Garden Flowers Blog Hop- Geo Thistle

September 2, 2020 at 8:56 am 2 comments

Hellooo! How are you doing? I know this posting is getting a bit regular but I’ve lots to tell you. I’ll be doing a proper launch post this week but I’m setting up a new business and this post is just the start of it! Some of you will know that I sew in my spare time ( what’s left of it! Ha!) and I belong to a few Facebook group posts including one called UKQuilters; the name is pretty self explanatory!

Without going into too much detail and boring you all senseless ( I’ll leave that for the next post!), I’m showing you the quilt block (which is literally the building block of the quilt) and some step by step photos. For the blog post- just visit here and follow the directions or just pop here to download the pattern here. So here’s my thistle.

Why I did it and why the thistle? That’s all in the UKQuilters blog. The whole site is full of info and tips, patterns and more, so well worth having a nosey around. Anyway…on to the photos! Following all the instructions, you’ll have cut some strips of fabric and some triangles out. You’ll start by sewing the triangles together.

Then you have to add the third triangle. This is where you need to be a little more precise. The easy way of doing it is to add the third triangle so the points match up parallel with the other triangle point; like this…

Then you need to create a square; the measurements are in the downloadable pdf. You have to trim it- making sure that you leave a 1/4” at the bottom…

So the 1/4” point ( shown by the yellow edge) is just lined up with the point where the 3 sewn triangles meet.

You can see the point where they meet better in this photo.

Then, making sure that the block is trimmed and nicely square, repeat for the other side, and you’ll end up with two squares..

Next we need to sew them together and then on to the stitch and flip technique. ( which is really very straightforward)!

Line up your squares and add a diagonal line with a pencil or fabric pen. You’re going to sew a fraction just above the lines ( towards the top) so when you flip up the bottom corner, and take it to the top of the piece, the piece will lay perfectly flat.

Here’s the piece, with the corners flipped up and pressed. You’ll want to trim the underneath layers to 1/4”.

Next, you’ll follow the instructions to create the strips of green fabrics sewn together. If you want a quick shortcut you can just use a solid piece of green, but I love the texture the pieced strips give. You’re going to sew them together to make half square triangles and magically you end up with it looking like the previous photo.

Now, all that’s left is to add the extra rectangles to do another set of stitch and flip. It’s all laid out in the pdf.

That’s one side…now onto the other side

You’re nearly there…press and you’re ready to join the two pieces together!!

After a little trimming, it’s ready to have the borders sewn on.

Now there’s just the side and top border pieces to add.

Ta-daaa. You’re all done. Now to quilt and finesse

Here’s a shot of some quilting. The reason it looks odd, is because this was for my bag and I didn’t have a backing piece on. You can see my thrifty use of two pieces of wadding ( hey, it was in lockdown and I’d run out!!)

I’ve done a short video talking about the slightly bulky seams that are created here

Now all that’s left is to decide how to use it. Do you make a table runner- or perhaps add in different colours? If you take out the white triangles and add in coloured ones- it transforms into something looking more like a carnation ( or that’s what I’m calling it!)

I love the darker background too. Really changes the look of the block! You can see the further variation I did at the top- an acorn!! I love this one..

So for now I’ll leave you with a few more detail shots of some of the finished quilting a

And before I go…check out my NEW store with some brand new patterns. More are coming- I’m sewing them as we speak !

I hope this gives you some idea of what I’ve been up to. Do subscribe to my blog if you want notifications of the next blog post as I’ll be doing a big launch with a giveaway!

I’ll see you soon!

Happy sewing,

Keren xx

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ruth  |  September 2, 2020 at 11:57 am

    You know I can’t wait to see the rest of them and the beetroot I know is coming – I have so many scraps lying around, just waiting for something like this!

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  • 2. linda  |  September 2, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Beautiful designs and sewing! Congratulations on your new business adventure!

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