I was recently given the opportunity to review the Footloose Quilt pattern, by Jenny Haynes of PapperSaxSten. Curves are always something of a challenge, so I was really keen to give this new design a try. The pattern features the Footloose Blueberry Park kit in ‘Melon’, but I was working with a different colourway.
I have never used acrylic template before. The fabric I had been sent had a distinct directional print it which I needed to take into account when I was cutting out. If found the templates incredibly easy to use, and unlike a paper pattern, you can see the print of the fabric when you are placing the pattern pieces because the template is clear. This was so helpful with the directional print.
The pattern has excellent cutting layout instructions, but I decided to be a little more fussy with my cutting, so marked each piece out individually, using a Frixion pen on the light pieces and a tailors chalk pencil on the dark. I found it really useful to lay everything out as I cut, just to be sure that the print was facing the right way.
Call me sceptical, but I wasn’t sold when the pattern claimed that you could make curves without using pins. Every ounce of my being was screaming, “NO!” and I admit that the first couple of curves I sewed were pinned. But they were fiddly and to be honest, didn’t come out very well at all. So I took the plunge and had a go without pins. I followed Jenny’s instructions to the letter and – guess what – both ends lined up! I was amazed.
Now I’m not going to pretend that every curve I sewed was perfectly matched at both ends, but I was able to chain piece all of the curves really easily and the top came together really quickly.
It doesn’t matter that the ends of your seams don’t match perfectly, because in the acrylic template set, there is this amazing ‘Square-up’ tool which you place over the block to trim. You just line up the seams with the marks on the template and voila! A perfectly square 7½” block.It’s worth buying the templates just for this tool alone!
Once the individual blocks were finished, it was just a question of sewing them together and adding the sashing. If I were to change anything I did, I would have pinned the seams between the blocks as my points are less than perfect – but I think I took the ‘no pins’ rule too literally, so this isn’t a criticism of the pattern at all!
The whole top took me less than 9 hours from start to finish. I haven’t made this into a quilt yet as I have had to order some additional fabric to extend the borders and for the binding. As the templates and fabric were gifted to me, I think it’s only right to pay this kindness forward, so the finished quilt will be donated to Project Linus.
I was really impressed with this pattern. It is easy to follow and although the concept of not using pins was completely alien to me, once I tried it I was completely sold. The best piece of advice I can give you for making up this pattern is, follow the instructions and do not try to take shortcuts.
The pattern, templates and fabric kits can be found in the PapperSaxSten UKQU shop.
Would I make it again? Yes, in a heartbeat. In fact I already have the fabric on order!