Row upon row of running stitch, all done by hand, are just part of the colour and beauty of this Middle East-inspired masterpiece. A project for an experienced quilter, this beauty may take a little time to complete, but it’s well worth the effort. You can speed up the process at the hand-quilting stage by working multiple needles in your embroidery hoop at the same time. To order the fabrics for the quilt top, including the exotic ikat used in the border, visit www.materialobsession.com.au
Gather your supplies
Uzbek Patches Kit (containing – For main body of quilt top: 50 x 90cm of 11 Reece Scannell shot cottons
For borders: 10cm of 3-4 fabrics or 30cm narrow border stripe
1m authentic silk Ikat stripe
50cm x 90cm Dark Blue Reece Scannell shot cotton
50 x 90cm Dark Red 2 Reece Scannell shot cotton
For binding: 60cm stripy shot cotton
Custom trapesium acrylic template (Trapezium acrylic template is available separately if you are not purchasing the fabric kit.)
Finished size: about 200 x 155cm (79 x 61½ʺ)
- Step 1: CUTTING
Cut two 35⁄8ʺ strips from each of the 11 fabrics for main body of quilt. Fold each strip wrong sides together and use Shape A template to cut 16 shapes from strip, 8 of Shape A and 8 of Shape A Reverse. Start from selvedge end of strip so you can unfold end to obtain last piece. You will have 176 pieces of Shape A and 176 of Shape A Reverse in total. There will be some leftovers. See From The Kasbah Diagram 1 (below). Choose 8 of the 11 fabrics for main body to make up solid stripes down quilt. Cut two 35⁄8ʺ strips from each. Use template to cut 10 of Shape B from each strip, turning the template to maximise fabric. You will have 160 pieces of Shape B. See Diagram 2 (below)For borders, cut four 4½ʺ stripes of Ikat stripe, Dark Blue and Dark Red 2. Cross cut all to 16½ʺ wide strips. Cut narrow border stripe fabric into seven 1½ʺ strips. Cut binding fabric into eight 2½ʺ strips.
- Step 2: ASSEMBLING THE QUILT
Place an A piece on the B piece, right sides together. Allow for the diagonal cut by slightly adjusting the 2 pieces so the overhanging points at either end match in size. One point from the A piece extends at top and one point from the B piece extends from underneath at bottom. See Diagram 3 (below). Sew a ¼ʺ seam and repeat on the opposite side using a Shape A Reverse piece in a different colour shot cotton, to make a finished unit. Each unit is the same, simply turned 180º to give the zigzag effect. See Diagram 4 (below). Make 160 units in this way.
- Step 3: Lay out your units in columns of same coloured Shape B pieces, with 20 units in each column. The slightly irregular effect of the quilt is achieved by alternating irregularly the thicker end of the unit with the thinner end of the unit at top of quilt. Sew units into columns of 20. Lightly press. Sew 8 columns together, matching seams as you sew.
- Step 4: For borders, lay a 16½ʺ length of shot cotton and a 16½ʺ length of ikat stripe, one on top of the other with both sides facing up. Cut a diagonal slice through the 2 pieces. Being careful to keep right sides together, pair up top solid with bottom stripe. Then pair up bottom solid with top stripe. See Diagram 5 (below). Match diagonal seams of each pair and adjust lengths to compensate for diagonal seam (with points showing equally at each end of seam). Sew and press flat. Make 32 sets.
- Step 5: Divide in sets of 4 (2 red, 2 blue). Sew sets of 4 together end to end, alternating between blue and red pieces.
- Step 6: Sew 7 strips of narrow stripe border fabric together, end to end. Cut narrow border stripe fabric into four 64½ʺ strips.
- Step 7: Make a border unit by sewing one ikat stripe/shot cotton strip to the long edge of one narrow border stripe strip. Sew a second ikat stripe/shot cotton strip to the other long edge of the narrow stripe strip. Press the seams. Make a total of four 64½ʺ border units.
- Step 8: Trim 2 borders back to 63ʺ, taking ¾ʺ off each end of the 2 borders. Carefully pin the ends and middles of borders to each side of quilt. Smooth and pin the rest of border to quilt body and sew together. Lightly press seams outwards.
- Step 9: Check width of quilt, through centre, including side borders. Quilt should measure about 61½ʺ across. Trim last 2 border sections to width of quilt. Carefully pin ends and middle in place, smooth and pin the rest of border to quilt body. Sew borders to top and bottom of quilt. Press lightly.
- Step 10: FINISHING THE QUILT
Follow Assembling The Quilt instructions. Using an embroidery hoop to keep work taut, several embroidery needles and pearl thread colours to match fabrics, hand-stitch large running stitches in parallel lines
- Step 11: BINDING
Following How To Bind Your Quilt instructions, join all seven 2½ʺ binding strips together on the diagonal into one strip.
You’ll also need
175cm x 220cm batting; 4.5m backing fabric; No 8 cotton pearl threads to match shot cottons; embroidery hoop; several embroidery needles