My fabric review for UKQU.co.uk this time is the delightful Lily Pad collection designed by Debbie Shore for The Craft Cotton Company.

There are 9 designs included in this collection. I like that the design and colours really complement each other very well.

The Lily Pad Collection is a printed, 100% cotton quilting fabric, sold and priced on some websites at around £8 – £10 per metre. Fat Quarter packs have 4 designs included and retail around £7-£8.

It can be used for patchwork and quilting, home decor, light to medium weight curtains, cushions, craft projects and for making beautiful clothes.

The width of fabric 44”. Fat quarters are 22 inch x 18 inch and were these were cut perfectly (slightly bigger where a selvedge was included).

The fabric is very fine and soft to touch. It does not crease too much when manipulating it into position. It did fray slightly during use but not significantly. It irons great too, and being so fine, a medium heat setting is enough.

I decided to make a block I haven’t tried making it before – the Woven Ribbon Star block from pinterest (there are many free patterns there).

I originally said that I would make something for myself but changed my plan. My granddaughter Sophie lost her paternal grandma recently so, as my heart goes out to her, whatever I make will be gifted to her. Sophie often likes to snuggle up on the settee so this bundle of fabric will be made into a snuggly lap quilt for her.

I cut out the pieces for the Woven Ribbon Star block as below:

I used 1/4 inch seams to make up the block and the end result looks like this – 12½ inch:

I added a 2 ½ inch border using the Lily Pad design.

Then came the dilemma! With only one FQ piece of each design, I couldn’t decide on the remainder of the pattern. I thought of making some different star blocks for each corner then infilling the gaps with the remainder of the fabric.

It didn’t quite work out like that! I read the block pattern wrong and cut out the wrong size squares!!!! I’m blaming that pesky rose lemonade fairy who obviously removed most of it and left the gin!

So …. to plan B – good old rail fence blocks using 3 x 2½ inch strips and a teasing of the teal Water Ripple and pale green Lily Pads to finish of the corners.

Current size: Approx 27½ inch square – yet to finish off – but first to buy some more (I have to get a wriggle on as it is her birthday next week)

Next:

Add wadding and backing fabric.

Quilt and bind as desired.

If you try making this block and/or use this fabric collection, why not post some of your pictures on any of the sites below? We sure would love to see them!

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So finally … a huge thank you to Craft Cotton Co for supplying this gorgeous fabric and a big thank you to UKQU.co.uk too for giving me this opportunity to review the Debbie Shore Lily Pad Collection fabric.

Happy Sewing Everyone

Carol Lightburn

Twitter: @quiltsewgo 

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