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.

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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.


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.

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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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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ALYOF May goal - Churn dash pillow completed

Churn Dash pillow

My goal for May was to finish my Churn dash pillow that I started recently. I don't have many pillows and I intend to make a few more.  It's a great feeling to finish up something so quickly, rather than making a big-ass quilt!!

I think I am smitten with this pillow.  I love the colours and I love how it has turned out.  The churn dash is such a simple block, but looks so effective.

For the back, I used a Lu Summers print that works really well with this pillow. It's simple and not too fussy and just complements the low volume on the front. And the binding is a Pearl Bracelet fabric.

Back of Churn Dash pillow

And my fav block ...

Heather Ross bee surrounded by AMH flowers

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