Monday, March 03, 2014
I ended up with three different groups of blocks and in the end this large star block got my attention.
The smaller blocks surrounding the star were also orphans, or at least seven of them. I made up the blue one on the right so that could complete the row.
That was all the orphan blocks in this group so now it is up to me to continue with something of my own.
I need to make up another six blocks to complete the round.
These blocks are only 6.5 inches square and so some of the individual pieces are only 2 inches square. A bit fiddly but worth it for the result.
I am enjoying the process.
I think, by the time I add these to the quilt top it will be big enough to be considering a border row.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
No shortage of quilt tops to choose from. We had discussed that one of our scrappy quilt tops might be appropriate and so we chose one of the ones I had made from 2.5" squares collected during 1999 in a worldwide Y2K swap. I have four of these in hand and what a great feeling to have one completed, despatched and arriving at its destination on the day of our brother's birthday.
Linda decided on an overall scrolling design and it suited the quilt well. Looks great on the back too. No quilt would be complete without having a cat scan and so CiCi obliged for us.
I had not envisaged putting magic binding on this particular quilt but in the end it was the expedient thing to do as it aided in getting the quilt finished in time. I was pleased with the choice. This image provides a nice close up on Linda's lovely stitching.
We had some wool batting that needed to be used up and so we put two layers in this quilt. The quilt's home will be Christchurch and so the double layer of wool will provide extra warmth for those cold winter nights.
Enjoy, Norman, we hope you have many more happy birthdays to come.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
It was a very satisfying experience this week to finish this small quilt for my granddaughter, Anna-Clara.
Even though I keep saying that Magic Binding is not appropriate for all quilts I still keep finding quilts to use it on and this one was no exception.
I have had some pink minky fabric in my stash for some time. I have always felt it should be appropriate for a young child's quilt. With wanting to make this one as tactile as possible I was pleased to be able to incorporate the minky fabric into the back of the quilt.
When I was half way through putting the binding on I realised I had not made a label for the quilt so just for fun I made a small label and put it on the front on the bottom right. I pinked the edges - just another bit of texture for small hands to discover.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Now, if I didn't have a stash this current project probably never would have happened.
The nursery panel in the middle I picked up in a remnant bin in a quilt store in Sydney whilst there on holiday.
The pink stripey fabric I have used as a border is the remainder of some bargain priced yardage I bought last time I visited Seattle WA.
If didn't have a stash I would not have been able to add some silk and ribbon tags within the seam lines. My stash provided variety for the other tags as well.
I have been pondering making a 'tactile' quilt for a while. In the meantime my granddaughter, Anna-Clara is growing up very quickly. Now 9 months, sitting up and on the move, all too soon her need for such a thing may be gone.
I well remember all of my boys liking to hold fabric, especially when breast or bottle feeding and I think Anna-Clara is no exception so the plan is to complete for her and get this quilt on the way.
As well as the tags around the nursery panel I have some lovely soft Minky fabric (another something in my stash) to put on the back. I hope it will be a totally tactile experience for this little girl.
Another search in my stash should reveal some fabric suitable for a magic binding - yes every quilter needs to have a stash for projects such as these.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
The one on the left is the original one I made from the pattern, Science Fair. The middle one was made with hexagons by the same methodology but with more of a scrappy theme.
Upon completion of the middle quilt top I found I still had the makings of more floral hexagons and decided to make another one based on the Science Fair but this time with a cream background. Whilst I favour the Science Fair on the left I feel sure I will be pleased with the outcome once the one on the right is quilted as well.
I have a few in between projects that I need to look at for the moment but then I plan to be making another curved piecing quilt top and am looking forward to that project.
Friday, February 07, 2014
About a year ago I found this heart quilt wall hanging in an opportunity shop.
You can see some before and after photos of this quilt from when Linda decided to give it more texture here.
Even with with added texture we felt the quilt still needed an extra touch so Linda removed the binding and this week I replaced it with our standby favourite,
Magic Binding. That extra little touch just seems to give the quilt the finish it needed and we will get much pleasure from it when it next has a turn hanging on the wall in our sun room.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
We did a bit of homework today and made some decisions about what projects we might work on together this year so it will be fun to work towards making them happen.
It is always very stimulating when our group share their show and tell.
This hen block is Moira's own creation. An excellent finish to an original idea.
A McKenna Ryan creation, the many pieces of fabric that need to be cut out to complete the project will keep Andreena busy for some time.
The village looks really lovely. We look forward to seeing the sled full of gifts, Santa and the reindeer up front.
She used a pre-loved blanket for the batting and so this should be warm and cosy for him.
What more could a young man want than a transport theme quilt to snuggle under.
She was not able to attend many meetings last year so we hope this year will give her more opportunities to be with us.
Today she brought a soft doll that had been made for her by a friend.
No doubt there will be lots more show and tell to share as the year progresses.