Sunday, 22 July 2012

Fairy Tale Lane finished

 To start at the beginning, I am a self confessed Tula Pink fan. I have bits from most collections but have just collected together 15 half yards of Prince Charming bought from sales across the pond as the powers that be at Coats Crafts never imported it to Europe!

Then I was given the book - Quilts from the House of Tula Pink.  This is full of clever projects and not just quilts.  It's also got some clever advice about selecting your fabrics and showcasing those special prints you struggle to cut because they are so beautiful.
 So here I am with a pile of beautiful fabric in differing print scales and colours.

The pattern I chose from the book was Fairy Tale Lane.

Cutting into the stack proved a lot quicker and easier that I had feared. Even the large scale frog prints (left) managed to be fussy cut to allow the full detail of the print to show.

Once cut I organised each pile on the ironing board as there are nine pieces to each block

I don't know about anyone else but when it comes to selecting pieces for each block, I have to get organised.  This is really hard for me because I am naturally untidy.

I use my sandwich bags to keep all the pieces of each block together and to keep the colour distribution even through the blocks as I tend to fixate on colours when free-piecing. It also eliminated fabric repeat within a block.

First four blocks complete and ready for inspection

Here's the stripy sashing that forms the lane of the title.  The original uses Dandelion print in cream so i swapped it out for cream Klona and red Klona for the lines

There's miles of this sashing - literally

Once made and when assembling the quilt, it became apparent that 1) My 0.25" seam are more than a bit iffy. 2) I am useless at reading instructions!

The end result was that the suggested quantity for the sashing wasn't enough.  Not like slightly not enough - miles of not enough. Luckily, I had enough fabric and stripes lying around to make up one more long strip and one side street.

So if you make this quilt - check your seam allowances! The instructions are good, it pieces together really quickly and you could personalise this quilt in so many ways.

So here is the finished Fairy Tale Lane and I love it.