Sunday, 19 April 2015

Pink Wonky Log Cabin Ta-Da!

I have managed one finish in the second quarter of FAL with Adrianne already- woo hoo! This is number 5 in my list for this quarter ( original post here ). I'm Queen Bee for April in Siblings Together Quilt Bee and had to come up with a large block, so I chose this quarter wonky log cabin. I liked the block so much ( and it was brilliant for using up scraps), that I ended up making a whole quilt and therefore will end up with 2 of these quilts to give to Siblings Together.


Here is the finished quilt:

I made a pieced back from 2 yards of Denyse Schmidt fabric I bought in the States some years ago and left over scraps from another extra wide backing.

I quilted it very simply just with wavy lines as the front is busy enough and any fancier quilting would be lost. The binding is a purple solid I had in my stash, but I'm not sure which particular colour it is.

This is such a lovely cheerful quilt and I  hope it will be loved.
Quilt Stats:
Size: 57 x 79 inches
Front : Made with scraps and fabric from my stash
Back: Denyse Schmidt and scraps of pink spot on spot by Robert Kaufman
Wadding: Hobbs Premium 80/20
Binding: Purple solid from my stash
Quilted with : So fine white ( 401) both bottom and top 

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

My first Sew Together Bag

I'm always very slow on the uptake, as these bags have been around for a while. My partner in the UK miniswap admired one of these bags on IG ( that someone had been gifted ), so I thought it was the perfect extra. I had also seen these fabulous tote bags in Tula Pinks' Elizabeth fabric. Initially, I thought I would make one of these but they involved piping ( the pattern uses ready- made piping, something I couldn't source in the UK) and I had already purchased the Sew Together bag pattern some time ago, so I combined the two, et voila:

Little did I know it would cause me such pain!. My sewing machine didn't like the thick layers of fabric and I broke 2 needles and ruined my 1/4 inch foot.
 I don't know if you can see it clearly but the needle drilled a new hole at the rear of my plastic 1/4 inch foot making it impossible to sew with anymore.
I put out a call on IG and Victoria @sewgoclimbing came to my aid and suggested a walking foot. Fortunately, that did the trick.
I used fabric from my stash for the inside ( didn't have enough Tula).
Before I started I did a bit of research and found The Quilt Barn's Sew a Long invaluable. I also chose to use longer zips and cut them off ( easier to sew) , though I think zip tabs is probably a good solution as well. I'm sure, as many others have found before me ( as I said I'm a little slow!!) the next one will be a lot easier. I've also ordered a new metal quarter inch foot! I've now sent off my UK miniswap but foolishly didn't take a photo of the contents. I just hope my partner likes it all.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

FAL2015 Second Quarter

These lists make very boring reading, I'm afraid, but they do provide a much needed incentive to get things done.
I managed 5 out of my 9 projects listed last quarter, so not too bad, all things considered. I therefore have 4 quilts to carry forward to this second quarter. These are:

1)HST quilt

All the blocks are made ( though not trimmed!), so still a fair bit of work to be done.
2)Trajectory Quilt

Still waiting for a few blocks to be sent to me, then I can finish this one.

3)Graces Quilt

Just need to quilt and bind this one, so no excuses for why it's not finished
4)Wonky stars quilt
Again, just need to quilt and bind it.
5) Wonky Log Cabin 1

Just need to quilt and bind it ( can you see a theme developing here!)

5) Wonky Log Cabin 2
This is the bee block for STQB for April, so should have all the blocks in the next few weeks to get on with this one.

6) Boy quilt from FQR retreat 2014
These were blocks made in the FQR retreat, that I have to do something with. I have been waiting for some solids to go with these blocks, and they have now arrived.
8)Recession Quilt
These blocks are bee blocks for Together@do.good stitches for this month, so I should be able to get this quilt done this quarter

9)Geese all round
I'm still waiting for some of these blocks to come in, but hope to get it done this quarter.

10)Carlton's Quilt
I'm planning to make an eye spy economy block quilt for Carlton.
I think this is more than enough for one quarter.
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