Monday, October 3

How to make a quilt; the black and white experience part 1

When you really need to make a black and white 'pied de coq" quilt, this is how to do it. At's how I did it. Feel free to comment how to improve my "technique" :)
First step is ORDER FABRIC if the fav quiltshop has no solids..
 Then wait.....and wait some more cán do something usefull
One day,you're package will arrive!
Celebrate! and be carefull not to burn holes in the fabric while doing so

I ordered black, red and charcoal. The last one appears to be blue, but it's really not :)
White was already present in my stash and when I ordered I wasn't sure what colours I wanted to use. Obviously I picked B&W..
Prewash! I don't want another laundry disaster thankyouverymuch.
Hang out to dry

 Again, use your time wisely
 Iron when still damp....
And finally you are ready to CUT the fabric. Yeey!
I started with 2" wide strips along the width of the fabric. I wanted to patch-as-you-go so I cut 6 white and 6 black strips for starters.
I pressed the still folded fabric strips carefully, before I ironed them open.
Take 15 minutes to look for the companion angle you know you have somewhere. C brought it with me from her Florida holiday last year. Bonnie Hunter recommended the triangle in her tutorials and I must say it works great. Thanks for the tip Bonnie!

So...cut triangles!
and sew them together, white against black. I snuggled the middle seamd thightly together. Don't know why, it seemed appropriate.
Press the seam ,press it open en this is what you get.
Cut/square it with a PRECISION TRIMMER. This is going to be my fav tool for sure. Recommended by the Hargrave ladies and this time C's DH (!) bought it for me on this year's Florida trip. As a gift! That's 2 times a "yeey" :)
If you don't have one: get one now! I think it's essential for accurate piecing. I was painstakingly precise and still had crooked blocks. With this tool, my blocks were cut exactly square.
If you determined how big your striped blocks turned out, cut black and white squares that same size. My striped ones were 4.5" so i cut a few 4.5"strips and cut those up in 4.5" squares! Patchwork for dummies..
Go to your designwall and stick those blocks on in this order
 ..and watch it grow!
 Before you leave the sewingarea, make sure you clean yourself with a sticky roll. Clean the ironingboard`, the cuttingmat ánd your sewingmachine. Lint and tiny threads were everywhere overhere :(
More progress next time!


  1. Leuk verhaal, maar het wordt ook een leuke quilt.

  2. I love how this turned out! Like a giant houndstooth pattern!! Brilliant!

  3. Love the look of this quilt-in-progress Annemiek, as well as your humor that went along with it in this post!! Funny lady! 8-)

  4. Wow, wat een leukerd. Heb je al een 'thuis' voor deze quilt? Ik weet er wel een ;-)
    De FS is ook een van mijn fav shops. Fantastische service als er iets mis gaat!