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Make it: St Louis 16 Patch

October 2, 2013

I was very lucky recently to win a bundle of Mirror Ball Dot fabric from the Village Haberdashery via Pennie’s blog. I met Penny at the Fat Quarterly Retreat this year and she has made this amazing ‘Fairground Attraction’ mini quilt from the paper piecing we started in class. Mine is still most definitely a work in progress!

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I decided this was the perfect fabric for my niece’s fifth birthday and decided that I really wanted a quick and productive sewing day so I set to making a St Louis 16 Patch quilt, pairing each Mirror Ball Dot colour with one from my solids stash from Simply Solids. 3.5 hours later and I had a quilt top to show for my efforts. I highly recommend this pattern, it turned out brilliantly and was quick and easy to sew with lots of chain piecing. Great fun!

St Louis 16 patch quilt top

A few days later I started on the back. I was originally going to use solids but the top had depleted my stash and I came across this print in the Owl and Sewing Cat in Eastbourne and just knew it was perfect. As usual I guess how much I would need incorrectly so had to make a patchwork panel on the left.

St Louis 16 patch back collage

Next steps are basting and quilting. I have bought a variegated silver grey Aurifil thread to do the quilting which I intend to do on my machine. First I have to baste it (I hate basting). I am thinking I will spray baste it but I am not entirely sure.

I am linking this post up with Fresh Sewing Day at Lily’s quilts.

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8 Comments

  • Reply D October 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    have you ever tried using safety pins for basting? (I can’t think if they are called anything else over there…I’m usually fairly “bilingual”) They’re a bit of a pain if you have to remove them as you quilt (I sometimes quilt very slowly over the shanks of them) but much much quicker than thread basting, I find.

  • Reply Jen aka The Mad House October 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Wow that looks fab Kelly

  • Reply Joanie's Trendy Quilts October 3, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Your St. Louis 16 Patch came out great! I love your fabric and color choices. Made my first St. Louis 16 Patch block for a swap for this month’s guild swap.! I pulled a bunch of my fabric to make more. I’m hooked! I have tutorial on pin basting a sandwiched quilt at my blog but have to admit not one of my favorite aspects of making a quilt! I haven’t tried spray basting even though I have a can waiting to be used. will be interested how it works out for you. I have heard several pros and cons!

    • Reply Kelly October 3, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Thanks for your comment. Basting really is a pain, I will check out the tutorial on your blog thanks.

  • Reply mammafairy October 3, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Great makes- and a lovely win of that mirror ball!

    • Reply Kelly October 3, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Thank you for your comment. Winning fabric is the best!

  • Reply Sarah October 4, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Ahhhh perfect pattern for these! Very jel 😉

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