Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Cuzco Charm Crossing flimsy

I probably need to find a better name for this quilt, but I like the alliteration! So I already talked a bit about the start of making this quilt a couple of weeks ago. It's taken me longer than I expected to get the top finished. Tammie was not lying when she said that she carried the blocks around so she could square up on the go. But once you have the hourglasses made the rest of the quilt is quite fun. I loved laying out the squares into the Yankee Puzzle blocks, as you may have seen on instagram.

My triangles aren't perfect. Though I was surprised at how many turned out really well. I was a bit stupid, and I pressed all my seams flat as usual, but I think if I had followed Tammie's instructions to the letter (press to one side) then they would have 'locked' in place when I was doing the second sewing to get the hourglass blocks and the perfect points turn-out would have been almost 100%!

I found that the seams got bulky in places but it was all manageable. I have to say that I will be avoiding quilting too near the seams though. It did remind me of why I stopped paper piecing after one go. Does anyone have any tips for dealing with bulky seams that just don't want to travel through the presser foot? Would a walking foot help? I don't think the height of my foot is adjustable though I will get the instruction book out to check... I really want to make a go of some paper piecing but the thought of fighting with those seams just turns me back every time!

It even matches our fancy lights (gifted from the lovely Jan at Paul's work!)

Anyway, I really love this top. It's very cheery. Though the next two larger quilts that I have planned also have an all cream/white background. I think I'm going to have to make some all colour baby quilts to keep my brain 100% happy! Cuzco is so beautiful. I wish I had another charm pack of it to make a really simple patchwork top as well, I never get sick of the colours and patterns!

I've already planned out how I'll quilt this, with my new walking foot!!! Yay! I just have to make the backing now, which I'm going to strip piece and pop in the five leftover hourglasses. That's just the Cuzco hourglasses. I have enough solid hourglasses leftover to make a baby quilt - woop! Second quilt for free :)

Here's one final pic of the flimsy out in the wild:

Also knows as the patch of grass behind our apt block!

I'm a few days late for the Kate Spain party over at Blossom Heart Quilts, but you should totally go and check out the Kate Spain projects made during the blog hop in June! The linky is full of awesome.

I shall be linking this up to WIP Wednesday, hosted this week by Stacey from The Tilted Quilt, tomorrow when it opens! I reckon it will be at least a month before this baby gets quilted and bound. I'll pop up a picture of the back if I get it made today! (The back totally didn't happen yesterday, I got waylaid by another migraine.)

Yay for something finished!


  1. Such a fun pattern with the hourglasses Aoife!! I love how some of the hourglasses sneak out into the border. This was a great pattern to use with the pretty, bright Cuzco!

  2. I love this so much! I'm also pretty sure we're quilt twins - I'm in the process of finishing my own Cuzco Charm Crossing quilt. Great minds quilt alike, eh?

  3. I love this quilt! And a agree with the comment above- my favorite part are the hourglasses that are poking out into the border. I think the walking foot will help you get over those seams. Good luck quilting it.

  4. This is a very interesting quilt. I have added the tutorial to my "to sew" file. Thanks for the link! You did a great job on your quilt!

  5. Love how this quilt top has finished up. Your layout feels fresh and modern. Great job.

  6. Just gorgeous! I too love the hourglasses into the border, great work!!

  7. That looks great. I love Kate Spain fabrics and I have two charm packs of good fortune on hand. I just might have to make this one - you've inspired another line on my to do list!


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