Monday, August 24, 2015
We found a surprising range of colour and value in “ordinary” beach pebbles.
For the occasion I made a series of quilt blocks, one for each participant. I used a common set of fabrics for all of them. I wanted to finish the blocks separately, but rather than handle them individually – borders, batting, backing, quilting – I saved a few steps by joining the blocks with wide sashings, then I quilted the resulting larger pieces. After quilting I cut them apart and the sashing strips became borders.
Completed block. Bound with the feature fabric.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
A few of the bits have found their way into small projects such as the International Birds in this post. But there was still a good selection and it felt like the time had come to actually USE some of these precious pieces.
After some experimenting with Electric Quilt software and a few trial blocks I decided that this 8” block would make best use of my fabrics. Larger pieces of fabric would be featured in the rail pieces, and smaller pieces could be used in the triangles. Solid black was used for the alternating triangles and for the small accent strip. I found a gorgeous piece of Moda fabric for the constant fabric and borders.
With that plan in mind I got to work and made half a dozen blocks. I put them up on the wall – and thought, Oh no! The word “cacophony” came to mind -- all those exuberant prints seemed to fight with one another. I left them on the wall and went away for a while. When I came back they seemed much happier together. I made more, then enough for an entire quilt top. Each time I put blocks up on the wall I wondered just what I was thinking when I planned this. Each time I took another look and realized it DID work!
I added borders of the constant fabric, then a narrow inset border using more of the African prints. I used some of the smallest pieces in this 1” border, not wanting to waste anything.
The quilt is backed with another African fabric that I had set aside thinking it might some day become a garment. I think the quilt is much happier wearing those flowers than I would ever be!
Quilting was done with more-or-less straight, pretty close to parallel lines, about 1” (give or take a little) apart.
Every time I try to take a picture of this quilt the wind is blowing. Those fabrics just want to dance!
Monday, July 20, 2015
I must have had oranges and lemons and limes on my mind when I pulled fabrics for this baby quilt.
A quilt had been requested that was “gender neutral” and I think I achieved that by keeping to the orange side of the reds and by emphasizing the greens in the border and binding.
The blocks worked up quickly using two-inch strips cut from the citrus fabrics and from the crisp white used for the background.
Now I need a glass of lemonade!
Monday, July 13, 2015
Recently I needed a baby quilt. I pulled out that Random Rails top and decided the colours were perfect, but the top wasn't quite big enough. I added a couple of borders -- more random strips for the inner border and blue for the outer one.
A Bubbles pattern was perfect for the quilting and orange binding finished it off.
The result makes me very happy. I liked the top, but I love the finished product!
Monday, July 6, 2015
I took some 9-patch blocks and some spool blocks and made them into two doll-sized quilts.
|Three-inch 9-patch blocks with half-square triangles and plain blocks|
|Three-inch spool blocks with borders|
These went together quickly -- it is easy when the blocks are already made! I quilted them simply and they are ready for wrapping around some beloved dolls or stuffed animal friends.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
And then Electric Quilt posts their Spring Cleaning Challenge.
I was strong and resisted for a couple of weeks. Then decided that it certainly couldn’t hurt to simply download the files and LOOK at the projects.
Doomed! Of course, looking at the projects led to playing with the projects (just to see what would happen if….)
And that of course led to my most recent finish.
Here is my Peekaboo Pinwheels top using the “Scrappier” layout.
I do have a complaint, however. The instructions clearly said this would help “use up” scraps. It definitely did USE some scraps – I stopped counting at 50 different fabrics, and some of them were very old – but USE UP? Not that anyone could tell by looking at what remains!
Update on June 1
I received a very nice email from the folks at Electric Quilt to tell me that my entry was one of the winning ones!