Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sea Breeze Mini QAL



Welcome to the last few days of the Sea Breeze Mini QAL hosted by the lovely Angie at Gnome Angel.  This is such a fabulous wee pattern from Canoe Ridge Creations and stitches up really quickly. It has been fun seeing all the interpretations of this mini so far.  


I really wanted to use solids for this mini as they are not something I sew with frequently, but I love the effect of them in small quilts.  I initially thought I would go with autumn colours (think oranges and berry), and as I was searching through my solids,  I found some shot cottons which I thought would be perfect.  Not very autumny at all, but I bought these ages ago and have been wanting a small project to use them on.




Shot cottons have a beautiful sheen to them, almost irridescent in some lights. They are different to normal quilting cottons, in that 2 different solid colours are woven together to form the cloth...one going in one direction and one going in the other. The raw edges of the fabric will show what the 2 colours used are.  The word shot refers to the weaving process where the weft  (horizontal element) is often referred to as a shot  as in shot with colour. (Source: http://spiritcloth.typepad.com)

I was lucky enough to win a Fat Quarter shop voucher last year (thanks Sharon) and had bought some flying geese and HST Bloc Loc rulers with it. These are the best rulers EVER!!!! Seriously, I will never trim HSTs the traditional way again.  This was invaluable in trimming up all the blocks for this quilt. 




I always have to sew just one block together first to see how it goes then I chain pieced all the rest. So much quicker.




Once I had all my blocks made I played around with them to make sure they had enough value in them which is how light or dark they are. Being the Type A personality I am I wanted the value spread evenly through the quilt. There are several ways to check value. I always use my Ruby Beholder which I got from Elisa at Sewing Summit. It lets you see the value of all colours except red. You can also take a black and white photo which is what I have done in this case! It's good to have a range of values in a quilt to give it life otherwise it can be a bit flat.




I chose to put all my blocks facing the same way (that darn Type A personality again!!)  rather than as Megan had arranged them.  Unfortunately shot cottons never photograph that well. It is far more vibrant in real life.  I will quilt this tomorrow and reveal the finished quilt at the link party.




If you are joining along be sure to hashtag your creations on Instagram with the hashtag #seabreezemqal or you can join the Facebook group. This quilt along ends on August 2nd, so be sure to link up your mini (even if it's not finished) on Angie's blog and you will be in with a chance to win some fabulous prizes.  Thanks again Angie for hosting this QAL.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Finish Along 2014 - Quarter 3 goals

Well, since I didn't have much joy with my goals for Quarter 2 so I am going to reset the same goals for Quarter 3 and add in a couple more. It's winter here in New Zealand and dreary, so I can see a lot more sewing time in the next couple of months. However, I am off to New York on my own in September for 10 days then meeting my hubby in Hawaii for a week. I am meeting up with some girls I met at Sewing Summit last year, so best I don't be too ambitious with my goals this quarter.

Ok first finish for this quarter will be my equilateral triangle quilt. I just need to piece the back and get a wriggle on.


Equilateral triangle quilt


The next goal is to finish my Star Surround quilt that I started with Melissa ages ago. It deserves a finish this quarter.


Star Surround completed top


I would like to piece one of my bee quilts and actually get it finished.




So those are the goals for this quarter. Fingers crossed I get them done this time.



Linking up with Katy at 


Finish Along 2014

Monday, July 07, 2014

AYOLF - July goal

Last year I decided I wanted to make an Aeroplane bag from Sew Sweetness. It has long been on bucket list and with my impending trip to New York City coming up in a couple of months, I thought I had better get a wriggle on with it.


Source: http://sewsweetness.com/2013/03/aeroplane-bags.html

The hardest thing was deciding on the fabric, but I had some Melody Miller fabric that I really wanted to use, so this seemed perfect for me to use. I didn't want anything too busy for the base or handles so chose a Kona purple for the base and I am using a green from V and Co that matches the coffee pot handle and the outside of the flowers perfectly.




So my goal for July is to get this finished.  I don't want to be putting the last stitches in it the night before I fly out!!


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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Finish Along - Quarter 2


St Louis 16 patch

Well I only achieved 1 out of 3 goals that I had set myself this quarter.  I didn't take into account that I  had swap commitments as well, but my WIP list is a lot less than it was 6 months ago! This St Louis 16 patch quilt is made entirely with Denyse Schmidt fabrics, using a base of Chicopee and then adding in other fabrics from Hope Valley and Spotlight ranges to complement the Chicopee colours. I just love the depth and the colours in the Chicopee range.

 I posted about the finish here.

Linking up with Katy at 


Finish Along 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

ALYOF - Patchwork Prism quilt completed

Patchwork Prism quilt completed


My goal for June was to finish this mini quilt for the Sew Sew Modern swap on flickr. I just love how this has turned out.  My partner loves colour, rainbows and similar designers to what I do, so I hope she likes this.

 I scaled down the original version of Anna Maria Horner's Patchwork Prism  to make 2.5" triangles.  I have used a variety  of fabrics...213 in total.  The effect of the prisms is better if you stand further away from it, so it will be perfect on the wall.

For the back, I just used a Joel Dewberry print. I thought the front was busy enough without making it too riotous on the back!




I straight line quilted it with my walking foot, following the triangles. And for the binding I used a print from the Botanics range by Carolyn Friedlander which blends in really well with the rainbow on the front.





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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Broken Glass quilt

I really like Jen Kingwell's patterns so it was only a matter of time before I got bitten by the bug and started one. I  had a lovely stack of AMH Dowry, True Colors, Hand Drawn Garden and a few other AMH bits and pieces so decided these would look amazing in her Broken Glass quilt.




I must have counted wrong though as I ended up with 60 more triangles than I was supposed to, and I wasn't going to waste them, so it has ended up being a huge quilt!  The triangles are cut from a template and this was the most tedious part. I cut about 4 - 6 triangles from each fabric, so there aren't too many repeats.  Then the piecing began....




I chain pieced the triangles together to save time and then recruited in extra help to speed things up.




And then it started to take shape....







Now I have to just sew all the blocks together...

Thursday, June 05, 2014

ALYOF - June Goal

I have joined another swap...this one is the Sew Sew Modern swap on Flickr. You are required to send one large item and one small item to a secret partner.  I was a little stumped at first as I don't know my partner at all and it's always kind of hard making something for someone you don't know.  However, I know she loves colour and her fav designers are my fav designers as well, so that was a start.

I figured a mini quilt would be the way to go, so chose Anna Maria Horner's Patchwork Prism as a start. However, her quilt is a full size quilt so I downsized it to 2.5 inch equilateral triangles and hoped my math was correct!! I wanted to make a rainbow of colour as her flickr and Pinterest photos seemed to indicate she was a rainbow kinda gal! I started off with purples and radiated the colours outward from there.


The start of a mini quilt


and it grew a bit more...




and a bit more....


Patchwork Prism mini quilt


A total of 213 fabrics with no repeats.  Yikes! So my goal for June is to quilt and bind it before the end of the month. It's not due to be sent until the middle of July, but I would love to get this finished this month.


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