Friday, 15 September 2017

Hearts Galore

Today my good internet friend Anita of Daydream of Quilts publishes her first E Book, A Year of Pixel Hearts.

I was lucky enough to get a preview copy of this book and I can confidently say there's a few quilts in there that I will be making.

There are 10 beginner friendly heart quilt patterns, each with a different centre depending on the time of the year you want to represent

All together there are 62 pages of clear and concise instructions and diagrams on how to construct each quilt.

The instructions include placement diagrams of the quilt, templates and colouring pages where needed as well as sewing hints and tips and finally ideas on how to quilt and finish your quilt.

The quilts all finish at lap size and are quick to make up. How do I know...

Well this one took me 8 hours spread over two days to make up, and that includes cutting the fabrics

Using a charm pack and some scraps of low volume and a charm pack and some scraps of batiks.

So in answer to the question are the quilts charm pack friendly...yes they are ( sort of). The squares used are 4.5" so if you have a charm pack you will have to trim slightly. Still better then cutting out from scratch though, The smaller squares are completely charm pack friendly. I just cut the larger 5" squares in half.


I would suggest if you are going to make one of the quilts to lay out and number either the rows or columns and mark them off on a printed diagram to prevent mix ups. Don't ask me how I found out this.

And now the links you need.

Anita can be found at DayDream of Quilts where you can find the link for the e-book at the special introductory price of  Canadian $14.95 until the end of Sept. That's less than $2 a pattern

Or you can go straight HERE to purchase the e-book, but if you by pass her blog you'll miss the chance to sign up for her newsletter and get a free Turkey quilt pattern. Perfect for up coming Thanksgiving.

By the way, just in case you were wondering I'm not on commission,  just helping out a good internet buddy,

Friday, 1 September 2017

my Goal for September

I know I'm following the Xmas QAL but if I'm not careful all my posts for the coming weeks will be all that and you'll soon get bored. 

I had a hunt through my WIP/UFO tub and have decided that September will be the month I finally get Simple Times together. 

This was a BOM from quite a few years ago that I started because I liked the colour scheme. As per normal I started well and kept up and then life happened and I fell behind. Over a few months at the beginning of the year I finally made all the blocks.

I even managed to get one row sashed

and then once again I came to a halt. I think it's because the actual fabrics are paler than advertised and I'm not a fan of pale colours. I like bold and bright.

So I'm making it public. September is the month I get the centre sashed and together. Make all the Dresdens and border and get it into a finished top. I'm not planning on getting it sandwiched and quilted. I think that may be a few steps too far.

linking up with OMG - September on Elm Street Quilts 

Santas Belt

Block 3 for the I Wish you a Merry Xmas QAL is a lovely simple block that will only take an hour to make up.

Santas Belt

I halved the sizes and made a 6" mug rug out of the block.

It's very simply quilted in the ditch around the belt and buckle and I used a plain black for the binding.

It only took me an hour to do this from start to finish.

The instructions for the 12" block can be found HERE

Block 4  is out and can be found HERE. I'm thinking to make it into placemats. What do you think?

Blue Spruce Forest

My last post saw me making a Pine forest for the I wish you a Merry Xmas QAL. Yesterday I decided to make another version.

The same tree but a different layout and in blue

I just did a simple stipple on the cream background and bordered it in a batik I had that has holly leaves on it.

And the two forest cushions together.

I could get quite addicted to making these.

To see which sites I'm linking too take a look at my linkys tab at the top of the blog

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Based on .........

..............Block 2 of the I Wish you a Merry Xmas QAL.

That was far too much of a mouthful to be just one title.

Anyway down to business.

Block 2 of the QAL has been out for 2 weeks and in my usual rush to get behind I've only now finished it.
The block was called Christmas Tree Farm and can be found HERE.  I liked the idea of the block but wanted something a little different. I'd had an idea in my head for something similar for a while so the time had come to get onto EQ and play.

I drew out a basic triangle and tree trunk and then just drew lines inside. I paper pieced the blocks ( I made 6) to get these.

Which when sewn together became this

The basic pattern is the same and the trees finish at 6"x 3". I've used all the different greens in my scrap bucket for them. The background is a cream covered in glitter. It comes off. It goes everywhere. I had glitter in my undies. I'm never working with it again.

I did a very simple quilting design of quilting two "ghost trees" and then fmq'ing all the background.

The reverse so you can see it clearer

I now have a nice new cushion for the winter

I'm aiming to make another one in a slightly different layout but using blues. I just need to get around to it. In the mean time block 3 and block 4 have been published. I need to decide what I'm making with them .

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Ace's High

The baby quilt from the last post is all finished.

Some close ups of the quilting. I did a combination of lines and squiggles across the blocks. Some blocks I left unquilted, although all seam lines were stitched in the ditch. For the larger blocks I just quilted around the clouds, parachute and plane propellers to give a slight 3D effect.

I auditioned a few of the fabrics I used for the binding and finally settled on the orange.

Although it looks bright in the pics taken inside, that's nothing to how bright it is in proper sunlight.
Here it is drying on the line yesterday after having been in the washing machine.

I couldn't decide what to call it but as I was putting in the last stitch on the binding the song Aces High by Iron Maiden came on the radio. It's all about pilots and flying  so it seemed appropriate.

This will be packaged off to it's new home next week after I've made a matching nappy basket.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Making it up as I go along

Hubby came home from work a few months ago and announced he's found someone who wanted a baby quilt. Well maybe not wanted one but as his wife was pregnant hubby's work mate got told they were having one. I've got my hubby well trained to pounce on signs of weddings and births.

There was no real theme but the couple knew they were having a boy so something blue and/or neutral was settled on. The due date is end of September.

While away in Yorkshire I picked up these fabrics

I mean who doesn't like cute flying pups.

I fussy cut the panels to get three large squares and a few smaller ones. I cut the borders from the large squares so I could use the fabric somewhere else on the quilt. From the plains I cut strips and squares to use to border the fussy cut pups.

I made a few pinwheel blocks and log cabins as fillers and then laid it all out on the bed.

Now for the fun bit, filling in the gaps and putting it all together. I pieced it into three pieces

The bottom third

Top left hand side ( kindly rotated by Blogger)

Top right hand side ( again kindly rotated)

And finally all together and looking slightly different from that initial layout

It has since been sandwiched and will be quilted this week. How I'm not sure yet but I'm sure it'll come to me sooner or later.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Christmas in August

Well you know me I can't do anything straight forward or normal. No Christmas in July for me, I'm doing it in August. Mind you those that know me will be wondering why Christmas at all as I don't normally celebrate it.

Well the thing is I was on my travels through blogland and I came across the I Wish You a Merry Christmas QAL on Vanda's blog. Now the thought of doing a Christmas quilt never entered my head but I did like block one which was a snowflake. So I thought, never mind the quilt I'd pick and choose which blocks I wanted to do as a Winter themed QAL instead. Then I thought well what happens if I only like the snowflake. So the plan is still to pick and choose the blocks I like or are relevant but I'm doing them as one off projects instead of a quilt.

So lets get on to block one.....the snowflake.

Or in my case two snowflakes ( both at 13" square)

 I've used a pale blue background with snowflakes over it and the white for the actual flakes. Please don't ask me what it is as I've probably had it for years.

 I fussy cut the centres and they've all been stuck down with bondaweb.

And then I sewed them together with some setting triangles to make a small table runner.

I sandwiched it and then sewed down the applique using a straight stitch for raw edged applique. Which left me loads of ends to sew in last night.

For quilting I drew out some shapes from a stencil that I thought looked snowflake like and quilted them in white. More ends to sew in.

I then quilted the background in a pale blue in a swirly FMQ.

There are 8 quilted snowflakes in there as you can just about make out.

I used a plain white for the binding and the lovely crinkled effect is because I finished it this morning and threw it in the washing machine before letting it dry on the line.

And there she is all finished and ready to go away until I decorate for the Winter.

Block 2 came out today, I think they'll be coming out every 2 weeks or so. It's Christmas trees. I'm not sure if I'm going to make that block or I might do something along the same lines but stick with the Christmas tree theme.

I'll be linking up with the various sites posted on the Linky page at the top of the blog

Sunday, 13 August 2017

I hear voices

I was in the local Quilt Shop the other week buying Bondaweb. I had no interest in buying fabric at all. Honest.

Anyway I walked in and got chatting, as you do. Whilst I was passing the time of the day I started hearing a whisper. " Buy me, buy me". Well it got louder and louder and being a good girl who always does as she's told ( well nearly always) I picked up these FQs from the display

and added them to total.

These are Lewis and Irene fabrics from two different ranges. The floral is from the new Celtic Blessings range and the blenders from the Bumbleberries range but they blend really well together.

I couldn't decide what to do with them so just played with some 9 patches.

I ended up making 7 of them

I then decided to cut them up to make a disappearing nine patch runner.

Well I cut them up and completely changed my mind. I made 7 different blocks by mixing and matching and different placements.

I'll now be making these into cushions for the lounge. Well after I've been back to the quilt shop to get some more fabric for borders and backing. This time though I'm putting in ear plugs so no more fabric can call me.

Friday, 11 August 2017

All Caught Up

Now I've found my sewing machine ( see last post) I've been sewing.

One of the Facebook groups I belong to has a SAL/Bee. Basically it's a mash up of both. a different member each months posts a link to a 12" block and we all make them to keep. At the end of the year we all have the same sampler quilt but our own personal version.

I decided to make a mix of 12" and 6" blocks depending on the blocks chosen. As the last block I made was April I had a few to catch up on.

A few close ups with the block names. All are from Quilters Cache and should be 12". I've shrunk the first 3 down to 6".

The last one I've kept at 12".

 The eagle eyed among you may notice that the star is spinning in the opposite direction to the pic on the instructions. I decided to try and make life easier by foundation piecing it. I drew it out in EQ but forgot that this would make it backwards. Not that it matters that much.

 I'm not sure if I did make life easier for myself to be honest as there were a lot of sections to put together. It did avoid the silly measurements  of 16ths though.

And all the block together so far.

I need to start playing in EQ with quilt layouts as to how to set them. I want to keep with the scrappy theme