Thursday, December 18, 2014

Greek Cross Quilt Finish

A few months ago for the Joy do. Good stitches bee we were asked to make the Greek cross block in brights.  It is such a lovely effective block that I decided to recreate it and use up my pile of pink scraps up.  Sadly it barely it made it dent.  

 After quilting for over 20 years now, I have to start doing some significant purging on a regular basis or monthly make a scrap quilt in order to keep on top of the scraps.  While it is nice to have a variety of fabrics to make just about anything that one of my bee mates requests, sometimes one can have just too much that does not allow for any new pieces to come in. And making scrappy backs out of the other pieces can make a good dint in things it can also be more time consuming, cause I of course want the back to have some sort of a design if I am going to mix up my fabrics. Is it odd to say that I find it so much easier to do a solid back rather than have to work hard to mix it up. 

When I had some time I made a kit of sorts of all the pink scraps and background material all cut into the appropriate shapes and put them in a ziploc with instructions so I could just take them out and sew. I am finding that the moments some weeks to sew is very limited so having something that I can take up and put down is good. These blocks I can do one in less than 5 min which helps me to feel productive. 


Once I had made 25 blocks I laid them out and played around with a setting that was pleasing. I really like how striking this top is and envision another one coming to this blog sometime soon. The quilting is an all over loop pattern and was done by Tracey.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I find it challenging to find quilt patterns for boys that over the age of two. Some of the novelty print can be so insipid and too childish or not suitable for the interests of the boy that I am creating for.
 Over a year ago, I bought some superhero fabric and cut it up and started making a quilt.  The blocks were simple rectangles with strips of solid inserted every few inches. As I got going on this I really did not like how it looked and certainly did not want to make a whole quilt out of it. So the whole project went into the closet until such time as some great idea popped into my head.

Fast forward to a year later, the blocks emerge and I decided to re-purpose the whole thing. I started free styling with the panel piece in the center, added some border and added some of those blocks as a testament to the original quilt.  I did a bit of applique trying to fill in the red borders cause they were looking pretty massive.

Since I wanted to lengthen the quilt a bit I made some cross plus blocks (10") to add to the top and bottom and voila. I really like how the cross plus blocks look in this fabric.

energetic quilting - Bam POW!

The final result is a neat quilt top for an energetic boy who has got some BAM POW moves of his own. I asked Tracey the long armer to use an energetic pantograph to quilt it and I think it works quite nicely.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Green Stars

On my quest to complete eight quilts in time for Christmas, I decided that I would make a pattern from a book I recently picked up, Vintage Quilt Revival by Katie Clark Blakesley, Lee Heinrich and Faith Jones.  Faith did up a quilt called Geometric Slide Quilt using the double Z block.  Personally I don't see the Zzzz"s but flying wings of a bird when I look at this block.

This was an interesting quilt to make due to the process. I thought I had enough of the background to do that whole quilt in the lime green but sadly ran out and did not have enough to float the blocks which meant I had to go out and buy some new fabric for it. I chose a darker lime with a small check print on it which tones nicely with the whole thing.

But it is a bright quilt - good thing the little boy that it is intended for is bright and shining with a huge personality.  They will match each other quite nicely I think,

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Greek Cross quilt

One of the more recent bee blocks that we did up for Joy do good stitches was called Greek Cross. Since the block was dead simple and  a good way to use up the scraps. That led me to pull all my pink scraps out of the bin and spend a few hours cutting and ironing pieces to make into this quilt. 

About three hours of sewing and I had a lovely set of blocks and still more to come.  I had no clue I had cut up that many scraps of pink to make this quilt, but I can easily make two quilts with all these scraps.

But before I go with the two quilt option I think I will make this one a bit bigger and see if it will use up the large majority. I am sure that I will have no issue finding a home for this very pink quilt.  Too bad I didn't replace that one block in the bottom right corner where it is very very pale pink.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Martinque Quilt Top Finish

I finally completed this top.  I used a pattern from Fon’s and Porter that involved HST’s and then sashed the lot.  While I had the HST’s made quickly from a bunch of charm packs I found on sale, the progress slowed until I could find the right sashing fabric. It took a trip to Ottawa and three quilt stores later and I found it, a piece of Kate and Birdie lattice.  Once I started putting on the lattice I realized I did not cut enough strips and thought I had run out of fabric only to find it a month later, I had tucked the remains in the pile for bindings for finished quilts.  Do you every have anything like that happen to you? 

Not sure how I want this quilted.  It is very soft and feminine so I think the pattern will need to reflect that, rather than my favored harder edged geometric shapes. Perhaps a cream thread to keep it soft as well. I think I will leave this one for Arlene to “surprise me”! Every few months I give her a quilt where I say let yourself play on this one.  I get good results….

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gelato Runner

This runner is a copy of one I saw in an ad from Connecting Threads. Since I had more than enough fabric around I decided rather than ordering a kit I would make my own and just work on it now and then. 

The fabric is a Tonga treat called Gelato paired with a neutral bali background. Good news is I have enough to make two of these. Now to find something for a border and backing.  I think I should have something in my stash of balis which I have such a hard time cutting into cause they are just to beautiful.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Oink Doodle and Moo

I made this quilt in the spring of this year.  If I remember correctly during a weekend blizzard when no excuses were needed to stay in orders and hibernate. The fabric is by Jenn Ski and called Oink a Doodle Moo.  It has a strong agricultural theme as I overheard one quilter say which means it is a farm print.  Just up my alley. It’s in strong primary colors and a perfect quilt for a little boy.  


The pattern is from Camille Roskelleys book and it came together wonderfully.  I used a layer cake of this and found that I had enough left over I could make another quilt, which I will call Oink a Doodle Moo Remix.  I will show you that shortly.  I ran out of fabric for the background shortly after starting, then was on exercise and had to move so it’s taken until now to get re oriented. 

The quilting is done by Arlene of course and you could tell she had fun with this one.  The stitching is in green thread and is simply a wavy pattern on the black with grass tufts every few inches.  In the blocks I had asked her to write the sounds that you would hear on the farm, like oink…..

I bound the quilt in a multicolor dot on black which brings the whole thing together.  It took a lot longer than I normally expect to finish this one. I  have a pile now of year old quilts that are waiting for their bindings to be stitched down. I don’t like to machine sew the binding even if it is faster as I don’t like the look so for now they are piled up waiting for Christmas leave period to get done.