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The Colourful Quilt – Part 1

In August I’m off to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.  I’ve only been once before – in 2011 – and I had such a great time that I’ve been wanting to go back ever since. It didn’t work out the past couple of summers, but this time around it’s all planned. And I have to admit I’m very excited!

Even better, I’m going with a friend, the lovely Ms C. We’re going for the full 4 days, have signed up for a 2 day workshop and various mini-sessions. We’ll be learning new techniques, admiring all the beautiful quilts on display and shopping till we drop with all the money we’ve saved by staying with Mum rather than booking a hotel. Result!

The thing I’m most excited about,though, has to be our 2 day workshop, where we’ll be learning to make Jacqueline de Jonge’s Colourful Quilt.

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It was Ms C’s idea to sign up for this class – we’ve both had been feeling like we wanted to try something a bit more complicated and involved than your standard squares-and-triangles block, and, as she pointed out, this certainly looks like it fits the bill! It was advertised for intermediate to advanced quilters, so we decided to take the plunge. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say…

I’d already decided prior to receiving the supply list that I didn’t want to make an exact replica of Jacqueline’s quilt. I’ve recently made a quilt in similar colours (my Broken Herringbone quilt), and, in any case, I’m not really a massive batik fan. I toyed around with a couple of options, pulled out lots of fabric from my stash, and in the end I decided to go with my current obsession of solids, using my current favourite colours of blues and greens. Of which, it has to be admitted, I had plenty. This is just as well, as there are 24 separate colours in the quilt, not including background and border fabric.

And here’s what I chose…

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The 24 colours needed for the quilt top…

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 with the background, border and backing fabric

I’d originally bought most of these fabrics for a scrappy-effect Storm at Sea quilt I was planning, but I’ve kind of gone off that idea recently. So this was the ideal project to re-purpose them! Better still, I only had to buy the background fabrics, as I already had the coloured ones and the backing fabric in my stash. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but in my eyes, this almost keeps the integrity of my Fabric Fast intact 🙂

I spent a lovely morning today trying to decide on the order the fabrics will appear in my quilt top – as you can (hopefully!) see above, I’m aiming for a kind of ombré effect. There are one or two colours I’m still not entirely convinced by, and a couple of the transitions between colours are a bit abrupt for my liking, but I’m going to see if they grow on me before I go out buying replacements. Get me – frugal or what?!

And so for now all the fabrics are tidily packed away in a plastic container in my sewing room, waiting for me to decide for certain whether these are Definitely The Right Fabrics For This Quilt.

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So – what do you think? Any glaring issues with my colour choices? Do you think it’ll look unutterably cool or just a bit meh? Honest opinions needed before I start cutting!!!

Linking up for the first time in ages with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

 

 

 

WIP Wednesday

Sadly not much to report this week, despite all my good intentions.

I finished putting together the quilt top for the Broken Herringbone quilt along – I absolutely love it! It makes me think of beautiful, vibrant stained glass windows, and it was an absolute joy to piece. I’m still trying to decide how to quilt it, though. Any ideas?

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Then I fixed the zip on mum’s bag and made a couple of little extras with the remaining fabric – a mini make-up bag, and a glasses case. I think she’ll like it – well, I hope she will, anyway.

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These gifts are currently winging their way mum-wards, courtesy of my lovely friend Chris who has taken them back to the UK with her to post -this is going to save me a small fortune in stamps, so thanks, Chris! I can hardly believe that it’s only mid-November and I’ve already finished one Christmas present – get me, super-organised Pusscat!

I also finished my summery polka dot top – I took it in a few inches at the sides, covered the buttons with the darker turquoise fabric I’d used on the shoulders and added some more as a contrast ruffle hem using my Extremely Complicated New Ruffler Attachment. I thought it was super-cute until RR said it makes me look like a waitress in a 1950s diner. And the sad thing is, he may well have a point there 😦 Hmmmm. I do still like it, though, and I’m already dreaming up new ruffler-related projects…

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I’m now planning my next dressmaking project too – a simple tunic dress, made from a gloriously soft pink corduroy, which I’ll wear with long sleeved t shirts over the winter. RR remains unconvinced, as he thinks the fabric “looks like something your nan might cover chairs with”. He has a way with words, that one…

And whilst I worked on these projects, one of my little helpers deserted me. Mr Boy, who usually likes to chill out with me in my sewing room, has instead been helping RR re-configure the Lego Death Star after Master I’s visit. It had temporarily turned into Jurassic Death star, with the addition of bits of Lego T-Rex to make it super-fierce, but now it’s just back to being a moon-sized Imperial battlestation, soon to be destroyed by Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance…

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Anyway, hopefully more will be going on next week – I’m planning to finish off my Kitty Camouflage quilt top, get started on a quilt for baby Daniel, and make some placemats to take to our friends in NY for Thanksgiving.

All the things I was going to work on this week, in fact.

Hmmmm, better get a shift on, then…..

Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced – pop on over and see what other people have been up to 🙂

Some finishes – and some works in progress

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.

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And finally, I finished up the binding on my red and pink triangles quilt. But before I managed to finish it, this happened…

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… 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!

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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?

In a bit of a sewing frenzy

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!

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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.

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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,

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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!

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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…

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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.