Sunday, 26 October 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival [City Sampler Cushion]

Whilst my first entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival was an easy choice, the second wasn't and it came down to two quilts - the one I've picked here, and the Mix Tapes quilt I finished last week. In the end I went for my cushion because you've seen the Mix Tapes pretty recently if you're a regular reader. If you aren't a regular reader, you can find the Mix Tapes quilt here and let me know if I picked the right one! :)

So squeezing into the mini quilts category by measuring exactly 80" all the way round, is another of my favourite finishes this year and another one that we use all the time: my City Sampler cushion. The background to this project was that I've pieced the full 100 blocks of Tula Pink's City Sampler and I want to quilt it a la Angela Walters. I can dream, right? So this was a practice before I hit the real thing. It also served two other purposes: getting the colour scheme of mint green, peach and grey out of my system and learning to free motion quilt on my new Brother sewing machine.

I love Tula's blocks - they are so quick to piece, very few complex shapes or matching seams, and even though they are only 6" finished, you can really show off your favourite fabrics.

I had a blast quilting this! It's the first time I had free motion quilted in the ditch - well, occassionally I hit the ditch, mostly I just got close to the seam! It was also the first time I'd quilted feathers on a real project (top left block in the photo above), and although they aren't perfect, it's given me the confidence to keep trying!

I've learned a lot about how I want to quilt the full size sampler. Maybe by the next Blogger's Quilt Festival I'll be able to enter that as a finished quilt!

You can find my other entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival here.


Ada Kopitopoulou said...

I love the cushion. The quilting looks great. I have to start learning how to do some free motion quilting! Love the colour combination with the mint, peach and the grey!

ipatchandquilt said...

Great idea to start on a pillow first before attemtping a big quilt. Lovely pillow with sweet colours! Good luck in the Blogger Quilt festival!

Cindy said...

I'm making some City blocks myself with scraps. Making a pillow is a great idea to practice the quilting. I love the softness of the colors.

MegsAnn said...

I don't usually like low-contrast pieces but this one is cute. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Jennie
I really like the dense quilting on this piece - I hope it gets plenty of interest on the Blogger's Quilt Festival. And thanks for doing a post about the Festival - I'd never heard of it before and you've inspired me to submit a quilt.

a maidenhair fern said...

Beautiful sampler! I love the colors and the quilting is great!

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

Good Job! It came out very pretty!

Myra said...

Super sweet pillow cover!