Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Finished | Vintage HST Quilt

One of the things I enjoy doing in my spare time is scouring second-hand shops for hidden treasures.  Along with the furniture gems I've uncovered, I've also had some success in collecting vintage textiles.  After accumulating a decent collection, I decided it was time to finally put those fabrics to use in a quilt!

I kept the design quite simple - HST units, pairing vintage with solid white. The blocks consist of 4 matching HSTs to unify the otherwise incoherent mix of colour and pattern.  The blocks were set on-point and I used Kona Green Tea for the setting triangles.  The green feels right at home with the vintage prints, yet is also fresh. 

I found a vintage sheet for the backing, and quilted using straight lines to complete the look.  For such a simple quilting design, there really was a ridiculous number of treads to bury (which is largely the reason why it took me so unbelievably long to complete what really is a simple quilt!)  The binding is a vintage stripe/cross-hatch/polka-dot print...not the most attractive fabric on it's own, but works quite nicely as a binding!

My favourite thing about this quilt is the fun assortment of prints and the unconventional colour combos!  Don't you think this looks like the perfect picnic quilt?  Once the weather gets a little warmer I'll have to take it out and test that theory!  

This is my third finish from my Quarter 1 list of goals for the Finish Along.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Tutorial | Log Cabin Plus Block

This year I'm participating in the Stash Bee, and April is my month as Queen Bee (shout out to Hive 8!!).  
I wanted to come up with a block that had lots of negative space, with a graphic punch.  I also wanted to create something that would be simple to piece, but not so simple that it's boring.  Plus, it's no secret that I love log cabins.  This block is a nice combo of all those elements.  

This tutorial will yield 1 block with an unfinished size of 15 1/2", and takes about 45 minutes to assemble from start to finish.  There are so many ways you could play with fabric selection and colour placement to make this design your own.


Cut the following pieces of white (Background) fabric:
(Qty 4) 3" x 3"
(Qty 4) 3" x 5 1/2"
(Qty 4) 3" x 8"

Cut the following pieces of black (Plus) fabric:
(Qty 4) 3" x 3"
(Qty 4) 3" x 5 1/2"

Use a quarter inch seam allowance for all piecing, and press all seams open.
Steps 1 through 4 describe the piecing directions  for one quadrant.  You will need to create 4 quadrants for each block.  As a time-saving tip, I recommend chain piecing all 4 quadrants at the same time, in which case you can skip step 5.

Step 1
Join a black 3" x 3" square to a white one.  press the seam open. (pictured below)

Step 2
Sew a black 3" x 5 1/2" piece to a long edge of the unit created in Step 1. (pictured above)

Step 3
Working clockwise, sew a white 3" x 5 1/2" piece to the edge of your work from Step 2.  This piece should be touching the end of the black strip that was added in Step 2, as well as the white square from Step 1.  (pictured below)

Step 4
Add a white 3" x 8" strip, perpendicular to the piece that was added in Step 3.  The result should be a square Log Cabin that is 8" x 8".  (pictured above) 

Step 5
Repeat Steps 1-4 three times to create a total of 4 Log Cabin quadrants. 

Step 6
Arrange your quadrants as pictured, so that the black pieces create a plus sign.  Sew the top two quadrants together, and the bottom two quadrants. This will create 2 rows that are 8" x 15 1/2".  Take care to match your seams so that the edges of the "pluses" are aligned. 

Step 7
Join the top and bottom rows, to create your finished block!

Happy Sewing!!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Finished | Goosed Up Pincushion

Back in January I finally joined my local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild! I'm really excited about the programming that's been developed for 2016...each month we're focusing on a different colour, doing some piecing featuring said colour, and by the end of the year each quilter will have the makings of a colourful rainbow quilt!  

Before jumping into the different colour studies, January's meeting had us creating colour-wheel pincushions, using the Goosed Up pattern by Jeli Quilts. This will be a handy reference for our future meetings, and lets face it, it's just plain cute!

My only previous paper piecing experience (My XOX Quilt) was more than a little frustrating, but this time around was a completely different story. Maybe it's the small scale that made it manageable, or perhaps it was the informative lesson, but my faith in foundation paper piecing has been restored (Not that the seam ripper didn't have a roll to play in this project!

It's hard not to have fun when you're creating something this adorable. Watching those tiny geese develop was such fun!  

This is my second finish from my Q1 List, for the 2016 Finish Along.
Linking up with Finish it Up Friday, over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Happy Week-end!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

WIP | All The Things...

I really expected to have accomplished so much more in January than what actually materialized...life has a way of messing with your plans, eh?

I did manage do a fair bit of sewing, in small, unfocused bursts.  So how about a little update on what's been on the go lately?

My Stash Bee Hive-mate, Katrin, has put out a request for Polaroid Blocks in order to make a quilt for a brave five-year old who is currently battling a rare form of cancer.  I've made a few polaroids (and discovered that my stash is pretty weak in the novelty print arena), and just need to add a cheery yellow background and get them in the mail.  If you want to help out, you can learn how on Katrin's blog, Pupp Ilalla.

Speaking of the Stash Bee, I made this Star Block for our January Queen Bee. It was fun to make and nice and simple for easing into my first Bee experience.  February's Queen has us making Orange Peel blocks, which are way out of my comfort zone, but I'm so excited to try something new.

I also did some non-sewing creative stuff...  I took up Calligraphy (anyone receiving mail from me can expect the envelope to have a barely legible address on it!), and I knit a toque, which is also the first finish from my 2016 Finish Along Q1 list.  

Lastly, I pieced together the blocks for my version of the Midnight Mystery Quilt and now have a completed quilt top.  Next I need to figure out how to quilt it!

Well, there you have a little glimpse of what I've been up to in 2016.  I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.  Many, many thanks to Lee for all her hard work in hosting the link-up!  WIP Wednesday will be taking a two month hiatus after this week, so I encourage you to pop over, check out some links and send Lee a note of thanks for supporting the community for all these years.

Happy Thursday!

Monday, 11 January 2016

2016 Finish Along | Quarter 1 Goals

I'm looking forward to another year of participating in the Finish Along - I found the added nudge of motivation and encouragement to be a nice bonus in 2015.  Although, maybe not as effective at keeping me on task as I'd expected, since I still somehow managed to start far more projects than I finished!

Before I jump into my list of goals, I need to say thanks to the Finish Along Team for coordinating and hosting the party this year:
And thanks to Adrianne - On the Windy Side for keeping us all on track last year!

So about those goals...

1.  Vintage HST quilt::  I'm soooo close to finishing this one, and in fact probably could have pushed myself to complete it last quarter.  I've finished the quilting and just need to tackle the binding.

2.  Midnight Mystery Quilt:: I've really enjoyed participating in my first quilt-along, created by Meadow Mist Design.  With the final set of piecing instructions just released, I should have no trouble wrapping up this WIP.

3.  Feather Bed Quilt::  After dreaming about making this quilt for years, I finally got started on it. I'm about halfway through piecing the feathers, and intend to do some hand-quilting so this one is iffy for a Q1 finish.  

4.  Pantone 2016 Quilt::  As always, Pantone's colour(s) of the year has sparked mixed reviews.  I for one am a fan of the combo and have already pulled fabrics for a quilt featuring Rose Quartz and Serenity.  I've got some semi-improv design ideas rattling around in my brain, and am excited to see how this evolves over the next couple months.  

5.  EPP Medallion::  I made virtually zero progress on this project last quarter so I need to get back on that.  This is another (very) long shot project for Q1.

6.  L'Arbre Hat::  I splurged on some gorgeous Madelinetosh hand-dyed yarn and am planning to knit this toque - hopefully while it's still winter.  

7.  Goosed Up Pincushion:: I started this pincushion at my local Modern Quilt Guild meeting last week.  My goal is to have it finished before the February meeting.  

Looks like I've got my work cut out for me this quarter! but I'm super duper excited about each of these WIPs so it should be a fun few months.

Time to head over to the linky party and see what everyone else is working on in 2016.

Happy New Year!