Friday, 29 May 2015

Finished | Tiny Log Cabin

Hi there! I thought I'd quickly pop in to share a wee finish. 


This tiny, improv log cabin quilt was made  entirely from scraps, primarily fussy cutting leftovers from my EPP medallion quilt. The main fabric is Woven Path from Maureen Cracknell's Wild and Free collection. I can't tell you enough how much I adore the way this fabric - cut up the bolt rather than WOF - looks in a log cabin type application!! 

I quilted this using my walking foot in a somewhat concentric rectangle-ish fashion, roughly following the piecing. Then at one point I changed directions and finished up with straight line quilting. The final touch is binding, hand stitched in place. Big or small, I just love stitching down binding at the end. 


This little guy is about 5" x 7", and after a wash it's nice and crinkly. My favourite part of this quilt, besides the ultra fast finish, is playing with the fabrics. I love the neutral look with just a touch of colour. And like I said, I'm crazy about that fabric! I'm dreaming of a full-size quilt in Courthouse Steps blocks and this fabric combo!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, and TGIFF with Anja of Anja Quilts.
Happy Friday!
--Liz

Thursday, 21 May 2015

#TBT | Value Quilt (aka Hot Mess)

It's been a while since my last Throwback Thursday post, so I figured its high time for me to share another oldie.

When I discovered the wonderful world of modern quilting online, Sew Katie Did was one of the first blogs that really captivated me - particularly Katie's Value Quilts.  So, I decided to make one of my own.  It was a great excuse to purchase a random assortment of modern fabrics to start building my stash, and also a great way to use some of the not-so-modern fabrics that I had leftover from my earliest quilting days.


I loved the idea of pairing light and dark fabrics together to create the pattern through contrast.  The fabrics themselves become secondary to the overall design.  When you look closely, none of these fabrics should work together, but as a whole it's got a lot of impact.  

Some of our bloggie friends may call this style "Scrap Vomit", but I prefer the term "Hot Mess"!

Happy Thursday peeps!
--Liz

Monday, 18 May 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival | Hexie and I Know It

Have you been scoping out all the amazing creativity on display at the Blogger's Quilt Festival?  I have, and as usual it's super inspiring! 

I'm submitting my Hexie and I Know it quilt into the ROYGBIV category. I know, I know, the diamonds aren't in colour order.  But I think the rainbow is nicely represented nonetheless.


This is my first ever EPP project, made up of 697 hand-pieced hexies, that were then hand quilted to echo each of the hexagons.  Needless to say, it was a long term project, but an absolute labour of love!


I've shared about this project as it progressed, so if you're interested in how it came together, you can check out these posts:


Thanks for stopping by, and many thanks to Amy at Amy's Creative Side for organizing and hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Click on over to check out all the quilty awesomeness!

Happy Victoria Day!
--Liz



Friday, 15 May 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival | Talisman

It's that time again...The Blogger's Quilt Festival is here!  Hosted by Amy at Amy's Creative Side, this is a great way to find tonnes of inspiration all in one place.  I'm entering my Talisman quilt in the Home Machine Quilted category.


After obsessively viewing a zillion longarm quilting pics on Instagram and following several very talented longarmers, I decided that I just HAD to try to recreate the look for this quilt, but I needed to get creative with achieving this on a domestic machine.  



I really put my machine (A Pfaff Expression 3.2, who I call Pfrida) to the test on this project!  Thankfully Pfrida has a fairly large harp space so the quilt-wrestling was minimal.



I used a combo of straight-line quilting for the dot-to-dot areas, and FMQ wishbones, loop-de-loops and my favourite (also most fun): Kathleen's Magic Shape outlined with feathers.     

**Public Service Announcement: if you're on Instagram, check out @kathleenquilts, she's a quilting genius)



I'm really happy with how the quilting turned out, I hope you like it too!
Have fun checking out the other amazing quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I know I will!

Happy Friday!
--Liz 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

WIP | EPP Medalion

I've realized that although I've been sharing progress shots of this project on Instagram (@lizzyclips) I haven't really mentioned much about it in this space. Well, that's about to change!

After completing "Hexie and I Know It" I found myself anxious to do some more hand-stitching. So, I decided to cut up some of my hexie templates into kites and rhombuses (rhombi?) in order to create a Rose Star, which I'd seen popping up all over Pinterest.  My original plan was to stop here, and make a toss cushion.


Of course, I couldn't stop just stop there.  So the Rose Star grew.  



And it grew some more.







































Up until recently, I haven't been a huge fan of fussy cutting, but I've embraced it on this project.  I'm really enjoying the effects that can be created by playing with the fabric placement.  




I'm making this up as I go, which is a lot of fun and a little bit scary. Right now it's about 30" in diameter and I have no plans to stop yet.  Next up: pink ponies!


Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.  Come on over and see what everyone's up to!

Happy Wednesday!
--Liz