Tuesday, 14 July 2015

WIP | Postage Stamp Quilt

A while back I received an excited phone call from my BFF, Christine.  She had seen a Postage Stamp quilt in a magazine and was smitten with the concept. I wish I could tell you which magazine she was referring to, but I don't know.   All I know is that the quilt featured 8000 different fabrics - Holy Cats!  

Anyway, Christine came up with the brilliant plan that we each make a Postage Stamp quilt, and when we cut up our little squares of fabric we cut extras and swap them with the ultimate goal of not repeating fabrics.  This way we don't have to commit to growing our stashes a hundredfold and we get an occasional fun surprise in the mail.  


FYI - Postage Stamp Quilts feature a patchwork of relatively small squares, usually 1"-2.5".  Because we are a little bit loopy, Christine and I are making quilts with 1" x 1" finished squares, which means each 12" x 12" finished block will be made up of 144 pieces. The other challenge is that we're aiming to have zero repeating fabrics (known as a Charm Quilt). Yes, this is going to be a long term project, but on the plus side it's a 2 for 1 deal on the quilty bucket list. 

I've been combining the fabrics in a semi-random fashion, aiming to pair contrasting values in a checker board pattern. I think I'll also add in some strips of solid fabric (I'm undecided on colour but am thinking black or navy) to break up the chaos and help speed up the finish. 


Linking up with:

Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt + Mrs. Sew n Sow
And
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Happy Bastille Day!
--Liz

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

2015 Finish Along - Q3 Goals

Before I jump into my goals for quarter 3, lets get real for a second.  Quarter 2 was kind of a flop.  I managed to finish only one project on my list, and that's sad because when Q2 began all that needed to be done on that project was stitch down the binding.  

So here's hoping for a much more productive few months!

In fairness to me, I still sewed a whole bunch.  I just focused on some slower, longer term projects.  But still, it feels so good to cross things off a list, doesn't it?!

Quarter 3 Goals

1.  Pantone Challenge Quilt: I made lots of progress on this one - it went from being a stack of fabric and a sketch, to a finished flimsy.  (below, upper left)  

2.  EPP Medallion Quilt: I'm still working away at this one - the larger it gets the slower it feels (below, upper right)



3.  Stripey Quilt:  Experimenting with stripes is fun!  I picked up this fabric from the bargain bin at my LQS and have been playing around with cutting and placement.  This is improv, but structured which suites my control freak self quite nicely! (above, lower left)

4.  Trail Tote: I still have really good intentions to make this bag, and have purchased all the fabric and notions, just need to get moving on it. (above, lower right)

5.  Talisman Cushion: I plan to make a toss cushion out of the leftover tester block from my Talisman quilt. (below, upper left)

6.  EPP Molecule Placemat: I initially planned to make a cushion for my nephew out of these random hexie/molecule shapes, but now I'm thinking he'll get more use out of a fun placemat.  It might also encourage him to sit still at dinner (well, maybe not). (below, upper right)



7.  Midnight Mystery Quilt:  This quilt along isn't set to wrap up until 2016, so no hopes of finishing this quarter, but it's a WIP nonetheless.  My fabrics are selected and cut. (above, lower left)  

8.  Postage Stamp Quilt: I made some progress on this over the past few months, but there's still a long way to go. (above, lower right)

I should probably get to work, here's hoping for more finishes in Quarter 3.  
I'm off to link up with Adrianne at On the Windy Side and to check out what everyone else is working on this quarter.

Happy Wednesday!
--Liz