Wednesday, 11 January 2012

NEEDLE Inspiration

That's all I needed.  A little needle inspiration.

My grandson just graduated to a twin bed. 
First came the crib, them the youth bed and now the twin.
Not just any twin but an antique brass bed.

Did I mention that I quilt.

I had seen this bed in the Country Living magazine and thought 
I could make a red, white and blue quilt. 
A nautical themed quilt.
 Their bed being red and iron, mine being brass.
This would work I could recreate this look. See the quilt at the 
bottom of the bed.

I went down to my sewing studio and pulled out of my stash these
prints in red and blue. 
Now I keep on hand at least 10 yards
of white fabric for just in case......

The top piece  I will use as my binding.
So I went to work cutting them up into 4.5 inch and 2.5 inch squares.  With the white fabric I cut 2.5 inch and 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles.

All of my print 2.5 inch squares I drew a line across the  centre.
Then I attached them to the white 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles.

I keep a bin full of my scraps that I have cut into 2.5 inches.
I call these leaders and enders.
You see I take two right sides together and sew them
then I continue to sew my quilt pieces together.
I chain piece. It makes it go along a lot faster.
Then I will end with ender. see picture.
Here is where they go once the leader an enders are sewn into this basket.   Then down the road when the inspiration arises 
I can make a scrappy quilt and half of my work is done.
 I make sure that I press each seam open.
Now to assemble my star. 

Here I have completed all the red and one blue. 17 more to go.

Thanks for stopping by.. 


  1. Linda - this is going to be a gorgeous quilt. I remember seeing that quilt in Country Living (I probably still have that magazine in my stash). I made a couple of quilts years and years ago. Once I have my sewing room set up, I'm going to try my hand again at quilting. You've inspired me!

  2. I adore quilt. Nothing makes a room more cozy and comfortable! Yours is going to be so pretty when you're done...your grandson is a lucky duck! I want to see the finished product.

  3. I can hardly wait to see it completed! I love quilts. My grandmother made some beautiful ones and I was lucky to inherit a few of them.

    I am following you through the favorite things hop.

    Have a great day!


  4. make it look sooo easy...and it is so beautiful...Happy quilting!!

  5. Hi Linda,
    This is going to be a great quilt!
    Love the inspiration shot...
    Happy chain piecing it is the only way to go!
    Great tip about the leaders & enders!
    All the Best,

  6. Wow, that looks fantastic. I did my first quilt this week and keen to do more you've now inspired me. TFS and BTW found you via Katherine's Blog Hop, now following

  7. This is going to be perfect!Thank you for participating in the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo

  8. This is looking gorgeous and you make it look quick and easy!

    Thank you for linking this information post to Potpourri Friday!

  9. Wow, you make it all look so easy....I have to agree with Honey! I love my quilts that were passed down from my mom, really special feeling comes from these.