Monthly Archives: September, 2013

A new arrival

On Saturday night I received some truly wonderful news. My lovely cousin, MCJ, (that’s Mad Cousin Jude to the uninitiated…) and her husband G became parents. Mad Aunty Jean (yes, it runs in the family, this whole madness thang…) is one excited first-time Grandma, Uncle J is ecstatic, and I couldn’t be happier for all of them. I love babies, me¬†ūüôā

Little Jacob was born on Saturday, weighing in at 7lb 5 oz, or 3.3 kg, and arriving a whole 2 1/2¬†weeks early. Now, you know¬†me, what¬†with my Quilter’s ADD and my little procrastination habit and all that – well, suffice to say, the baby quilt was Not Yet Finished for this early arrival.¬†I’d decided on a pattern – a tumbler quilt. The fabric – from the Happi range, by Dena Fishbein – had been carefully chosen, washed, pressed and cut, and I’d worked out my layout. It just wasn’t sewn together yet.

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In fact, it was sitting on my sewing table in 14 neat piles, labelled Row 1 through Row 14. And had been for some time. Hmmmmm.

Anyway, after spending the whole of Saturday playing with my new obsession of the Broken Herringbone block for the quilt along, rather than doing all the things I actually¬†needed to do, this came as a bit of a reality check! As in – better get your arse in gear, Pusscat! So Sunday, which I’d initially¬†earmarked for¬†digging out herringbone quilt fabric from my stash and general pottering around in my sewing room,¬†was spent at the sewing machine, piecing Jacob’s quilt. Here it is, hanging over the¬†door to my sewing¬†cabinet¬†once I’d sewn the blocks¬†into rows.

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Now, this is the first time I’ve made a tumbler quilt, though I’ve been¬†drooling over them on Pinterest for ages, and I was really surprised at how easily it went together. It looks so much more complicated than it actually is, which can only be a good thing in my opinion! In fact, I¬†probably spent more time cutting than I did piecing. I opted for a kind of elongated¬†hexagon layout, in alternating columns of¬†mainly-white and mainly-blue blocks. Cute, yet modern looking, I think.

And –¬†drumroll please!!! – here is the quilt top in all its glory, waiting to be basted and quilted. I¬†think I’m going to¬†quilt free form chevrons across it, given the angles of the blocks and the chevron fabric in the quilt top. I haven’t decided yet whether to true up the edges to make a rectangular shaped quilt, or whether to use a bias binding¬†and keep the whole tumbler-shape, ziggy-zaggy thing going down the sides. I’ll suck it and see when I’ve done the quilting.

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And finally¬†a close-up of some of the tumbler blocks. I just love those cute little lions, don’t you?!

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So, when it comes to it, it seems I CAN sometimes get things done. Maybe I’ll divert all this positive energy into finishing up my quilts for the Quilt Show, cracking on through some of my (numerous!) WIPs, or – heaven forbid – actually getting started on some quilting (the pile of unquilted quilt tops is starting to get out of control…)

Well, you never know ūüėČ

I can resist anything, except temptation…

I first saw the Broken Herringbone Quilt Along mentioned on Molli Sparkles’ blog¬†back in August, and I immediately wanted to join in. I’ve never taken part in a QAL before – I keep on being tempted, but I’m so disorganised at the moment, and I have so much else on that it never seems to happen. And so it was initally with Molli’s. No. Couldn’t do it. How would I fit it in? How could I justify starting a new project when I already have so many on the go? And what about the quilt show I really need to get ready for?

But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I even started dreaming about the Broken Herringbone block. Usually in purple, sometimes in pink, always beautiful and always seriously tempting me. Oh dear…

Finally today, I cracked. Week one of the QAL is to make a trial block. Well, I figured, it’s only one block, I could always just try it and then make it into a cushion cover or something. Making one itsy bitsy trial block doesn’t commit me to make any more, does it?

Who was I kidding???!

So, when I should have been making quilts for the bazillion babies that my friends are having this year, I was digging around in my scrap bin (I knew there was a reason I kept all those 2 1/2″ strips!). I pulled out these yellow¬† and orange batik strips¬†– remnants from the wedding quilt I made Mad Cousin Jude last summer – and then I¬†cut myself¬†some plain white sashing strips.

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Then, when I really ought to have been quilting my Ricky Tims quilt top for the Quilt Show next month, I was piecing the strips with the sashing.

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Finally, when I should have been basting my red triangles quilt (which someone has expressed an interest in BUYING!!!), I was putting the block together.

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By the time it was all finished, it looked like this, and I was officially hooked!

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In the end, I joined the QAL.¬†I simply¬†couldn’t resist the lure of this beautiful block.¬†And to be honest,¬†looking at it, I think it’d be hard to find anyone who could. Don’t you???

So, there you have it. My name is LPC,¬†I’m a¬†quilting junkie, and¬†my QAL journey starts today…

Thanks Molli ūüôā

Flumpagon quilt top finished!

Well, for the first time in ages,¬†I finally have a quilt top finish to report! It’s my Flumpagon quilt (hexagons with elephants…), and I’m loving how it turned out.

I started this quilt a while back, when the Fat Quarter Shop was having a sale on patterns, and this little cutie¬†by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet¬†caught my eye. It’s her Cherry Blossom Table Runner – just beautiful!

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I decided that it was also the perfect excuse to buy some fabric I’d been drooling over for a while – the Madhuri range by Riley Blake Designs, it’s gorgeous,¬†full of bright colours and beautiful patterns, but most of all, elephants. And this would be the ideal project for it. After all, who wouldn’t want an elephant themed table runner??? So I was seriously excited when my order arrived!

The first hiccup came when I looked at the pattern – the table runner dimensions were given as 36″ x 64″.¬†¬†That sounded awfully large, so out came the tape measure and I measured the table. It’s actually 40″ x 54″. Oh dear…

So what to do? Ok, I could have just made the table runner shorter, but even so¬†it would¬†have been almost as wide as the table. The dimensions were all wrong. So I did what I always do in such situations. If in doubt, make it bigger…

Instead of the 17 blocks Lori put into her table runner, I made 23, and set them as an almost-square, instead of a rectangle. Then I added my borders, a skinny pink one to match the setting blocks, and then the elephant one. It ended up measuring 49 1/4″¬†x 52 1/4″, and here it is. It’s so pink and lovely!

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It was also lots of fun to make. Ok, so matching all the points drove me to distraction, and I had to creatively add some cornerstones to the borders due to how the elephant fabric had been cut. I had ordered the right amount of yardage for once, but the top and bottom of the elephant fabric was cut right through the middle of the¬†elephants. So I had nine lines of elephants marching across the fabric, and two half lines of elephants… This was meant to be a Flumpagon quilt, not a flump massacre quilt, so a solution had to be found. It’s not ideal, but oddly enough, I kind of like it ūüôā

Here is the fabric I have set aside for the backing and the binding – the red is for the binding and the diamond one for the backing.

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And finally, here it is being examined by Chief Quilt Testers Mr. Boy and Mimi Bubba…

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All I have to do now is decide how to quilt it, and decide whether I can bear to give it away. And that will be another story entirely ūüôā

Linking on up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.