Friday, 18 August 2017

Table runner

I've been fortunate enough to get away to our holiday place for a few days. The weather (despite it still being Winter) has been glorious. Here's a view from my afternoon walk.

While I'm here, I'm doing some sewing of course, and I realised that its been years since I made a new table runner for home. I've made them as gifts for others, but of course home tends to come last. But I saw one on Pinterest that I thought I could figure out. Seems that when I made the small squares I got a little carried away and didn't check back to see that I should have created rectangles rather than larger squares. Never mind, I'm still happy with the result. 
Here's a closer up showing the wavy quilting I decided to do. I couldn't quite face just outlining the squares and I thought the organic lines would help to unify the whole. The splash of turquoise picks up one of the colours in the fabric for the centre of the larger squares and the small beige/mushroom ones. I picked up a metre on special last week, but the rest all comes from my stash. 
The backing is a soft beige with a leaf pattern also from my stash. 
Its nice to know that when I get home I can put this on the table - once I figure out just what to bind it with. Since I'm here till Monday I might get some more quilting done yet too. 

Until next time,

Friday, 11 August 2017

Novelty baby

The blogging world can be such an inspiration. Last week I saw a post (apologies, I can't recall just where now) where panels were shown in a new light. I was inspired to pull out an old one I picked up really cheaply in a remnants bin a couple or more years ago.
I forgot to take photos before of course, but here are the banner, bottom and couple of squares before I began working with them:

The animals looked like fun, I was just never quite sure what to do with them. But thanks to the person who demonstrated what she had done with a panel, as well as Nann (thanks Nann) with her bordering of some blocks, I had enough inspiration to begin working with them to frame them and then make up the rest as I go along. 

They're quite cute but adding something a little more than just sashing just helps them to stand out a bit better I think. And the grey is also a bit of a variety on white or cream, so I'm hoping that when I figure out what else to do to put it together (geese, or some other borders/sashings??) it will work well for a friend who's expecting a baby in a few months.  

There's also some satisfaction in seeing the blocks come together pretty quickly. Variety is the spice of life after all. 

Until next time,

Friday, 4 August 2017

Productive week

I think this is the most productive week I've had in quilting - ever as far as I recall. Two finishes, both of which had been tops hanging around for quite a while. I think it helps when I know where they're destined to go - to foster children, through a friend made at our quilting show back in May this year.

This string quilt was fun to put together several months ago and I enjoyed stipple quilting it today. Even though the strips are quite short (around 3½" long) its fun to see all the different fabrics that I've used over time. It took a while to put together, but I'm sure someone will find enjoyment in it and its better than just hanging around here. I'm sure I'll be on to another one before long - I can't bear to throw away even very small scraps.

Even though it's only a smallish quilt (43½" by 57½") by the time I got more than half way through I wanted to do something a little different, so I ended up doing some swirls in the blue squares

The backing is just a simple tree pattern which I think is quite cute. 

So that marks the end of my productive week, a beginning with one quilt here and now ending with this one as well. In addition to balloons and strings here that makes 3 quilts to pass over next week which makes me smile. 
It could be a little while before I have some more to complete, but I'm happy with those for now and I'm sure some child will be before long too. 

Quilt Stats:
Size: 43½" x 57½"
Wadding: Cotton/polyester blend
Thread: Embroidery variegated for top; Rasant for bobbin.  

Until next time,

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Shorter list

I'm working through my UFOs and have another finish to celebrate! This has been a top that I've had around for a while - well, sometime this year I think. Its a child's quilt with some scraps that I had left over from a previous quilt.

I realised it's been a while since I did just a simple stipple over a quilt and I really enjoyed doing this one. It also helped that I managed to do it all in one day - can't remember when I last did that either. Its a small quilt, but no matter, a finish is a finish!

I like the backing too with its soft green like a fossil fern and some left over blocks. Its so great to use up all the fabric, as I've done here putting a strip of the border on the back as well. 

My count now is half a dozen, though there could be one or two I've tucked away somewhere and forgotten about. Anyway, on to the next one, another stipple I think I enjoyed this one so much. With any luck I may have chance before the week's out. 

Quilt Stats:
Size: 46" x 49"
Batting: Cotton/polyester blend
Thread: Top variegated embroidery cotton; bobbin, Rasant. 

Until next time, 

Monday, 31 July 2017

Squares and Bow Ties

Having made one bow-tie quilt (Bow-tie with Baptist Fan quilted pattern)and enjoyed using up my scraps and the fun variety of colours it produces, I thought I'd give another one a go, using a different layout this time.
The final cream border is not too visible here, but I'm looking forward to quilting it and putting some ribbon candy in there. We've got very heavy rain here today as well as thunder and lightening so I'm not going to get anything other than indoor shots today. 
Here's a slightly closer up (or enlarges when you click on it anyway):
One thing I hadn't quite realised until I began to put some of the ties together, is that the background beige/brown is a directional pattern. When I first looked at it I thought I'd determined that it wasn't, but clearly it is. I think there's enough other colour going on though that it's not a big distraction/detraction from the whole. 

I'm also working on some 2 1/2" squares. These are good to just hand sew together at night - though when I see a few blocks coming together I just have to get on the machine and move it along a bit more too! 
I'm going to put that teal coloured sashing and a small (about 2") cornerstone in as I go along too. Again, a great way to use up some scraps and a fun bright quilt results. These are always fun to make and since my stash doesn't seem to shrink, no matter how much I use it, I could be doing things like this for quite a while!

Until next time,

Monday, 24 July 2017

Procrastination Over

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has some WIPs languishing because we came to an impasse of some sort - sometimes its lack of the right fabric, other times its because we have lost the enthusiasm that we began the project with and sometimes its some other form of indecision or procrastination.

Well making a list always helps me and so finding recently that my list was approaching double figures, I took myself in hand. That meant completing a couple of projects that I'd been happily working on and handing them off to the recipient.

But I knew/know there are about 3 that are just languishing. There is very little to do on them but I became 'stuck'. Today I decided - never mind about stuck, just choose something and bind that quilt! This is one that I began sometime..........ago. It was a quilt as you go method, which was OK, but not a favourite of mine. I enjoyed the quilting on it:
But see how I ended up with that orange binding to complement/bring out the orange in the windmill centres? Well I had tried at least 3 maybe 4 oranges, I tried green, I tried blue, I tried blue with a stripe of orange in the centre. This was all over several months. I took it to a friend's place (where we tried the blue with a stripe of orange in the centre) all to no avail. I would bring it home, lay it out again and think 'Nah!'. 
Today enough of the procrastination, since the quilt is destined for a local group that provides quilts for foster children or their carers, this quilt could be in use! So orange binding on and it's done, hurrah!
And really, once its on - am I still concerned about whether it's the best match/contrast I could have used, well maybe just a little but once it's gone from my home it's on to the next thing. So I'm pleased  
it's done.

Quilt Stats:

Size: 49" x 66"
Wadding: Cotton/polyester
Thread: Rasant

Even better, when I looked at my list again (having now crossed 3 things off since the end of last week) I realised there are really only 6 things on it since two others were just ideas in my head and I haven't even begun yet, so they're not WIPs (yet)!

Until next time,

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Log Medallion

When I saw a Medallion log cabin by Tanya , I knew that I wanted to give it a try. Its a great way to use up scraps (especially if you have left over jelly rolls or 2 1/2" strips) and the blocks come together quite quickly. The cream/background colour you choose strips are narrower (1and half inches).

So here's my effort:
The weather hasn't been too good here so this is first of all an indoor shot, demonstrating that I couldn't fit it all in! Its a single bed size. What's visible here though is the fun border quilting I did (thanks to Joanne). I made my own template (using templastic) and drew on the half circles first of all on the bottom half of the border, then overlapped them from the top half - creating those lovely diamonds where the half circles cross one another. And I did all of the quilting using a walking foot. Normally I would use my free-motion darning foot, but a walking foot does give a very even stitch length which I was happy with here on the cream border. Maybe I'll get brave sometime and use a coloured thread but at present I stick with cream on cream.

With the remainder of the blocks, I wanted the colours to speak for themselves, so thought a simple diagonal line would work just fine.
This is another for my mother-in-law who has an event later in the year where her group has country people gather together ( I think it's a Weightwatchers group but mostly social for her) and they have a raffle. I hope it raises some worthwhile funds for them for their hall hire etc.  Anyway as a result, she chose and paid for some wide backing fabric (thank you!) that has worked well with the two quilts (see previous post Friendship Stars) that I've done for her. Here's the backing a kind of pale turquoise colour. 
Quilt Stats
Size: 58" x 70"
Wadding: Cotton/polyester blend
Thread: Rasant Cream and Pale Grey both top and bobbin. 

Its a very satisfying feeling to know that it's done! Now on to that increasing WIPs list. 
Until next time,