I’m really enjoying working on the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt En Provence. Its taught me new techniques and is helping improve my piecing skills.
I’m putting it together in quarters and right now have two of the four quarters finished and the last two are well underway. No idea how I’m going to back this or if I’m going to make it a bit wider or not. I’ll get it together and then decide.
I’m at the stage in the Calico Rose quilt where I’m making components in order to make blocks. There are 49 blocks in this quilt, all of which have multiple pieces. And by that I don’t mean 1 or 2 pieces. The blocks I’m making below are components of the 49 blocks that need to be made.
So right now I’m making four patches:
Happily I’ve made all the four patch blocks I need! Yay!!
Three patches are being sewn that will become part of nine patch blocks.
As nine patches they’ll look like this:
I need to make 96 nine patch blocks, and that’s going to take me a while. I haven’t counted how many pieces are in this quilt but I think I better not or I’ll feel intimidated!
It’s summer time and camping and other outdoor activities with friends come before sewing time, however tonight I have some time to devote to this and some (small) progress is being made.
When I was in the States a few months back I visited this wonderful quilt store called Pink Castle Fabrics in Ann Arbour Michigan. It was so fun seeing fabrics that I don’t see at my local quilt store. I fell in love with some Alison Glass Sun Print Mercury Fabric and couldn’t resist buying a few of her scrumptious prints.
I was planning to make another version of this quit with them and some pale grey background material:
However thanks to some sewing and cutting mistakes, that quilt was not about to be repeated, at least this time.
So instead I made some friendship stars using the four colours of fabric I had purchased.
I have enough background fabric to make 9 of these friendship stars. So the plan is to make them the centre of my quilt. Once they are all sewn together I will figure out how I want to border them.I’m a bit limited with none of my neutral left but that only gives me an excuse to get more creative.
Things are progressing, slowly and surely, on my Calico Rose quilt.
Thanks to Queen Victoria we had a long weekend this past weekend. She may have died in 1901 but we still celebrate her birthday the best way possible with a day off of work. With the extra day I was both able to relax and get a bit more sewing done than on a regular weekend.
Twenty five sixteen patches got sewn together this past weekend, which is exactly how many I need for the large version of the Calico Rose Quilt. All but one sixteen patch having no duplicate fabrics. One sixteen patch had one fabric repeated – the horror! I decided that real randomness doesn’t mean perfectly scrappy and left the offending square alone. I will admit there is still a voice inside me saying “fix” it and make it truly random with no square repeating even though I know true random doesn’t work like that.
I also need approximately 200 half square triangles for this quilt. I’ve managed to cut 60 coloured squares with approximately 40 more to go.
All the ones cut are marked with a diagonal line which I will be sewing 1/4 inch from on both sides of said line.There will also be approximately 100 black squares to be cut, but that’s another day’s job.
Let’s not even talk about the black squares that need to be cut.
I’ve also started working on the 9 patches needed for this quilt. I enjoy sewing those. But there is this pile that require me to do some ironing.
I don’t hate ironing but I don’t love it either.
So as you see the quilt making is progressing along.
I’ve been dilly dallying the last few weeks with my sewing. I have had great intentions but just haven’t got to the sewing machine. So I signed up for the Friday Night Sew In to give myself a kick start.
I want to make the Calico Rose Quilt with a black background. The first picture in the link is the picture of the quilt that inspired me. I’d love to post the picture here but I don’t want to use a picture that isn’t mine.
I’ve got scraps galore ready.
I even have some “twosies” sewn and ironed
And a pile ready to sew into strips of four to make up the 16 patches in the star centres. I enjoying sewing these.
I was going through some quilting pictures and came across this one. Scarily I don’t remember making it and don’t remember where it got gifted to. A quilt forgotten but for some photographic evidence. How sad.
The material in the centre is of dogs, surrounded by scrappy 9 patches and then a narrower plain border.
I know the pattern is a in a magazine I have from a “few” years ago. Either McCall’s Quick Quilts or Quiltmaker is my guess. Will have to update this entry when I get a chance to go through my magazines. I do like to have source for my quilts that aren’t my creation.
Made as a baby blanket for a coworker who was having their first baby and they didn’t find out which sex the baby was. What better than green and yellow – works for both boys and girls.This Swoon quilt is much more pastel and “soft” in colour than I normally go for. But it does make a great baby quilt.
The blocks finish at 5 inches making this a 40″ by 40″ quilt.
If I make this again I’ll definitely go for brighter colours.
I of course made some changes to the original pattern from the Wedding Dress Blue blog. I changed the size of the small squares from 2.5″ to 2 inches just because I’m insane and because I already had a whole bunch of that size square already cut out and ready to piece. Also instead of making the “dark” squares in the sashing scrappy I decided to make them all black. I love black and white.
The quilt started off as a baby quilt and looked like this laid out:
Marc liked it so much laid out he asked if I would make it into a bed quilt for us rather than a baby quilt to eventually gift away. As I was quite taken by how it looked I quickly agreed.
To make a queen sized quilt I quickly realized that I’d need 49 of the 25 patch squares. I enjoyed making them even though that was a lot of sewing. I cut out most of the sashing at home and made it when I went to my first quilting retreat this April. I was very focused on this and in two days got the quilt to this stage:
The next day I got the quilt to a flimsy stage. I’m very pleased with how it looks!
I love the contrast between the black and white sashing and the scrappy centres. While I’m partially dreading quilting this on my sewing machine I’m also very much looking forward to seeing it achieve quilt status and it’s home on my bed!