Recently Brother NZ announced that they had a quilt challenge to make a quilt 70cm square for their Eco challenge. I decided to enter this and thought about it for a few weeks before deciding I wanted to make a quilt about water. Here is my step by step process in case you are interested.
I chose to use fabrics that were left over from previous quilts and from the curtain samples that I quite often buy, so it was very 'eco' by using up these scraps etc.
I started by drawing a design onto paper and then cutting a piece of curtain fabric big enough to attach the scraps to. I started with the hands, because if they didn't work out I didn't want to waste time on the rest.
Once I got this far I decided to add some stencilled words. I cut a freezer paper stencil on my Brother Scan N Cut machine and ironed it over the quilt top, then used black textile paint to paint over the stencil. Lifted the freezer paper off and was very happy with my words.
To finish I decided to stitch a 'magic binding' - this is using 2 fabrics, an accent 1 3/4" and a main 1 1/2", sew them together lengthwise, fold over and press which creates an 1/8" of the accent showing above the main fabric. Stitch to the back of the quilt, fold over to the front and stitch using invisible thread in the ditch between the accent and main fabrics. So quick yet so effective. Also made it easier for me as I had used curtain fabric for the main and homespun for the accent, it was a little bulkier than I normally have.