Both the guilds I’m associated with are having Quilt shows within the next year and I wanted to make something for their respective Quilt Boutiques to help the guilds raise money. I decided I’d make wine bags – who doesn’t love a bottle of wine as a gift?
I used this tutorial from Craftsy to make the bags. The tutorial was clear and the instructions were good. There was one part that I did change and that was the step for boxing the corners. Instead of measuring up 1.5″ from the corners, sewing a line and snipping off the excess fabric, I changed how I cut the pattern pieces. I cut a piece out of each of the bottom corners of the bag pieces measuring 1.5″ square. I didn’t take pictures but the method I used is illustrated as the second method in this tutorial at the Sew For Home website. I found this method went faster than the “measuring up and sewing across” method and I found the the seams at the bottom of the wine bags were more precise.
I made well over 3o bags but I didn’t take pictures of each one. Here are a few I made.
This quilt, from Bonnie Hunter’s blog, is called Scrappy Trips Around the World. You can link to the pattern here. It was given to my step daughter as present to mark her graduation from a university honours program.
It’s a super easy pattern and very fun to make. Many of my colourful and bright 2.5″ strips got used up in making this (though I’m not sure how much of a dent I made in the pile!). I made it with scraps I’d cut from fat quarters and width of fabric cuts of yardage as I’m not one to buy jelly rolls or other coordinated fabric lines.
While the pattern calls for all blocks to be scrappy, I needed somewhere for the eyes to rest, given how vibrant the colours are. Therefore I made the centre diagonal row in each block with a solid black fabric. I like how it gives some cohesion to a very scrappy quilt and how the colours all seem to work together with the black row anchoring each block.
This quilt involved some new math on my part. It was made with twelve inch blocks, six wide and eight down. For some inexplicable reason I had decided that would make the quilt 72″ x 84″. I only realized after the fact that my math skills had failed me and 8 x 12 is actually 96″ and not 84″. No wonder it took so long to quilt! I did the simple cross hatch quilting on my home sewing machine. My arms, shoulders and upper back definitely got a work out!
I’d make this again – however, I’d check my math before assembling the quilt.
The Twisted Star quilt has been a work in progress for some time but finally it has been finished and gifted. Here is it bound and ready to gift.
A couple we know from Marc’s history club were having their first baby and of course we needed to present them with a quilt for the baby. I didn’t want to ask the sex so I wanted something fairly gender neutral in the quilt I made.
To record how I made this quilt I saw this quilt on Pinterest called Hidden Star by Annie McHugs and it got my creative juices going.
I, of course, made some changes, changing the finished size to 36″ from her 52″ inch quilt, and using four constant colours instead of scrappy tones. Laying out the blocks was a bit of a challenge but other than that it went together very nicely and easily.
I found this a little bit unfinished looking so designed a border using the materials in the star.
And from the UFO (unfinished objects pile – projects started before the current binge pile
Soft pink and green quilt (baby sized), quilted and bound
Borders put on Starstruck quilt.
144 patch quilt top completed
Wow, I’ve been busy. Almost a quilt top a day completed. I don’t expect to keep up this pace but I’m certainly impressed with what I have accomplished.
From the above list it looks like I’m going to have to get moving on the quilting and binding. I may donate some quilt tops to the guild and let someone bind them as I may not have suitable materials to back them in the stash and right now I want to be prudent with my fabric purchases.
What does one do with an excess of 2″ black and various colour pieces of fabric? If you are me, you end up making a 144 patch 18″ quilt block with no plan in mind for said block.
I showed a picture to my friend Bonnie and she suggested I use some green with the block. I auditioned some green with the block and quite liked it.
Even though I liked it I had no real plans for the block so nothing more happened with it other than getting put into a box of quilt “spare parts”.
While looking at big block baby quilts I saw this picture
It’s a picture of a quilt available for purchase on Craftsy that is 90″ square. While I wasn’t interested in purchasing a pattern for this quilt, or making something 90″ square it did give me an idea how to set that 144 patch block I had set aside some months ago. Green star points would set this quilt off nicely.
So stash digging I went looking for a suitable green and a neutral, did some math and created 8 half square 9.5″ green and white triangles that will finish at 9″ in the quilt.
Perfect, other than what do with the corners. I knew immediately I didn’t want plain corners. That would be just too bland. I found a black and multicoloured 16 patch and auditioned that in in the corners but it was two overpowering. I then auditioned a 9-patch block and knew I had found what I was looking for.
The 9-patch blocks finished at 4.5″ which meant I’d need 2.25′ strips around the block to make to make the blocks 9″. So after doing some quilt-y math I cut 2.75″ strips of my neutral and made what are essentially a 9″ modified Happy Blocks.
Here is the finished quilt top. It’s 36″ square and the perfect sized for a baby quilt. Once quilted and bound it will likely go to the guild’s charity quilt program for donation.
I heard about Canada’s Big Quilt Bee late last year. The goal is to make 1000 quilts for Ronald McDonald Houses in 2017. As soon as I read about it I wanted to participate. I decided I’d make a couple of quilt tops from slab blocks. Each block has to have a pieces of material celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. I’m trying to use what I have rather than buy material but I decided this as an acceptable purchase because it was for such a good cause.
I got busy making blocks, first in blue and then in red. The blocks were both fun to make and challenging. Challenging because placement and colours were random. Random is always hard for me because I want perfect random.
And then in red
This has resulted in the following two quilt tops that I’m going to be sending to the coordinator of the quilt bee.
Now to get them into the mail and to the coordinator before the deadline!
This quilt flimsy has finally been finished. It’s taken awhile but it’s been totally worth it.
I started off making a totally different quilt pattern but quickly realised that I had sewn my half square triangles together with the wrong fabrics paired up. I had no more grey fabric so I couldn’t cut any more grey triangles, so I decided to make a block what would work with the fabric that I had.
Simple friendship star blocks perfectly showcase the Alison Glass fabric that I had bought on a trip to the United States. I just love this fabric and the colours!
But no more grey fabric to use to set them. As I pondered how to set these blocks a frantic fabric stash search ensued. I after some searching I finally found a grey cotton a shade lighter than the grey in the blocks. Not wanting to purchase new fabric and having forgotten exactly what shade of Kona Cotton was in the blocks I had made I threw caution to the wind and decided to use the new slightly lighter grey as sashing.
I like the effect of the lighter sashing. I think it gives the quilt a bit of added interest.
Not being sure what I wanted to do with borders the unfinished flimsy sat for a couple of months while I auditioned various ideas in my head. Nothing seemed to “sing”. So I decided to just float them in the grey fabric.
I’m pleased how the lighter sashing and borders frame the friendship stars!
Now to get this quilted. It’s 44″ square which means I’m likely getting to piece the back.