Friday, 19 April 2019

Quarter 2 proposed finishes

I'm linking up with the second quarter of the 2019 finish-along and sharing my round-up of WIPs I hope to finish this quarter. In the past I have posted very long lists, but this quarter I'm being a little more realistic and sharing 9:

  • Top left is my double star quilt that I chose for my bee block for last year. I'm still waiting on one last pair of blocks, but hope to finish it soon after I receive them.
  • Top middle is a low volume plus quilt that I started earlier this year. I'm about halfway there with 20 blocks already sewn and the fabric cut for a whole lot more.
  • Top right is my Tula Pink Freckles WIP. This project has been on the backburner for several year, but this year I am determined to improve my curve-sewing skills.
  • Middle left is my I-spy economy block quilt. I hope to finish this for my twin children's second birthday (next month) so it will probably be my next finish.
  • In the middle is my Meadlowland quilt top. I'm hoping to get it finished and bound sometime this quarter.
  • Middle right is my Lizzy House sampler quilt that I started a couple of weeks ago. I've only made 11 blocks (out of 100) so far but I am really enjoying fussy cutting some of my favourite prints
  • Bottom left is a scrap quilt I started earlier this week. This project has been on my mind for a while and when my husband suggested that I make some slightly larger quilts for when the twins transition from cots to toddler beds, I thought this would be perfect.
  • Bottom middle is my icecream soda EPP project. I'm over halfway through stitching the blocks and have another batch of shapes basted ready to go.
  • Bottom right is a small picnic quilt that I am making that uses upcycled demin. 
As always, I would be happy to even finish half of these. Hopefully I can made some good progress over the Easter holdays.


Wednesday, 10 April 2019

A quilt for Baby

I've got one last-minute finish to share for Q1 of the 2019 finish-along - a mini quilt I made for my daughter's baby doll.

I've had these blocks floating around my sewing space for several years. They've made an appearance on several finish-along lists, including my list for this quarter.

I initially thought that they'd made a nice panel for a tote bag, but when we bought an IKEA doll's bed I thought that they'd be the perfect size for a doll quilt.

I also used the mini quilt as an opportunity to try a few new-to-me techniques; matchstick quilting and big stitch binding.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out and am glad to finally be able to cross this WIP off the list.


Monday, 8 April 2019

April One Monthly Goal

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and sharing my goal for April. This month I hope to finish my Meadowland quilt top.

I've been working on this project for the last 6 weeks as part of the quilt-along organised by the pattern designer (Then Came June).

My fabric pull for this quilt is a mix of lots of different designers and prints, all from my stash. I love how fresh and summery it feels (especially as we are heading into the cooler months in Australia).

My favourite block so far is this one where I fussy cut some foxes from Tula Pink's Chipper collection.

I'm looking forward to getting this one finished and on the bed.


Sunday, 31 March 2019

Low volume plus quilt WIP

I'm linking back up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and sharing my progress on my low volume plus block WIP. My goal for this month was to finish at least 20 blocks and I managed to make it just in time.

I'm really enjoying this project, though I still feel a bit uncertain about some of the more darkly coloured background fabrics. My plan is to wait until I've made all of the blocks and see if any prints are still bothering me before I rip them out.

I'm aiming for a 5 x 7 layout so I still need another 15 blocks. Perhaps that will be my goal for April!


Friday, 8 March 2019

March One Monthly Goal

I'm linking up with Elm Steet Quilts One Monthly Goal and sharing my goal for March. This month I hope to make some serious progress on my low volume plus quilt WIP - I'm aiming for at least 20 blocks by the end of the month

One of my quilting goals for 2019 is to be braver with colour so I'm using a bit of colour in my low volume background (I usually stick to neutrals). I'm still not completely comfortable with some of these prints (especially the bigger motifs), but I am planning on making all of the blocks and seeing how to all look together at the end. Hopefully it will be as pretty as this:

I've been building up my collection of colourful low volumes for a while so I am quite excited to be finally using them. The next step involves an epic cutting session.


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Quilting in the grid

This year my quilting goals involve trying lots of new things. I dedicated 2018 to finishing off lots of WIPs, so this year I'm allowing myself to experiment with new things, such as FMQ designs and sewing with solids.

At the start of the year I signed up for an annual subscription to bluprint because I quite like learning through online classes. The first class I watched was Christina Camelli's grid quilting class. It was awesome and inspired me to try some new FMQ designs.

At first I wasn't sure what to do with the quilted practice panels, but I had a light-bulb moment while looking at furnishings in IKEA and thought I'd turn then into decorative pillows.

The third panel was a bit too small for a pillow so I used it to make a banner to hold my sewing pins. The diamond grid was perfect for creating the shape at the bottom of the banner.

I'm linking up with Q1 of the 2019 Finish-along, as making something with these panels was one of my proposed finishes for this quarter. I look forward to trying some more designs next time I feel inspired to practice my FMQ.


Wild Goose Chase quilt

I've got another recently quilt finish that I've realised I forgot to share here: my Wild Goose Chase quilt.

I started this quilt almost three years ago, when Keera of Live Love Sew put a call out for pattern testers for her new quilt pattern. I used a F8 bundle of Kate Spain’s Paradiso collection to make some test blocks.

I ended up making about half the blocks I needed for the quilt but ran out of time to make the rest before heading on a long overseas holiday. Instead, I used a few of the blocks to make a baby quilt.

The rest of the blocks have sat in my WIP pile since then, and the project has been regularly featured on my finish-along lists. I am so glad I actually got it done this time.

I was extremely fortunate to be the lucky winner of some long-arm quilting during a quilt along last year and sent the finished top off to Jane of Sew Inn to work her magic. It’s the first quilt that I’ve had professionally quilted and I have to say that I am in love with how smooth and consistent the stitching is. It certainly puts my FMQ to shame.

I think it looks especially pretty on the guest bed. The cushions are another recent finish, but I'll share more about them in the next post.

I'll be linking this one up with the quarter 1 finish-along when the linky opens, as this quilt was on my list of finishes for this quarter.


Monday, 25 February 2019

Mandolin quilt

I finished my Mandolin quilt!!! I am so excited, as this is my first ever hand-pieced quilt.

This quilt is my little scrapbook of the first two years of Cotton + Steel, with each block being made using prints from one of the first 20 collections. Each column represents the first four releases of the division (starting with Spring 2014), and each row captures the first four collections by each of the five original designers.

These first collections were released shortly after I started quilting, and are a large part of the reason why I became so hooked on this hobby. I mean, how awesome is this little sloth?

The top is hand-pieced using the awesome pattern designed by Jodi of Tales of Cloth. You can find the free tutorial here.

I quilted it by machine, using some free-motion organic wavy lines, and bound it with one of my favourite C+S basics.

It has been such a pleasure to work with some of my all-time favourite fabrics over the past year, and I can’t wait to see what these amazing women will release as part of their new venture as Ruby Star Society.

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and the Q1 finish-along, as finishing this quilt was my goal for February and one of my proposed finishes for quarter 1.


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

February One Monthly Goal

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and sharing my goal for February. This month I hope to finish my Mandolin quilt. I started it very late 2017 and it was my major hand-sewing project for 2018. I managed to finish assembling the top on NYE.

After a month of procrastibating (it's summer here in Australia and we've had a very hot January), I finally got the quilt top pressed and basted.

I've started the quilting but it is going very slowly. I initially started with matchstick lines but found I was getting lots of puckering (probably due to the hundreds of bias seams), so I had to rip it out and start again. I'm having better luck with 'organic' free-motion lines but still keep running into trouble, such as rogue bits of paper, my gloves (I've quilted the tip of the finger to the quilt twice already), and holes in my piecing (like the big one below).

I've still got a heap of quilting to go, but I'm in love with the texture.

I'm hoping to have it finished and bound by the end of the month so I can start to use and enjoy my first ever hand pieced quilt.


Thursday, 31 January 2019

A birthday quilt for Andrew

Last week my biggest little brother celebrated his birthday. It had been a few years since I had made him a quilt (and his previous one was a bit too small), so I thought I'd make him a new one.

I was more organised this time around, and worked out what I wanted to make for him ahead of time. I chose the Spinwheel block in blues and greys as my bee block for my turn as queen bee in November last year. I received 14 beautiful blocks from my bee members and made the remaining blocks earlier this month. I made it nice and big (54" x 78"), since my brother is a tall man.

I love the variety of different prints used for the blocks and how well they work together. I didn't have time for a glamorous Quilts in the Wild pic (this was taken outside the local Police Station), but it did arrive in time for his birthday today. I hope this quilt will see lots of use as a couch blanket, picnic rug, something to keep my brother warm during his fishing adventures, or even just a big quilty hug when he is feeling lonely.

I ended up making a few too many extra blocks so I used four blocks to make a neonatal quilt for the Very Snuggly Quilts program. My cute little nephew, Jackson, offered to test it out for me and seemed to approve :)

I'm linking up with the Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal, and the 2019 Q1 finish-along as finishing this quilt was my goal for this month, and one of my proposed finishes for quarter 1.


Friday, 18 January 2019

2019 quarter 1 proposed finishes

I'm getting in under the wire to link up my proposed finishes for quarter 1 of the 2019 finish along.

This time around I have included most of my WIPs (all except my Christmas and long-term hand-piecing projects), so that I can keep my options open. I suspect I'll finish less than half, but I am totally ok with that! Here they are  all their glory:

I'll start in the top left and work anticlockwise around the outside and then the inside:

1. Mandolin quilt: I finished piecing the top on NYE but still need to baste, quilt and bind
2. Some HSTs from a Ripples quilt from 2017 that I intend to turn into a charity quilt (I hate to throw out the bigger triangle off-cuts)
3. My double star quilt from my 2018 MissBHaven quilting bee. I am still waiting on a few blocks but am super keen to put this one together.
4. 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 (
5. A charm square quilt using Kate Spain's Paradiso collection
6. Some FMQ practice pieces that I intend to turn into something useful
7. A cross-stitch I started about a decade ago 🤣
8. An I-spy economy block I am making for my wee ones
9. A Spinwheel quilt for my brother that I need to finish quilting and binding before his birthday on Thursday.
10. A low volume plus quilt I started a few weeks ago, but has been on my quilty bucket list for a while
11. A Daydream quilt from my 2018 B&C bee. I'm still waiting on a few blocks but am looking forward to finishing this one.
12.The leftover triangles from making the geese units from my Spinwheel quilt (number 9). There's a few hundred of them so it should make a nice sized charity quilt
13. My Wild Goose Chase quilt top that it currently on it's way back to me from the quilters
14. Blocks I made during a quilt-non a few years ago. I'm thinking that they would make a nice feature panel on a tote bag.
14. Blocks from a Quilt Block Cook Book sampler quilt I started in 2017.
15. My Freckles quilt that as been on the backburner for too long.

This year I'm also hoping to try lots of new things (which often means starting new projects) but I'm hoping to maintain a stable 'project balance' by working my way through this list. Hopefully it doesn't get any bigger for quarter 2.


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Jingle pillows

Just a quick post to link up the final finish from my list of proposed finishes for quarter 4 of the 2018 finish-along. They're made using prints from Kate Spain's Jingle collection - one of my favourite festive collections.


These pillows were make from the leftover HSTs from the quilt I finished on boxing day last year.


Maybe next Christmas I'll make something with the leftover 4 patch units :)


Monday, 7 January 2019

Glisten quilt

Today's quilty finishes catch up post is about my recently finished Glisten quilt. I started it over 3 years ago during a quilt-along (the Glisten-along), but wasn't able to keep up and ran out of motivation once the quilt-along was over. It sat collecting dust in some kitchen serving trays for over two and a half years and so was one of the top projects on my list of proposed finishes for this quarter.

The quilt is made with prints from the Miss Kate collection by Bonnie and Camille, and while I love the collection, I didn't have very many of the prints and so struggled to get good contrast within the blocks and also felt that there wasn't enough variety in the quilt. The scale of the prints probably weren't a great match for the sizes of the pieces either. However, finished is better than perfect and I thought it would be better finished and donated to a charity than continue collecting dust. I put the blocks together (without the border) and finished it with a minimal amount of straight line quilting.

My finish happened to coincide with a trip to a winery for my Mum's birthday lunch so I was at least able to get some nice photos, even though it's not the nicest quilt.

I plan to donate it to the Very Snuggly Quilts program where it might find a loving home with a teenage girl. Mr 6 certainly doesn't mind it.


Saturday, 5 January 2019

Checker block charity quilt

Another 2018 finish I haven't yet shared is a checker block quilt I made as part of one of my 2018 quilting bees.

Our bee was made of 8 quilters from Australia and New Zealand and at the start of the year I suggested that we use some of our spare months to make quilts for charity. For our September project, I asked the bee members to make checker blocks in blues, greens and low volumes, using prints that would be suitable for a teenage boy. These were the sample blocks I put together.

I received 16 fabulous blocks from my bee mates and had a great time playing around with the different layout options.

I finished the quilt using an allover boxy stipple and some classic black and white striped binding (my favourite kind of binding).

For the back I used the IKEA number print - another favourite of mine and great for a teenage boy.

We donated the quilt to the Very Snuggly Quilts program, who give quilts to long term patients at the Royal Children's Hospital. The VSQ program often struggle to find enough quilts for older boys , so one of my 2019 goals is to make and donate more quilts for this group.

I'm linking up with the Q4 finish-along, as this project was on my list for quarter 4.


Economy block Christmas pillows

Before Christmas I participated in the Saturday Night Craft Along swap and was completely spoiled by my partner Tracee, who made me this beautiful stitched cushion.

My oldest son loved it so much that the only way I could get him to hand it over was to promise to make him his own Christmas pillows. Given that there was only a few days left until Christmas, I pulled out a WIP from my Q4 finish-along list and turned it into a quick pair of pillows.

My economy blocks from a swap last year were perfect and are a good match for the C+S Christmas quilt I made a couple of years ago. My little was happy with his pillows and I was happy to have another finish under my belt. Win-win!


Friday, 4 January 2019

Triangle baby quilt

I've got a back log of finishes to share for the quarter 4 link up of the 2018 finish-along. The end of 2018 was quite productive in regards to sewing, but not so much for blogging :)

First on the list of finishes from my quarter 4 proposed list was a baby quilt for a colleagues little boy made from equilateral triangles in a scrappy palette of blues, greens and mustard.

I finished this one with some simple, straight line quilting either size of the seams and bound it with a bright green spot I've had in my stash for ages.

Perfect for a small boy (or a large dog).

I'm looking forward to trying this pattern again in some different colours. One of my 2019 goals is to be braver with mixing prints in different colours and patterns and by different designers etc.