Layout and design begins on the cozy quilt by Nancy Devine October 13, 2015 written by Nancy Devine October 13, 2015 592 Yesterday, I shared the story of how my friends from around the world sent me some lovely blocks on my birthday. Today, let’s get to grips with layout and design of my cozy quilt. My Cafe Comforts Cozy quilt is comprised of blocks of red and white fabrics. As part of the Craft Cafe’s Birthday Block swap, there were no hard and fast rules about tone or design. Each block is as unique as the person who made it. First things first, it was important to trim all the blocks to a uniform 12.5″. Several of the ones I made for other swap members were not exactly to size, despite my best efforts. We agreed that we would trim to fit. This was easy to do with a 12.5″ square quilting ruler. Use a 12.5 inch square ruler to trim up the blocks to a uniform size. A word here about having good quilting equipment. Lots of people new to the wide world of quilting will forgo investing in good equipment until their skills improve. But, trying to make a good job with bad tools is a losing prospect, and will in no way encourage working toward better skills. A quilters’ tool box will include: quilting ruler cutting mat rotary cutter quilt marking pencils: chalk and disappearing good quality pins and needles thread — all purpose, cotton and silk (for appliqué) needles, hand and machine sewing (change them often, and especially between projects) thimble spray basting adhesive quilt batting (I like cotton for most of the things I do) Practice, and using good quality tools, will improve your skills and encourage you to learn more. Case in point: after a year of doing the Craft Cafe’s Birthday Block swap, I’m an almost competent patchwork quilter! I auditioned the neutral fabric I would use for the sashing as I arranged the blocks until I liked the design. Once all the blocks were trimmed, I took them to a bed to lay them out, switching blocks until I liked the color balance and arrangement. This was also an easy way to determine how wide I was going to make the sashing. I used strips of invisible tape to note the position of each block in a row. It’s easier to have some guideposts when you begin piecing the rows together. A small piece of tape and a permanent marker provide some landmarks for the quilt block arrangement. I wanted the blocks to speak for themselves in the quilt, so I elected to use a 5.5″ vertical sashing between each block, a 7.5″ horizontal strip that would divide each row, and 6″ strips that would frame the top, bottom and sides. This kind of arrangement creates a modern feel, as well as making the blocks sing their own tune in the overall quilt. I chose a neutral and retro sewing themed fabric for the sashing, dividing strips and frames. For the backing, I elected to use random pieces of red, white, cream fabrics. And for the binding, some of my very treasured Tilda fabric — in honor of the Tone Finnanger fan girls of the Craft Cafe. Now that the layout and design have been put in place, join me tomorrow as I come to grips with continuing a labor of love: the Cafe Comforts Cozy Quilt. Print this page or save as a PDF 505 adhesive spraycozy quilt patterncutting matneedlesquilt blocksquilt marking toolsthread FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Nancy Devine Nancy Devine is a self-confessed craft-crazed blogger. She is a regular contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, one of the administrators for The Craft Café, a Facebook page devoted to the international sharing of the creative life, and a curator of an impressive collection of fabrics, notions and seam rippers. In her spare time, she wrangles dust bunnies and writes a blog called Nancy Dee Needleworks. Understandably, her house is a mess. previous post A cozy quilt that began life in cyberspace next post Cutting and basting: the Cafe Comforts Cozy Quilt takes shape YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... 1 comment Christine B. October 13, 2015 - 6:38 am So enjoying seeing you put the blocks together Nancy! Can’t wait to read on!! You are too modest by the way…. your patchwork skills are VERY good! Hugs Christine x Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.