Wednesday, 1 July 2015

WIP Wednesday [bits and pieces]

In between my recent flurry of finishes (Mia's cat quilt and a second baby quilt plus a few I haven't shared yet), I've been doing bits and pieces and flitting between lots of different projects. I've finished panel 1 of the My Small World quilt. I'm still really tempted to make this bigger.

I find that I am over thinking the colour/fabric choices for this and I need to just pick out a fabric and run with it, and not try to be so keen to stop similar colours from being next to each other. On the other hand I am so pleased with how my needle-turn applique came out - Now I want to do a whole quilt of orange peels!

I have 80 half square triangles to press and trim  - I'll put that off for a bit.

And I've finished the hand piecing for the hand-pieced mini swap. I need to rethink the background as what I had in mind really doesn't work!

My final piece of news for this week's WIP Wedneday is that Laurie Aaron Hird, who wrote the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt, has a new book out - the Farmer's Wife 30s Sampler Quilt. My copy is due to arrive tomorrow and I am so excited to start this!

There's no official WIP Wednesday this week, but I'd already written most of this post before I saw...

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

June [review]

In hindsight, my sewjo took a short break following the house move. But it is back and here's what it got up to in June:

I finished Mia's cat quilt and she really loves it, which makes me soooo happy!

I finished the Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap quilt... tracking says delivery has been attempted last Friday, but no word from my partner so far... and that means I can't share the extra with you here. Just as soon as she receives it I'll share the package I sent in full.

I finished a baby quilt for friends - it should have been finished just after Christmas!

I played with some scraps

I cracked open the Gravity Quilt Kit and churned out the first 10 blocks in less than a week!

And I'm still keeping up to date with Moccasin BOM!

I played with some low volume, with a pixelated heart quilt (or most of it)...

...And started the My Small World Quilt - I must share the rest of panel 1

And accidentally I started a new quilt with the Inside addition blocks, but I need quite a few more...

And just had to make these little fabric trays.

I also did a lot of hand sewing:

It turns out that my June was really rather colourful! How was your June?
Linking up with Lily's quilts in the morning.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Cat Quilt [a {lovely} finish]

Can you tell it's coming up to the end of a quarter for the Finish Along? This is The Cat Quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and it's my second finish in two days! And this was my June goal for a Lovely Year of Finishes: it's really because of that goal that this is done, which I guess is the point. When I pick my goal at the start of the month, I like to pick something which is achievable, and with this goal it was dubious.

Back at the start of June I hadn't even made all the cat faces (though I had cut all the fabric). Last Friday, Mia let me sew for a bit whilst she played and these blocks were perfect as they go together really quickly. By the end of the day I had a finished quilt top.

I used the "mini" size from the pattern but wasn't sure if I would need to add some borders to make it big enough. This quilt was destined for Mia's cot now she's old enough to sleep under one. With no borders this quilt is just a tad bigger that the blanket we're currently using. Success.

I knew I didn't want loads of quilting to keep the quilt soft, light and drapey so picked cross hatch quilting every 2".

This quilt was made entirely from my stash - the yellowy creamy background was a 3m length I picked up for £3 a metre at Hobbycraft ages ago. I had enough to back the quilt and bind it and I still have some to make a matching pillow case! And the cat faces are made from 25 different Konas and then 3-5 print fabrics per face. It's about 115 fabrics in total and includes some of my favourites. Hopefully they'll become Mia's favourites too. The scrap of pink in the binding is left over from my sampler quilt - one of the first quilts I ever started. The finished quilt is about 30"x39" and it has washed up beautifully.

As my goal for ALYoF, I'll link up with the Finish Party!

And as it was also on my Q2 Finish Along List I'll link up there too in a few days time! Can I sneak in a couple more finishes before the end of the quarter....?

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Friday, 26 June 2015

Power of Nine [a finish]

I love this quilt!

I found this pattern whilst on holiday in December - I clearly remember sitting in the hotel room in the evening and getting really excited by it. It was the setting that I really liked. But I had no use for another lap quilt. I decided to reduce the size of the blocks to 6" (and the sashing accordingly) and use it as a baby quilt for little boy. The little boy is now 6 months old, but better late than never.

On first glance I had assumed that the blocks would be fairly standard patchwork blocks that I'd seen before: It wasn't until I was piecing the blocks that I realised that I wasn't familiar with most of them. This first one is one of my favourites, but I really liked them all.

And the pop of black cross-hatch just brought them to life.

Quilting and binding this quilt proved to be a challenge. I wasn't sure how to quilt it, and after thinking about it and putting it off for ages, I pulled it out and just did the first thing that sprang to mind - wobbly lines in the white strips. I then got some inspiration from Angela Walters latest book for the coloured sashing and left the blocks unquilted.

Binding also left me stumped. I knew from the beginning that matched binding was the way to go, but I fought against it, right up to the last minute. I had to be done. I managed to find all of the fabrics again (except for the yellow, but it's damn close), and just got on with it. And yes it was a pain in the bum, and took much longer than regular binding, especially if you add in that I had to hand stitch the binding down, but I think it looks fab!
New fence!

The problem is that even though I don't need another lap quilt, I now really want to make a full size version of this quilt for me - I even have the colour scheme in mind. Maybe one day.

The quilt is 30" x 39" finished. The white is Kona unbleached white, and the blue, green and orange are all Konas too. I don't know what the yellow is.The fabrics are from my magic cupboard: Architextures, Comma, Cotton and Steel, Art Gallery, Pearl Bracelets, Botanics, Tula Pink.... The backing is everyone's favourite Ikea print. All of the threads are Aurifil. The pattern is from Rebecca Mae designs.

And this is a finish from my Q2 Finish Along List! Wohoo!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

WIP Wednesday [Gravity]

I'm totally addicted to these blocks! I've had the kit since February, and had hoped to follow along with Myra's quilt along, but with the house move, I just never got round to opening the fabrics up. Until last week, when, on the same day, I read Myra's latest post, and opened the box I had packed the kit in. Well, if the planets are going to align like that, there's only one thing for it. I made blocks 1 and blocks 2 at the weekend... and then kept going with blocks 3, 4 and 5. That makes a total of 10 blocks! Here they are all together:

And some close ups: Block 3: Orbit: A pink one...

And a turquoise one

And, of course, the baby ones!

Block 4: Intergalactic: a lime one

And a purple one.

And the baby ones.

And block 5: Celestial: a green one

And a pink one.

And the baby ones.

I've now successfully managed to create baby blocks in three different sizes.... pretty special. I don't really have a plan for them yet, so once I've made them all, I'll bring them all up to the biggest size with some borders and then play about with some layouts. It may depend on how generous the background fabrics are, whether I can piece a mini background as well...

The baby blocks in their multi-sized glory!

I'm now up to date with Myra's quilt along at Busy Hands Quilts so I'm going to link up there and over at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

 I think I now have this quilt out of my system for at least a few days, so I can finish off the two quilts which I need to have finished in the next few days - one is a baby quilt we're gifting on Saturday and I still need to finish binding and the other is Mia's cat quilt which is my goal for ALYoF for June - this still needs quilting and binding.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Moccasin BOM [6]

It really is a miracle but I'm still keeping up with the block of the month pattern! Here are the June blocks for the Moccasin quilt.

I really underestimated these blocks. I was lulled in because they are straightforward rotary cutting. But there are a lot of pieces and loads of seams and points to match up. In the end most are pretty good and one corner is dreadful. But not bad enough to unpick.

And because the is a short post, here's a picture of Mia from today! She's a little fruitcake!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Gravity [Block 2: Constellation]

Two more blocks finished this morning. The yellowy one isn't my favourite colour way, but it will look good in the rainbow.

I much prefer the indigo one

And after a little bit of trial and error here are the baby blocks with the Mummy and Daddy blocks.

The first photo in the post is truer in colour for the yellow block

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts and slowly catching up.