Well, after last week’s quilting frenzy, and with my sewing activities now somewhat curtailed by my non-working foot pedal, as well as a romantic weekend away in Prague, I have very little to report for WIP Wednesday this week. Like next to nothing, actually…
But before the dastardly kitties crunched, munched and gnawed their way through the foot pedal cable, and in between packing, travelling, sightseeing and drinking yummy Czech beer, I did manage to get a few things done.
Firstly, I cut strips for the last of my Broken Herringbone blocks for the QAL, and started to piece them. When I manage to get them finished, I will have 16 blocks of loveliness to make a very colourful quilt top 🙂 Watch this space!
I finished binding my pink and purple quilt for the quilt show – and I’ve been busy trying to think up a name for it. It’s mainly stars, so I think I might call it Stargazing, but I don’t have to label it and hand it in for another week, so this may well change before then! The quilt’s so big that I don’t have enough room on the floor to lay it out and photograph, so a proper photo will have to wait until the quilt show when it will be hanging up, but here it is, draped over the back of a chair, to give an idea of the colours and fabrics.
And finally, I finished up the binding on my red and pink triangles quilt. But before I managed to finish it, this happened…
… And it happened because my calculations for the binding length were wrong (I was never any good at maths…) Fortunately I had just enough fabric left over to plug the gap, but I did say some Very Bad Words at the time. Mr Boy and Mimi Bubba were quite shocked!
I made this quilt because a friend of mine asked me to show her how. She wanted to make a quilt for her baby, and she fell in love with this pattern. Of course I had to try it out first, to make sure I showed her properly (any excuse to make a new quilt, huh?!) Once her’s is finished, I’ll be posting some photos of her fabulous work – it’s utterly beautiful! She may never have quilted before, but she seems to be a natural!
In the meantime, mine is now finished, quilted and bound – here it is in all its girly pinky-red glory. I hope you like it as much as I do!
So that’s it for another week’s sewing – hopefully next week will be a little more productive!
Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday… why not hop on over too to take a look?
Gosh, what a busy couple of weeks! The summer seems (finally!) to be over (hooray!), and it’s been rather cold and rainy over here, so I’ve taken full advantage of the Englishness of the weather to finally knuckle down and work on some quilts. And boy, have I been doing some full-on sewing!
First up – block 3 of my Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Sampler quilt – I’m really trying to stay on top of this one! I love the fabric and I find myself loving the blocks too, even if baskets aren’t really my cup of tea. Here’s block 3 – now that it’s finished, I’m a quarter of the way through the quilt. Block 4 is now on its way, so watch this space!
Next, I started putting together some blocks for the Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along. I rummaged around in my stash and came across these Stonehenge 2 1/2″ strips, along with some textured black yardage.
I can remember buying them on sale a while back, with some grand plan for them, but I’ve totally forgotten what it was, so they have now been re-allocated to this new project! And very beautiful they look too – a little like stained glass windows. I’ve put photos of all the blocks so far onto my brand-spanking-new Flickr page, but here are a few of my favourites,
So far I’ve made 10 blocks – and I’m hoping to make at least another 6, which should get me a good sized lap quilt. They are scarily addictive! I’ve also been drooling over other peoples’ photos of their blocks, and am already planning this quilt in about another 10 colourways, if I ever find the time…
I even have some finishes to report! Firstly, I finally got round to quilting and binding my Ricky Tims Convergence quilt for the quilt show. I made this quilt top at the last Patchwork in the Peaks Quilt Retreat, and it’s been sitting in my cupboard for the past 6 months, waiting for me to pluck up the nerve to quilt it. And now it’s not only finished, but also the proud recipient of my first ever hanging sleeve (thanks to a great tutorial from Blue Moon River Quilts, and to the lovely Marianne who sent me the link!)
I’m calling the quilt Sakura, which is Japanese for cherry blossom. I love the way it turned out, and although it’s not perfect, my free motion quilting is getting better every quilt I make – maybe I’m deceiving myself, but by the end of this one, some of the flowers even started to look a bit like the cherry blossoms they were meant to be, rather than the mutant clover leaves they looked like at the beginning 🙂 All I need to do now is add the obligatory label, haul myself down to the DIY store to buy a wooden hanging rod – et voilà!
While I was at it, I also whipped up a baby quilt for Mad Cousin Jude’s new baby boy, did some more work on my Challenge Quilt, started binding my mahoosive purple and pink stars quilt for the quilt show, made a stack more hexie flowers, and quilted my red triangles quilt. I even managed to fit in a weekend away at the Ste. Marie aux Mines quilt show, including a class with the wonderful Marti Michell, where I made this beauty… But more of that in a future post…
Phew! What a lot of sewing! I have been busy, haven’t I?! Makes me quite exhausted just thinking about it all! Time for a cuppa, methinks, before getting back to the machine – 2 more new babies arrived this week, so no rest for the wicked, and all that 🙂
Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
And finally a close-up of some of the tumbler blocks. I just love those cute little lions, don’t you?!
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 😉
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!
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!
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 🙂
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.
And finally, here it is being examined by Chief Quilt Testers Mr. Boy and Mimi Bubba…
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 🙂
Linking on up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.