Swoon craze hit early January and I jumped on board with 18 fat quarters of Happy Mochi Yum Yum - this was my first order of fabrics from the US and it must have been fate that I ordered 18 fat quarters and that was exactly what I needed. I used bright red for the background. The blocks are 24".
I backed the quilt with a good quality sheet, I used my newly acquired free motioin stippling ability to stipple in all of the red of the quilt. I bound it in a beautiful red and white stripe!
I also made a mini Swoon using 12" blocks. I finished it as a practice with my new walking foot. I was a class at my LQS and the lady next to me in the class, Elizabeth, had picked up most of these fabrics. I spent all day watching her using them, and by the end of the day I had a fat quarter of each of the blues, plus the spotty background and the brown I used for the centres.
And as if 12" wasn't small enough, I did a 6" version to include in my Farmer's Wife Quilt.
Again I stippled in all of the background so that the stars really popped. My Mum must like the finished result because she has it on long term loan (until I finish the quilt she picked the fabrics for). This quilt was also backed with a sheet.
I started the Farmer's Wife quilt in July 2011 and it was the reason I joined Flickr and found loads of great blogs. 111 6" blocks set on point - I love the bright colours of batiks paired with black. I learnt how to foundation piece and got a lot of practice. In February this year it finally clicked how to draft blocks by myself, and from that point I was able to rotary cut more blocks - I don't do templates.
The sashing nearly killed me! It is my least favourite part of making a quilt. I found an extra wide batik at the quilt show at Harrogate in September and bought black wadding polyester/cotton - I don't think I'll bother next time, but the drape of this quilt is lovely. I quilted it in straight lines with my brand new walking foot. I think I need to work on adding borders to quilts, as a few this year have resulted in horrific puckers when I quilt/bind them.
I think these are some of my favourite blocks
This was for Mum. She had picked the fabrics in Summer 2010 and I finally got it finished at the end of January.
I bought the fabrics for this quilt because I liked them. I had a book called Fast Quilts from Fat Quarters and it started off with me messing about with some fabrics I liked and a pattern I wanted to try. I got to a fairly small /baby quilt and couldn't decide what to do, so it sat in the cupboard for months. Then I was visiting Hobby Craft - usually the home of very very expensive fabrics - and found the range all knocked down to half price (about 70% of the price of a normal shop) and they had the most fantastic huge rose print - backing! I bought more fat quarters and increased the quilt size to a full size lap quilt.
This was my first try at full on free motion quilting. I was very relaxed about it because the quilt wasn't for any particular purpose and if it went wrong, I could buy more fabric from my LQS. But it went well. And I got the proper crinkle effect when I washed it!
The fabrics are called Ambrosia. I think they are Westminster fabrics.
Early in 2012 two of the locals at my LQS lost Grandchildren within days of their due dates. We wanted to do something. Kim, at the Fat Quarters, launched a campaign for Incubator quilts to be donated to the hospital and given to the parents of premature babies, or of babies born asleep. The quilts are only 16x20". The campaign has now been extended to three hospitals in the North East of England. If you are interested in contributing a quilt or want to start something similar for your local hospital, then get in touch with Kim - in the UK there is a lot of red tape, and she has done a lot of work on developing a plan that will be accepted by the hospitals. Our LQS has donated over 300 quilts and the demand will continue. Here are some of the quilts I've donated.
My Husband has two lovely Great Aunts and I decided at the start of the year that I would like to make them both quilts for Christmas. Independently I asked both of them what their favourite colour was. I didn't expect them to both say the same - blue. Papillon from Moday came into our LQS and it was the fabric I wanted to use. I avoided the coral colour way, and had two custom Jelly Rolls cut from the blues and creams to use in a Hexagon inspired pattern from Pam and Nicky Lintott's "More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts". These were quilted in an all-over stipple and backed with an extra-wide calico. They came out quite small, but I really like them, and so did the Great Aunts.
Last year I made a Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt from a Jelly Roll of Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda. It was the first quilt I totally finished! My mother-in-law proudly took it into work to show some of her colleagues and one of them, Margaret, asked if I would make her one too. I bought all of the fabrics straight away - I had to order the sashing from the US because no one in the UK had any left - and whilst I was at it, I used it as an excuse to a few more fat quarters to my basket - Happy Mochi Yum Yum!
I finally got it finished just before Christmas and I definitely prefer her version to mine! Again - I free motion quilted. The backing is also fantastic.
The tutorials were great and I really enjoyed putting this quilt together, though it's just as well there were lots of bias edges, as quite a lot of tugging and tweaking was required to get the seams to join up. I also managed a pieced back with all of the left over fabrics.
I made quite a few cushions this year, mostly for me!
Owl Cushion - a class at my LQS using Thimbleberries fabrics.
Half-square Triangles cushion which I entered in the Festival of Half Square triangles
I used some of the leftovers from my Swoon in Happy Mochi Yum Yum and did my dense first straight line quilting - I love the front of the cushion, but possibily love the back more!
Lego Cushion: I hadn't intended for this cushion to look like Lego! This was my entry in the Modern Mini Challenge - as I raided my stash for fabrics I realised I didn't have the modern fabrics I wanted. This cushion started off my stash building drive - so far it's last about 7 months. Need to stop soon!
Indian Summer Cushion: the pattern for this was in a quilting magazine I bought last Christmas. It's foundation pieced and I made it for my Gran. The hand quilting finished it off.
I joined my first swaps - if my partners hadn't liked any of these I would happily have kept them for myself!
Sewing Machine Cover for the Modern She Made Swap Round 1
with matching pinny
Hoop La La swap: those little hexies are just 1/4" and the bigger ones 3/4".
Place Mats for round two of the Modern She Made Swap
and coasters and a basket to go with them.
Holiday Ornament Swap.
Other thingsAnd then there were the random things I made in the middle
Mug Rug: using the leftovers from my Mini Swoon
Mini Hopscotch: I totally plan on making a full size Hopscotch. But not with templates. I made this only with rotary cutting and the 60degree lines on my ruler - just to check that I could!
My main EPP projects from 2012 remain unfinished, but I did complete two small pieces - a green pincushion and a purple Christmas decoration.
Wassail: made entirely with solids (my first time) and from the Tula Pink Modern Alphabet pattern for the Tula Pink Sew Along. This is a fantastic pattern, and I really want to use it again sometime. The quilting really makes it!
Farmer's Wife Blind Runner: