Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Scrappy Trip Around the World

When I first discovered Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com and her scrappy quilts, the Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt was one of the ones I wanted to make. 
While I was cleaning up and sorting and folding my scraps, I began to cut 2.5" strips for making this quilt. 
I didn't take ANY care for which fabrics I chose or didn't choose. Anything went.
So, there's a real assortment of fabrics in this colorful quilt and it makes me happy just to look at it!
Every time I added a few more blocks, I played with the layout. 
Originally, I thought Option A was the layout I would end up using, but. . .
in the end, Option B was the one that I like the best.
Our granddog was right there when I went outside to take a photo of the finished quilt. 
All the colors look fabulous!
The full effect of this quilt is exactly what drew me to this pattern from the start.
Ready to keep someone warm by the firepit on a fall evening.
Just look at those colors pop!

This quilt is destined to be a donation quilt, but I'm still waiting to hear back from the potential recipients. If it isn't claimed, it will be kept here to be used and loved.


Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Sewing Room Clean-up

Every sew often, I have to do a little cleaning up so I can find what I'm looking for. These drawers are from IKEA and came with their own stand, but my handy husband made frames for them so I could use them in the walk in closet in my sewing room.
Often when I clean, I find fabrics that I think go good together and will set them aside in a baggie to make a quilt at a later date. 
Above are my pinks and reds all neatly folded and easy to see what's there. And below is a stack of fabrics that have similar shades. That pretty floral is a remnant from my sister's sewing for her daughters. (So, about 25-30 years old?)
I don't start with any particular pattern or design, but quilters are nothing if not resourceful and I decided on a few stars with some alternating blocks.
I cut everything out and had just enough of the floral to make the nine block centers. 
The pinks look great in a quilt together even if they weren't exact matches. It also makes the blocks more interesting than if they had all been the exact same fabric.
And this is the drawers, all neatly folded and organized. This won't last too long, but it's pretty when I do get it done!
And I used my rulers to quilt this! It's so great to have a smaller project to practice new skills and this little quilt was just the right canvas to try a few new things on
Zoom in to check out the quilting!
I had a lot of fun working on this one - sometimes it's good to do something just because it's fun!
And I used pink thread on the back too so the quilting could be seen! I still have a few thread nests that I'm sure will get less as I do more of this kind of quilting.


Saturday, 7 November 2020

Vintage Quilt Blocks

Often I get requests to finish something started by another quilter from the past and this year I received a collection of pre-cut stars and some assembled blocks from a client's grandmother.
I was unable to use the blocks that were already pieced together as the center points didn't match up, they weren't all square and they didn't lay flat. 
 I was really sad that I wasn't able to as someone had made a lot of effort to match up solids and prints to make a large quilt.
So I took the pieces that weren't already sewn together, trimmed them down slightly to make the pieces accurate enough to make pretty blocks. My centers weren't all perfect, but they are pretty close! :)
Then I needed to find a border and sashing fabric to bring all the different stars together. 
Light Blue/Gray.

The customer ended up choosing the teal blue and it looks so great; modern and vintage at the same time. An edge to edge feather quilting design just adds to the vintage feel. 

Have you ever finished someone else's unfinished quilt? Did you enjoy the process? 


Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Hello Kitty!

Ii have a repeat customer that loves quilts and quilting but is unable to do it for herself because of chronic health issues, so every so often, I do a commission quilt for her. This time it was a Hello Kitty quilt.
I selected a few designs and adjusted the colors on the embroidery to the purple my client requested. I chose bow tie blocks because Hello Kitty is always with a bow on her head.
I had a fat quarter pack of some purple prints that I thought would work great as a piano key border, but it just felt too busy and took away from the Hello Kitty designs. 
The plain purple cotton solid was a much better pick. And I ended up having all the bows turned the same direction.
I quilted 1/4" echoes around the bow ties and stippled some free motion around the embroidery. 
I added a few hanging loops and it's ready for my customer! 


Friday, 26 June 2020


This is a quilt that I've made before in red, white and blue. I'll see if I can find a photo to show you another day. The basic Lonestar block pattern came from a McCall's Best Quilts magazine (Vol. 3, 1988).
 I had a pack of orange and gray fabrics that I curated (LOVE that word!) from the odds and ends in my fabric collection.  I pieced the star - it seemed to be a bit more difficult than I remembered to get the centre portion to lay flat and not bubble. Those bias seams on diamonds are tricky.
.I added a plain narrow light gray border to square up the centre block and then a wider darker gray border to make the measurements work for the outer checkerboard border.
 I then challenged myself to do some custom quilting on each element of the quilt. So the checkerboard border got an orange peel treatment.
The dark gray border was quilted with swirls. The light gray area, including the border, was free-motion quilted with a meandering pattern. And lastly, the diamonds were quilted a quarter inch in from the seam lines to emphasize the diamond shapes.
 All in all I was pretty happy with this little quilt. The textures looks great and I'm slowly getting better at figuring out different things to quilt in different areas.
 It does take at least double the time to quilt a project with various techniques as opposed to a general all-over design that doesn't take into account the different elements of the piecing.
 Quilt was finished with a gray print that I had in my stash and machine bound with a solid gray fabric.

A quilt with these details doesn't stay in the shop very long and I'm glad I took lots of photos while it was still here. It may be one I do again in a different colourway. (I'm pinning lots of colour inspiration on Pinterest!)