Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WIP - progress report...on a whim, butterfly quilt and the great texta disaster

Time to check in for a progress report.  The pace has been somewhat leisurely but progress has been made.  This week my mantra has been "just keep swimming"  a la Dory from Finding Nemo.

I have been working on my On A Whim blocks in Vintage Modern.  I constructed all of the components of the blocks in a chain piecing frenzy and just needed to square them up.  Even with a new blade in my rotary cutter, as I mentioned in last weeks post, it has been boring work.  So to break the monotony I decided to square up enough to allow me to complete two blocks at a time so it's been a little bit of slicing and a bit of sewing and that has been much more satisfying.

I have been pinning everything as I go in order to ease in the set in squares of the Rolling Star block because, not for love nor money could I get these babies square!  No matter what I did they were 5.5 on one side and 5.75 on the other.  Enter Clover pins and the magical potion that is Mary Ellen's Best Press and I made them bend to my iron will and here they are all straight and square and hanging on my clothes line looking pretty.

I also finished the binding on my Butterfly Quilt. 

You may remember that I pinned this beauty and shamelessly made one exactly the same with Mum's Accuquilt Go! Baby, because I loved it so much.  All I need now is for someone to have a baby girl....come on Alexis McKay - you can do it!

Mum quilted it for me using the Simplicity pantograph by Lorien Quilting.  This pattern is perfect for going over applique or stitcheries; it stitches out quickly and is unobtrusive.

I did a simple pieced backing, mainly because there wasn't quite enough width in a standard piece of Moda Bella Solid to go on the longarm.  Fortunately I had some Bliss by Bonnie and Camille left over from this quilt and it blended in beautifully with the colours in Marmalade.

There was a small drama with this quilt.....I had left in on my lounge suite where I was sitting binding it and this evil genius (don't be fooled by his angelic face)....

....took to it with a green texta!  


I stayed calm though and continued with the binding and this afternoon I hit it with the triple threat of Preen, Omo and Sard Wondersoap.  I am happy to report the texta is gone and the quilt is happily drying outside.

So, onward and upward....this week I hope to get more On A Whim blocks finished and to quilt the little tumbler top for Ethan's cushion (not that he deserves soft furnishings after the texta incident) and maybe get a border or two on a quilt.

As usual I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.  Click below to head over and see what everyone else has been up to.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Jewel Box Quilt

Well - this has caught me on the hop!  I had no idea that the Blogger's Quilt Festival was coming up until I saw an entry on another blog I follow.  For my entry, I decided to go with my Jewel Box Quilt which I finished in July.

It has no special story really, it's just a quilt I made when I set myself a challenge to see what I could make from a Jelly Roll and a Layer Cake.  In the end I came to realise that one Jelly Roll and one Layer cake go a long way!  I made this quilt, plus another that will be published in Homespun next year, a table runner for my daughter and then I gave the leftovers to a friend and she whipped up a quilt for her grand-daughter.  It felt like the neverending supply of Bliss fabric!


So, Stats.  I love stats.  
Size - 55" x 71"
Fabric -Bliss by Bonnie and Camille
Pattern - A traditional Jewel Box design.  I am currently writing a pattern for it which will be available for free download soon.
Quilting - As usual my amazing Mum quilted it for me using the Honeysuckle pantograph by Patricia Ritter - it is a very pretty pattern
Category - Professionally Quilted.  Throw Quilt.  Bed Quilt (twin size)

Here's a close up of the quilting.

Thanks for visiting.  You can check out all the amazing quilts in the Festival by clicking here to visit Amy's Creative Side.

Amy's Creative Side

Thanks to Amy for putting together this wonderful event and to all of the generous sponsors!  I am off to look at all of the quilty goodness from around the world.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WIP - 2012 Wrap it up!

2012 is skidding at an alarming speed towards its close, and although I am pretty keen to get cracking on some Christmas craft, I have had a stern talk to myself about finishing off some projects before I begin any new ones.  Had this talk with yourself before?  So here I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for a Wednesday WIP confessional.  The following projects (plus many more, I'm afraid to say) are lurking in this cupboard.....

And I am giving myself until the 20th of November to finish them off and then I will be able to enjoy my festive season guilt free.  So I am declaring my hand people and by the aforementioned date I will have finished......

Putting the borders on this quilt-top.  The photo just shows it laid out in blocks, but I have sewn it together now and have managed, through the power of Google, to track down and purchase some border fabric for it.

Making my On A Whim quilt top.  I have pieced all of the components of the blocks and am in the process of squaring them up which I am finding totally tedious.  I have completed two blocks- this one, and other that I have misplaced - things aren't looking good for that deadline!  Fortunately, I have enough fabric to whip up another block if it doesn't turn up.  


Putting the borders on my Dad's Carpenter's Star quilt.  You can see the quilt here.

I would also like to finish my Crystal star quilt that I have designed using a layer cake in Petite Odile by French General.  (This list is starting to seem a bit ambitious)

The list also includes finishing up Scarlett's string quilt.....

This little one has been quilted and I am currently stitching the binding down, so I may even have a wee finish by Friday.

And last but not least is this little tumbling block that I am going to quilt with some straight lines and turn into a cushion for my son's room.

Cover me.  I'm going in!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Summer in the Park - Free Jelly Roll Pattern

Well, it seems like it's been a long time between drinks but really it's only been a fortnight.  Not a very exciting fortnight either - all I have been doing it is cleaning out cupboards and ruthlessly culling the contents of my house.  But that aside, I have managed to achieve a finish and I have written another free pattern for you - I finally finished stitching the binding on my Summer in the Park quilt which I have renamed Summer at the Beach.

I put the last stitches in the binding on Wednesday night and Thursday after kindy we trotted down to Semaphore to photograph the quilt hanging over the jetty (this was really an elaborate ruse for me to get my hands on an ice-cream from my favourite ice-cream parlour on Semaphore Road - but that's just between us).

Here it is hanging over Semaphore jetty with the Palais in the background.  I really loved making this quilt - you just sew strips together like a demon and and then with some clever cutting you make blocks and in no time you have a quilt top sewn together!

This quilt was inspired by the Summer in the Park video tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. But as with Briar Rose I didn't want to just start sewing and not know how much fabric I would need or how big a quilt I would get out of one jelly roll, so I have written a pattern for it.  The pattern is again fully supported by CAD diagrams and detailed instructions and you can download it from Google Docs by clicking here or by clicking on the photograph on the right hand side bar.

Mum quilted it for me using the Bountiful Feathers pantograph by Lorien Quilting.  It really suited the feather or wave print in the Salt Air fabrics.

Thanks again to everyone at the Missouri Star Quilt Company for endorsing my pattern.  It is very generous and I really appreciate your support.  You can view the original you tube video here.....

You can also visit the Missouri Star website by clicking  here.

I'm linking up with Quilt Story, Finish it up Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and Show off Friday

Have a fabulous week everyone!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

AMQF - eye candy

Well, last weekend was AMQF and I really can't tell you when I have been so busy.  Luckily for me all of that out-of-control business was offset by the fact that I spent two nights at the Intercontinental in Adelaide with two of my favourite peeps... here they are, my cousins, Sarah and Ben. 

Ben Kempster was the MC for the weekend and he did an absolutely outstanding job!  He was also the auctioneer for the Alzheimer's Benefit charity quilt and he had those punters eating out of his hands and throwing their cash around willy nilly.  We raised nearly four grand for Alzheimer's SA.

As happens when you are busy, you forget to take photos of everything.  But don't worry - I didn't forget the good stuff.  Here is some eye candy from the quilt show.... enjoy.

And they were just a handful of my favourites. 


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