Lettuce Turnip the Beet Quilt

A Most Nutritious Quilt
In honour of January, my month of going vegetarian, I’ve made a vegetable quilt! A gardener’s delight.

Full disclosure:
I’m sorta (totally) lying about the inspiration of the quilt for this month. This was supposed to be completed before Christmas as a gift for a newborn babe in the UK but I overestimated the time I’d had to create and complete my handmade gifts, so this was put on pause. I’m sure the little dude won’t know the difference between a month or so.

I am also lying about going full-on vegetarian — I have been indulging in a little fish here and there and there was that time…January 1st, 2016, 2 AM, where I forgot I was a vegetarian and had pepperoni pizza after an eventful NYE evening.

The Veggie Pattern

I didn’t come up with this design myself; I got the pattern from Purl Soho. At $8.50 (USD), it’s a small price to pay for the veggie templates (I wouldn’t want to create them from scratch). It also included tips on how to make this project move along smoothly and enabled a finished product in no time <– that’s relative, btw.purl-sohoI opted to make my quilt larger than the pattern size of 25 by 36 inches; mine ended up 36 by 45 inches.

Side note: Have you check out Purl Soho yet? That place. It’s a crafter’s dream, really. It has a little of something for every kind of maker — knitting, sewing, embroidery, weaving, etc. Great inspiration-escape for creatives on these cold, rainy Vancouver days.

General Steps to Make this Quilt

I’ll quickly go over what you need to do to complete this project so you can see whether it’s something you want to try.

Don’t Run with Scissors

I think what took the longest was cutting out all the veg, however, a great way to use some of your hidden stash. Each veggie needs some strength so you will need to add interfacing in order to toughen up the pieces.

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Quilt’s Top Fabric

The rest of the fabric is just a big brown piece (earth) and a big blue piece (sky). I went with two pieces of linen to give the quilt a bit more of a modern feel. The brown fabric is not uniform and has different flecks of colour throughout. If you’re local, you can find it at Spool of Thread.
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The light denim-like fabric was purchased at Dress Sew. It’s dreamy.

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Next step: Sew the brown piece and the blue piece together. Square it off with a rotary cutter and mat.

Add your veggies so that the leaves are in the sky-space and the roots are in the soil-space.

In the pattern explanation, they say to pin the pieces (as seen below) and then zigzag stitch them to attach but I would highly recommend buying fabric iron-on adhesive to position and place the vegetables before doin’ the zigzag. I will definitely do this next time.

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Once all the veggies are attached to your quilt top, you’re ready to grab your batting and backing to make a quilt sandwich. Check out this tutorial if you’re a beginner at sandwiching a quilt.

Pinning the Sandwich

Baste sew or pin the sandwich together. I opted for pins this time because it was a smaller quilt.

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Machine-Quilting

Once you’re done with basting or pinning, it’s time to machine-quilt. For this quilt, it’s pretty easy as you’re just running parallel stitches vertical, 3 inches (or so) apart, in the blue area and horizontal, 3 inches apart, in the brown area, avoiding the veggies that have been appliquéd on.

Creating the Binding

Now it’s on to binding. I decided to go with the sky-coloured fabric to frame my quilt. I had a lot of this fabric leftover and I only had to cut three strips at 2.5 inches wide to cover what I needed because the length of the fabric was generously long.

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The best way to attach the three binding strips together to make one is this method.

Attaching the Binding to the Quilt

You’re getting so close!

The way I like to put my binding on is to fold my strips in half, steam-iron them and attach the frayed ends to the edge of the quilt, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Once it’s attached, pull over the folded side to the back of the quilt and blind stitch it to the backing.

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Don’t forget to add a quilt label if you want to brand it. This design was created by freelance artist, Chuck Bergeron. A lot of people also like sewing on a square stating who the quilt is for and who made it.

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This whole project takes some time but if you enjoy the process of creating something from scratch, made with mad love, it just doesn’t matter. 🙂

Look at this beauty! Archie’s going to love it.

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Now, must focus on creating product for the store. Have I mentioned that I’m opening an Etsy store in the summer? Better get sewing!

I realize this is sort of a quick overview on how to make this quilt so please ask that crazy lady below, Me, any questions on any of the steps. Or feel free to purchase the pattern from Purl Soho here.

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