Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Alpine quilt

My last quilt finish from my list of proposed finishes for quarter three of the 2019 Finish-along is the Alpine quilt I made for my son's upcoming seventh birthday.

I chose the Alpine block as my block when I was queen bee for my quilting bee earlier this year. I asked for demin blues and dirty yellows (mustards) as my son's current favourite colours are indigo and gold.

My lovely bee mates made me twenty one blocks in total so I only had to make a few more to have a nicely sized quilt for an almost-seven year old.

I used the very last of my IKEA number fabric for the backing (I really wish they would bring it back) and quilted it with straight lines through the white sections.

Now that I've finished my 2019 bee quilt I'm keen to finish my 2018 bee quilts. You can expect to see them on my quarter 4 list in a few days :)


Demin ripples quilt

My Ripples quilt is one of my all-time favourite makes and so when Angie of Gnome Angel asked if I would test her updated Ripples pattern, I was thrilled to have an excuse to make another one.

This time around I thought I would try something different and use some up-cycled denim (from old pairs of jeans) with some pinks and yellows to make the 24" block.

The demin was a pain to work with but I was really pleased with how my test block turned out. I made three more and turned it into a small picnic blanket.

For the backing I used a heavier cotton print from IKEA that coordinated nicely with the blues. I thought the heaviness of it would make a better picnic blanket (warmer and more resistant to damage from being on the ground). It was also 60" wide and so avoided the need to piece the backing (a big win in my books).

I also experimented with the binding, using a metallic blue thread in a big running stitch to secure the binding.

It's already survived one trip to the beach so I have high hopes of it seeing lots of use.

I'm linking up with the quarter 3 finishes for the 2019 Finish-along, as this was on my list of proposed finishes for this quarter.


Low volume plus quilt

My next finish from my list of proposed finishes for quarter 3 of the 2019 Finish along is my low volume plus quilt.

One of my goals for this year is to step outside of my comfort zone and experiment with different backgrounds and multicoloured prints. I started this project as a way of getting comfortable with colourful low volume prints that were a bit bolder than my preferred 'light grey on white' low volumes.

I wasn't sure about the first few blocks I made, thinking that the background was too busy. But as the quilt grew in size, it grew on me, and by the time I had made 64 blocks I was in love with it.

When I showed my husband my blocks up on the design wall to ask his opinion of the layout, his first reaction was that there was an overwhelming amount of pink. So for the back I decided to make four extra large (40" finished) plus blocks in some more manly colours.

It's now a family favourite with it's 'girl side' and 'boy side'.

My daughter is much better at posing for quilt photos than her twin brother. :)

I love the interest that the bolder prints add and have now got several more quilts using colourful low volumes on the go.


Double Dash quilt

Ooops - I just realised that I haven't blogged since the start of quarter 3, when I shared my list of proposed finishes for the 2019 Finish-along. The time has come to link up my finishes for the quarter, and I've got four quilt finishes to share.

The first is a Double Dash quilt that I made while testing the new pattern by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts.

I used a layer cake a Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two to make the 15" block version. It was the perfect use for the layer cake as there was very little fabric wasted.

I has initially planned on mixing up my quarter blocks, but when I put my blocks up on the design wall I wasn't loving it.

I tried rearranging the blocks into colour groups and I was in love.

I finished the quilt with a simple diagonal cross hatch and bound with a coordinating print. How awesome if that backing? It looks like a million flying geese.

It's now been gifted to special friend who was in need of some quilty hugs.


Thursday, 18 July 2019

2019 Finish-along - Q3 proposed finishes

It's that time of year again - where I optimistically declare my intentions to finish all the WIPs and link some overly ambitious lists to the Finish-along linky :)

This quarter I've split them into two groups; the 'good chance of getting finished' WIPs and the 'not very likely to get finished' WIPs.

The first group includes some projects nearing completion and those that I have been actively working on recently.

Top left: Low volume plus quilt - this one is assembled and ready to baste
Top middle: Double dash quilt I'm testing for Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts
Top right: Freckles quilt - A project I started a long time ago
Middle left: Quilt block cook book sampler - I've made about 10 blocks and am thinking of making a smaller charity quilt
Centre: Shield maiden quilt - I quilt I started this year to get better at making curves
Middle right: Kinship fusion sampler - I'm trying to keep up with the 100 blocks in 100 days QAL and am on track so far
Bottom left: Alpine quilt - my bee project from this year
Bottom middle: Daydream quilt - my B&C bee project from last year
Bottom right: Double star quilt - my bee project from last year)

The next group are projects that I don't think I'm likely to finish, but want to list anyway (I like to keep my options open). They include some long term projects (e.g. EPP projects) and some boy quilts I'd like to make (for my boys and for the Very Snuggle Quilts program).

Top left: Ripples quilt made from upcylced denim
Top middle: Sunday morning quilt in pretty pinks that has been on my bucket list for a while
Top right: Broken Dishes quilt (pattern by Jen Kingwell) I'm making from scraps
Middle left: DS quilt - I've cut out a few hundred 3.5" squares of different Denyse Schmidt prints and am planning to make a quilt just like this one
Centre: Rose star quilt made from my stash of OOP Lizzy House
Middle right: Icecream Soda quilt (pattern by Tales of Cloth) I'm making from my DS scraps
Bottom left: A quilt from the book 'Growing Up Modern' using some robot fabric I've had in the stash for ages
Bottom middle: A space themed quilts using fabric and pattern by Cloud 9 Fabrics
Bottom right: Another quilt from the book 'Growing Up Modern' made in dinosaur prints

Last quarter I only finished three projects so I'm really hoping for a higher completion rate this quarter.


Monday, 8 July 2019

A new quilt for Harriet

My little ones are growing up too fast and have started to outgrow their cots. Bigger beds need bigger quilts so I've been busy working on a few toddler bed sized quilts.

For Harriet I made  a modified version of the Scrap Happy Rails quilt by Crazy Mom Quilts from her book No Scrap Left Behind. I upsized my blocks to 13.5" finished to get the finished size I wanted (41" wide, perfect for backing with a single WOF) and cut all my strips the same width so I could piece it more efficiently with strip sets.

I quilted it with a simple serpentine stitch with my walking foot and bound it with a B&W squiggly stripe. It was super fun and super easy to make. Plus, I think it's safe to say that she likes it.

I had enough strip-pieced sections leftover to make a second quilt, which I finished and dontated to the Very Snuggly Quilts Program. I'm linking up with the Q2 2019 Finish-along linky as this was one of my proposed finishes for this quarter.

I'm also linking up with the Elm Street Quilts July OMG and sharing my goal for this month: to make a quilt for her twin brother Gregory's bed. At the moment I'm leaning towards using this Mixed Bag layer cake that has been in my stash for ages. I think the bright colours will be a good fit for a young boy.


Friday, 7 June 2019

June One Monthly Goal

It's hard to believe that in a few short weeks we will be halfway through the year. So far this year I have started waaaaay more quilts than I have finished, so my goal for this month is to finish at least one.

For my Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal June link-up I'm choosing my low volume plus quilt. I only have about half the blocks made so far, but I am having a sew day with friends tomorrow and another sew day towards the end of the month.

The plan is to get this quilt finished and photographed in front of the beautiful autumnal trees before they loose all of their leaves completely.