GLASS BEADS QUILT
FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 24" X 27"
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
ENGLISH PAPER PIECES
144 (1 pack) 2” Crowns
39 (1 pack) 2” 6-point Diamonds
78 (1 pack) 3/5” Kites
(36) 2 1/2” x 14” strips in 36 different prints.
(3) 2 1/2” x WOF strips of white or low volume fabric for white diamonds.
(2) 1 3/4” x WOF strips of white or low volume fabric strips for white kites.
¼ yard for binding
1 yard for backing
32" x 35" batting
Hand-sewing needles (Bohin Milliners, size 9)
50-weight thread (Aurifil)
Fabric glue and/or Clover Wonder Clips*
Perle Cotton for big stitch quilting if desired.
*See tutorial for more information on basting http://www.talesofcloth.com/epp101
Prints: Cut each strip into (4) 2 1/5” x 3 1/2” rectangles and set aside for Crowns.
White/low volume 2 ½” strips for Diamonds: Using the Diamond paper templates as a guide, cut 39 Diamonds, leaving a 3/8" seam allowance on all sides.
White/low volume 1 3/4” strips for Kites: Using the Kite paper template as a guide, cut 78 Kites, leaving a 3/8” seam allowance on all sides.
Binding: Cut 3 x 2 ½” WOF strips for binding.
STITCHING THE ROWS:
1. Prepare all the pieces for the quilt by basting the fabric to the paper templates.
2. Take 4 Crowns basted with the same fabric. Sew the short sides of 2 Crowns together into a crescent as shown in the diagram. Sew 2 more Crowns together in the same manner. (fig.1)
3. Next, attach a Kite, along the long, left side to the top of the crescent, as shown in the diagram. Without breaking the thread, continue along the next edge of the Crown, and attach a diamond. Continue stitching the diamond to the next crown along the adjacent seam. Without breaking the thread, attach another Kite to the lower section of the block. (fig.2)
4. Take the second, matching crescent, and match up the top, short edge to the kite at the top of the block. (fig.3) Sew each edge until the second crescent is attached to the first. This is your complete Glass Bead block. (fig.4)
5. Make 33 complete Glass Bead Blocks.
6. With the left over Crowns, make 6 crescents. Stitch a line of kite-diamond-kite to each crescent to make 6 half blocks.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP:
7. The quilt is sewn together in horizontal rows of beads. Lay out 6 rows to create a pleasing arrangement of colours and label them or take a photo to remember. Each odd row will have 6 complete blocks. The even rows contain 5 complete blocks and a half block at each end. (fig.4)
8. To begin a row, stitch one Glass Bead block to the one next to it by holding them right sides together and whip-stitching along the seam. Stitch all the blocks together in rows.
9. Stitch the rows together. Place the first edge of the first row over the first edge of the second row and stitch along the edge. Stitch 3 times to anchor the seam on the corner, and then stitch along the next seam. Fold the neighbouring papers as you go to make holding the seams together easier.
10. Add the rows one at a time, and remove the papers, if desired, once a row is completely surrounded. Doing so as you go makes the quilt a bit lighter to handle for sewing subsequent rows, but you can wait until the quilt is completed before removing papers if desired.
11. Once the quilt is complete, remove any remaining papers and press the quilt top flat.(fig 5.)
12. Open out the turn-under of the outside edge pieces and press again.
13. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste the layers together. Quilt as desired. The featured quilt was quilted in vertical lines.
14. Trim the excess quilt top, batting, and backing 1/4” beyond the seam line where the papers have been (fig.6).
15. Sew the binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Press the binding in half wrong sides together.
16. Leaving an 8" tail of binding, sew the binding to the quilt through all layers, matching all raw edges. Miter corners. Stop approximately 12" from where you started. Lay both loose ends of binding flat along quilt edge. Where these two loose ends meet, fold them back on themselves and press to form a crease. Using this crease as your stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding together right sides together. Trim seam to 1/4" and press open. Finish sewing binding to quilt.
17. Turn the binding to the back of quilt and hand-stitch in place.