Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Morris 16-Patch for Quilts of Valour

When I first started quilting, I fell hard for Rose & Hubble's reproduction William Morris prints (The William Morris Collection) and collected quite a few of them. I used some here and there, but many sat in their original FQ bundles in my stash because I wanted to keep them together in a project. I never did find the perfect project for me, but when I heard Lezley Zwaal, founder of Quilts of Valour (with the extra "u" - CANADA!) on Brandy Lynn Maslowski's Canadian Quilt Talk podcast, I knew I'd found just the right project for these beautiful fabrics.

Morris 16-Patch

The St. Louis 16-patch comes together very quickly when you strip piece (I followed this tutorial but cut my strips slightly narrower to accommodate the size of my FQs). And even faster when you cut the correct number of strips for your quilt! I somehow concluded that 1 FQ of print + 1 FQ solid = 1 block. So I have enough strips to make another quilt at some point. Nice math, there, Felicity. Whoops.

Morris 16-Patch closeup

I quilted it very simply - diagonal lines (eyeballed, not marked, because: lazy) in one direction.

Morris 16-patch up view

Bound simply as well, just using leftovers from the various print fabrics, this quilt is a solid lap size - 55" by 68". I'll be sending it off soon to QOV. And that's another finish for my Q2 FAL list - I linked a photo but didn't blog it so here we go!

Morris 16-Patch full frontal

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Finish Along 2014: Q3 Wish List


Finish Along 2014

I've been rather pressed for time lately so I didn't do my traditional FAL Round Up post (though I did link up my finishes - 3 out of 5 done plus a bonus finish not on the original list yay me!). I still do want to put my Q3 list out there, though - there are prizes at stake, folks! (Check out the FAL if you haven't already. Prizes and tutorials abound!)

For Q3, I hope to finish:

1. A Road Trip Case for G to store her Rainbow Loom supplies - hoping it will keep the detritus to a minimum. These fabrics are *very* 6½-year-old girl, aren't they? :) Status: pieces cut out and interfaced.
Road Trip Case fabric for a 6.5 year old. Great pattern by @noodlehead531.

2. Circle of Geese bee quilt. I received these blocks in my very first online quilting bee. They've sat in a box ever since but this quarter, they're going to become a quilt for my youngest niece (age nearly 5). I just saw her this past week and when I asked her what colours were her favourites, she answered: "Pink. And purple. Also blue and green. Yellow!!"  I think I might try Quilt As You Go using some scrappy strips in a variety of colours I have in my collection. Status: 11 blocks on hand.



3. Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels challenge quilt - this one's due on July 25th. I need to hustle! Status: design complete.

4. Liberty + Kona Solids St. Louis 16 Patch. I love how quickly this pattern comes together, as well as its traditional simplicity. Will be putting some lovely Liberty Lawn FQs to good use in this quilt for me. Status: fabrics acquired, pattern chosen.
Liberty plus Kona solids quilt status: fabrics paired up. #squee #liberty #wip

5. My Wonderland Sampler kind of stalled out, so I hope to revive it this quarter. Status: a few bits and bobs put together.
Feeble progress on my #dyosampler.

6. Adding this is making this a Stretch Goal kind of list, but here goes: getting my Wonderland quilt all quilted up and sent off wherever it's going (possibly Siblings Together). Status: basted and ready to quilt.
Wonderland Quilt Top

I'm going to leave it at that, because this quarter I've signed up to do a mini quilt swap with the VMQG, I've got a family holiday coming up in August when no sewing will happen, plus there's school preps to think of (!!).

Friday, July 4, 2014

Sew Canadian: a Summer Studio Tour

Have you heard? Mad About Patchwork, a modern Canadian quilt shop, is hosting a very fun tour of Canadian quilters' studios this summer. It's called Sew Canadian, and they've invited me to participate!

Beginning on July 6th, you'll be treated to two studio tours a week and an opportunity to link up photos of your own creative space for an opportunity to win a lovely prize. Here's whose studios you'll be getting a glimpse of:

July 6th – Patti @Retired to Quilt and Krista @Poppyprint
July 13th – Dominique @The Running Thimble and Cinzia @Deux Petites Souris
July 20th – Anita @Daydreams of Quilts and Lorna @Sew Fresh Quilts
July 27th – Shena @Apple Pie Patchwork and Katherine @Sew Me Something Good
August 3rd – Felicity @Felicity Quilts and Josee @The Charming Needle
August 10th – Janet @What Comes Next and M-R @Quilt Matters
August 17th – Erica @Happy Fabric and Jacqui @Treadle Quilts
August 24th – Leanne @She Can Quilt and Jaclyn @Jaclyn Quilts
August 31st – Pam @Mad About Patchwork and Laura @Waffle Kisses


Fun, amirite? Subscribe to Mad About Patchwork's blog and check out the wonderful studios they'll be sharing throughout Sew Canadian.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Up, Down and All Around

Hooray! Another finish!
Up Down and All Around

I called this quilt "Kaleidoscope Strippy" for the longest time because the fabrics in it are the same as the ones I used in another project - Star City. When I was cutting the strips from which to cut the kaleidoscope triangles, I cut some more strips in random widths to make a second quilt.

Upward

I intended to simply sew the WOF strips together in an order similar to the strips on the original inspiration, one of our towels:
hand towel inspiration

But then I embarked on my UFO-finishing strategy of turning UFOs into quilts for the nieces and nephews, and something that was only 40" wide (as a WOF-strip quilt tends to be) wouldn't work. So I made strip sets and cut them up, then rearranged them in a parquet setting. Then the name came to me - Up, Down and All Around, because the stripes seemed to go every which way.

more quilting

I quilted this quilt in my favourite loopy loop quilting motif using Aurifil 40wt thread in the colour 2324 that magically seems to go with everything.

quilting closeup

Backing is another favourite - Ikea Nummer fabric.
Back

And binding is a fun orange print.
Binding

The quilt finishes at 60" x 72", and it's one of my Q2 FAL finishes. Woo hoo!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

African Placemats

My good friend Karen spent some time in Ghana late last year, and brought home some amazing fabric. She asked me to make her some placemats with it, and offered anything left over as stash enhancement. Sold!

placemats

I made sure to wash and dry the fabric before using it. Then I pressed and refolded it selvage to selvage as it came off the bolt, and slipped some batting in between the layers, so each side was identical. Next came the quilting - a different motif on each placemat.

Square maze:
square maze quilting closeup

Stipple:
stipple placemat

Leafy vines:
placemat leafy

Loopy loops:
loopy placemat

To add a bit of contrast, I chose to bind with some Kaffe Fassett yarn dyed stripes cut on the bias to improve resistance to the frequent washing these placemats will likely experience, and I attached the binding all by machine.

All in all, a very satisfying project. Karen loves them and I had a lot of fun making them. Win/win!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Hello, friends! I'm happy that I have a couple of photos of WIPs, and the time to share a post with you on a Wednesday!

I've been sewing, but just haven't had the chance to share much, mostly because I sew at night and nighttime photos are icky when you don't have much in the way of photography skills as you will be able to see in these non-nighttime photos.

Anyway, what's on my plate right now includes:

My St. Louis 16-patch for Quilts of Valour:

16 patch for Quilts of Valour in progress

Made a lot of progress on this one while at the VMQG overnight retreat in early May. All 20 blocks are stitched, and I now have to put the top together and etc.

My Wonderland DYO Sampler (haven't made much progress on this one - this is only my third block).

Wonderland DYO sampler block.

I'm having fun with this but because I love the fabric so much, I'm having a hard time deciding on which blocks to make because I want them each one to be A Very Special Block, and I want to use the fabric in the most efficient way possible. My collection includes an assortment of precuts like Layer Cake pieces and charm pack bits plus Honey Bun strips and Jelly Roll strips, FQs and some yardage. So I'm trying not to cut up yardage when I can use a Layer Cake piece but I also don't want to cut into a LC piece if at some point I'll be able to use it more efficiently in another block. It's ridiculous but that's how I roll.

I'm planning to put the stitches into the binding of another of my FAL projects tonight at Book Club (books: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell [dreamy sigh] and Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver [did not disappoint]) in between sips of wine and nibbles of cheese. We have our priorities straight in this group, I assure you. So I'll be photographing that and sharing it soon too.

I've got another finish to share - here's a sneak peek - stay tuned for the blog post in a little while.

square maze quilting closeup

Linking up for the first time in forever with Lee at Freshly Pieced (button over yonder on the right hand sidebar). Won't you join me over there?

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Kona Club Challenge Tutorial

Hello! I've got a tutorial posted on the Sew Sisters blog for their Kona Club Challenge. Go check it out and enter the giveaway to win the FQs I used to make my project.



I used the March 2014 Kona Solids Club selection shown here...


...to make a mini quilt that can be used as a table topper, wall hanging or sewing machine topper.

I'll be back in a day or two with some updates on what I've been working on, including a Finish Along finish to report. Yay!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Tree of Friendship: the Classroom Quilt

Awhile ago, I volunteered to G's teacher that I could come in and work with the children to make a quilt together. She enthusiastically agreed.

I planned out a project similar to the quilts I'd made for the preschool auction. I prepared a bunch of large green scraps by pressing some fusible web onto the wrong side, leaving the paper intact.

The kids traced their hands onto the paper side of the fabric scraps, then cut them out to make the tree's leaves, putting their name on their leaf using an indelible marker. I fused them onto the background.
Handprint leaves

I layered and basted the top, then I stitched down the fused appliqué with quilting stitches, and made a few more leaves with the stitches.

Tree of Friendship Leaves

Tree of Friendship quilting closeup

I heavily stitched the tree trunk with heavy thread, and I love the look of the stitching. Unfortunately, the heavy and close-set quilting threw the quilt waay out of square.
Tree of Friendship tree quilting

I tried to compensate with some stippling in the blue background, and it helped, but the quilt is neither square nor flat. The kids don't care, though, and neither do I. G tells me they cuddle under it during silent reading time in class.
Tree of Friendship

On either side of the trunk, I quilted "Division 16's" "Tree of Friendship" - it blends in to the background but that's okay. I wanted a simple record of who made the quilt and why.

Tree of Friendship: quilted title

Check out the beautiful thank you card the children made me - they made their own quilts using paper scraps!
Thank you card

All in all, a very satisfying finish, and one of my Q2 FAL projects to boot!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Featured at The Sassy Quilter

Paula from The Sassy Quilter is hosting a Triangle Quilt Along! It's in its final stages and oh boy there are some gorgeous triangle quilts being made. I'm pretty sure I have another triangle quilt in me, but not quite yet.

The Sassy Quilter


I wrote a guest post for the Triangle Quilt Along, talking about the technique I used for choosing a quilting design for my triangle quilt:

Triangle Garden upward

Hop over and have a look, and take a look at Paula's other lovely projects!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Finish A Long Q2 Goals

With Q1 a wrap, it's time to think about the second quarter of 2014 and what projects I'd like to finish. They are:

1. Black & White & Bright Hexies. Again. But I'd really like to get it done this quarter. Status: Piecing of top is underway. Slowly. I do love how it's looking but it's way more fiddly than I anticipated. I actually had to set it aside because I was getting aggravated by it.
Hexies

2. Friendship Tree. I proposed to G's classroom teacher that I could make a quilt with the class. We've done something similar to the preschool/kindergarten fundraiser quilts I made a few years ago, but instead of leaf shapes already cut out, the kids traced their hands and we used those as "leaves". Stay tuned for the reveal! Status: basted and ready to quilt.
Handprint leaves

3. William Morris 16-Patch for Quilts of Valour. Status: partially cut out.


4. Strippy Quilt for Another Nephew. When I cut out the strips required to cut out the triangles for Star City, I cut extra WOF strips because I loved the fabric combo so much and wanted to make a quick strippy quilt by piecing them together. Since then I embarked on my "a quilt for each of the siblings' children" plan, and using WOF strips would make this quilt too narrow for its recipient. Accordingly, I will be deploying the strips in a slightly different way than I originally intended. Status: strips cut.

5. Wonderland Sampler. Sew Mama Sew is hosting a fun sew-along  (with prizes woo hoo!). I'm so excited to have found the perfect way to deploy my rather significant collection of Wonderland by Momo. I am not usually one to go bazoo about fabric collections, but this is my one fabric collection weakness. I love all things Wonderland and have since winning a Fat Eighth bundle in a giveaway many moons ago.
Wonderland

Status: layout designed, thanks to Sarah Schraw of Sarah Quilts' wonderful tutorial.
Layout

I've got a lovely overnight retreat with the VMQG in early May (the guild's first!) and I'll be hitting this list hard (in between chatting, eating, wine-drinking and whatnot of course). It may be a wee bit ambitious but it's three whole months so I'm aiming high.

Finish Along 2014