With UK’s biggest and most visited quilt show, the Festival of Quilt, just around the corner we have added a few new UKQU merchandise to our shops including key rings, tote bags and car stickers.

If you rather make your own things, we have FREE patterns for you to make the UKQU logo in two different techniques – appliqué and foundation paper piecing. These are also ideal to use when making e.g. your own tote bag (as I did, please see below) or perhaps even a UKQU waist coat or jacket.

Appliqué pattern

We have two files available for the appliqué pattern; one has all letters on one page (A4), the other one has one letter per page. There’s no exact size to the appliqué pattern, so feel free to print at any size you like.

Foundation paper piecing

Again, for the foundation paper piecing pattern, we have two sizes available. When printed at 100% on A4, they should come out as 5″ and 6″ respectively. This is the height of each letter, with the ‘tail’ of the Q being additional as it goes below the line. Due to the font, all letters are of different width (it is not your printer being funny!). If you print at any other scale than 100%, please remember to adjust the seam allowances!

In the pattern for the larger letters (6″), there are two versions of the Q. The ‘advanced’ version of the Q is available only in the larger / 6″ file. The slightly more detailed version has just under 40 pieces. Do try it, if you have the patience, as the Q will look ’rounder’ than the easier version. Either will look great, so don’t fret about it!

My UKQU tote bag

With the FPP logo made from the large FPP pattern I ended up with a UKQU logo approx 15.5″ square. As I prefer a rectangular bag, I added (inc 1/4″ seam allowance) 1.5″ along the sides, 2.5″ at the top and 4.5″ at the bottom (to allow for 3″ boxed corners).

Depending on taste and preference, you may like to use a funky fabric for the back of the tote, or decorate it before sewing the bag together; I used plain unbleached cotton. For the lining and handles I used the same unbleached cotton as I used for the outside panels. You may like to add interfacing or batting to make your tote sturdier, but I prefer the tote thin, so I can stuff it in my other bag. Also, you may decide to add an internal pocket or a zip to keep valuables safe!

 

My tip: I prefer turning the bag through an opening at the top of the bag, between the handles on the back. The opening at the top can be neatly sewn closed when top stitching the tote, thus avoiding any hand sewing or noticeable seams.

Please head over to the shop to download your free patterns for the logos.

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