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Post by Ploshkin on 21st January 2014, 11:17 am

This is my 'what I have done' so far this year.  If you've not come across Manx quilting before it is a traditional  log cabin type of block but it doesn't have any batting (wadding).  The strips of fabric are folded & so the layers of fabric give the finished quilt it's warmth.  It is all sewn by hand with a continuous running stitch & the good thing is that the stitches don't need to be small & it doesn't matter if the line wobbles (though of course mine are all small & dead straight!) because the fabric is not folded back on the stitch line.  Once the strips are cut it is easy to piece by eye & keep a perfect square.  It's a good thing to take somewhere or sit in front of the telly with as all you need are some strips of fabric, needle & thread, 4 pins & a small pair of scissors.  It takes me about two hours to stitch one block.  
I nabbed a lady at the Craigneash Folk Museum on the IOM on a very wet afternoon when there were hardly any visitors & got her to show me how to do it.  I hope my picture attaches ok otherwise this won't make much sense.  The cushion cover is the first bit I did a couple of years ago  to experiment.  The blocks on the back of the sofa are the ones I am currently doing & I haven't got any idea yet what I am going to do with them.  I'll see how many I end up with.  It's probably best suited to scrap fabric as it uses quite a lot - only a third of each strip can be seen in the finished block.



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Post by freebird on 21st January 2014, 1:23 pm

I think what we need here is a pictorial step-by-step how-to tutorial........
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Post by Dandelion on 21st January 2014, 8:47 pm

agree 

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Post by Chilli-head on 21st January 2014, 8:52 pm

Yes, I think I can see from the full sized photo how it is done, but I'm not completely sure.

I do like the cushion.
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Post by Ploshkin on 7th January 2015, 11:04 am

I have dug up this thread because I have been stitching a few more blocks - it's a winter thing, I can see that I posted the original in January of last year. I still have no idea what I am going to do with them or how many I will end up with but I am up to 12 and I thought I would put them together in various configurations for you to see the numerous possibilities (there are more). They're only laid out roughly on the table. I hope a picture will pop up below.
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Post by Dandelion on 8th January 2015, 5:57 pm

They are absolutely beautiful - I love the colours, and the fact that you can play around and do different things with them.
Somewhere (...) I still have the quilt I started when OH and I were engaged, oooh, it must have been well over 36 years ago. It still isn't finished!

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Post by Jaded Green on 8th January 2015, 7:18 pm

Wow!!!
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Post by Chilli-head on 8th January 2015, 9:02 pm

Really nice.  I still could do with that tutorial though whistle2
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