Firstly, I thought you would like to see what you could be making which is a full sized quilt.
But we are going to make just two blocks to make our needle case.
You will need:
- Iron and ironing board
- Mat, cutting ruler and rotary cutter
- Main fabric and contrast
- A small piece of felt
- Needle and thread
- Tape Measure or ruler
Right then we are ready to start - now these are the important bits - you must be as precise as possible with your cutting out and folding - always put the guard on your rotary cutter and finally, measure twice and cut once.
|1. Cut two 7 inch squares of your main fabric.|
2. With the right side of your fabric facing down, fold
over 1/4" of fabric all the way round and press it flat.
3. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press, now do
the same widthwise, where these lines bisect is your
|4. Fold each corner into the centre - we are now |
moving into origami territory.
5. Press the fabric flat, make sure each new corner
is a sharp point.
6. Fold the new corner points into the middle.
|7. Press all the corners into the middle.|
8. Catch the opposing corner points with a
slip stitch, do not got through to the layers
beneath, just the points.
9. Your square should now look like this. Now
repeat the process for your second square.
11. If you look at the pic above, you will see that
the seam is invisible when you pull the thread taut.
12. Cut two contrasting squares, which fit within
your two squares, these will form your secret
garden. Slip these squares under the joined
triangles... now you know why I told you not to
stitch all the way through.
13. Now cut a piece of fabric which fits the
diamond shape between the two joined squares,
this will become your Cathedral windows.
14. Roll the edges of the square over your cut out
diamond and slip stitch the rolled edges, at each
corner, catch the two sides together with a little
15. This is your classic cathedral window.
Now repeat the rolling and slip stitch around
each of the folded triangles, this will expose your
other contrasting fabric which forms the petals
for your secret garden flowers.
16. You now have your cathedral window and
secret garden blocks. In order to make it a little
more interesting, I have added buttons... am
thinking about adding loop to close the needle
17. Now cut out a felt oblong to fit inside the
needle case, I have used pinking shears to make
it look more attractive. Top stitch the felt in
place with a running stitch being careful not to
penetrate to the right side.
18. Your case is now ready for the needles.
17. And there you have it... you can now
do two sorts of hand quilted blocks.
I also have a method for doing this by machine... would anyone like to see it?