Tuesday, November 20, 2012

No Longer a Mystery…

March 2009 does really seem that long ago, but that’s when I, with a friend, ran a Mystery Quilt Day at my local quilt group.  We ran it where each person brought so many strips and so many HST and then on the day there were told how to put them together.  To increase the mystery further the instructions were only for 1/4 of the quilt and to get the full effect one had to sew all 4 quarters together.  Since then I have seen several of the quilts turn up at exhibitions and show and tells, but never had I finished my own…that is until now.

In each of the 4 corners there was an empty space which could be used for quilting, applique or as I did on my quilt, a bit of stitchery.

I opted for meandering quilting through all the white spaces, but didn’t stitch over the stitchery.  Instead I let it puff up and act as a feature.

It turned out better than I hoped and is a nice lap sized quilt which will be going to Project Linus.

Until next time...♥

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Doing the Happy Dance…

As promised, pictures of the recent finished quilts :o)  First it is The Scrappy Bargello.  Started in March it has 1812 individual squares.  There weren’t all sewn one by one, but rather I used Bonnie’s great tutorial to strip piece it.  I’m thrilled with the results and for me this is a keeper and has gone straight on the bed to keep me warm as the nights draw in.

Next is this little quilt for Project Linus.  They are, in fact, 5 orphan blocks from my Crossed Canoe class that I taught this year.  (You can read more about that HERE.)

Lastly is this quilt that was started at a Project Linus day.  Someone had started to piece together the Rose and Hubble fabrics and I just carried on, but added the white triangles to try and lift it from being too dark.

It was machine quilted with loop-de-loops and a few hand quilted hearts in the centres of the white squares.

Finished projects can only mean one thing….it’s ok to start something new!

Until next time...♥

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Is it a Pillow? or Is it a Quilt?

Back in September 2007 I did a workshop with two friends of mine (Bunty & Andrea) for a Quillow.  For those of you that might not be familiar with the term,  a quillow is a quilt that folds up into a pillow.  Traditionally the quilt is tucked into a panel at the bottom of the quilt, but the one I made folds into the middle and 4 flaps from the front fold around the quilt to create the pillow.

I used blocks that I had on hand at the time which I think came from a quilttalk block lotto I did back in Canada!  So a LONG time ago and way before blogs!

You start with a pocket in the centre which can be used to store a book and some chocolates :o) and the blocks sit around it.  Also sewn in are 4 triangle flaps which have loops of elastic at the tips which secure to the buttons.

I quilted it using a swirly vine.  I wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone and try something other than meandering.  It was a great pattern to stitch, but it did use A LOT of thread.

Here it is all opened up with the flaps secured to the buttons on the side…

…and here it is as a pillow.

The flaps fold over the folded quilt and again the loops of elastic latch onto the buttons and secure the whole thing together :o)

Back in December 2007 I made 2 smaller versions for my niece and nephew.  I used ribbon instead of elastics and buttons which worked very effectively as well.

Until next time...♥

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Move over Granny…

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love a quilting challenge.  I especially love getting a bunch of orphan blocks and trying to work out how to use them in a quilt.  Often these quilts are for Project Linus and often I have to think outside the box to make a pretty and usable quilt.  You might remember these two quilts HERE and HERE where I had to think of creative settings to use up the blocks. 

So you can imagine that when I made 154 crumb blocks I really had to get my thinking cap on as to how I could use those blocks creatively.

As I loved making the Granny Square Quilt back in July, my mind began to think..what would happen if I used crumb blocks instead of squares?  hmmmm well yes, I think that would work quite well!

As the blocks finish at 4” I had to do a little math to work out the set-in triangles.  I also decided to keep the colours the same for the centres and each of the rounds.  As there is enough busyness going on in the individual blocks I didn’t want it to look to messy.  The neutral and same fabric background also gives the eye a place to rest.

Quite conveniently the finished block measures 17” finished.  Nine blocks together with a bit of sashing makes for a very respectable 54” square quilt.  Perfect for Project Linus! 

I have enough blocks to make 2 more quilts, one with a blue background and one with a pink background.

If you are interesting in the Granny Tutorials here are the links:

Granny Square Quilt made famous by Blue Elephant Stitches.

Or the Great Granny Block from Bee in my Bonnet.

Lastly, I had to share this pic I grabbed at the Supermarket with my phone (hence the bad quality!) It’s a patchwork car! 

Until next time...♥

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Works in progress…

I've had one of those weeks...one of those really good weeks where I got things DONE. :o)  Several tops that have been tops for a long while have been turned into quilts…one of which dates back to September 2007! And a few new projects have been started with very little guilt as they will use up a lot of these :o)

Hopefully the light will be decent enough in the next day or two to take some finishing pictures so I can share with you the 5 (count them 5) quilts that are done done done :o)

The last few evenings have been all about sewing the bindings, but now that they are done I can turn my hand back to my applique houses.

I bet you would love a sneak peek right of some of those finished quilts? 

Ok, here’s a pic of the quilting on one of the quilts.  The colours are a bit washed out, but it gives you an idea :o)  I saw Liz’s quilting on her red and white quilt and liked it so much I decided to have a go.  I believe she got the idea from Angela Walters.  Such fun to quilt and very achievable on a domestic machine.

Until next time...♥

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Last of the Autumn Colours…

Earlier this week I caught a couple of pictures while on the school run.  The school has a wonderful maple tree in the grounds and every year I think I should try and catch its autumn colours.  The weather wasn’t cooperating before half term, but on Monday the sun was shining and I figured it was my last chance.  Enjoy :o)

Until next time...♥

Monday, November 05, 2012

If I’m not bloggin’

…I must be quilting :o)  It seems that I am once again apologising for not posting more frequently, but given the choice to sit and sew or sit at the computer, I’ve been choosing the sewing... and as a result I’m getting lots done.  Do you remember the scrappy bargello that I completed in March?  Well, it is almost done.  I just need to attach the label and finish the binding.

I had auditioned several threads for the quilting but opted for one that was variegated and had many of the colours found in the quilt.

I had seen a quilt with tear drop like quilting early this year (sorry can’t remember where or who) and thought it would be a great design for this quilt.  It is simple enough, but just a bit different from meandering.

It was good practice too as I had to curve tears drops down and around for 1/2 the quilt and then when I worked from the centre out for the second half they needed to be reversed so they would all be going in the same direction.  I’m thrilled with how well this turned out and I think it was completed just in the nick of time as the weather has gone colder…  I think we are going to need extra quilts this year to keep warm.

Until next time...♥