeated to create the above mock up to give an idea of what a finished quilt will look like.
This is not a difficult quilt to make but it does take time, it is definitely not one to make for a deadline as you want to be able to work at your own pace and enjoy the experience. There is curved piecing involved but it is not difficult once you get the hang of it. I am aiming to write instructions step by step and pic by pic, aimed at someone who has never tried curved piecing before.
The first part of making this quilt is the most boring part of the entire project. It involves printing off and making the templates you will need to make up your blocks.
VERY IMPORTANT - Once you have downloaded the templates, select to print them and the printing dialogue box will appear on your screen. Please make sure that you select 'none' in the 'page scaling' option before printing the templates otherwise they may print at the wrong size. Once you have printed them, please measure the square template (B). Each side should measure 3 1/8".
Unless you are making a mini quilt from one quilt block, you will need to use the paper templates to make sturdier ones out of either card stock or template plastic - see directions below.
If you are making a mini quilt, it will suffice to use the paper templates, you will however need to make the full size pattern pieces needed for the centres and corners using templates D and E - follow the directions below. Please also see additional notes on layout here.
Making the templates
You will need :-
One copy of the pattern templates
About 3 sheets of A4 sized card stock or template plastic for making the pattern pieces
pencil, ruler, paper scissors, sellotape
Cut out the pattern templates from your copy. For pattern part E (the centre of each block), you will need to use template E to create your own full sized pattern piece. Take 2 x A4 pieces of card stock or template plastic and sellotape together at the back. Make a straight vertical line down the centre and a straight horizontal line across the centre. Take template D and line up its dashed line corner on the central axis in the top left hand quarter. Draw around template E. Repeat in all four quarters to make the shape shown in the picture above. Cut out the shape.
Next, take template D and a piece of A4 card/template plastic. Line up the long straight edge of template D along the right hand edge of card/plastic and draw around. Flip the paper template over, so it's reverse side is facing upwards Line it's 45 degree slanted edge with the 45 degree slanted edge of the drawn template shape and draw around again. Make sure the bottom right hand corner is 90 degrees ie. perpendicular. Cut out the shape.
For template parts A and C, use the paper printed templates to create templates out of card or plastic. You will only need to cut out template B if you are planning to cut your squares from scraps or if you would rather cut your shapes with scissors instead of a long plastic ruler and rotary cutter.
In the mean time, you might want to add the 'Pickle dish quilt a long' button to your side bar for easy access to all quilt a long posts ( I will be adding a list with links to all quilt a long posts at the top of this post as we go). Copy and paste the code below to create a linked button in your sidebar.
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You can also join my flickr group here, where you are welcome to add all work in progress pics ( I will be in pickledish heaven swooning over all that eye candy!).
*NOTE - if you wish to make a mini version of this quilt and especially if you wish to make an embroidered version similar to my original mini, please see important additional notes here.
Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait for everyone to start pickling along with me!!!