RUBY ROSE QUILT at the Festival of Quilts, August 2018
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the Ruby Rose quilt. So many people stopped to have a good look at the quilt and take photographs. Congratulations, ladies, we did a great job!
About the Ruby Rose Quilt Malvern Quilters hold an exhibition every two years and as part of that exhibition we make a quilt to be raffled, with proceeds going to the charity chosen by the current president. In 2019 it will be our 40th anniversary, or Ruby anniversary. We have made a quilt that was inspired by the style of Charles Rennie Macintosh and his Glasgow Rose. It was exhibited at the international Festival of Quilts on 9 – 12 August 2018. Young Minds is the charity for 2019, chosen by our current president, Pamela Wild. This charity supports young people who are struggling with mental health issues, and also supports their parents with practical guidance on how to help their child. The reason she chose this charity is in memory of her brother Ian who struggled for many years with the terrible symptoms of schizophrenia, and also to honour the support given to him by their mum and dad through some very tough times.
Instructions to members as we started work on making the quilt
MALVERN QUILTERS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
RUBY QUILT INSTRUCTIONS HANDED OUT WITH FABRIC PACK
QUILT CONCEPT · The design is in the style of the Charles Rennie Macintosh’s ‘Glasgow Rose’, with leaves and squares for additional decoration. · The method will be the stained glass technique. · Use Bondaweb to add your coloured fabric to the white background, then outline each pattern with black bias tape.
PACK CONTENTS · You will be adding your design onto the white square, 13 x 13 inch. Finished block size is 12 x 12 inches · You have a pack of chosen fabric from the line Aurelia by Makower · Use the Mid-Red fabric as the main colour. · Also in the pack are small pieces of Dark Red, Pink, Black, Green and two different Cream fabrics. If you want more of any particular fabric, just ask. · Please do not substitute any other fabric as we want this to be a co-ordinated piece. We will not use any block that deviates from the supplied fabric. · Bondaweb 6 cm * 45 cm · There is no bias tape included in the pack. We will provide this once you have brought in your block with the fabric ironed on. As a guide, simple design took 3 metres of tape. · Written instructions and examples of different designs · We will email to the group a link to Pamela’s Pinterest board for this quilt with over 200 images.
MAKING YOUR BLOCK · Allow 1 ½ inch around your block before fitting in your design – ½ inch seam allowance and 1 inch clear space · Try out different designs to see what you want to do. You are free to make your own design with the theme of the Glasgow rose. Have a look at the different examples for inspiration. · Allow for ¼ inch bias tape around each piece · Also think about the quilting lines. · Draw your design onto paper at full size a. When happy, outline in black as you will be putting your bondaweb and fabric over it to trace the design. A Sharpie pen is good here if you have one. Place a lamp under a glass table or stick it on the window b. Trace it again on the other side of the paper. Note which is the reverse side c. Number each piece on your pattern · You will be making a reverse picture of your design so using the wrong side of the paper pattern, trace each piece of the pattern onto the paper side of the bondaweb leaving a ¼ inch space between each piece. Put the corresponding number on your bondaweb · Cut out bondaweb and iron onto the wrong side of your coloured fabric · Cut out each piece of fabric on the pattern line · Pin your white block on top of the right side of your pattern then piece by piece iron on your fabric, with bondaweb sticky side side down: a. Peel off the paper, place it according to your pattern, then iron without steam. When happy, do the rest of the pieces. b. It can be tricky peeling the paper off the fabric. Try loosening an edge with a pin to get a bigger piece to peel. c. Start on the inside of the rose and work outwards. d. Don’t worry if there are small gaps showing through, they will be hidden by the bias tape. · Take your piece of black bias tape and cut the amount you need to outline each piece. a. Again, start on the inside of the rose and work outwards. b. Use the tape on the outer lines to hide the ends of the inner tape. c. When you get to a point, eg on a leaf, iron on the one side then fold the tape back on itself to carry on down the next side d. Make sure you have tucked in as many ends as you can. You can lift tape already ironed on to tuck ends underneath. Watch your fingers with the iron! Use something to hold the tape in place if needed on the fiddly bits – a pin, a seam ripper, a cocktail stick, scissors, anything to help. e. If you have a straight line that goes to the edge of the block, run it all the way to the edge of the fabric. f. We will trim the blocks to size when they are completed · If you would rather sew the tape in place as you are going along, don’t forget to allow for connecting pieces to go under later on · Sew the tape in place with black thread, using hand applique stitches, as invisible as you can make it on the front.
PUTTING THE FINAL QUILT TOGETHER · We will be putting the blocks together in strips, then quilting them before joining each strip · We have a group sewing day booked for Saturday 17th March to start this off · The quilt lines will be quite simple, using straight lines and echo quilting a quarter inch around the designs. Below are step by step photos taken when Pamela was putting her sample block together, following the instructions above. Remember to allow more space between each of the pieces when you trace it onto the bondaweb, rather than tracing it all as one piece.
Quilting the Ruby Quilt Next step is to quilt our blocks. We will supply the wadding and backing fabric as well as two bobbins of white thread to use. The quilt design is to echo quilt the outline of your design about quarter of an inch away from the black tape. Trace the design with your finger to get an idea of the lines you want to do. Fill in any gaps within the design, say within a square, but only on the background fabric not on the coloured fabric. Use either free motion foot or a walking foot. If using a walking foot, set your stitch to 3.0/3.5 and go slowly to get around any curves. If it helps, mark the distance either by a line or dots at key points. Make sure you use a marker that can be erased. Better still, use your machine foot as a guide along the edge of the tape. Have a look at the photos of a quilted block.