Sunday, 14 June 2015

Two Finds Make One Quilt

Quite often, I find myself sorting through my stacks of fabric to find something and end up finding something else altogether. This little quilt was a result of a couple finds while I was sorting fabrics.
Plum Sweet Wallhanging
 I bought the panel with the four scenes on it at the closing out of one of the quilt stores in Edmonton a number of years ago. It kept surfacing to the top of my to-do pile and shifted back to the bottom as I had no ideas on how I was going to finish them or what fabrics I had that would match.
Panel pieces and friendship stars
And the charm pack and a bit of yardage of the Plum Sweet fabrics by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics were bought more recently and I had it in my mind to make a couple table runners from them, but every time I took them out, I had no inspiration and put them back in the closet.

It just so happened that this time as I was sorting, I noticed both these fabrics, realized what a great match they were together, pulled them out and promptly put all my other ongoing projects to the side and started working on this one. The four panels pictures would make the centre of the quilt and the charm squares would become a lovely pieced border. 
A 2-colour pieced border that didn't work!
The original idea for the border was to do a 2-colour setting triangle for the pieced friendship stars, but sometimes ideas just don't go the way they are supposed to.
Simple is better!
Another trip to the fabric store for a bit more yardage, a change in plans and voila! A quilt top ready for quilting! Next time you see this one, it will be quilted and ready for my shop here.

--Ann

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Quilts for Grandsons

Once in a while, I need to put my sewing for Magpie Quilts on the back burner and make a quilt for someone close to me. Last November, we welcomed our 3rd grandson into the family and I made him a quilt from a panel my husband bought in Fort McMurray while there on business. I am sorry I didn't take the time to take a decent picture of the whole quilt, but I'm sure I'll get a chance sometime!
Originally I had set aside some ivory Minky for the backing, but for some reason, it didn't quite seem to be the right colour for this quilt. I finally went and bought this sky blue Minky dot and it worked perfectly!
And the newly minted big brother and middle child requested a superhero quilt for his big-boy bed and while I've had the fabrics for quite a while, I only recently figured out what pattern I was going to use and finished his quilt top and it's now at the quilters. Pattern is called "Six and Ten", I don't have a link or a source, but it was easy enough to do. 
The blocks finish out at 10" square, so for each block you need a feature fabric of 6.5"x10.5" with a 2.5"x10.5" strip of the background on either side. Make as many of these as you need (I made 42 for a 6 block by 7 block quilt) and alternate the blocks one horizontal, the next vertical. Sew together!

So, sometime in the near future, I'll have full photos of these two boy quilts for you to enjoy!

--Ann

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