Machine Quilting – Jigsaw Quilt

 

Machine quilting jigsaw quilt

Machine quilting jigsaw quilt

You’ll be amazed to hear that I have already quilted and finished the jigsaw puzzle quilt.  I’ve completed several quilts this week and I thought that you might like to see the results of my efforts.  In case you’re wondering how I finished so many, it’s because I’ve had a fairly stressy week and I’ve been sewing with a manic intensity to try and retain my sanity.  And yes – I can confirm that quilting is definitely therapeutic and has served me well this week.

Machine quilting jigsaw quilt

I made a basic cross hatch design by stitching in the ditch along all the seams.  As I sewed along the lines, I added a feature specific to the jigsaw quilt by forming a curve within those squares that form the sticking out sections of the jigsaw pieces.  I’m not sure how well they show up in the quilt, but at least I know that they are there!

I think I’ll put the video in here:

Retro road trip quilt

Retro road trip quilt

Quilts I’ve finished

I began the week finishing some quilts for Fabric Freedom.  They have asked me for both full sized and sample sized quilts to show off their fabrics.  These can then be given to the shops who stock their fabrics to encourage sales.  Naturally with these I don’t want to cover the fabric with quilting designs, so I can keep the quilting very simple.

This one is a full size quilt from a fabric range called Retro Road Trip and I’ve quilted a meander design on the white, but just stitched in the ditch around the chevrons and triangles.

Quirky florals quilt

Quirky florals quilt

Seaside quilt

Seaside quilt

The next two were sample size quilts.  On the left is the Quirky Florals quilt – a delightful floral range.  Here again I have meandered on the white but just stitched in the ditch around the floral fabrics.

On the right is the Seaside quilt – a lovely bright and summery range.    This one didn’t take much quilting.  None of these ranges has been released yet, so you’re getting a sneak preview here.

Quarterfoil quilt

Quarterfoil quilt

Finishing my own quilts

Next I found the quarterfoil quilt that had been quilted with a semi circle  design but never bound, so I added the quilt binding to that one.  That quilt was made in January this year, so it’s a relatively quick finish by my standards!

Now there’s no stopping me and I’m off to find another quilt top that I can finish.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt

 

Jigsaw puzzle quilt pattern

Jigsaw puzzle quilt pattern

The quilt this week was a request.  I have spent many happy hours doing jigsaws, both when I was young and when the children were young, and so I found it great fun to work out the pattern for this quilt.  The quilt measures 46″ square and I have used 1/2 yard each of four different fabrics.  As usual, you can buy these four fabrics at a discount of 10% by clicking on this week’s special offer.

Cutting requirements for the jigsaw puzzle quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty two blue, twenty seven yellow, twenty nine red, eight grey

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  six blue, five yellow, five red

For the border you will need four 3.1/2″ strips of grey fabric cut across the width of fabric

Jigsaw puzzle piece

Jigsaw puzzle piece

Making the jigsaw puzzle quilt blocks

The basic jigsaw puzzle piece looks like this, but the quilt is built from square blocks, so in fact each block is made from an H formation of the main colour of that block.  The squares on the left and the right are supplied by the adjoining blocks rather than being part of the main block.

The two blank squares within the H will be the bit that sticks out from the block above and below – that, of course, is where the planning comes in.  You have to make the blocks so that for example each blue H has the correct extra red, yellow or grey squares within it.

Basic jigsaw puzzle quilt block

Basic jigsaw puzzle quilt block

So this is the framework for the basic jigsaw puzzle quilt block.  It’s a simple nine patch block and you could use three 3.1/2″ squares across the middle where I have used a 3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangle.  For this particular block I have added a grey and a red square within the square.  Sew the squares together across each row and sew the rows to each other.

You'll need variations within each colour block

You’ll need variations within each colour block

To make the same design of jigsaw puzzle quilt that I have made, you will need:

Blue H blocks:  three with red and grey squares, two with red and yellow squares, one with two yellow squares

Yellow H blocks:  three with red and blue squares, one with blue and grey and one with red and grey

Red H blocks:  two with grey and yellow squares, one with yellow and blue, one with two blue squares and one with grey and blue.

That’s sixteen blocks altogether so they can be sewn together in four rows of four.  I should point out here that they grey squares represent the background and so they just appear a couple of times on each edge of the quilt.

Jigsaw puzzle quilt layout

Jigsaw puzzle quilt layout

Assembling the jigsaw puzzle quilt

The quilt blocks are rotated across each row so that the H is either horizontal or vertical.  This gives you the illusion that the jigsaw pieces are all interlinked as they would be in a real puzzle.  Begin with a blue vertical H in the top left corner.  This has a grey square at the top and a red square at the bottom.  Across this first row add a yellow horizontal H with blue and red squares, a vertical red H with grey and yellow squares and finally a horizontal blue with red and grey squares.

I think that the placements for the remaining rows are clear enough from the photo.  Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of grey fabric.  You will need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the jigsaw puzzle quilt.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

The one thing that I haven’t done is extend the jigsaw pieces into the border.  This would have made sure that each jigsaw piece was complete, but it would have made the border much more complicated – it’s up to you whether you wish to take that extra step with your quilt.

Here’s the video:

Some of you were kind enough to ask how my quilting sessions last weekend:  I was really pleased to finish three quilts and I will try and put some photos together for you during this week.  Isn’t it satisfying to put that last stitch in the binding!
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