Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes: Granny Square quilt completed

Granny Squares quilt

I started this a couple of years ago. Anna from Around the Quilt Block organised a granny square swap. There were 3 background colorways we could choose from...Snow, Charcoal and White. I thought the bright colours would pop on the Charcoal so went for this colour. We had to make 8 blocks in each background colour and put our names down for 2 block colours, so we wouldn't double up on colours. We swapped with 23 other people, so there are 24 unique blocks that we would receive in return.  These are the blocks I made...

Not Your Granny's Bee

This quilt has sat languishing waiting to be finished for a couple of years now. I finally have gotten around to finishing it.  I made an extra 3 granny squares as three I received were far too small to use on the front, so these were relegated to the back. I used a Denyse Schmidt grey spot and a Robert Kaufman green for the back. The binding is Tula Pink Parisville in a red and purple.


I just did an all-over stipple in a Superior thread to blend in with the Charcoal, and then did machine binding, as I was too lazy to spend the next day or two hand sewing the binding down.

Granny square quilt

Granny Square quilt


The poor old girls don't have much to eat at the moment...we are desperate for rain.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sewing Room Swap

I joined a Sewing Room Swap on flickr where you make one large item and one small item for your swap partner. It is a secret swap so they don't know that you are making for them, so it's a lot of digging around and stalking and seeing what their taste is like.  You make a mosaic at the start of the swap and give general idea about what you might like, but really, it is up to you as to what you make.  I can't reveal who my partner is yet as she hasn't received her items, but I am in awe of her work. She makes beautiful things and always sends such amazing swap packages, so the pressure was on!

Social tote

I decided to make a Social Tote and added a little pincushion that is included with the pattern.  

Social tote pincushion

It needed something more so I added a thread catcher

Cute little thread catcher

And I thought a little dumpling would finish it off nicely

Dumpling pouch

Dumpling inside
Inside the dumpling

And then I thought, no it still needs something else, so I whipped up this reversible sewing machine cover with a block from Patchwork 163

Sewing machine cover

And the other side of the cover is Tula Pink's Parisville clamshells quilted using serpentine stitch.

Reversible sewing machine cover

And it all together...

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes - March goal

About 18 months ago when granny square quilts were the thing all over blogland, I joined a granny square swap on flickr.   There were 24 members in each group.  We had pre-allocated colours, but could choose what colour combo we wanted to make.  I have a ton of blue and green so went for this colorway. We could also choose whether we went for snow, white or charcoal backgrounds, but there could only be 8 members in each colorway. We made 24 blocks (8 white, 8 show and 8 charcoal) and duly dispatched them off to the swap leader to be sorted out and  sent to the members.

Not Your Granny's Bee 

The tutorial we used was one by Katy at I'm a Ginger Monkey. So easy to follow and much easier than piecing a ton of tiny squares!  

I managed to get the squares sewn together but that is as far as I got. My goal for this month is to finish this quilt.

Granny square swap

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