Thursday, 19 April 2018

Year of Scrappy Triangles

The final (well for now) sew along I'm trying to keep up with is over on Leila's blog

Every week for a year she's posting a new paper pieced half square triangle design. I didn't start this until a month or so ago but it's been going since last autumn. We are on week 28 now I think and there will be 52 in total. 

Again in an effort to tackle my ever growing scrap pile I've decided to do all the triangles in plain white on the one half and scrappy blue on the other. 

This is my overflowing blue basket so it'll be interesting to see what it looks like at the end. 

 Anyway in no particular order the triangles so far are

Well these are the first 27. ( and yes Winnie and friends were fussy cut). I've yet to do this weeks. 
As you can see none are complicated, although some are more involved than others and at 6" finished they make up pretty quickly. 

I'm not 100% how I'm going to arrange them as a final quilt but as I'm adding each block into EQ it means I can play around with the setting before making my final decision. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Rainbow Block QAL

The next Quilt Along I'm taking part in is Alison at Little Bunny Quilts Rainbow Block quilt.

Basically its a rainbow made up of 6" or 8" blocks depending on what size quilt you want to do. We are three weeks in, week 1 being gathering the fabrics.

I've decided to again try and make a dent in my scrap pile but use the same background ( light/medium grey) throughout.

Week 2 was red pinwheels

Week 3 was orange churn dashes

As much as I find it scary I have tried to not place each fabric but to grab which piece comes first and use it. The only thing I've tried to do, especially with the churn dashes is to not have the same fabric next to each other.

And so that's another I'm caught up on. Well until tomorrow which is Yellow Flying Geese. Having looked in my scrap basket to see what yellow scraps I have I think it's fair to say I may struggle on this one.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Ombre Gems Quilt Along

As I've mentioned a few times I'm a sucker for a QAL or BOM. At the moment I'm taking part in four quilt alongs and come June will be adding two BOMs to that list,

First up is the Ombre Gems Quilt Along primarily being held via Instagram (#ombregemsquiltalong) but also found on Emily's blog  Quilty Love 

This is a relatively relaxed quilt along with weekly goals. The idea being to use the Ombre Confetti fabric. I did seriously consider this until I saw the new Moda Watercolour range, Two Jelly Rolls later and I'm away.

Week one was to cut the fabrics and make a practice block ( more on that in another post).

There's 800 2.5" white squares in that basket. At least I hope there is.

Week two was to make up the Pink blocks

Week three to make up the reds/oranges and yellows

And this week, week four was to make up the green tone blocks.

As you can see there's nothing too strenuous about this QAL. There will be a total of 40 blocks at the end and they will all be trimmed square. I  know some are trimming as they go but I'm leaving mine until the end as I don't want to risk any stretching of the bias edges while they are being stored.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

FAL 2018 Quarter 2

It's that time of year when us quilters and sewers stick our necks out and decide what we think we can get finished in three months. Yes it's time to link up with the Finish Along.

Now I did a few Finish Alongs a year or two back and I must admit it did give me the kick up the rear to get what I listed finished. I surprised even myself with how much I got done. So I'm now going to once again publicly list what I'm aiming to finish ( and by finish I mean no more stitches to add) so you can all hold me accountable when I fail miserably.

So here goes.

1. Yoga Nidra Quilt

This was started at the end of last year using a panel and co ordinating fabric of farm animals doing yoga positions. I have the backing and wadding ready to go, I just need to mark it up, quilt and bind it.

2. Snowmen Cross Stitch

This was a Stitch along from last year, The six snowmen in the picture were originally sewn as one large piece but, being me, I wanted to do something different with them. Trouble is I don't know what to do with them now. They could become a bag ( or bags) a mini quilt. They are too big for bunting. Hopefully inspiration will strike during the next few months.

3. Turning Twenty Star Quilt

This was an on line mystery BOM done a few years ago. the top is finished and pin basted. I just have to decide how I'm going to quilt it.

4. Wayward Fabric

I was sent this panel by a friend in the US and I'm going to make it up into a wall hanging for my work room.

5. Yoga Cushions

Some left over blocks from my yoga quilt that I'm going to turn into cushions to use in my yoga classes.

So that's my list of things I hope to finish by the first week in July. Wish me luck

Note.....All details for the Finish Along can be found on Sandra's blog HERE