How to make a quilt (‘Animals Quilt’)

I’ve designed a single bed quilt around an unusual fabric I bought in Australia, which features animals such as koalas, wallabies, dingos and others and which is enhanced by coloured dots (reflecting the style of the mysterious and beautiful Aboriginal designs and paintings which can be seen in museums and art galleries in Sydney, where we stayed).

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The quilt pattern uses thirty-five twelve-inch quilt blocks, surrounded by a narrow border. It can easily be adapted to make a wider quilt (for double, queen or king-sized beds) simply by making more blocks – you need seven more blocks for each foot extra in width.

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Like all my patterns, the instructions are given step-by-step and there’s a photograph for each stage. So you don’t need to be a quilting expert to have a go at this pattern. The cover gives a clear shopping list for what you need to make it.

The design has been carefully constructed, so that if you follow the directions regarding the fabrics, you will never have two pieces of fabric the same colour next to each other in the quilt.  The quilt I made is in soft earthy tones, but you could use any colour-scheme that suits you and any suitable printed fabric. The featured animals in this quilt appear in a square three inches by three inches, so you could choose any fabric with a motif that size. Just make sure you have 35 motifs on the length you buy, if you are making the single bed quilt.

To help you with making the quilt, there are some short film clips on You Tube demonstrating:

how to make a 12-inch patchwork block: sizes for strips

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how to cut fabric for patchwork and quilting

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how to ‘fussy cut’ for patchwork and quilting

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how to pin, stitch and press a patchwork block

pressing inner block open

how to join patchwork blocks to make a row

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There is even one on how to thread up a sewing machine (mine’s a Bernina)

how to thread a Bernina sewing machine

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The quilt pattern is FREE as is available right here on the website – just click here.

 

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If you like the idea of some different animals, there is always my ‘Jaguar and Cub’ fabric. Click here to see it.

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Or there’s my ‘Bears’ fabric design. Click here to see it.

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Let me know what you think!

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