I’m so excited to finally share with you a collaboration project that I’ve been working on. This quilt has been months in the making, and is simply stunning!
The Girt By Sea quilt is named after a lyric in the Australian National Anthem and is as dinky-di Australian as all the designers that worked on it’s rounds! I love medallion quilts, and this modern design works in perfect harmony with Emma Jansen’s Eureka fabric line. This collaboration was organised by the awesome team at Modern Makers and I’m so excited to work alongside other amazing talents in the Australian quilt industry to bring you this gorgeous quilt pattern.
My round is inspired by the windmills of Central West NSW and the properties and farms around my home town. I find the greatest comfort in the familiar surrounds of where I grew up, and seeing the windmills of home brings back that great sense of belonging.
The blocks in my round are so simple, and quick to sew up. Included in the pattern are instructions for making these blocks using the four-at-a-time Half Square Triangle method. I love using this technique – just sew, trim and press and you’re set with four perfect little HST pieces!
This method begins with two larger squares and has you sew 1/4″ around all four sides. Cut these diagonally and press! I tend to make all my HST larger than the required size and trim down ensuring that my seam is right in the corners of my unit. This makes for easier seam nesting, and helps to keep all your points accurate (and pointy-sharp!). My favourite ruler for trimming HST is a Bloc-Loc. I have these rulers in each size, but you can purchase a larger size to use for any size smaller than the ruler itself.
I love how versatile HSTs are – even in the simplest of designs they make a great impact.
In addition to this gorgeous quilt pattern – which is available for immediate download – is a monthly sew-along. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs when you make and share your Girt by Sea quilt progress pictures on social media. Watching everyone’s photographs come in has been so inspiring. The fabric choices and the stories that each maker has shared is heartwarming and is a true indication of just how special this quilt is.
Following on from Jodi’s gorgeous centre star I’m thrilled to be hosting this month in the sew-along, and will be sewing along with you all creating my own version of the Girt by Sea quilt. I’ve had fun selecting fabrics, and have chosen to use a mix of my favourite Australian designers, with a little of my own thrown in for good measure! 😉
This is how the Girt By Sea sew-along works…
- From the 25th of each month, we’ll be sewing a round of the quilt together, sharing tips and tricks in our Modern Makers Facebook group and posting photos of our progress on Instagram.
- Share photos of your progress on Instagram, using the hashtag #girtbyseaquilt. As long as your photo/s are posted by midnight on 24th of each month (in your timezone) you’ll be in with a chance of winning the prize.
- At the end of each month, the designer of the round (that’s me at the end of June!) will pick their favourite photo from the #girtbyseaquilt hashtag on Instagram to win their prize.
- At the end of the sew-along, we’ll pick our favourite completed Girt By Sea quilt top photo from the #girtbyseaquilt hashtag to win the major prize.
- You can join in at any time. Obviously you won’t be able to win any prizes for the rounds that have already passed, but you’ll still be in the running for the prizes yet to be awarded.
- That’s it! No rules, no deadlines, no hoops to jump through. Just having fun together, learning new skills, sharing knowledge, making friends and winning prizes!
Up for grabs this month is a selection of my favourites: Three LIVE.LOVE.SEW Pattern Co. patterns (Dozen Roses, Dream Catcher and Chain Reaction); a FQ bundle of Ivy Mae fabric by Australian designer Tammie Green, Aurifil 40wt thread and a bottle of Flatter.
I can’t wait to see your Windmill round photos!