Monday, August 28, 2017

Charity Quilt #8 - Seeing Wonky Stars

Seems I've developed a liking for creating scrappy quilts lately.   So my latest quilt for charity was destined to be scrappy too.  I added some wonky stars to the quilt. This was my first attempt at the stars and I think it works.
The randomness of scrappy quilts really appeals to me and it was sometimes hard to resist the temptation to coordinate colors.

 This was also my first attempt at using my Bernina BSR for quilting this larger size of quilt.  I managed to do a tear drop with echo effect design- something I learned from Leah Day's free motion quilting course.  The quilt was a bit unmanageable at times, but a bit of scrunching and maneuvering and it worked.
  Best part -  scrappy quilts use up a lot of the fabric stash which means I get to shop for more fabric  :) 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Carefree Columns - Victoria Quilt #7

This pattern by Nancy Zieman is called Carefree Columns. Very enjoyable to use long strips of fabric for some of this quilt.  Makes it go together so much faster.

Seems that I've been doing a lot of blue quilts this year.   I found the blues and golds worked well.  
 Quilted an easy design with my Bernina walking foot.  Sometimes the KISS principle is best.  

This makes the 7th quilt for Victoria's Quilts this year. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This Way, That Way Quilt - Victoria's Quilt #6

My latest Victoria's Quilt  is called This Way, That Way.  Not sure if this is an old quilt design with which I'm not familiar, so forgive me if it goes by another name.

It went together quickly and this is how I constructed it.

The quilt consists of 35 blocks and 2 ¾” border.  All seams are a 1/4".

Block construction:

Cut various prints 4 ¼ x 4 ¼ (A)

Cut various prints 4 ¼ x 5 ¾ (B)

Cut white 2” strip x WOF  (C)

Sew one square print piece (A) to one rectangle (B).  (C)

Sew a  unit C to each side of a 9 ½” strip of white being sure to put one side in the opposite direction of the other.

Row construction:

Sew a block with the white center strip horizontal to a block with the white center strip going in a vertical direction; and so on.   (As you can tell, I am not a pattern writer  and this may not be clear enough directions, so if you have any questions,  contact me.)  Most of you I'm sure will be able to figure this out by looking at the picture of the quilt.

The rows were then sewn together and I added a border. 
For Border:  Cut white 3 ¼” width

Sandwiched the top, batting and flannel backing.  I always use the Leah Day method for getting a nice flat quilt sandwich to work on.  Then with my Bernina walking foot I stitched in the ditch for the quilting.

Binding was hand sewn.

Colors of teal, green and gold worked very nicely together.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Scrappy Quilt

Oh yes, it started out so simply. I wanted to clean up and organize (once again) my quilt area. Sure, I had a stash of material ready for projects but I also had a stash of remnants - all of those smaller, left over pieces - some dating back 25 years with lots of memories. I had a lap-sized quilt in mind and started cutting (and piecing) 2 1/2 inch squares and tossing them in a container to ensure randomness when piecing.  Also did some piecing to create some unique 2 1/2" squares.

In what can be described as a positive example of ‘mission-creep’, over the next three weeks and 100 plus hours, the project had grown into a queen-sized with colours randomly chosen to create my beautiful scrappy quilt.  Made from 1,400 pieces sewn to form fifty-six 10-inch blocks, I added a one-inch sashing around blocks and two-inch border to finish the quilt top.

After piecing, I went to Jen’s at Happy Wife Quilting to try my hand at machine-quilting. What a treat to use the long-arm quilter - I want one!  

With Jen's setup and guidance, I easily finished the quilting in less than a day.    I discovered, straight lines in patterns require plenty of practice, so I chose a pantograph pattern called "Vertigo" with lots of curves.  The batting was my favorite, Warm & Natural.    I hand-stitched the green binding to finish the quilt.

The backing was originally purchased for a smaller size so I applied some creativity to make it wide enough.  

I’m really quite happy with the results.  ALL of my remnants and some of my good stash are gone.  And after making so many quilts for relatives and charities, this time, I have a quilt made just for me! 😊

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Craftsman Quilt

I really like the Craftsman quilt designed by Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter blog.  

Amy has some wonderful patterns.  Check out her site when you get a chance.

As I made this one for the Victoria's Quilts, I needed to have a specific size which was slightly different from the pattern.  I made a few changes to size of blocks and ended up with a great looking quilt .  Brown and orange fabrics pop against the white background fabric.  The variety of fabrics makes it such an interesting quilt.

Bound in an rusty orange and quilted with straight lines in varying widths.  
Quilt #6 for charity this year.

Monday, May 8, 2017

May is for Makers month

This is a cool idea started by Lindsey Rhodes (@lrstitched) May is for Makers to support indie makers.  Not just one particular type of maker, but all indie makers.

I think it's great to support indie makers.  In my case,  I plan to support quilt pattern makers.  

Over the past years, I have found my share of free patterns on the internet as well as paid for many.  I have also tried to put down on paper some designs I have made.   I know how much work goes into putting something out there for sale, that buyers can use to make their own creations.

I appreciate the work of indie makers and plan to purchase several patterns during this May is for Makers month.

My first pattern purchase this month is Craftsman Quilt by Amy Smart of  Diary of a Quilter

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shades of Brown

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I had so much fun with my Bento Box Blues quilt from last month, I though I'd try one in browns.  The local Victoria Quilts is frequently looking for quilts more suited for men and this one should fit the bill.

The strip piecing method worked well.

This makes Quilt #5 for Victoria's Quilts in 2017.