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hrantella

27u (ffien) x27'rc8en) Quilt

'Twi ddli n g a nd Fi ddl i n g'


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* Ready to Go! 1

1. Read through all the instructions before you leap off.


2. Pre wash and press all fabrics before cutting if desired.
3. Cut all pieces at the beginning or cut as you go. Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut all
the squares and strips. Remove selvedge first.
4. Cut all strips across (cross grain USA) the fabric (from selvedge to selvedge). Strip
measurements given are accurate - pull or push any pieces to make them Jit!!
5. Press all seams as open and flat as move any
basting and open out the inserted pieces fully in the seams.
7. Select metric or imperial measurements - do not mix together.
6. Seam allowances are included in all the measurements.
SEAMALLOWANCES VARY - BE CAREFUL TO CHECK

* Get Set - Gutting the Pieces


* Gentre Block - l2'/,"(3lcm) including S/A's:
Purple Petal Sections: Eight 6'li' (l7cm) squares
Cream Background.' Four 7'l+" (l8.5cm) squares - Cut all four squeres in half diagonally
forming eight triangles
Turquoise fnserts: Eight 3" (7.5cm) squares

* Interlocked Squares Border


Cream Background; TWenty 6314't (l7cm) squares
Turquoise: Eight 631+" (I7cm) squares Green: Eight 6310" (I7cm) squares
Purple & Pink: Two 63l+" (17cm) squares of each colour - Cut allfoar sqaares in half diagonally
forming eight triangles
Pink Inserts.. Eight 3" (7.5cm) squares

* Final Border
Pink: TWo strips 2" (5cm) x2411'" (62cm): Two strips 2"(5cm) x2731+" (70cm)

* Binding See page 6

* Go! - Stitching the Gentre Block


The textural inserts are placed close to the centre so that all the points meet in the middle. This is not
the easiest thing to do but with care it is perfectly possible providing you follow the instructions carefully
puying especiul attention to the diagrams.If you don't succeed there is always a bigbtttont

1. Fold all eight 6'l+" (17cm) squares diagonally in half (WS


together); sew down one edge using '/+" (0.5cm) seam. Clip off
point; carefully press seam open and flat; turn R/S out; gently poke
out the point. Baste across the opening to seal the triangle - use
longest stitch length, keeping stitching close to the raw edges.
(These sealed triangles willbe inserted (sandwiched) into the seams
to form the textured Purple petals.)

2.Take 2 Cream triangles and one Purple petal. Position the petal as shown in diagram (over page), raw
basted edges aligned with the bias edge, folded edge of petal3/"' (lcm) from the top of Cream triangle. Pin
in place. Position the remaining Cream triangle on top; stitch a'la" (1cm) seam down the bias edge. The petal
is now inserted diagonally (sandwiched in seam) into the square. Remove basting; lightly press the seams
open and flat - try not to crease inserted shape. Repeat three more times to make four squares with a textured
insert. Four petals remain.
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Make 4

If sumple fuils to resemble the diagrums - tr,lFn petul to


other side - the textarul insertion can lie on
either side of seum.

Press two of the squares with the petal towards the right
hand side; other two with petal to the left as in the sketch. A
is centre of design where all the petals meet and touch.
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3. Take two of squares and one petal; Iay squares out as


shown in dia gram place the petal with seam to outer edge -
fold to centre. Ensure that this petal touches the inserted one
at A. Pin and baste to prevent movement. Lay the other
square (R/S together) on top matchitrg the all points of petals
at A; stitch down side using 'lr" (1cm) seam. Gently press
the seam open and flat, cut off arry'ears'. Repeat procedure
with the other two squares to form two identi cal rectangular
sections. (There are still two petals left.)

pieces might
Twist shupes in opposite direction on both
'cutch' in the finul seom on joining the two halves
together.

4. Lay blocks out as in dragram and turn shapes firmly away


from the centre line Lay the last pa:r of petals exactly as
shown in the dragram on one of these rectangular sections
check that the seamed edge of the petal is on the outside.
Place right hand side first then position left hand petal.
Overlup both petuls ut A. Pin well, baste to secure . Tip:
Start busting ut the centre - sew to one end, then reverse
work und complete the line.
5. Join the two halves by taking the second rectangular section and
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place R/S together, lining up all points of the petals on both sets at
A in the centre; pin, baste if prefened; sew this last seam. Press the
seams open trimming any excess bulk. Open out the block.
Hopefully the points will all meet in the middle but covered buttons
are really effective!

Manipulate the shapes by lifting each


petal up and pulling the sides apart,
flatten into a diamond shaped segment.
Pin in place before pressing. (Sides
of shape are on bias so can be
manoeuvred if necessary to achieve
final result i.e. pull and push them!)

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6. Fold the eight Turquoise squares as shown and insert under the petals. Slip stich along the edges to secure
in place. Experiment with rolling and twisting the edges of the petals. Add beads at the junctions or tassels to
the points for some personal creativity!

* Interlocked Squares Border

1. Fold sixteen Cream , aII eight Tirrquoise and eight


Green squares on the diagonal, R/S out, and press into
triangles.
2. Take four of the triangles two Cream + one Turquoise

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and one Green. Lay these four triangles down as shown in
the picture and in the sume order - Cream, Gre€tr, Cream,
Ttrrquoise. Each successive trtangle rotates through 90' then
tuck the lust triungle under the first i.e. Turquoise under
Creum. A11 these squares are rotated round counter/unti-
clockwise. Pin all the layers carefully together. IJsing the Aclrr /* rs(eR
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longest stitch length possible on your machine baste closely Cuoc-v<r^J r S€

round the outer edge. Repeat precisely three more times to


make four blocks in total - take care and be systematic ! These Le Fr
blocks will be on the left hand side of the border section
label as such to avoid confusion.

3. Take four more folded squares two Cream + one


Tirrquoise and one Green and Iay out as shown in the picture.
At a glance this appears to be the same but this time the
folded squares are rotated round in a clockwise manner.
Baste round the raw edges of all four blocks as before. These
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blocks will be on the right hand side of the border section
label as such to avoid confusion.
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Check that the two sets of squares Le. one teft and one right are mirror imuges of each other - roll buck
folds and see if they roll back in opposite directions. (Left hand diagram.)
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4. Stitch two interlocked blocks (left and right) together to form a rectangle - do not remove the labels and
keep the folds flat unrolled). IJse '/a" (lcm) seam allowance. Press seams open and as flat as possible. Try to
match up the folded edges of the squares at the corners. Any misalignment will be mainly concealed when
the folded edges are rolled back so do not panic too much! (The folded edges will be manipulated after the
next border has been added to prevent any chance of the rolled folds catching in the seams). Repeat three
more times making four rectangles.

5. Make the corner blocks by stitching one Pink triangle to one


CR€AM Purple triangle to form a square. IJse 1/0" (0.5cm) S/A. Press seam
A open and flat and trim raw edges to reduce bulk. Trim 'ears'. Fold
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s the square diagonally on the seam (R/S outside) and press well. Pin
I P'.., RPt-€ and baste these sections on to the remaining four Cream 63l+"
pt
(l7cm) squares. Position Purple side up on to R/S of Cream.

6. Join corner squares to two of the rectangles of interlocked squares as shown in the sketch (page 5) - be
careful to get these pieces the conect way round! Attach all the pieces to the centre block as displayed in
the drawing. Use'/r" (lcm) seam allowance and press seams as open and flat as possible.
Attach two rectangles (seamed interlocking 5
squares) to either side, press seams as flat as
possible. Add the longer sections with the corner
squares to remaining sides, press agarn Take care
to attach these last strips the right way round.

* Final Border
Add the Pink 2" (5cm) x 24'lr"(62cm) strips to
opposite sides {tlr"(lcm) S/A}, press seams as flat
as possible. Complete the border by adding the
last two strips 2" (5cm) x 27'lo"(70cm) to the
remaining edges. Press well.

* Fiddling and Twiddling

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Now it is playtime! Carefully roll back the folded (bias) edges of the
folded triangles by the same amount; pin the rolled folded edge down.
Turn the quilt over to check that the fold is lying evenly on the back.
When you have rolled back all four folds from the same block,
magically a square hole will appear in the middle. Repeat with all the
sections. Check that all eight holes are identically sized and square.

Plabe one 3"(7.5cm) Pink square underneath each hole, position l


diagonally so that the hole is centred on the square. Anchor this square to @
the main panel by sewing round the inner edges of the central hole,

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through all the layers. This can be done by hand or machine. If machining -
try using the blind hem stitch or a very small zigzag to anchor the layers
together. Secure the rolled back folds in several places to keep them in
position - use a small hand stitch or very short stitch length on machine.

Roll back folds on corner segments and stitch in place - magically the
Pink will appear!

* Making Up and Quilting


If choosing to use a quilting design on any of the spaces - mark the quilt top first using a hard sharp pencil
or water erasable pen.

l.Lay backing fabric WS up on a flat surface. Pin or tape down to keep wrinkle free. Place batting/wadding
on top - smooth out any creases. Place quilt top on to this. Pin/baste or use Tak gun to anchor all the layers
together. Work from the centre out towards edges. Finally baste round all outer edges, keep basting with the
seam allowance. Trim any excess backing fabric to fit quilt top.
2. Machine or hand quilt the layers together. Due to the thickness of the quilt in places, outline quilting'/r"
(0.5cm) away from seams may be a preferable option to 'stitch in the ditch'. If using the machine try
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the walking/even-feed foot or free machine quilt with the darning/hopper foot. Quilt from the centre out-
wards. Use a thread colour to co-ordinate with the fabrics or use invisible thread/nylon filament. Why
bother to quilt at all - try tying the layers together with a quilting tie or simply catching the layers together
with a small decorative stitch at even intervals.

* Binding
Suffrcient fabric is given for atl'" (1.5cm) wide binding but you may choose to alter this so adjust the width
on completion of the quilting. Trim back the batting and backing fabric unless selecting a wider binding.

1. To make atl'" (l.25cm) finished binding - cut4 strips 1'lr" (4cm) x283lo" (73.5cm). Attach as shown in the
picture using 1/+" (0.5cm) S/A. Align first strip with the bottom of the quilt, commencing stitching approx. 5"
(12cm) down seam and sewing to the bottom. Add the other three strips, matching the ends, trim if necessary.
Turn quilt over and complete the first seam. (If using a different width of binding - decide on finished size.
Cut all the strips twice this measurement and add on seam allowances. Attach binding in your favourite way.)

2. Turn binding to the back


of quilt, pin in place. Turn
under the seam allowance
and slip stitch in place. Mitre
rop
the corners if preferred. The
R\S batting is large enough to ro11
over in the binding making a
well padded and firm edging.

* And Finally
Label and date your quilt. Hang up or spread out and admire. Remember nothing is absolutely perfect but I
bet it is pretty good!

* Further Thoughts
Use this as a centre panel for a bigger quilt - add on more borders and other blocks of your choice.

Make just the centre panel as a pillow/cushioll.

Experiment with making the design out of striped fabric amazrng effects can happen as the stripes ro11 in
different directions.

Roll back the edges of the interlocked squares and insert a photograph under the hole or use one of the
fabrics with anrmals/birds/flowers on it and carefully cut the material so that the picture appears in the space.

Just play a little and create your own personal Tarantella!


Tarantella 7
showing piecing arrangement and twiddled* effects.
(Sketches and drawings are not always to scale)

(* Twiddling is just playing with the material - tarning, twisting, folding and tucking the sections.)

Well Done
Have a Good Day!

O Jennie Rayment 2000. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted or
stored in any form or by any means without written permission from Jennie Rayment.
Tarantella
Finished size 27" (68cm) x2J" (68cm)
Simple to cut, simple to piece, just squares and strips. Can be twiddled, fiddled and manipulated
creatively or left elegantly plain. Deliciously ingenious, easy to make and fun for all. Machine or
hand stitch. Use as a cot quilt, table cover, wall hanging or even a throw.

* Materials
Yardage given applies to 45" (1I5cm) wide material.
Measurements rounded up to nearesttla yd (10cms)

Dark Purple: rlzyard (50 cms)

Cream Backgroundzihyard (90 cms)

Tirrquoise : lz yard (50 cms)


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Pink:3hyard (40 cms)

Green including 2" (5cm) Binding: tlzyard (50 cms)

Wadding/Batting: 28" (7lcm) square - 2 oz polyester


or a low loft batting in either wool or cotton. (Check it is washable)

Backing Fabric: 28" (7|cm) square - well washed


cotton sheeting makes a good backing i
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Recommended Tools:
Rotary cutter; 6" (15cm) x24" (60cm) ruler; cuttingmat
Hard pencil/water soluble marking pen

Pattern No. JR l8l2 O Jennie Ravment 2000

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