Monday 28 August 2017

Baby quilt and runner

The novelty squares that were once in a panel are now surrounded by sashing, quilted and bound. Its quite bright, but since its for a second child, perhaps the slightly older one (around age 2) will enjoy it as well. Its always such a boon when I can use my stash as I did here. The panel was in a remnant bin for only $2 (AUD) and then in a second hand shop I found the backing sheet also for $2 (AUD).

Its a simple stipple but with all that colour going on I think simple is best. And then around the yellow border I just had to do a bit of a swirl. 
This is the backing - sweet for a new born, I really like Winnie the Pooh and Tigger! And it was just about the right size, just that two and half inch border needed at each end. 

This is the for grandchild of a friend. Nice to be able to make them for others since I don't have any grandchildren yet. 

Another simple make is this table runner for another friend who has her 65th birthday tomorrow. She has a cat and liked this fabric when I made a runner for my sister-in-law. This is an easy frame of squares and the quilting also just echoing them. Sometimes simple is best. 
Hope she enjoys it. 
The border fabric adds a touch of class - makes it look almost Egyptian. 
Well on to the next project!

Until next time,

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,