I'm setting myself up for a lot of quilting in the next few weeks. Yesterday I bought 5 metres of 125" wide batting.... the man at the shop asked if I was making a tent - I'm not sure a tent made of batting would be particularly weatherproof! Some of the quilts are barely even started, but I made good progress this week in making up a few more quilt tops:
The butterfly quilt: I made three butterfly blocks using a pattern from Tartan Kiwi and made up the size of the baby quilt using a fabric I picked up at Harrogate - it's Theodore and Izzy Mountain Meadow by Andrea Turk for Camelot Fabrics. I started off with this fabric and picked the fabrics for the butterflies to match.
Boats Quilt: You've may have seen a few boat blocks that I've made, and over the last week I've been making foundation pieced Maltese Cross blocks. Today I put them all together to make another baby quilt.
I was stretching my fabric with this quilt - mostly through poor forward planning and making it up as I went along. I didn't buy nearly enough of the light blue fabric, but by blind luck discovered that in the stash I inherited from my Gran there was a three metre piece the same colour (as near as dammit); the red is left over from my Joy Jelly Roll disaster - I unexpectedly had enough for the sashing, but not enough to make a Maltese Cross block too, so the red Maltese Cross block is a Kona solid, not the print.
And the white.... I was using the same fabric for my niece and nephew's advent calendars. The boat blocks had taken up far more white than I had expected.... so I eeked out enough for the Maltese Cross blocks - I wanted the white placed like this in the blocks to represent wind turbines.... This meant that I was one strip of the white short to bind both advent calendars. Which is why the advent calendars are partly bound in green.... in the future, I really should plan better!
Batik wall-hanging: I started this at a class in May 2011 and I thought it was about time to get it finished - I've rolled each of the curved edges and appliqued them in place. Now it's another one to baste and quilt.
And another very long term UFO - this is from 2011 too:
It was a mystery block of the month by our LQS. The blocks are nominally 14" finished (some of them are...). They've sat for a while because I made a total cock up on the final block - I marked the cutting lines from the template in biro. I won't do it again. I learned my lesson. But it's a block that at the time was a write off - looking at it today, I can't see any marks any more, but I've realised there also isn' much contrast in these blocks. I'm making a cushion cover for the maternity cushion that now protects Mia from the fireplace (and vice versa). The cushion is 19" x 50" - not an ideal size for 14" blocks so I've hashed this together.
And my mini quilt for the IG Mini Swap is ready for quilting too:
There's a few more quilt tops to finish before the quilting marathon starts!