Wednesday, May 5, 2021

An Octagon Cushion

I didn't care for one of the patterns supplied in last year's Treehouse Textiles Cushion Society. It was too unsymmetrical for my liking. I repurposed some of the fabrics into an octagon cushion inspired by another  of the Treehouse patterns.

I took the paper pieces and fabric home for Easter and then left it there as I was working on my Circle Game quilt at the same time.



I finished it when I was home during the school holidays, and left it there to live on the couch at my Mum and Dad's new house.





I have one kit left from last year. I am looking for an alternative way to make the stars. That is. a faster way to make the stars!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

A Baby Quilt

During the Auckland-only Covid Level 3 lockdown in August last year, I pulled my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt top apart. It was too big to ever be useful, and I didn't love it. I made it into 10 little NICU quilts and three baby-sized quilts. During the process, I remembered how nice the bigger blocks are and what good one block quilts they make. So when the opportunity arose to make a boy baby quilt for gifting, I re-used the pattern for Block One. I wish it had a cooler name!





Loving the tan spot. The navy solid is Mediterranean kona. It is lovely. It is also a lint collector!

Thinking a baby quilt will need more washing than a adult quilt, I went for cotton batting and machine quilting. My straight lines could be straighter! I was hesitant to use grey thread over the navy fabric but wanted the grey to blend in with the rest, so it is what it is.




It is backed with a grey and white spot and bound with a navy and white stripe - both off the shelf. The lovely navy and white has 2017 on the selvedge. I knew it would come in handy one day.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Finally! The Circle Game

I made the top of the Circle Game quilt in 2014 and it has sat unquilted since then. It is entirely hand stitched. I am totally impressed with how small my stitches are. I think I would struggle to get them that small now - my close up eye sight has worsened.

This first photo shows how un-flat(!) it is!

Inspired by IG quilter, Bec of @sew.be I decided it was time to try black thread quilting. So for the last six weeks I have been working my way through the 16 circles. 15 are pictured. Not sure which one is missing from the photos.















I am now working my way through the semi-circles around the border. All being well, another week and it should be done.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Scraps Busted

Our first challenge of the year in our Monday Modern Quilt Group was a Scrap Busting one. Being a very relaxed group, there are no rules as such - just the expectation that we use scraps to make our quilts.

As I said in an earlier post, I don't think I have that many scraps - just one box about 20 x 20 x 20cm. However, when I was home at my Mum and Dad's I did remember two more boxes of scraps that I have taken home for when Lucy-the-niece wants to do some sewing. Ooops.

Anyway, my quilt is done. 






Most of the scraps came from the FWSQ quilt I made for my cousin. The dark grey I bought for another project and have not used it ... so while not a scrap, certainly off the shelf. I pieced the back from more pieces off the shelf. I left the selvedge on some, because I like them! And the striped fabric was left over binding from another quilt.

I think this quilt turned out better than I thought it would. I actually quite like it.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Scrap Busting - Part 3


I started by quilting 2 inch straight-ish lines following my hera marker marks. Despite these lines, I still managed to go a bit crooked. I decided to embrace that and added a one inch line in between every second set of two inch lines. I free handed that line of quilting. I used thread off the shelf to go with the whole scrap busting idea. 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Scrap Busting - Part 1

I don't think I have a lot of scraps. I have one container that measures about 25 x 25 x 25cm. I don't keep tiny pieces and often take medium and larger pieces with me in the holidays in case Lucy-the-niece wants to do some sewing. Anyway, turns out the scrap container was quite densely packed!

I grouped my fabrics and deliberately left out blue!




The pink plaid above is the bag my new sheets came in. Love the sheets!

And when I ran out of colour, I used some leftover binding for a few blocks with some charcoal left over from an unfinished project a few years ago!

During this process I learnt that washi tape does indeed remove paint from walls. Oops!

Monday, March 15, 2021

On a Roll

This little beauty was put together waaaaaay back in 2015. No idea why I haven't ever quilted it, but I put thread to machine needle during the recent Auckland-only Covid lockdown 4.0. And before I knew it, it was done. I quilted little rectangles to mimic the block shapes. I am quite pleased with my quilting efforts. The lines are pretty straight.






I do love the green gingham binding. Most of the fabric is from a collection called Silent Cinema by Jenean Morrison. I used it for the Picnic Quilt I gifted to my cousin, Kelly.

Pleased to have another one off the 'in progress' page and onto the 'quilts' page.