A place in Tuscany

Materials

  • 1.35m (1 1⁄2yds) light background fabric
  • 50cm (5⁄8yd) patterned grey
  • 50cm (5⁄8yd) lilac blue
  • 50cm (5⁄8yd) yellow
  • 35cm (3⁄8yd) rust brown
  • 20cm (1⁄4yd) purple
  • 10cm (1⁄8yd) dark blue
  • One fat quarter green
  • One fat quarter aubergine
  • 8 x 15in fuchsia pink
  • 7 x 11in floral blue
  • One fat eighth orange
  • 7 x 7in dark orange
  • 7 x 10in white/grey
  • 6 x 9in dark brown
  • 40cm (1⁄2yd) aubergine fabric for binding
  • 135 x 168cm (53 x 66in) backing fabric
  • 135 x 168cm (53 x 66in) wadding
  • 1.5m HeatnBond iron-on adhesive for appliqué, or other fusible web
  • 1m Vilene Stitch n Tear for appliqué
  • Decorative metallic threads, e.g. Madeira Dark Metallic for appliqué

Finished Size

Approx 125 x 158cm (49 x 62in)

Skill Level

Advanced

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAIN PANEL PIECES

The templates are printed over four parts of the February 2009 pattern sheets, unfortunately some pieces appear on a join, so you will need to take care when printing.

  1. From the light background fabric, cut the following (see Figure 1) :
    • One piece 6 1⁄2 x 30in
    • One piece 30 x 34in
    • One piece 11 x 42 1⁄2in
    • Use template T to cut 13 triangles for horizontal triangle border
    • Use templates TC and TCR to cut corner triangles – one of each – for the horizontal triangle border
  2. From the grey fabric, cut the following:
    • One piece 3 x 30in
    • Cut three 2 1⁄2in strips across the width of the fabric; join and cut to length to give two strips 2 1⁄2 x 4 91⁄2in
  3. From the lilac blue fabric, cut the following:
    • 14 pieces 4 1⁄2 x 4 3⁄4in
    • Use template C1 to cut 12 circles
  4. From the yellow fabric, cut the following:
    • 12 4 x 4 3⁄4in rectangles
    • Five 7 1⁄4in squares; cut each square on the diagonal twice to give 20 triangles – use six for each (18 in total) for the vertical triangle border
    • Three 3 7⁄8in squares; cut each square once on the diagonal to give six corner triangles for the vertical triangle borders
    • Use template ST to cut 14 triangles – to be appliquéd onto the horizontal triangle border (see ‘Appliqué instructions’)
  5. From the rust brown fabric, cut the following, see Fig 1:
    • Cut two 21⁄2in strips across the width of the fabric; join and cut to length to give one strip 2 1⁄2 x 49 1⁄2in
    • Use template T to cut 14 triangles for the horizontal triangle border
  6. From the purple fabric, cut the following, see Fig 1:
    • 7 1⁄4in squares; cut each square on the diagonal twice to give 16 triangles – use seven for each (14 in total) for two of the vertical triangle borders
  7. From the fuchsia fabric, cut the following, see Fig 1:
    • Two 7 1⁄4in squares; cut each square on the diagonal twice to give eight triangles – use seven for one of the vertical triangle borders

ASSEMBLING THE PANELS

  1. Referring to Fig 2, assemble the main panel as instructed below.
  2. Sew a grey 3 x 30in strip to the bottom of the 30 x 34in background piece. For best results, sew this seam with a long stitch to enable you to slip in the overlap of the dark blue plinth later (see Appliqué instructions).
  3. Sew the rest of the seams as usual. Sew a 6 1⁄2 x 30in background strip to the bottom of the main panel.
  4. Make the vertical triangle borders – two yellow and purple, and one yellow and fuchsia – as shown in Fig 3.
  5. Sew one yellow and purple triangle border to the left and one yellow and fuchsia triangle border to the right of the main panel.
  6. Sew a 11 x 42 1⁄2in background strip to the right-hand side of the main panel (i.e. to the yellow and fuchsia triangle border).
  7. Sew the remaining purple triangle border to the right-hand side of the main panel.
  8. Sew the 2 1⁄2 x 49 1⁄2in rust brown strip to the top of the main panel. 
  9. Sew a grey 2 1⁄2 x 49 1⁄2in strip to the bottom of the main panel. 
  10. Make the horizontal triangle border as shown in Fig 4. Referring to Appliqué instructions opposite, appliqué the yellow triangles to the background triangles: you need to cut the 14th yellow triangle in half to appliqué to the background corner triangles.
  11. Sew the rust brown and background triangle border to the bottom of the main panel.
  12. Sew a 2 1⁄2 x 49 1⁄2in grey strip to the bottom of the main panel.
  13. Make the top and bottom borders. Take the 12 4 x 4 3⁄4in yellow rectangles and the 12 lilac blue circles; referring to Appliqué instructions below, appliqué a lilac blue circle centrally onto
    each yellow rectangle. Assemble each border as shown in Fig 2.
  14. Sew a lilac blue/yellow border to the top and bottom of the main panel, to complete it.

APPLIQUÉ INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the HeatnBond over the templates on the pattern sheet, matt side up. The templates have already been reversed so you can trace straight onto the HeatnBond. Cut the motif out leaving a
    small allowance.
  2. For colour choices, see directions on the templates on the pattern sheet and refer to the photograph for guidance. Iron the motifs onto the back of the chosen fabrics and leave to cool. Then cut out the motifs accurately on the line, but remember to leave a small allowance to overlap where necessary.
  3. Place the main panel onto a large pressing pad or folded towel. Remove the backing papers from the motifs and arrange the pieces onto the backgrounds. Use the photograph to check placement; overlap where necessary. For best results, unpick the seam between the large background piece and the grey strip and slip the dark blue plinth overlap over the background seam allowance and bond before re-stitching. 
  4. Place and bond the main motifs (i.e. large circles, plinth and vases) first, then add the details. Bond the pieces in place with a hot iron following the instructions given with the fusible web.
  5. Place the Stitch ‘n’ Tear under the work. Use a decorative thread to zigzag (recommended stitch length 1⁄2, width 2 1⁄2–3) all around the shapes. The quilt was sewn with Madeira dark metallic thread (in a variety of colours) in the top, a 50-weight cotton thread in the bobbin and using a #14 Schmetz topstitch needle. Tie off thread ends at the back as you go along. Remove the Stitch ‘n’ Tear.

QUILTING

  1. Give your quilt top and backing a good press. Layer the quilt by placing the backing fabric wrong side up on a clean flat surface, followed by the wadding and then the quilt top, centrally and right side
    up. The backing and wadding are slightly larger than the quilt top. Pin or tack in place.
  2. Quilt in the ditch between the background and the borders, and around the main motifs. Quilt free-hand
    swirls in the background areas. Quilt lines in the vases and in the large circles, following the shapes. Quilt free-hand swirls in the triangles and medium circles.
  3. To bind the quilt, trim the excess backing and wadding level with the quilt top edges. Take the aubergine fabric for the binding and cut six 2 1⁄4in strips; join at right angles, pressing the seams
    open to reduce bulk. Trim the ‘ears’ and fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Match the raw edges of the binding to the raw edges of the quilt top and sew in place, folding a mitre at
    each corner. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and neatly slipstitch in place by hand.

First published in Popular Patchwork February 2009