Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WIP Wednesday

This weekend I started a totally new quilt - I have plenty of other things to be getting on with but couldn't resist.  I've decided to make a series of quilts using improv curves.  I've finished one improv curve quilt so far (I haven't shown it on the blog because it's for an exhibition where the rules require it not to be shown online), so this is the second, and I have ideas for a third quilt and a fourth quilt as well.

Hadley quilt in progress

I bought a bundle of Denyse Schmidt's latest line, Hadley, from Massdrop when they had it on sale.  I've seen quite a few people saying they don't love the inclusion of solids in this collection, but the solids were actually one of the things that sealed the deal for me.

Hadley quilt in progress

This is where my quilt is at so far.  I think I'll rearrange the order of the rows, but I'm liking the kind of crazy vibe.  I have quite a lot of offcuts from these blocks and I'm planning to put them together with some cream yardage to make a double sided quilt.

Have you ever made a series of quilts as a way of exploring a technique or idea?

I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced:

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Caturday Wisdom #90

It's amazing what a difference a small change of perspective makes: I so cute! Look at fluffy tum!
 
I a scary bat! I chase you! Ralph
 
Ralph is getting ready for Halloween. Like many among us, he likes any 'least possible effort' costume so he may spend the day lying upside down looking like a hairy Dracula.
It's coming round to summer, we've had a few tastes in the last couple of weeks, and at this time of year the cats become like puddles on the floor. They expand and become almost impossible to pick up but they also can't be bothered avoiding you so you get all the cuddles!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Pink, red and blue cushion

A few weeks ago I shared a quilt I was working on.  The quilt is finished now, but I'm keeping it under wraps until I'm ready to hand it over to the recipient.

Pink, red and blue cushion 

When I was making the quilt, I made four extra blocks.  Making more blocks than is strictly necessary for a quilt is a technique I like to ensure a good balance across the quilt.  It can be easier to make extra blocks up front, rather than feeling like you're finished with the quilt top and then having to make more.

Pink, red and blue cushion 

I may also have had a cushion made from the extra blocks in mind as well!

Pink, red and blue cushion 

I'm pleased with this cushion.  Without the sashing and the border fabric, it's quite different to the quilt, but similar as well.  The quilt is straight line quilted, but I decided to stipple this one.  I like the contrast of the curvy quilting against the angles and straight lines of the churn dash blocks.

Pink, red and blue cushion 

Sometimes I buy fabric and it sits in my stash I start wondering whether it was a good purchase.  The binding is one of those fabrics - I bought it with binding in mind (hello, stripes) and then it sat in my stash for quite a while.  When I pulled the fabrics for this quilt, I realised it was the perfect binding for this quilt, and this cushion.  I'm going to have more faith in my fabric buying abilities from now on.

I used my covered zip cushion back tutorial for the back.  It's been a while so I had to refer back to my tutorial for a couple of the steps.

Pink, red and blue cushion

I'm tempted to keep this cushion to add to the growing pile on my couch, but I think it probably belongs with the pink, red and blue quilt that spawned it.

Anyone else like to make extra blocks for their quilts, with or without cushions in mind?

I'll be linking this finish up with crazy mom quilts.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

WIP Wednesday

I feel like I haven't been writing many work in progress posts lately.  I like writing about the process behind my quilts, and I feel like doing so avoids the impression that my quilts somehow just materialise out of thin air (believe me, it's not the case!).

High Tea Quilt in progress 

After my call for pattern testers last week, I thought I'd better get on with making my own version of the quilt (which I'm calling the High Tea Quilt) during the weekend.  In the end I managed to whip up the throw size by sewing rather maniacally over the course of Sunday.

High Tea Quilt in progress

I dropped the quilt top off at Sue Burnett's just before closing time on Sunday, and I ordered fabric for binding on Monday which should arrive today.  I'm really excited to have a finished quilt to show you by the time I release the pattern in a couple of weeks.  I'm also very excited about the amazing versions that are coming through from my pattern testers already.

I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced:

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Tote bag for my mum

I told you I was obsessed with tote bags...

Tote number five 

I made this one for my Mum for her birthday.  It's similar to, but not quite the same as, the last version I made.

Tote number five 

I didn't have a half yard of a single fabric I wanted to use to line this tote, so I used two fat quarters instead.  I rather like having two different fabrics for the lining.

Tote number five

If you'd like to make your own version of this tote, you can find the tutorial here.  I have fabrics picked to make one more, this time for myself, and I'm planning to make it giant so I can fit a whole bunch of quilting gear in there.  I have a reasonably formidable to-do list but these only take a couple of hours so I'm sure I'll find the time soon.

I'm going to link up this finish with crazy mom quilts.

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