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We have another essential guide in our Quilt School series – in this step-by-step tutorial our technical expert Sarah Griffiths shows you how to tackle Y-seams on your sewing machine by piecing hexagons. It’s a technique that works with other shapes too, and below you’ll also find instructions for our free mini quilt project, using your new skills.
Step one: Make a 1⁄4in mark in each corner on the reverse of your hexagons. Do this by measuring 1⁄4in parallel to each edge at the corner. Mark a larger dot at the point where these lines intersect.
Step two: Arrange the hexagons in your desired pattern. Sew together in vertical rows, sewing only between the dots. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam. Press the seams open in each row. You will notice that between two hexagons, the dots are now at the seam join. Except for the hexagons at each end, there are only two dots visible on the outer corners.
Step three: Sew as many rows of hexagons as required. To begin joining the rows, align the first two sides at the top of the strips. At the beginning of the seam, align the dots you marked earlier. At the end of the first edge, align the dot of the single hexagon with the dot at the seam of the two joined hexagons.
Step four: Sew the seam, stopping with the needle down, on top of the dot. Lift the presser foot and rotate the fabric pieces to align the next seam, matching dot to seam as before, at the end of the seam you are about to sew. Make sure you push any extra fabric out of the way, so it’s not twisted underneath the next seam. Then lower the presser foot and sew to the next dot.
Step five: Keep working your way down the row, sewing one seam at a time. When you get to the last seam, you will again have two dots to align. Sew all the way to the end of the seam. Press the seams open down the entire row to finish. The images below show the progression of seams for joining two strips of three hexagons. It’s easier to join the rows in pairs, then sew pairs together until the whole top is joined.
Try it now: piecing hexagons for a Rainy Days mini quilt
You will need
Fourteen (14) hexagons with 3in sides
Backing fabric 18in square
Batting 18in square
Binding fabric 1⁄4yd
14in x 15in approx.
Seam allowances are 1⁄4in unless otherwise noted.
WOF = width of fabric.
Hexagon fabrics are April Showers by Bonnie & Camille and Moda Bella Solids in Snow.
Step one: Following the instructions in steps one to five above, join the hexagons in two rows of three and two rows of four. Then piece the rows together as shown below.
Step two: Trim the outer edges of your hexagon top, as shown below.
Step three: Make a quilt sandwich with your backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired – we quilted an offset hexagon pattern. Trim away any excess batting and backing.
Step four: Cut three (3) 21⁄2in x WOF strips from your binding fabric and sew end to end. Press in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and use to bind your mini quilt to finish.
Give your phone, tablet or computer a fresh spring update (whatever the weather) with a brand new quilty wallpaper! Andy Knowlton’s succulent-inspired piecing is just the thing to set you up for spring!
This latest addition to our free wallpapers series is the third of twelve that we’ll be bringing you throughout the year! You’ll find the desktop wallpaper for laptops and computers includes a handy monthly calendar, while the iPad and iPhone versions offer a simpler design to fit the space.
March’s quilt is courtesy of Andy Knowlton, whose beautiful Split Stars design graces the cover of issue 51 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. See more of her brilliant work over at abrightcorner.com.
*We’ve created these digital calendar wallpapers in association with Purple Stitches. Purple Stitches is our go-to store for modern quilting fabrics, and owner Viv hand-curates an amazing selection of prints from the very best designers the world over. Quirky quilting cottons line the walls in both her online shop and bricks and mortar store in Basingstoke. To find out more, follow them on Facebook or Twitter or visit www.purple-stitches.com.
This month we’re all about mindfulness – making time to treat ourselves to our favourite hobbies. Issue 58 is here to help you unwind this month, read on to see just a fraction of the projects we’ve set aside! Take your pick and mark out some stitching time in your diary… you deserve it!
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Stitch up a spectacular explosion of colour using curvy appliqué and a clever bias binding technique
Foundation Paper Piece two quirky cushions with appliquéd elements and pretty postal details
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Use up your scraps in a stunning square design that sprinkles vivid colour amongst classic white, with a stylish pop of stripes!
Sew a duo of adorable animals to bring entertainment to a little one, with the king of the jungle and the cuddliest of bears
Juxtapose blooming florals against subtle stripes in soft pink hues to make a quilt inspired by roses climbing up a trellis
Ease yourself into your to-make list for the year with a selection of simple-yet-stunning quilt designs. Issue 57 is here to help inspire you!
Read on to take a peek at some of our favourites from issue 57, or treat yourself to your own copy! UK readers can buy it here or if you’re overseas, why wait for the mag to arrive in the post? Get it instantly to your phone or tablet with our digital issues on Apple News, Zinio or Google Play.
Feel the warmth of the sun this winter with a summer-soaked strip quilt, complete with fresh florals
Use up your scraps in an English Paper Piecing project made with love – geometric jewel templates pair up to make the perfect heart
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Prettying up our sewing tables this month are these fat quarters from the Esoterra collection. Designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics, we’ve had our eye on the range for ages so we’re excited to get our hands on a set to play with.
We’re all over the dinosaur motifs, luscious foliage and rich palette, with on-trend geometrics bringing the prehistoric theme bang up to date. We’ve picked our favourite prints from the collection to create a bundle for new UK subscribers this month (worth £30). Subscribe today and we’ll send you some!
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Last Wednesday (7th February 2018), we had the pleasure of sitting down with the queen of colour herself, Tula Pink, to pick her brains on all the goings on in her whimsical world. The last day of her busy European tour saw her taking to the screen with our friends at Sewing Quarter, and chatting with us in a Facebook Live interview. Missed out on the fun? Fear not! Read all about her tour, how she approached colour and her home ‘quilt library’ below.
So, tell us a little about your European tour!
It’s been really interesting, we’ve been all over. We’ve been in France, Holland, Luxembourg and now the UK, and we’re going home tomorrow, so this is kind of our grand finale! It’s been really interesting. I do a lot of touring in a lot of countries and this is really the only time I’ve had to be translated, and I’ve learnt a few things – like my sarcasm doesn’t translate!
What’s been the highlight of your tour?
I mean, honestly without sounding really cheesy, this has been pretty cool. It’s been really interesting because I’ve not been in charge of the content. I’ve just been trying to keep up with everybody else, so that’s really different from what I’ve been used to. Where I’m in charge of the content I’m directing what’s been said and how things are going, so it’s been nice to sit here and let you do all the work!
Out of all the collections you’ve designed, do you have a favourite?
I do have a favourite, and it’s always whatever’s newest. There’s actually a reasoning for it, it’s not just arbitrary. When I’m designing fabric, I always have the latest collection up on the wall next to the new one I’m working on, and I don’t stop working on the new one until I like it more than the one that came before it. It’s the only way that I can make sure I’m constantly making progress. If I design a collection and then I go to sew for myself and I’m constantly reaching for something old… that’s a bad sign! You know? So I’m always trying to do something new, something that makes me excited, because I’m my own consumer essentially. I know that if I’m excited, people will be excited too. I go out to fabric shops all the time and shop for other people’s fabrics, so I know what I’m looking for as another sewer. I always try to put myself in that position and not get too romantic about what I do.
Who are the main designers whose collections you buy?
Oh gosh, anybody. I will say, I’m partial to buying fabrics from people I like in real life… Because I know so many of the designers. I’ll go shopping and go ‘Oh this is cute’ and then I look on the end of the bolt and go ‘Ugh, she cut in front of me in line at Quilt Market, I’m not buying that!’. So, I’m more drawn to fabric by people that I’m emotionally connected to – it does affect how I see the fabrics! I mean, I love all designers. Really my big heroes were Kaffe Fasset and Amy Butler, so they’re always my go-to.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
I would describe my aesthetic as – this is actually something my mum says a lot, but it’s very accurate – like a very, very sophisticated twelve-year-old, or a very immature eighty-year-old. They’re both kind of the same thing, you know… I’m really drawn to these detailed – over the top detailed – prints, but then I make them all the colours of slurpees. I think of slurpees a lot when I’m designing, they have the best colours!
If you had to design a collection just using one colour, what would you choose?
Is that even possible?! I’m not even sure. The colour I use the most is definitely aqua, so that minty, teal, light colour, and that’s not necessarily my favourite colour, but to me it’s a neutral. It’s the one colour that goes with every other colour. To me, it’s about as neutral as I get! And by neutral, I mean it’s like a really great pair of jeans… it looks good with everything. You can dress it up, dress it down, you can work with it in a lot of different ways. So if I had to restrict myself to just one colour it would be that. But I would still be really bitter about it the whole time!
Is there anyone you’d absolutely love to meet?
Oh gosh! Do they have to be alive? We play that game a lot, you know, if you have a dinner party who would you invite? So definitely the person I’d want to have dinner with is Queen Elizabeth I. She’s my favourite, I think she’s terrifying but in the most magical way. And then Frida Kahlo would also be at that dinner party. Anyone alive that I’d like to meet… I’m pretty brazen about being like ‘Hi, I’m Tula’, so I kind of meet the people I want to meet. I also have no qualms about emailing someone like ‘I’m your fan! Can I meet you?’ So, that’s not a big problem for me.
Tula Pink’s Elizabeth collection, inspired by Queen Elizabeth I
Could you describe your studio to us?
My studio is actually in a 150-year-old carriage house that was converted into a house before I bought it. The floors are still the wide-planked floors, and there’s actually horse hoof prints still from where they’ve stomped and it’s indented into the floor! My studio is all white, white floors, white walls, white ceiling, because the only colour I want to see is the one I’ve been working on – so it’s a total blank canvas. Then the only things that add colour to it are the things that I’ve designed, so I see them in a really clear way.
You spend a lot of time, as you said, quite isolated in your home. Do you get inspiration from things around you, or how you’re feeling or…?
I’m really internal, so I just make up stories! And then I tell myself those stories, and then I draw the stories I tell myself. I’ve heard other artists talk about how they walk down the street and look at the tile work and think ‘Oh that’d be a beautiful quilt…’, I don’t really process information that way. What I do is view the world around me through my own lens. Most people see what’s in front of them. I try to see what’s in front of me not as it is, but how it could be, so I’m always imposing my own perspective on the things I see. So if I’m in a really boring room, I’m just going to see it in a different colour. And if the people in front of me are really boring, I’m just going to make them into squirrels! I really live in my own made up world, and always have since I was a kid. I’m really lucky that my parents fostered that in me. They were like ‘Oh, Tula’s daydreaming again, clearly!’ and they just let me go. So I sort of never really grew up in that capacity, and I’m really grateful for that because life through my eyes is way more fun!
A lot of quilters are guilty of ‘the work-in-progress’ where they’ll start something, get distracted by something else and then revisit the original project quite a while after! Are you guilty of the WIP, or do you just get everything done?
I will say, the one thing I will give myself credit for is that I’m exceptional at finishing projects. I finish everything. I do not have a single work in progress in my studio! Except maybe for hand projects, but that’s just because they take so long to make. I was working on a hand sewing project in the green room that I’ll work on for a year. So that’s the only work-in-progress that I’ll have, but I’ll still work on that every day until I finish it. I make 40-50 quilts a year, so it’s something I have to get done. Like I said, I’m terrified of dying before I get all my projects done! So I’m just constantly pushing forward, but I love finishing things, I really enjoy it. I sit down, I make something, I finish it and I move on. I’m not a multi-tasker… at all.
With your 40-50 quilts a year, what do you do with them all?
They live in my quilt storage room… I have floor to ceiling shelves on all of the walls, so they’re all stacked up, and then I have about 4ft worth of quilts sitting on the bed, all piled up on top of each other, because really the best way to store a quilt is on the bed. I take all the ones that are really very special or took me a long time, and put them on the bed. So if anyone comes to stay with me I need at least 48 hours notice to clear the bed off! I always say ‘Don’t worry if you get cold!’, there are plenty of blankets and people are just allowed to pull quilts off the shelves. All my quilts are useable.
I have little sisters, they’re twins, they’re eleven, and they use my quilt room like a library. They’ll redecorate their room and they’ll come and pick out a quilt, and when they want to change it up they’ll just return that one and pick out a new one.
You incorporate a lot of animals into your work. If you were an animal, what would it be?
Probably a turtle. I’m a hermit actually, in real life – when I’m at home I never leave. I actually even have toilet paper delivered to my house! Like, I do not leave. I just want to sew. My biggest fear is that I will die before I get to execute all my ideas! Like I won’t live long enough to design all the fabric I want to design, and make all the quilts that I want to make. So when I get home, I’m getting down to business. Because I have a ton of things that I need to get done. I do not have time to go shopping for toilet paper!
What one thing could you not live without?
Probably my glue stick. My glue stick really changed my life. I feel like that was really my biggest turning point for my whole life – discovering the glue stick!
If you’re keen for more of Tula, why not check out the full video interview? Stay tuned for more interviews with new talents and quilty superstars in every issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting.
As Monday goals go, planning a trip to meet Tula Pink and watch her film her first UK live TV show is pretty cool! She’s here in England for a few days (our shameless Instagram stalking reveals she’s been at The Quilt Room this weekend) and on Wednesday she’ll be on TV… and we’ll be there.
Tula Pink always inspires us to be brave with colour and bold with our print choices! Her fabrics have been bringing vibrant hues to our projects and news pages ever since we launched, so we’re thrilled to be meeting her face-to-face when she visits Sewing Quarter TV this week.
Tula will make her on air debut this Wednesday 7th February. She’s appearing in two shows on the Sewing Quarter channel at 8am and 10am to showcase her All Stars collection, share some special offers and quilting tips. We’ll be behind the scenes to see her in action and we’ll be interviewing her for an exclusive Facebook Live chat in between shows.
Her fabric designs have a huge following around the world, inspired by her love of animals and nature (she enjoys hiding animal characters in unusual places in her illustrations) and featuring bold use of colour and pattern. As well as fabrics with haberdashery to match, she even has her own range of tools too, to add a vibrant touch to your quilting table..
We’ve long been hoarding Tula fabrics and featuring her ranges in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Here’s our top 5 Tula ranges that we’ve featured over the years…
1 Pixel Perfect quilt
Showcasing her Acacia fabric collection, we featured this exclusive pattern in our second ever issue.
2. Not just fabrics
No-one does colour like Tula – these Chipper threads by Aurifil were released to match her vibrant range of the same name.
3. Candy Stripes quilt
Nicole Calver’s Candy Stripes quilt in issue 47 (main image at the top of this post) injects colour boosts from her Slow and Steady collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics into a monochrome quilt top.
4. Not just fabrics
OK so this is a bit of a cheat addition to this list as we haven’t featured them in the magazine yet, but Tula’s new collection of Tech Accessories is topping our wish list this Spring. As we haven’t yet discovered a way to quilt a phone case, this is as close as we’re going to get to giving a patchwork makeover to our favourite gadgets!
5. Time warp inspo
Tula’s Elizabeth fabric range is filled with quirky details and Tudor-inspired motifs (from chain mail to monarchs).