Monday, 18 May 2015

Ice Floes Ta Da!

This quilt has been a long time in the making but I think it has been worth it. The blocks were made by the Together circle of do.Good Stitches. I first asked for these blocks in June 2014 and it has taken until recently to have enough for a quilt. The pattern for the quilt is called the trajectory quilt designed by Meg . I've named it Ice Floes because it reminds me of icebergs floating in the sea. It has exceeded all my expectations and I love it! Shame it has to go to Siblings Together!!

The back was kindly donated by the wonderful team at Pink Castle fabrics. I should explain: I ordered the green with white spots extra wide back fabric from Pink Castle fabrics and in error they sent me the white with green spots. They kindly allowed me to keep the white/green fabric and I promised to use it for a charity quilt. I think it goes well.
I went to town on the quilting because I thought it deserved it, with roughly 1/4 inch lines echoing the chevrons.
The binding is a solid blue Kona ( I don't know which one, should label my solids when I get them!)
Quilt Stats:
Pattern by Meg Monkey Beans
Size: 57 x67 inches ( seems to have shrunk a lot, presumably because of the dense quilting)
Front : Blocks by Together circle of do. Good Stitches
Back : White with green spots ( can't remember who this is by)
Binding: Navyish blue Kona cotton
Quilted with Prescencia in white on top, So Fine in white in bobbin.
Wadding: Quilters Dream Select
This is another finish in FALQ2 ( original list here:


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I'm also linking with Nicky and Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday ( the blocks were made from scraps).

Scraptastic Tuesday

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Second Pink Wonky Log Cabin Ta -Da!

Another quick post to reveal my second pink log cabin. These blocks were made by the Siblings Together quilt bee and they sent me some beautiful ones!

The quilt is much brighter in real life and is similar, but not quite the same as the first one I made. Hopefully, Siblings Together will give the quilts  to two sisters. The back is pieced, using a 60 inch wide Ikea fabric with a scrap of pink spot on spot ( just to make the back wide enough to quilt).
The binding fabric was donated to me by Sue Bone. The fabric is a perfect choice for the quilt.
It's quilted very simply with wavy lines so is lovely and soft. I was having a terrible time with the So Fine thread shredding all the time. Still trying to work out why!
Quilt Stats:
Size: 58 x78 inches
Front : Blocks by STQB
Back: Ikea fabric with a strip of Spot on Spot pink
Wadding : Quilters Dream Request
Binding: Nancy Crow for John Kaldor ( according to selvedge)
Quilted with So Fine in white ( bobbin and top)
Linking to FAL Q2 with Adrianne  ( original list here:

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
Also linking with Nicky and Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday.

Scraptastic Tuesday

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Parson Gray Quilt Ta-Da!

This is a long overdue post about another quilt I have finished for Siblings Together. I've been having a few health issues ( still not resolved) which has curtailed my activities for a bit :0(  Anyway, here it is:

This quilt started life at the Fat Quarterly retreat 2014. We were divided into ( volunteer) groups and kindly given a jelly roll to make into a charity quilt. We were given a Parson Gray jelly roll and decided to make simple rail fence blocks. The only others in the group that I can remember taking part were Nick  and Kelly @ , so apologies to anyone else who helped. I volunteered to take the blocks home to make them into a quilt and this is the result. There weren't enough blocks to make a large enough quilt ( I had to make up a few by piecing small strips to get a 4 x5 ft  'inner' section) so I added two solid borders. I also felt the whole quilt needed a bit of a proverbial lift. The fabrics are way out of what I would normally choose and a bit grungy and dull imho! I spent quite a while trying to match the solid colours to the inner fabrics and Kona chartreuse and teal seemed to fit the best ( I definitely wasn't going to choose brown!!). I think it has worked reasonably well.

The back is a batik fabric from Ikea which came in a long strip and I had to piece. I had planned for the lighter strip you can see to be in the middle but somehow this failed miserably. I'm hoping the lobsters will appeal to a child/teenager.
I quilted it with a zig-zag  design which was wasted really as you can't see it on the front.

It was terrific practice for me though and I like the effect, even though you can't see it ! I quilted the edge with straight lines.
The scrappy binding was sent to me by the lovely Mary and is a perfect match.
Quilt Stats:
Size :58 x 71 inches
Front Parson: Gray jelly roll ( don't know which line)and Kona chartreuse and teal
Back : Batik from Ikea
Binding: Parson Gray scraps with a small amount of Kona solids
Wadding: Hobbs Premium Cotton 80/20
Quilted with So Fine 408 50/3 in pale grey both in bobbin and on top
This is also another finish for FAL Q2, my original list being here.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side