My in-laws were over for the weekend, so the fabric that lives in the guest room had to move into my small sewing room for their visit.
What can I say, other than my stash overflows the space available. The fabric is now moved back into the guest room and I have room again to sew in my sewing room.
As I’ve got an embarrassingly large pile of unfinished quilts I decided that I should stop creating quilt tops and switch to actually quilting and finishing some of them. So, I’ve pulled out two quilt tops to be sandwiched and then quilted.
The first quilt top, is the Hundred Hugs quilt and the second is the Cross my Heart quilt both from the Wedding Dress Blue Blog by Deanna. She has great designs and writes clear and straightforward tutorials. The Hundred Hugs quilt top was made a few years ago and has sat in the UFO pile far too long. The Cross my Heart quilt is a recent finish that I’m trying to keep out of the UFO pile.
So far, I’ve out cut batting for these quilts and selected backing. I hope to get one sandwiched, basted and ready to be machine quilted by the end of the evening.
A few weeks ago I decided, on a whim. to sew together some 2.5″ squares, with the only criteria being “brighter is better”. I didn’t have a plan but that didn’t stop me. The 2.5″ squares soon became two-patches and then four-patch blocks were created. I just love sewing four-patches together. It’s easy, calming and best of all they go together so fast.
I just kept making these four-patches until a pile accumulated. Finally I realized that I needed to find a pattern they work with or I’d have a random pile of four-patches to deal with later. When inspiration didn’t appear out of thin air I decided to started searching the web for ideas. I knew I wanted something fairly straightforward, preferably crib or lap sized and different to what I had made before. Other then that I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do.
After some searching through Pinterest, Google images and blogs, I found this great quilt by Sarah at the Sew Me Blog This quilt, the Charm Pack Quilt gave me the inspiration I needed.
(Posted with permission)
I decided that I could use the four-patches that I’d made where Sarah’s quilt used the charm squares. I knew I’d need some math to adjust the size of the strips between the strips to take into account the difference between the size of the four-patches and the charm squares. I also knew I might need to add another “round” to the quilt to make it a good width for a baby quilt. It all seemed quite doable.
It didn’t start off too well. I wasn’t thrilled with how the quilt looked as I started the project. It didn’t look scrappy enough or it was too scrappy – I couldn’t decide. Also, I wasn’t happy with my implementation of random and I questioned if the black polka dot material I had selected in place of the white strips was too busy. The only thing working well at the beginning was my math.
However, I kept going and I started liking it more. The black polka dotted fabric looked much better once I added the next row(s) and the randomness of the four-patches was worked better the more I sewed.
Here is the completed quilt top
I’m really happy with how this turned out and I’m glad I decided to adapt Sarah’s charm pack quilt to work with my four-patches. I’m also glad I kept sewing after early doubt about my choice of fabric. I’m calling this my Around the Block quilt.
I haven’t decided on the quilting or the backing yet but I’ve decided that I’ll bind it with the black polka dotted material that I used for the strips. Now to start searching the stash for a backing. it would be nice if I didn’t have to buy one.
And of course I’ve got a small pile of four-patches left.
While most of my quilting features bright colours, I’m a sucker for black and white prints. Not grey prints but rather prints that are just black and white. I’ve long been collecting them; to the point where I absolutely had to make something from them or I’d have to admit my hobby is buying fabric and not actually quilting.
So I made this quilt top with some of the fabrics I had accumulated as well as scraps from other projects.
I just love how, despite being all black and white, this quilt is not boring. There is such a variety of prints to delight the eye.
Unfortunately, I can’t find the magazine where I found this pattern or I’d cite it here. It’s a very simple pattern that uses 2.5″ strips and sews up very fast for a queen sized quilt. The blocks are 12″.
The only change I made to the pattern, was the cornerstones where I used a square in square blocks rather than extending the piano key border.
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.