Black & White Quilt – Finished!

By | May 7, 2019

And after a few days of binding another quilt is finally off of the UFO pile and ready for use. This quilt is slightly too small to be used on our bed (it fits – just – but likely blanket wars would ensue…), so it will find a home on the spare bed, giving the quilt that on that bed a chance to take a break from duty.

This quilt started quite a number of years ago when I began randomly collecting black and white fabrics. The collection kept growing until I finally found a pattern that showed them off nicely. Sadly the pattern, which was from a magazine, was the victim of a move, and seems to be MIA. I do believe a similar (aka almost identical pattern) may be in a book called Tessellations by Jackie Robinson and that Jenny Doan may have a variation as well of this pattern as well.

Here is another picture of the quilt, from just after we quilted it at Whirls and Swirls Studio:

The corner blocks in the border were not part of the original pattern. I can’t remember what they had done in the corners of the border but whatever it was I changed it up to do the square in square blocks instead. Sadly I did cut off a couple of points when I put the borders on.

While I still love black and white fabrics I think it may be a while until I start another black and white quilt. There is another black and white quilt in my unfinished quilt pile, though that one does have a bit of red it in it to pop it.

Quilty To-do’s May 5th

By | May 5, 2019

It’s pretty much a stay at home and retreat day. So I’m posting and will be frequently updating a list of projects I hope to get completed. It’s in no particular order, however it is meant to keep me focussed and productive today.

  1. Trim En Provence – DONE
  2. Trim the Black and White Quilt we just quilted – DONE
  3. Trim charity quilt – DONE
  4. Trim the star quilt we just quilted – DONE
  5. Audition and choose binding for En Provence (debating between light purple and scrappy whites) – DONE
  6. Make binding for En Provence – DONE
  7. Make black binding for the Black and White quilt – DONE
  8. Make purple binding for the charity quilt – DONE
  9. Make grey binding for the star quilt from the leftover backing – DONE
  10. Apply binding to charity Quilt – DONE
  11. Apply binding to one of the larger quilts (Black & White Quilt) – DONE
  12. (a would be nice) Apply binding to another of the larger quilts – DONE
  13. (a would be nice) Start binding one of the quilts

And on the would be nice list:

En Provence – Quilted

By | May 3, 2019

We finally quilted En Provence the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from 2016/2017. I did the quilt in her colourway and am quite pleased with how it turned out. Marc helped me quilt it and on the long arms that Whirls and Swirls rent out by the hour.

Now to trim it, make binding, apply it and sew it down. I’m right now planning to bind it in the same material as the backing as there is enough left over to do that and the colour should work perfectly with the front of the quilt. If the audition doesn’t go well for that i might just bind it in scrappy neutrals. We’ll see.

Idaho Square Dance Quilt

By | May 1, 2019

This quilt is made from a block by Bonnie Hunter featured her Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker magazine called Idaho Square Dance. It’s made in blues and creams/whites from my stash.

The quilt ended up 93″ inches square. It has been gifted to a dear friend. If my math is right there are 2,763 pieces of material in the top of this quilt. I like Bonnie Hunter patterns but they sure do have a lot of parts!

144 Patch Quilt Completed

By | April 6, 2019

I’m so happy to have my 144 patch quilt completed. I first wrote about creating it quite some time ago in this blog entry. Now it’s finally completed and ready to gift or donate.

I found a lovely light and medium green plaid flannel to back it with – even better it was just big enough with very little waste.

I think I’ll make this one again, It was fun to make and I really like how it turned out. Maybe next time with a bright colour rather than the black.

Sunday goals

By | March 31, 2019

Its going to be retreating day with not much else on the agenda so my goals are pretty high today. That and without goals I feel like I’m going to be without focus today. 

So here goes:

1. Mark the second Toronto Maple Leaf strippie quilt so the quilting lines will be straight (love my crayola washable markers) – DONE

2. Quilt it  – DONE

3. Make enough binding for both Maple Leaf strippie quilts.  – DONE

4. Machine sew binding on  front of strippie quilt number 1 – DONE

5. Machine sew binding on front of strippie quilt number 2 – DONE

Bonus achievements

6. Mark a small dancing 9 patch quilt for quilting

7. Remove wavy borders from a baby quilt – DONE

8. Remeasure, trim and reapply borders on said baby quilt, without the “bonus” wave – DONE – Not perfect but much better

Seems like a lot but none of the quilts are large and so long as I don’t get sidetracked by social media (wish me luck), it should be achievable. If I don’t get there today this gives me a roadmap for projects to tackle this week. 

2019 UFO List – Updated March

By | March 24, 2019

I’ve been updating the January list I posted but I think it’s time I started a new post to update. – 7 completed as of March 22nd. Progress is being made!

  1. En Provence – A Bonnie Hunter Mystery QuiltDONE MAY 16, 2019
  2. Friendship Star baby quilt – ready to be quilted
  3. Star blocks – loose blocks, top needs to be made – found
  4. Alletaire – A Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt – Blocks need fixing and top needs to be finished
  5. Halloween square pumpkin wall hanging – needs quilting
  6. Cinema at 7 – top completed
  7. Found charm square top – top made or donated?
  8. Cross and Chains – top completed
  9. Panel with bright yellow backing needs quilting finished or tossed
  10. Too nice to cut lap quilt – top completed
  11. Black and white wall hanging, finish quilting
  12. Star Quilt in Allison Glass FabricsDONE May 21, 2019
  13. 100 Hugs in Pink and Purple – done
  14. Black and white bed quiltDONE May 7, 2019
  15. Coin Quilt – in pieces, top needs to be made
  16. Bento Box QuiltDONE June 13, 2019
  17. Galaxy Star – borders need to be added
  18. Grand Something Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt – borders need to be added
  19. ZigZag Nines (Bonnie Hunter) Made into several smaller quilts
    • 19a) square baby quilt DONE
    • 19b) dancing nine patch blue border – top completed
    • 19c) dancing nine patch orange border DONE June 8, 2019
    • 19d) dancing nine patch green border – top completed
    • 19e) zigzag 1 – top completed
    • 19f) zigzag 2 – top completed
    • 19e) square baby quilt 2 – DONE JUNE 28, 2019
  20. Arizona Crossroads – border to be added
  21. Shannan’s Poly cotton Quilt – top to be finished
  22. Black table runner – quilt or scrap
  23. Peaky and spiky quilt – top to be finished
  24. green and black (144 square) baby quiltDONE
  25. Twisted Star lap Quilt – top finished
  26. Idaho Square dance variationDONE March 29/2019
  27. Star quilt (brights on black)- top completed
  28. Maple leaf Strippie Quilt 1DONE May 1, 2019
  29. Maple leaf Strippie Quilt 2DONE May 5, 2019
  30. Marc’s Gradient Quilt in 3 colours – needs borders
  31. Irish Star Quilt – borders?
  32. Quilt top (not made by me) found at VV – needs quilting
  33. Guild top 1 (not made by me) – needs binding finished
  34. Guild top 2 (not made my me)- needs binding applied and sewn down
  35. Whirlygig – top completed? Borders to be added?
  36. Stars in sashing quilt – DONE
  37. Stars touching -ready to be quilted
  38. Black & brights Livejournal swap quilt – top needs to be made

Small Scrappy Quilt

By | March 17, 2019

This quilt started out as part of a much bigger quilt.

I was going to make a king size quilt called Rick Rack Nines designed by Bonnie Hunter but I got absolutely lost during it’s assembly. I picked it up three different times during assembly and each time just made more of a mess of it. I think it was because I had extra parts and because of that the instructions just didn’t make sense but at the point I was at, I couldn’t figure out how to get back to where I needed to be. Add to that I had no need for quilt that big, wasn’t fussy on the design anymore and wanted something I could actually complete. I like oversized queen quilts but this one would have made even those look small.

I decided I’d make it into a number of smaller quilts. It’s going to become several wheelchair quilts destined for Long Term Care facilities, and a couple of baby quilts. I think all in all I will get six quilts out of it that will make a number different people happy. Nothing will go to waste.

So I made this small quilt that measures 36 inches square.

The fold in the fabric is just because I hadn’t laid it down flat it isn’t actually a fold. This quilt is nice and bright and cheery. The back is a lovely soft flannel printed with baby bottles. A close up of it is here:

A friend admired it so this one is going to live with her. I’m hoping to gift it to her soon, she already knows it’s coming in her direction.

2019 Starts

By | March 12, 2019

Keeping track of my 2019 starts and finishes.

  1. Dad’s lap quilt DONEJanuary 2019
  2. Wheelchair lap quilt (green, orange, blue)Done June 2019
  3. Quilt for Robynne – Done June 10, 2019
  4. Wheelchair lap quilt (black, red, blue) Done June 2019
  5. Chain Link Quilt – top completed (11)
  6. H blocks – not assembled (8)
  7. Dragonfly Happy blocks crib quiltDone May 10, 2019
  8. Happy blocks – not assembled (9)
  9. Retreat Grey & Colourful Quilt – top completed (10)
  10. Scrappy Bonnie Hunter Starstruck Quilt
  11. Flowery Quilt topDonated June 2019

Calico Rose Quilt – Finished

By | February 3, 2019

I found this pattern on the Wedding Dress Blue blog under the Calico Rose quiltalong tab at the top of the page. The quilt done in whites and scrappy fabrics didn’t interest me but I could imagine bright scrappy fabrics twinkling on a black background. I’m glad to say the finished quilt exceeded my expectations.

I’ve been working on this for way too long but with the thanks of my fiance Marc it finally got it quilted and after some brutal (black binding on black fabric is no fun to sew at all!) binding sessions getting all 30′ of binding completed, it’s finally on our bed!

And we are absolutely loving it!