First of all I must say a huge thank you to Nicki from Sunshine Reflections who was my 'Yoda' for this challenge. She patiently talked me through the process, offering her expert advice and a calming word when the sewing machine freaked me out! Take a look on Nicki's blog at some of the amazing projects she has done.
So, as a quilting virgin I opted for a cushion cover rather than a king sized bedspread (phew!) and in an 'Idiot's Guide' fashion here's how I got on:-
1. I chose my pattern; a simple 15" cushion cover with 9 x 5" squares. The pattern I picked had a star in the centre so 5 of the squares were broken up into sections of the star (it will make sense when you see the picture!)
2. I chose my fabric and still feeling patriotic following the awesome Olympic and Jubilee celebrations last year, I opted for a truly British theme of red, white and blue.
3. I traced the pattern shapes onto paper and cut them out. Top Tip - If you think you will re-use your pattern cut outs, laminate them so they last.
4. Using a large cutting board and a very nifty wheelie knife I cut out the fabric using my templates.
5. Once all my pieces were cut out I lay them out to double check before I started sewing.
(There are 4 x 5" corner pieces, the other 5 sections are made up of triangle slices, the very centre square has 4 sections - 2 x red and 2 x blue - and the 4 outer sections have 2 x flag pattern and 1 coloured triangle).
6. Next step was to pin the sections together, we did this two little bits at a time so I only had to sew small sections to begin with. I did one row at a time until I had three strips of 15" x 5".
7. Once that was done I sewed the strips together (carefully!) until I had a finished front panel, yay!
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