Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Colorway quilt

Late last year I saw on Instagram that there was a quilt-along starting using the new "Colorway" pattern by Thimbleblossoms.
This looked like a nice pattern to sew and also a good way to use up more of my stash so I joined in the sew along.
For my Colorway quilt, I used a mix a Bonnie and Camille prints (mainly Handmade and Little Ruby) along with coordinating solids and a black spot on cream print for the background.
The blocks were a bit tricky to sew as there are quite a few points to match but I think it got easier as I sewed them. 
Once the 36 blocks were made, I laid them out on my design floor (aka our loungeroom floor) to check the arrangement before sewing the blocks together.
This was such a fun quilt to make and I really love the new black prints in Handmade, especially with the cream and black dot background. 
As this was quite a large quilt 76 x 76", I sent it to my local quilter to have it long armed using the same Gingersnap pattern that was used on the Canyon Patchwork Swoon quilt for my daughters 21st birthday.
The backing is an ivory fabric with small white spots which I had in my stash, and I couldn't resist using the same B&W stripe for the binding that Camille used on her quilt.
This was on my FAL Q1 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory

Fresh Poppy Design
Kirsten.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - Swoon scraps

One of my favourite quilt patterns is the Swoon quilt by Thimbleblossoms and I have already made quite a few projects using the original design and the Swoon mini quilt version...
And recently I made a cute cross stitched hoop neckace using a Quilty Stitches pattern by Corey @ Coriander quilts.
There are a couple of quilt alongs currently on IG - one hosted by Camille herself (#swoonalong), 
And another by @mel_is_a_swapaholic (#swoonalong2017).
I am joining in to make the Swoon 16 pattern using a mix of Melba and Matilda fabric by Emma Jean Jansen with some coordinating solids and a charcoal background.
So far I have sewn 8 blocks and have been collecting the little HST scraps from the flipped corners.
Although these HST will only be about 1.5" after trimming, and finish at 1" once sewn, they can be used to make patchwork panels for other projects such as the Makers Tote I made last year.
Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday hosted by Leanne @ She Can Quilt and Nicky @ Mrs Sew and Sew.
Kirsten.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Proposed list of finished for FAL Q1 2017

Another year has begun so I am ready for some new (and old) projects to make when I have days off from work - some of these are possibly longer term projects so if they don't get finished this quarter, I can roll them over into the next one.
1. Abstract Elephant quilt: This is a project carried over from last year, as I have only done 3/97 pieces...
2. AMH Painted Portrait dress: I had enough of this rayon leftover from another top to also make a dress and I really like this pattern for these hot summer days.
3. Baby Animals quilt: I have used this Plus pattern a few times already as it is such a quick one to make a cute baby quilt from.
4. Butterfly quilt by Tula Pink - I have been saving my Eden bundle for this to do a different version of this amazing quilt.
5.Cloud 9 Plus quilt: another baby quilt using an assortment of Cloud 9 organic fabrics.
6. Coastal ripples blanket: I may have to wait until it cools down a bit before taking this up again....
7. Colorway quilt: my Colorway quilt is quilted so only the binding to go - I couldn't go past the stripey B&W from Handmade.
8. Liberty Fancy Foxes quilt: I have always loved the original Fancy Fox quilt made using Liberty fabrics so am going to make a smaller sized quilt with these prints.
9. Matilda/Melba Swoon quilt: Joining in the Swoon quilt-along and using fabrics by Emma Jean Jansen.
10.Necessary Wallet Clutch (NCW) : I have some beautiful Art Gallery denim to use for the outside of this wallet. 
11. Plus Squared quilt: I am cutting into my stash of August prints from Cotton and Steel to make this quilt.
12. Summerlove Swoon Sixteen: I also want to make another Swoon quilt using this bundle of Art Gallery "Summerlove" prints with the coral solid for the sashing.
13.Tula hexie quilt: I now have an acrylic template to use to cut the extra hexagons for the quilt.
14. World travel wallet: As we are going on an overseas trip this year, I need to make a passport wallet using this map fabric by Tim Holtz.
Linking my Q1 FAL list up with the 2017 FAL global team.
Kirsten.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Finishes for Q4 2016!

There were quite a few projects on my Q4 to-do list for the FAL 2016 and I am happy to report that I got the majority of them finished!
1. Christmas gift bags: done!
2. Scrappy Canyon quilt: done!
3. Christmas star pillow: done!
4. An epic Elephant Abstractions quilt using the amazing pattern by Violet Craft: no further progress...
5. Tula Pink 100 blocks sampler: done!
6. Ruby Tuesday quilt: done!
7. Watercolour Seahorse quilt: done!
8. Caravan tote: done!
9.  Fancy Forest bunny pillow: done!
10. Necessary wallet: done!
11. Tencel AMH dress: done!
12. Baby shower gift: done!
13.Coastal Ripples: no more progress...
14. Tula Hexie quilt: no further progress...
15. Hoop wall art: done!
2016 FAL
So with a score of 12/15 from my original FAL Q4 list, the remaining few projects will be moved onto my list for next year as it has been too hot already this summer to do much sewing! Linking up with the FAL 2016 team.
Kirsten.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tula 100 blocks City Sampler quilt

A few months ago I decided to join in the Tula Pink City Sampler quilt sew -along to make  #100days100blocks where the idea was to sew a block each day for the 100 days.
This started as a great way to use up some of my Tula stash left over from the Pixel Perfect quilt.
I have really enjoyed sewing along with hundreds of others from all over the world on IG and seeing their beautiful blocks each day.
These are my 100 blocks after sashing - I basically followed the colours from the book and even the same prints if I had them otherwise I would still be choosing fabrics for my blocks:)
The layout I decided to use was "Gridlocked" from Tulas book although I needed to rearrange a few blocks that didn't quite fit the colour gradient.
There are quite a few other layout ideas listed in the book and I have also seen some amazing ideas on Pinterest, flickr and IG.  
I had this quilted at my LQS - Rainbow Patchwork, and chose some of the gorgeous Tula Free Fall in Orchid for the backing, before binding in the raspberry diamond print from Acacia.
Thank you so much to the fabulous hosts of this fun sew along - @gnomeangel, @sunflowerquilting, and @sweetlittlepretties!
This was on my FAL Q4 list for this year so linking up with the 2016 FAL team.
2016 FAL
Kirsten.