Monday, February 22, 2016

It's A Girl: A quilt finish

    Name:  It's a Girl!
Design:  4" squares
Size:  36" by 44"
Fabric: Stash fabrics 
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in cross hatch

I finished this wee baby girl quilt yesterday.  Just a whole lot of bright pink going on.  One of my teachers is having her third baby and this one is a girl.  Just a simple design of 4" squares with an assortment of fabrics from my stash.  I am totally crushing on cross hatch quilting for this type of quilt.  Just so effective!  I used my favourite Aurifil 50 wt in white.  Fabulous and ready for snuggles.

The binding is a Colorworks floral print that is also featured in the four inch squares.  The quilt added a spark of bright in the yard that is only just beginning the early spring wake up!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

On the Design Wall

Using 4" squares, this baby girl quilt is  sandwiched and ready for quilting on a frosty clear Sunday morning.  One of my teachers is having a third baby and after two little boys, a pink quilt for a wee girl is just the ticket.  I used some pretty bright pinks but added in some lavender gingham and some soft grey dots for a bit of a rest.  No QuiltCon for me as it just never works for my work schedule but I have been keenly watching the action through Instagram!  Happy Sunday!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Crocus and Spring

 Name: Crocus and Spring
Design: Trellis Crossroads from the book Modern Bee by Lindsay Conner
Size: 63" by 72"
Fabric:  Variety of Prints and Kona White scraps
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white, 4 rows either side of the block seams
Binding and Backing:  Dark purple RJR fabric from the stash and backed with IKEA Britten numbers

This is the second quilt that I have made of this pattern.  It is a fun one.  I was not sure what to call the quilt and then it came to me as I was sitting here. It is all the colours of early spring.  The purple early crocuses, the blue sky and the bright spring leaf green.  I was able to use up a lot of scraps in this one particularly Kona white scraps.  I guess that is the advantage of always using a particular white in quilts.  I know that the scraps are going to all be the same white if I always use Kona white.  I actually buy it by the bolt.  

So here it is.  A finish.  I quilted straight lines in four rows on either side of the block seams in Aurifil 50 wt in white.  I forgot to increase the stitch size in the first few rows and I was most annoyed with it so I unpicked the quilting and started over.  I had not got very far so it was not too much of a struggle to unpick and I knew that it would bug me if I did not fix it.  Increasing the stitch length when quilting makes a much nicer final quilted finish in my mind.  

I am getting close to the end of my stash of IKEA Britten numbers and if anyone out there is listening that makes these sort of decisions, IKEA please reprint this fabric.  It is the best.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Read the fine print

This is the corner of my Steps to Modern Quilting mini quilt for the FVMQG challenge.  After I posted about it, one of the guild members mentioned that she could not see where I had used the required solid fabric for the challenge.  Drat.  Fiddlesticks.  Etc.  So... I replaced one corner of the binding with Kona Black to meet the rules of the challenge.  Must include at least one solid.  Note to self, read the fine print even if the cat keeps sitting on the paper.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quilting, quilting

I quilted this on Monday.  It was our family day long weekend so I had an extra day for sewing.  I took this picture because every time I quilt a big quilt, I realize how lucky I am to have this giant harvest table in my sewing room.  It makes my life so much easier.  My sewing machine table butts up against the end of the harvest table.  It works so well!

And the quilt inspector, Lucy, was being so helpful while I was trimming the quilt after quilting.

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's a boy!

We are going to be grandparents in July.  This is most exciting as it is our first and we found out the other day that our daughter is having a wee boy.  I have been waiting to start the sewing until we knew what to expect.  I wasted no time this weekend.  I made receiving blankets, bibs and baby bandanas.  SO MUCH FUN!   I used this tutorial for the bandanas.  And I noticed another tutorial at the Purl Bee.  I will try that one next.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Steps to Modern Quilting: A mini finish

      Name: Steps to Modern Quilting
Design:  Mine:  Variation on half square triangles
Size:  21" by 21"
Fabric: Modern Background paper by Zen Chic for Moda
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in Dove grey, 
Binding:   Same line with matched binding

Each year, my guild, the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild has a display at the Creative Stitches Show in Abbotsford.  The show is in March and each year we have a guild challenge.  This year we were to use some of Zen Chic's line Modern Background Paper and then create a mini which demonstrates some of the qualities of modern quilting.

This one was a bit of a stumper.  I debated whether I should add some solids but then started playing with half square triangles.  And boom!  Stairs.  So here it is.  Steps to Modern Quilting.  Let's see.  Asymmetrical design.  Simplistic design.  Use of Negative Space.  Yep.  That will do.  Modern quilting.  I quilted it heavily in different directions in Aurifil 50wt, light grey.  The quilting on the background echoes the steps and then I also quilted the grey treads while leaving the risers without for a different texture.

I had the crazy idea of matching the binding as I mentioned in my post yesterday.  And it was a crazy idea because there were so many potential matches.  But I did it!  It took most of last Sunday and a little bit of Saturday morning.  I am glad I stuck with it but it brought back all sorts of memories of our first big house renovation when husband was installing crown molding and had inside and outside corners to deal with.  Oh my goodness.  It is done and I am quite pleased.  12 binding matches later.  With differing angles.  Just saying.