Cherry Menlove’s Laying on the Lawn Quilt
Laying on the Lawn Quilt
This quilt is one of the largest projects from Cherry Menlove’s Book, The Handmade Home, it might take some time to complete but is can be kept on for years – it can even be handed down to your children to use with their own kids some day!
Grab your supplies…
Quilting fabric for front/back sections (9m x 1.14m)
Cutting mat (60cm x 45cm)
Computer & printer
15 x A4 sheets paper
Fabric for lettering (1m x 1m)
Contrasting quilting fabric for border (2.5m x 1.14m)
Bamboo wadding (2.5m x 2.5m)
You need a large open space to make this quilt so, if it’s warm, why not work on the lawn outside.
The main front and back sections
Take the fabric for the front and back sections and use the rotary cutter and mat (or scissors) to cut out 4 pieces (2 for the front; 2 for the back), each measuring 218cm (l) x 110cm (w). Pin 2 of the front pieces lengthways face to face. Sew together 1cm from the edge of the fabric. Repeat the process for the back, using the 2 other pieces.
Create the lettering
On a computer, type out the words ‘Laying On The Lawnʼ (font Baskerville Semibold; point size 775), using a separate page per letter. Print and carefully cut out each letter. Pin them face down onto the reverse of the 1m x 1m fabric square. Draw and cut each letter out. Lay the lettering out on the front section of the quilt and pin into place. Set the sewing machine to a zigzag stitch approximately 5mm wide. Sew around the edge of each letter.
Create the borders & corners
Cut the border fabric into 4 strips, each measuring 250cm (l) x 28cm (w). Fold each strip in half widthways and iron along the fold to create a border piece 14cm wide. Lay the front section face up on the floor. Take the border strips and place one along each edge of the front section, open edges facing inwards. To create the stitching allowance, make sure that the front section of the quilt overlaps each border strip by 1cm. Pin the strips to the front section of the quilt along one of the open edges. The 2cm of excess fabric at each end of the border pieces are for hemming later (see image 1).
Draw a line in pencil from the outer tip to the inner corner of one half of the folded fabric. This will be the stitching line. Repeat on the other half of the border strip (see image 2).
Draw a second parallel line running 1.5cm from the stitching line on both halves of the fabric. This will be the cutting line and it will be closer to the edge of the fabric (see image 3). Repeat this step, drawing the stitching and cutting line on the other 3 corners of the border fabric. Unpin the border strips from the front section of the quilt. Cut along the 2 cutting lines (the outer lines) and discard the excess fabric (see image 4). Place 2 border strips face to face and pin together. To create a border corner, sew along the 2 stitching lines. Repeat with the remaining corners to create a square border frame (see image 5).
Attach the border to the front section
Lay the front section of the quilt on the floor so that the lettering is face up. Turn the border frame inside out. Pin the lower half of the border frame face to face along the top edge of the front section of the quilt. Allowing for a 1cm hem (see image 6). Continue to pin the border in this way along the other 3 edges of the front section. Once the border frame has been sewn in place, fold the border back over right side out.
Measure the wadding
Lay the quilt face down on the floor. Tuck the wadding up into the border corners and along all 4 border edges. It should fit snugly inside the edges of the border frame and lie flat. Trim off any excess as bamboo wadding has a lot of give (see image 7).
Attach the back section
Remove the wadding and turn the quilt inside out. Pin the back section of the quilt face down and face to face to the remaining border edge (see image 8), allowing for a 1cm hem. To enable the wadding to be inserted, leave a 1m side section unpinned. Sew the back section of the quilt in place. Turn the quilt the right way out and lay flat. Push the wadding into the quilt through the open section, making sure it is smooth, flat and fills all 4 corners properly.
Secure the wadding and close the border gap
Lay the quilt face up on the floor. Pin all 3 layers of the quilt together 1cm in from the outer edge of the border. To secure the layers together, it is necessary to pin along the top of the seams, where the front and back sections of the quilt meet the border (see image 9).
To pin the open 1m section of the quilt closed, fold the border fabric over by 5mm and pin onto the back section of the quilt by following the existing border seam.
Using the pins as a guide, sew along the quilt, thus securing the wadding in place. At the gap, sew 2mm onto the border to close up the opening. Ensure the front and back section seams line up. Sew along the outer edge of the border using the pins as a guide.
Lay the quilt face up on the floor. Avoiding the lettering, pin five evenly spaced lines horizontally across the quilt from one border seam to the opposite border seam. Sew along the pins to create the quilting effect (see image 10). This also further secures the wadding, preventing it from moving around and resulting in an uneven finish.
Now, all that is left is to spread it out in the garden in the sunshine, and relax on the lawn!
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This beautiful quilt is one of the many crafty projects in The Handmade Home by Cherry Menlove, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson at £20.
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