Monday, 18 May 2015

Ice Floes Ta Da!

This quilt has been a long time in the making but I think it has been worth it. The blocks were made by the Together circle of do.Good Stitches. I first asked for these blocks in June 2014 and it has taken until recently to have enough for a quilt. The pattern for the quilt is called the trajectory quilt designed by Meg . I've named it Ice Floes because it reminds me of icebergs floating in the sea. It has exceeded all my expectations and I love it! Shame it has to go to Siblings Together!!

The back was kindly donated by the wonderful team at Pink Castle fabrics. I should explain: I ordered the green with white spots extra wide back fabric from Pink Castle fabrics and in error they sent me the white with green spots. They kindly allowed me to keep the white/green fabric and I promised to use it for a charity quilt. I think it goes well.
I went to town on the quilting because I thought it deserved it, with roughly 1/4 inch lines echoing the chevrons.
The binding is a solid blue Kona ( I don't know which one, should label my solids when I get them!)
Quilt Stats:
Pattern by Meg Monkey Beans
Size: 57 x67 inches ( seems to have shrunk a lot, presumably because of the dense quilting)
Front : Blocks by Together circle of do. Good Stitches
Back : White with green spots ( can't remember who this is by)
Binding: Navyish blue Kona cotton
Quilted with Prescencia in white on top, So Fine in white in bobbin.
Wadding: Quilters Dream Select
This is another finish in FALQ2 ( original list here:


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I'm also linking with Nicky and Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday ( the blocks were made from scraps).

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Second Pink Wonky Log Cabin Ta -Da!

Another quick post to reveal my second pink log cabin. These blocks were made by the Siblings Together quilt bee and they sent me some beautiful ones!

The quilt is much brighter in real life and is similar, but not quite the same as the first one I made. Hopefully, Siblings Together will give the quilts  to two sisters. The back is pieced, using a 60 inch wide Ikea fabric with a scrap of pink spot on spot ( just to make the back wide enough to quilt).
The binding fabric was donated to me by Sue Bone. The fabric is a perfect choice for the quilt.
It's quilted very simply with wavy lines so is lovely and soft. I was having a terrible time with the So Fine thread shredding all the time. Still trying to work out why!
Quilt Stats:
Size: 58 x78 inches
Front : Blocks by STQB
Back: Ikea fabric with a strip of Spot on Spot pink
Wadding : Quilters Dream Request
Binding: Nancy Crow for John Kaldor ( according to selvedge)
Quilted with So Fine in white ( bobbin and top)
Linking to FAL Q2 with Adrianne  ( original list here:

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Also linking with Nicky and Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday.

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Parson Gray Quilt Ta-Da!

This is a long overdue post about another quilt I have finished for Siblings Together. I've been having a few health issues ( still not resolved) which has curtailed my activities for a bit :0(  Anyway, here it is:

This quilt started life at the Fat Quarterly retreat 2014. We were divided into ( volunteer) groups and kindly given a jelly roll to make into a charity quilt. We were given a Parson Gray jelly roll and decided to make simple rail fence blocks. The only others in the group that I can remember taking part were Nick  and Kelly @ , so apologies to anyone else who helped. I volunteered to take the blocks home to make them into a quilt and this is the result. There weren't enough blocks to make a large enough quilt ( I had to make up a few by piecing small strips to get a 4 x5 ft  'inner' section) so I added two solid borders. I also felt the whole quilt needed a bit of a proverbial lift. The fabrics are way out of what I would normally choose and a bit grungy and dull imho! I spent quite a while trying to match the solid colours to the inner fabrics and Kona chartreuse and teal seemed to fit the best ( I definitely wasn't going to choose brown!!). I think it has worked reasonably well.

The back is a batik fabric from Ikea which came in a long strip and I had to piece. I had planned for the lighter strip you can see to be in the middle but somehow this failed miserably. I'm hoping the lobsters will appeal to a child/teenager.
I quilted it with a zig-zag  design which was wasted really as you can't see it on the front.

It was terrific practice for me though and I like the effect, even though you can't see it ! I quilted the edge with straight lines.
The scrappy binding was sent to me by the lovely Mary and is a perfect match.
Quilt Stats:
Size :58 x 71 inches
Front Parson: Gray jelly roll ( don't know which line)and Kona chartreuse and teal
Back : Batik from Ikea
Binding: Parson Gray scraps with a small amount of Kona solids
Wadding: Hobbs Premium Cotton 80/20
Quilted with So Fine 408 50/3 in pale grey both in bobbin and on top
This is also another finish for FAL Q2, my original list being here.

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Pink Wonky Log Cabin Ta-Da!

I have managed one finish in the second quarter of FAL with Adrianne already- woo hoo! This is number 5 in my list for this quarter ( original post here ). I'm Queen Bee for April in Siblings Together Quilt Bee and had to come up with a large block, so I chose this quarter wonky log cabin. I liked the block so much ( and it was brilliant for using up scraps), that I ended up making a whole quilt and therefore will end up with 2 of these quilts to give to Siblings Together.


Here is the finished quilt:

I made a pieced back from 2 yards of Denyse Schmidt fabric I bought in the States some years ago and left over scraps from another extra wide backing.

I quilted it very simply just with wavy lines as the front is busy enough and any fancier quilting would be lost. The binding is a purple solid I had in my stash, but I'm not sure which particular colour it is.

This is such a lovely cheerful quilt and I  hope it will be loved.
Quilt Stats:
Size: 57 x 79 inches
Front : Made with scraps and fabric from my stash
Back: Denyse Schmidt and scraps of pink spot on spot by Robert Kaufman
Wadding: Hobbs Premium 80/20
Binding: Purple solid from my stash
Quilted with : So fine white ( 401) both bottom and top 

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Also linking with Scraptastic Tuesday

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

My first Sew Together Bag

I'm always very slow on the uptake, as these bags have been around for a while. My partner in the UK miniswap admired one of these bags on IG ( that someone had been gifted ), so I thought it was the perfect extra. I had also seen these fabulous tote bags in Tula Pinks' Elizabeth fabric. Initially, I thought I would make one of these but they involved piping ( the pattern uses ready- made piping, something I couldn't source in the UK) and I had already purchased the Sew Together bag pattern some time ago, so I combined the two, et voila:

Little did I know it would cause me such pain!. My sewing machine didn't like the thick layers of fabric and I broke 2 needles and ruined my 1/4 inch foot.
 I don't know if you can see it clearly but the needle drilled a new hole at the rear of my plastic 1/4 inch foot making it impossible to sew with anymore.
I put out a call on IG and Victoria @sewgoclimbing came to my aid and suggested a walking foot. Fortunately, that did the trick.
I used fabric from my stash for the inside ( didn't have enough Tula).
Before I started I did a bit of research and found The Quilt Barn's Sew a Long invaluable. I also chose to use longer zips and cut them off ( easier to sew) , though I think zip tabs is probably a good solution as well. I'm sure, as many others have found before me ( as I said I'm a little slow!!) the next one will be a lot easier. I've also ordered a new metal quarter inch foot! I've now sent off my UK miniswap but foolishly didn't take a photo of the contents. I just hope my partner likes it all.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

FAL2015 Second Quarter

These lists make very boring reading, I'm afraid, but they do provide a much needed incentive to get things done.
I managed 5 out of my 9 projects listed last quarter, so not too bad, all things considered. I therefore have 4 quilts to carry forward to this second quarter. These are:

1)HST quilt

All the blocks are made ( though not trimmed!), so still a fair bit of work to be done.
2)Trajectory Quilt

Still waiting for a few blocks to be sent to me, then I can finish this one.

3)Graces Quilt

Just need to quilt and bind this one, so no excuses for why it's not finished
4)Wonky stars quilt
Again, just need to quilt and bind it.
5) Wonky Log Cabin 1

Just need to quilt and bind it ( can you see a theme developing here!)

5) Wonky Log Cabin 2
This is the bee block for STQB for April, so should have all the blocks in the next few weeks to get on with this one.

6) Boy quilt from FQR retreat 2014
These were blocks made in the FQR retreat, that I have to do something with. I have been waiting for some solids to go with these blocks, and they have now arrived.
8)Recession Quilt
These blocks are bee blocks for Together@do.good stitches for this month, so I should be able to get this quilt done this quarter

9)Geese all round
I'm still waiting for some of these blocks to come in, but hope to get it done this quarter.

10)Carlton's Quilt
I'm planning to make an eye spy economy block quilt for Carlton.
I think this is more than enough for one quarter.
Linking with Adrianne

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Monday, 30 March 2015

UK Mini Swap 2015

Just a quick post because I have finished my UK mini swap quilt ( taking place on IG). This is my first ever mini swap, so I'm a bit nervous. I have reservations about mini quilts, though now I've made one I can see how useful it is for trying out new things without committing to a full quilt. And certainly, my sewing room could do with a bit of decoration.
Anyway here it is:

And the back:
I nearly forgot to put in the corner triangles on the back, so it could be hung on a wall without damaging the quilt, but remembered in time!.
The design is not my own, it is a complete copy of a beautiful quilt ( called Portal) by a South African quilt artist called Susan Wessels. I haven't been able to find out much about her, except she makes exceptional quilts. I drew it out on paper ( I don't have the computer skills or package to do it any other way!) and then worked out how to paper piece it in sections. It seemed to work very well. I will be very sad to part with it because I absolutely love it. I just hope my partner does too. I spent hours agonising over a suitable design and pinning loads of alternatives, until I saw this one.
It is quilted quite simply with straight lines using Presencia 50/3 in a mid-grey.
This will also be my final first quarter finish in FAL 2015.
My original list for this quarter is here:

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