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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bento Box Blues

Bento Box Blues

I had a lot of blue fabric to work with when making my next Victoria's Quilt.  

As I wanted to try a new pattern, I was searching on the Internet for something that would work with all this blue fabric and came across Janet Wickell's pattern Bento Box Quilt Block pattern.  From there it led to many other resources to construct this block in a variety of ways.

I ended up sewing (using the strip piecing method) several blocks.  Then I took the finished blocks and cut them in half and joined them to create a different block.  The finished look was interesting.

When the final blocks were joined to make the quilt top, it was a bit short in the required width so I added a dark blue print border and used a light print for the binding.   The Pickle Dish in Carleton Place  had the perfect fabric.

The quilting design I used was a simple pattern of diagonal lines.  Thanks goodness for my Bernina and its walking foot !

This makes Quilt #4 for Victoria's Quilts in 2017.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Marcie's Maze

Design board set up
I had purchased 20 pieces of fabric and cut it into 2 1/2" strips for a course that was being offered by a local quilt shop.  Unfortunately, it was cancelled at the very last minute on 2 occasions (urrrgh!!) and so I was left with 40 jelly roll strips.
Quilt in nature

The fabric was from the Moda Chic Neutral collection and was one I really liked.  I decided to make another project, but it would require another jelly roll.  I wanted fabric to be from the same collection. But, since it had been out for a while, it was nearly impossible to find any additional fabric to enable me to make a large quilt.  Luckily I found Dinkydoo, an online fabric store at the time, in British Columbia that had a jelly roll of this line.   If you are not familiar with this store, check them out.  They have lots of fabric choice and daily deals :) They are also opening a bricks and mortar shop in Pitt Meadows if you happen to be in the area.

Quilt design is an original design by a local long arm quilter.

The pattern for this quilt was Marcie's Maze Quilt Pattern by Mack and Mabel which I ordered online.   A fun quilt to make and directions were easy to follow.  Lots of sizes available for this quilt pattern as well.  This one turned out to be the biggest quilt I have ever made - 93" x 110" !!

This quilt was made for my daughter's 10th wedding anniversary.