Monday, 20 March 2017

Leftover fabric plus stash fabric equals stunning quilt!

Do you remember this quilt top from last year?

It's back from being quilted by Marie at Blueberry Hill Quilts. And I love how it looks! The quilting always adds the extra little bit of texture.
Country Star Quilt
 The centre is just an arrangement of 4-patch squares along with some 1/2 square triangles.
Country Star Quilt
 The rose pink inner border was bought after the centre was pieced and the outside border fabric was pulled from my stash collection of fabrics.
Country Star Quilt
 The final binding was chosen after the quilt came back from quilting. I had a green set aside, but it just didn't look right when all was said and done. A brown shade pulled from the border floral ended up as the binding around the outer edges.
Country Star Quilt Detail
 The backing fabric is a plain muslin. It's a little stiff right now as I don't pre-wash any of my fabrics. It will soften and pucker up slightly after it's first wash and will be a cozy quilt that will last for years!
Country Star Quilt Detail
 Do you have fabrics left from another project? Not sure if you have enough to make something? Try a few 4-patches and 1/2 square triangles and rearrange until you like them! Add coordinating fabrics from your stash! No pattern required!


Friday, 10 March 2017

Wool applique Chickadee Circle

I am always game to try something new and wool applique is something I've been wanting to try for a long time. This little wool project was a kit & pattern I bought on Etsy in 2012 from a shop called Honey and Cloves.
 I love watching the birds outside my window and the birdfeeder is always filled with these cheerful little birds that stick around all winter long in Alberta.
 The colours of wool chosen for this pattern are just perfect. And the wool applique went together easily and was a great project to have beside me as I watched TV.

I finished it off with some little red buttons that were in my button jar. I'm pretty happy how it turned out and it has it's own pace on a little round table I have sitting by the easy chair in our house.

So, this is another finish off my UFO list and now I'm on the hunt for the next wool applique project!


PS. Pattern can be found here:

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Spring Quilted Wall Hanging

I'm not always a fan of panels. They are often hard to square up because of the way they've been printed or rolled on the bolt, but I like the whimsical designs of Nancy Halverson (Art to Heart).
 I don't remember when I bought this panel and the coordinating fabrics, but I looking for a spring quilt to hang on my wall. Because of my Dutch heritage, spring means tulips in every shade and color! So I pieced a tulip border.
 When working with pieced borders, sometimes they don't quite finish at the measurement needed. And that happened here and I added the green strip in different widths to make it all work out.
 My friend and fellow quilter, Marie of Blueberry Hill Quilts, quilted it on her long arm machine with an all over tulip quilting design.
 The backing is a floral I've had for a while that's found it's way onto the back of a number of quilts. I think this is the last of it - I don't remember seeing any when I did my year end fabric inventory!

And as much as I wanted a spring quilted wall hanging, this quilt caught someone's eye on my Facebook page and it has a new home!

Now I need to look for new fabrics and ideas for the next quilt!


Monday, 9 January 2017

Winding up the old year

Let's see how I did with my Unfinished Object (UFO) list from 2016!
  1. House Row by Row - still unfinished (sent out for machine quilting)
  2. Spring Wall Hanging - still unfinished (sent out for machine quilting)
  3. Fisherman Wall Hanging - still unfinished, ready for quilting
  4. Christmas Plaid - FINISHED!
  5. Feathers, Star, Aboriginal Gray and Burgundy - still unfinished.
  6. Christmas Bargello Table Runner - still unfinished.
  7. Red & Gray Strip Table Runner - FINISHED!
  8. Kim Diehl Applique Table Runner - FINISHED!
  9. Quilt Canada 2010 Lady Slipper Applique & Sashiko - still unfinished.
  10. Hexagon Tea Cozy - still unfinished.
  11. Chickadee Wool Circle - FINISHED!
  12. Pastel Pink & Green Gathered Tea Cozy - FINISHED!
So that's 5/12 finished! Sorry for the awful photos - one of my ongoing resolutions is to up my photography game and get better photos here on my blog and on Facebook and Instagram. My problem is that my phone is so convenient for picture taking that I don't take photos with my camera as often as I should.

How did you do with your unfinished creations from last year? Are you ready to share your list for 2017?? I'll be going through my sewing room today and making that list, starting with the 7 that were left from 2016!


Friday, 9 December 2016

Sudoku Mini Quilt Tutorial

Here's a quick and easy project when you have an hour or two and want to finish in one sewing session. I'm assuming you have basic knowledge of sewing and piecing a quilt top. Pressing as you do each step is expected but not mentioned! Have fun!
Sudoku Mini Quilt
Fabric Requirements:

You will need nine different fabrics, minimum 4.5" x 4.5" (I used nine 5" charm squares from the same fabric line)
Plus 1" wide strips for sashing. You will need six pieces 1" x 3.5", and two pieces 1" x 10.5". I usually do NOT cut them until I am ready to sew them on and use the actual measurements of the blocks I am sewing them to as sometimes my 1/4" seams are not as accurate as they could be.

And 1.25" wide strips for borders. If you are really accurate, you will need two at 10.5" long and two at 12" long. Again, I don't cut these until I've measured - it makes the difference between a quilt that has wavy, uneven borders or a quilt that lays flat, with no bubbling fabric.

Before you begin, find a completed Sudoku puzzle or solve one. You can probably do this just with your fabric pieces, but I found it easier to arrange the fabrics with a completed puzzle for a guide.

How to Make a Sudoku Mini Quilt

Cut your nine fabrics into nine 1.5" squares.
Nine fabrics 4.5"x4.5"

Cut into nine 1.5" squares

Can't resist the photo of a pile of little fabric squares!

Give each of your fabrics a number from 1-9.
Number your fabrics from 1 to 9
 Using your completed Sudoku puzzle, arrange your fabrics in nine groups of nine fabrics. My fabrics are pretty similar in color and value, but if you have more contrast, the Sudoku will show up better.
Arrange in the pattern of a completed Sudoku (yours will be different!)
Sew each group of nine together. Here's where things can get messed up, so no shortcuts here. Use a method that works for you. For me it was working on one group at a time, leaving the rest where they were placed. When you are done this step, you will have nine squares pieced from nine different fabrics. (Sorry, no photo of this step!)

Because miniature quilts tend to have a lot of seams in a small area, a small variation on a 1/4" seam allowance adds up quickly. Measure your little nine patches across the centres in both directions. If your seam allowance is an accurate 1/4", they should measure 3.5". (Mine were 3.25")

Cut six pieces of your 1" strip to the length you've measured. Sew your little 9-patch blocks into rows with your sashing pieces in between.

Measure each of these rows through the centre and cut two pieces of 1" strip to that length (10.5" if your seam allowance is accurate.)
Completed Sudoku mini quilt top
 Measure your piece across the centre in both directions. With accurate piecing, this should measure 10.5". Cut two pieces from your 1.25" wide fabric this measured length. Sew to two opposite sides of your quilt.

Measure the width of the quilt (including the borders you just added) and cut two more pieces from your 1.25" wide fabric this length. (With accurate piecing, this should be 12")
Add borders and quilt and finish as desired
Quilt and finish as desired.

Feel free to share & use this tutorial and be sure to tag #magpiequilts and #Sudokuquilt on your social media if you make your own version!