As so many people like my little patchworks I thought I'd show you how I make them and maybe you can try one for yourselves!
You will need
Needle - the finest you can manage to sew with
Scissors for fabric
Cotton Fabrics - 100% cotton fabric works best, preferably closely woven and not too thick.
Contrasting Thread for tacking
First you need to cut out your paper squares.
I do this using a magazine with glossy pages, not a good quality one as the paper will be too stiff. You can of course use graph paper, although the paper normally tends to be a bit too thin.
Open the cover of the magazine and rule lines on the first page. For your first patchwork I suggest you make your lines 1/2" apart. Do this in both directions, therefore making 1/2" squares.
Start cutting across the page from the spine to the edge. Press quite hard in order to cut through several pages at once.
Next cut down from top to bottom, holding the ruler very tightly to make sure the sliced paper does not move underneath. And presto! You have 1/2" squares of paper!
A useful size quilt to make is 4 1/2" x 4" as it can be used on either a single or double bed. This will use 8 squares by 9 squares, so you will need to make 72 squares in paper and 72 squares of fabric.
Decide on your fabrics and draw lines 3/4" apart in both directions so you have 3/4" squares of fabric. This gives you 1/8" turning all round each square. Carefully cut them out.
Take a breather! Have a cup of tea or coffee!
Pin each paper to the centre of each square of fabric.
It's been a lot of work so go and make yourself another cup of coffee - or tea, I'll have Earl Grey please!
Now, this is where the cork board plays its part. Lay out your design onto the cork, move the pieces around, decide on the design you like best.
You want the design to stay where you put it so stab every square down with a pin, then you can sneeze, leave it over night, let the family in, and open the windows, you will not lose your design! You can even carry it outside and sew it in the garden and the breeze will not move it!
Begin to sew the squares together.
Take the first two squares from the end of a row and with right sides together, over sew the edges taking the smallest stitches you can manage. Take the third square and sew it to the second in the same way. Continue until you have one row of squares stitched together.
Put the stitched row back on the cork and secure it with a pin at each end.
With right sides facing, sew the strips together, keeping all the squares in line.
When you have finished, the quilt will seem quite stiff as the papers will still be attached, you can see them on the reverse.
Lightly press the patchwork, then carefully snip all the tacking threads and remove. You will now be able to gently remove the papers.
Time to attach the backing!
The easiest way is to put the right sides together and stitch around the edges, leaving a small gap for turning.
You can experiment with wadding which will make the cover thicker, and you can quilt it but this will make the cover stiffer.
If you enjoy making a little patchwork, try making one with smaller squares, then experiment with different shapes, 1/4" hexagons look lovely.
Please ask me if I haven't made the instructions clear enough.
Most of all - have fun, I find it very relaxing.
This is a 72 square patchwork on a double bed.