I love making gifts at Christmas. It takes time and effort, and often ends up more expensive than buying a present. It is a common misconception that homemade = cheap! It certainly isn't that. However, there is something so special about putting your heart into someone special.
I created a lovely 'boy quilt' for the partner of my bestie Sarah using my Accuquilt and the included Value Die . It cut up a dream, even the checks and lines on the patterns didn't cause me any issues as I lined up everything neatly in the die. The fabric was Homespun Dunroven House from Create and Craft (link is here if they still have any stock!). There are 12 fat quarters of beautiful soft cotton and I used most of it - there are a few scraps left over. I feel I need to buy some more now - it is beautiful to stroke.
The design was made up of squares, 4 patches and pinwheels. The Value Die set cuts:
- Square 4.5" (4" finished)
- Square 2.5" (2" finished)
- Half Square - 2" Finished Triangle (cuts two)
I just cut as I went along, so I didn't really count how many of each I cut. I separated each 4 inch square with a pinwheel or a 4 patch, and I made sure 2 colours didn't touch each other, but apart from that I went random!
|You can't beat simple Stitch In The Ditch! It fitted perfectly with this design.|
I had a play with Flange binding (the fine red edge along the binding). I wanted a very fine red line to add interest to the edging and this fitted the bill. It is very effective and quite easy to achieve. If you fancy a try, just Google Flange Binding Tutorials and you will see lots of tutorials on how to do it.
Finished item before I handed it over to it's new home - where it was greatly appreciated. Of course I made a label but I forgot to photograph it!
|Finished and ready to wrap!|
So if Santa brought you an Accuquilt this year, get that Value Die and get playing about! You will love it!