Sunday, 27 September 2015

Sunday Stash | 003

I've been doing some stashing lately.  And no, it's not very cohesive stashing.  Actually, that seems to be how I roll - purchasing whatever speaks to me in a given moment, without necessarily having a project in mind, or more likely, several very different projects in mind.  The retailers I shop from must think I'm nuts.  Maybe one day I'll order a nicely coordinated bunch of fabrics...maybe.

Last week-end my sister and I attended Quilt X, which is a brand new quilt show co-created by the owners of a couple local-ish quilt shops.  There was a nice variety of vendors with a little something for everyone, a small quilt show that featured different interpretations of the same pattern, a series of workshops, and a guest lecturer. 

Fabric Spark had a booth at the show, which was quite exciting for me as it's one of my go-to online shops.  It was great meeting Daryl and chatting fabric with her.  I picked up a few more Anna Maria Horner FQs for that Feather Quilt that I plan to make one day, and a yard of Rashida Coleman-Hale's Tangrams in Indigo.  I have no immediate plans for the tangram fabric, but it was too awesome to pass up.  

In addition to these fabric purchases, I also picked up bottle of Flatter spray in the most yummy Fig scent (I'm a sucker for anything Fig related - I love those things!), and a copy of Carolyn Friedlander's Tangelo Quilt pattern.  

I also managed to stumble across some gems at Len's Mill Store.  Yes, that's Melody Millers's Black + White Typewriters, and an FQ bundle of Anna Maria Horner's True Colours in reds/pinks/oranges.  For those of you in Southwestern Ontario, you'll understand what a score it was to find these beauties at Len's Mills!  

I don't have a plan for those typewriters yet either; fabric that good creates a lot of pressure to use it well, don't you think?

I'm linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.

Happy Sunday!


Friday, 18 September 2015

Finished | Glam Rock Quilt

It seems as though I've been starting new projects left and right these days, so I'm pretty pumped to actually have a finish to share this week!  

I created this quilt by cutting up some striped fabric and then sewing it back together. Since I recently shared all about the process/progress, I'll spare you those details again. Instead, today's post is chock full of pictures, it was hard to stop photographing this quilt!

The quilt is 42" x 54" and the blue, black, and white stripes are complimented by a poppy red binding. And since this quilt is destined for my soon-to-be-born niece or nephew, I couldn't resist adding a little message in the binding. 

For those of you who have used the decorative fonts/stitches on their machine, am I supposed to trim those threads on either side of the hearts? They look kind of weird right now, but I'm afraid that if I trim them they'll unravel over time. What should I do?

My favourite things about this quilt are the bold binding, and that this is a baby quilt that the kid could totally take to college one day too. 

This is my first finish, and probably only, Quarter 3 Finish from my FAL list.

I'm linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, come on over and check out some more quilty projects!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

WIP | Vintage HSTs

I enjoy the occasional thrift shop treasure hunt, and each time I go hunting I can't resist checking out the old linens and craft supplies.  Over the years, I've accumulated a stash of vintage textiles and I decided that it's time I worked those textiles into a quilt.  FYI - other great sources for vintage fabrics are: yard sales, Etsy, and my personal favourite: Mom's 1980's era craft supply hoard.  

I decided on a simple design - HSTs paired with Kona Bleached White.  The crisp white contrasts nicely with the sometimes muddy vintage colour combos, and the negative space balances well with the busy patterns.  In order to minimize the chaos factor, I've created blocks constructed of 4 matching HST units.  

I'm liking the way these block look set on point - but what to do about the setting triangles around the edges?  Maybe a pale apricot? pistachio green? or keep it simple with more white?  Thoughts or suggestions are most welcome and appreciated!  

Linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

Happy Wednesday!

PS: It feels wrong to consider the eighties vintage, doesn't it?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

WIP | Stripes are Fun

I'm nearing completion of this improv-ish, Opart-y quilt, and it occured to me that even though I've shared some progress on Instagram (@lizzyclips), it's been virtually ignored on the blog.  

Since all that's left to do is bind this quilt, I thought I'd recap my progress/process from now back to the beginning, Benjamin Button style.  

Since the piecing is the star of this show, I wanted the quilting to enhance it, without taking over.  So, I chose to straight line quilt, following along with the direction of each of the stripes.  I used the edge of my foot as a guide so the quilting lines are about 3/8" apart.  I didn't get too hung up over perfectly spaced or perfectly straight lines, I don't mind that in some places the quilting lines are a little organic.

I struggled for a while in searching for the perfect backing for this quilt, until I came across Carolyn Freidlander's Lightning in blue.  The colours are an exact match and I love the way the sketchiness of this print contrasts with the rigidity of the piecing on the front.

Piecing was a lot of fun!  I didn't really have a plan, but rather took a make-it-up-as-I-go approach.  It was important to me to ensure that the stripes matched up as best as possible, so I used the 1" wide stripes as a guide and was careful to match the stripes whenever possible.  This is my kind of improv, by the way.  There's a nice balance between freedom and structure.  I worked in bands of about 18" wide by 54" long, then joined the bands together to create the quilt top.  It was a bit of a puzzle to figure out the composition of each band, while ensuring that it would align nicely with the adjacent band.

This project began as a handful of half-yard cuts that I discovered in the bargain bin at my LQS, and a healthy dose of inspiration from the likes of Libs Elliot and Victor Vasarely.

So, there you have it.  A backwards view of how I've created this project thus far.  Stay tuned for the final reveal - I'm pretty pumped about my plan for the binding!

I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Desert Caravan | Quilt Block Tutorial

It's my turn today (along with many other talented bloggers) to share my creation for the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop.  Yay!  

My creation is loosely inspired by this Kilim Rug.  The design process involved lots of graph paper and coloured markers, and sketching, simplifying, and editing some more until the end result barely resembled the initial concept.

Have you been following along with the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop?  If not, it isn't too late to check out the many tutorials that have been created for this fun event.  

Today's Hoppers, hosted by Stephanie at Late Night Quilter are:
In addition to these lovely ladies, be sure to check out our other hosts, Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs, and Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination.  They'll link you up to lots more block tutorials, and a generous giveaway of the Fabri-Quilt Watermelon Summer Bundle!

And for some more good news, our hosts will be assembling the blocks from this weeks hop into charity quilts in support of: Meyers Center (a non-profit organization that helps prepare physically and/or mentally disabled kids for school), Teen Impact (an organization that helps kids with cancer) and Project Linus (an organization that gives handmade blankets to critically ill children).

Each blogger in the hop was provided with a fat eighth bundle of the six colours that make up the Watermelon Summer Palette, from Fabri-Quilt's Prairie Cloth Solids Collection.  We were challenged to create a new quilt block using the fabrics provided, and incorporating at least 3 of the colours.

So, lets get on with that tutorial, shall we?


The instructions below will yield one 12” x 12” finished block (12 ½” x 12 ½” unfinished). At most, you will need a fat eighth of each of four fabrics.  Use a scant ¼” seam allowance at all times, except where noted otherwise. If you’re using printed fabrics, make sure you always join your pieces/seams with right sides together.  I recommend that you pre-wash your Fabri-Quilt Prairie Cloth Solids with similar colours.

Step 1 – Cutting

Refer to the chart below to cut your fabrics. 

A – Coral
4 ½” x 4 ½”
B – White
2 ½” x 2 ½”
B – White
2 ½” x 4 ½”
C – Lapis Blue
4 ½” x 4 ½”
C – Lapis Blue
5 ¼” x 5 ¼”
D – Aqua
3” x 3”

Step 2 – Piecing the Corner Units

a)  Stack a B1 piece over the top right corner of an A piece, aligning the top and right edges.  Mark a line from corner to corner of B1 as pictured below. 
b)  Sew along the marked line, with your needle positioned slightly towards the corner in order to create a scant seam. 
c)  Trim away the corner leaving a ¼” seam, and press seams towards the centre of the unit.
d)  Repeat the above steps for the lower left corner.  If needed, trim the corner unit to a size of 4 ½” x 4 ½”. Hint: Use the edges of A as a guide for trimming.

Repeat 3 more times to create a total of 4 Corner Units.

Step 3 – Piecing the Flying Geese Units

The directions listed below, and cutting instructions above detail the “No Waste” method for flying geese.  If you prefer to use an alternate method, please adjust the cutting directions accordingly. The four Flying Geese units finish at 4 ½” x 2 ½”.  

a)  Stack one D piece over the top right corner and one D piece over the bottom left corner of C2, aligning the edges.  Mark a line from corner to corner.
b)  Sew a scant ¼” on either side of the line, then cut along the marked line.  Press. 
c)  For each of the two resulting “Heart-shaped” units, place a D piece over the corner of C2. Again, align the edges and mark a line from corner to corner to corner.
d)  Sew a scant ¼” seam on either side of the line, then cut along the marked line and press.  
e)  Trim the resulting Flying Geese unit to a size of 4 ½” x 2 ½”, making sure that the point is ¼” from the edge of the unit. Trimming the Geese should also take care of the dog-ears, (the pointy corner bits that extend beyond the finished unit) but if not, trim them off as well.
f)  Join each Flying Geese unit to a B2 piece, at the fabric D side of the Goose as pictured below. Use a true ¼” seam.  Press the seam toward B2Hint: I like to piece this with the “Goose” side on top so I can see exactly where the point is when I’m sewing. This helps prevent the tip of the point being cut off)

Step 4 – Joining the Units into Rows

a)  Join the units into three rows, as pictured below.
b)  Press the seams in Rows 1 and 3 toward the Corner units and Row 2 toward the center, C1 unit.  This will allow the seams to nest together when joining the units.  Hint: if you are making several blocks to create a quilt, I recommend you alternate the direction the seams are pressed for every other block so you don’t end up with bulky seams when joining the blocks together.

Step 5 – Join the Rows into a Block

a)  Join Row 1 to Row 2, then join Row 3 to Row 2 as pictured above.
b)  Press the seams toward Row 2.
c)  Verify that your block is 12 ½” x 12 ½”, trim the edges if needed.
    d)  Admire your completed block! 

Here are a couple ways this block could look assembled into a quilt top...

Typical Alignment - Blocks are placed side-by-side

Half Drop Alignment - Create some interesting shapes in the negative space!

Set on Point - this minimalist layout changes the look of the block completely!


There you have it!  If you create your own project using the Desert Caravan block, please do share a picture or two.  I'd love to see how you interpret this block.  

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers in the hop, visit our hosts and enter to win your own Watermelon Summer bundle!

Happy Wednesday!