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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Making a Patchwork Comforter and Pillowcase Part 2

In Part 1 of the series we started by measuring and cutting the squares that would be needed to make a quilted patchwork comforter and pillowcase set. We continue with this project today when we do the quilting and patchwork for the two pillowcases.
Here are the links to all of the blogs in the series:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Since I have used iron-on batting to cut the squares from, I start by ironing the batting to the fabric for all 170 squares that I'm working with.

I then sit down and start measuring equally spaced lines on the batting.

I sew directly on the lines to quilt the squares.

This is what the first quilted square looks like.

The second square gets quilted blocks. The width of the block is 20 cm and the length is 22 cm. I therefore mark the width on 5 cm intervals at 5 cm, 10 cm and 15 cm on the ruler. The length is marked on 5,5 cm intervals at 5,5 cm, 11 cm, and 16,5 cm on the ruler.

Can you see how I made sure to sew exactly on the lines?

This is what the top of the second square looks like.

The next squre is quilted on the diagonal. The same distances are marked as above, but the lines are connected diagonally.

The top of the third square.

The bottom of the third square.

The last square again has equally spaced lines, but where the first lines were horizontal, these are vertical (in the opposite direction).

The bottom of the fourth square.

The top of the 4th square. This concluded the four squares on the left half of the pillow.

The right half of the pillow is quilted in the reverse of the left side. First we have the vertical lines.

The third square has quilted squares.

The second square has diagonal lines.

The fourth square has horizontal lines.

I am now going to attach the squares to each other. I line up the white batting exactly at the corner. Both sides of the angle must line up precisely and I make sure they do by sticking a pin in as close as possible to the batting. It should lie next to the batting at the back just as in the front. I then pin elsewhere so the pin is not in my seam line when I sew.

Sew right next to the batting. You do not want the extra thickness of batting that were caught under the needle in the seam.

Can you see how precisely the batting is lined up in the seam as well as at the top? It looks exactly the same at the bottom as well. This is why we took our time with measuring and cutting the batting right in the beginning.

This is what the seam looks like on the right side. Close up ...

... and a little further away.

Attach all four squares for the left side of the pillow in the same way.

Once you have all four squares for the left side in place, you need to repeat the steps for the right side of the pillow case.

With the left side and the right side of the pillow case sewn, I now align the two sides, making sure the corners line up exactly. If you were working accurately this will not be a problem. Use as many pins as is necessary to keep the fabric in place. This will greatly assist in working accurately and neatly.

Once everything is pinned in place, add extra pins and remove the ones that are in the seam line.

The whole length of the pillowcase must be pinned as it will be sewn in one long seam.

Sew right next to the batting again.

This is what the pillowcase looks like when I am done. See how neatly the corners meet? This is the result of accurate measuring.

I tucked in the edges/seams to get a better idea of what it will look like when finished.

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