Off Kilter Quilt Finish

I have one final finish for Quarter 3 of the 2016 Finish Along to share with you today. This quilt top was finished in March and has been sitting basted, partly quilted and rolled up, on my sewing room floor since then. (Hence why it’s looking a bit crinkled in the following photos.) offkilter1

The quilt pattern – Off Kilter – is a layer cake friendly pattern from the book Jump Start Your Quilting. I used a layer cake of Tula Pink Elizabeth paired with a grey Bella Solid.

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I quilted it with a simple zig zag straight line pattern that follows the cut outs of the rectangle blocks. I was hoping to feel brave enough to try some fmq on this pretty quilt but after some not-too-successful practise, I decided it was a bit risky.

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In my usual manner, the backing – Bats In The Belfry – and binding – Pearls of Wisdom – are from the same fabric collection. The finished quilt measures 54 x 64 inches.

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I made a pillow cover with the leftover scraps which you can read more about here. There are also some skinny little scraps leftover from these two projects that I have been playing with. Hopefully, one day, I may have something else to share with you.

This quilt makes a reasonable total of five finishes for the quarter.

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Note : The above photos were taken on the trip home after a tiring but successful family climb to Hartz Peak (1254m). I had planned to take my quilt up the mountain for a photo shoot but after experiencing hail/snow/strong winds in the carpark, I decided against it!

Here are a few photos for you from this spectacular location:

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Modern Sorbet Pillow Finish

Back in May, as part of the May is for Makers campaign, I purchased a Craftsy pillow pattern – Modern Sorbet by Seraphym Handmade. Drunkards Path blocks have always been on my “to try” list and I thought a small pillow project might be the gentler way to try curved piecing for the first time.

I chose to use several fabrics from the beautiful Moda Valley collection by Sherri & Chelsi. modern-sorbet6

I was amazed at how easy it was to sew these blocks together and can honestly see myself making an entire quilt using these blocks in the near future. Such fun!

I used a combination of natural homespun and Valley “Wheat Field” for the background fabric.

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I decided to quilt it spirally with my walking foot – a technique that I’ve only tried once before on my Quarter Log Cabin Mini Quilt.

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I really enjoyed quilting this particular project and am ecstatic with the finished result and texture. Quilting has been a bit of a struggle for me lately so it was nice to have a win🙂

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The original pattern uses a zip enclosure which I was intending to make. But somehow I managed to lose my purchased zip after my last shopping expedition. (It actually wasn’t even listed on my shopping receipt so I suspect it fell out of my basket as I was walking around the store…)

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To save me a trip back to town, I made an envelope enclosure for the pillow back instead, using the leftover natural homespun. I also eventually chose to omit the binding. The finished pillow measures 21 inches square.

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This pillow is my fourth finish for Quarter 3 of the 2016 Finish Along and although I had intended to use this pillow for a gift, I’m not sure now if I will be able to let it go🙂

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Drawstring Bags

Many of my large scale quilting projects have gone by the wayside as the busyness of everyday family and work life accelerates at this time of year. I have instead tried to make the most of a few minutes here and a few minutes there to concentrate on finishing some of the small scale projects from my Quarter 3 goals list.

Making these cute drawstring bags – a free tutorial from S.O.T.A.K Handmade – has become my newest addiction.

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Just as I became similarly obsessed with making Noodlehead’s Open Wide Zippered Pouches last year, I have been making these little bags with Christmas gifts in mind.

(This little cutie below didn’t make it that far and was given as a birthday gift to one of my 11 year old daughter’s friends on the weekend🙂 )

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Most of the fabrics I used were novelty linen/canvas fabrics with the exception of the emoji poplin.

  • Cotton + Steel Canvas “Playful”

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  • Cosmo Textiles Linen “Penguins” Happy Feet.

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  • Kokka “Trefle”

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  • Cosmo Textiles “Retro Foxes”

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  • Sopo Line (Japanese Fabric) “Nordic Forest”

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  • “Smiley” Poplin

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I really love the contrasting linen fabric casing and leather cord which add a special touch to this simple drawstring bag.

These bags constitute another finish to cross off my Quarter 3 list (#11) for the 2016 Finish Along.drawstring-bags8

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Reel Time Pillow

Several of my smaller goals for this quarter are making pillows using patterns from Quilt Now magazine.

One of these pillow patterns, called “On The Fence” (Issue 21), consists of blocks made from 2½ inch strips. I was able to use the leftovers from my Interlock Quilt Top which I made using a Zen Chic Reel Time Jelly Roll.  It’s great not to have any wastage and the added bonus is that I now have a matching pillow to go with my quilt!

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This giant pillow measures approximately 24 inches square and will be perfect as a floor cushion for our lounge room. For the back envelope enclosure of the cushion, I used some generic black and white polkadot fabric from my stash.

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This pillow is my second finish for Quarter 3 of the 2016 Finish Along and one of four pillows I hope to complete by the end of this month.

Deb🙂

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A Weekend in the Snow

Last weekend, my husband and I took the kids out of school for a few days and headed to Ben Lomond – Tasmania’s premier ski village and second highest mountain at 1572 metres (5157 ft) – for a much needed long weekend away.

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This is our fourth year living in Tasmania and having previously lived in a warm, tropical climate, snow is still very much a novelty for us all. Although it is almost the end of the Tasmanian ski season, there was thankfully enough white stuff for us to have fun. We slid down slopes – with toboggans and without🙂 – and even tried skiing for the first time.

After a few days of low cloud and limited visibility, the skies cleared and we enjoyed a rather adventurous two and a half hour walk up to the top of the ski fields. Because the snow and ice was beginning to melt under the winter sun, we had to choose our route carefully. It wasn’t always easy to spot icy pools covered in a thin layer of ice and snow!

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The views were spectacular and provided a wonderful opportunity for some quilt photos. Thankfully I had a recent finish that was small enough to fit in my backpack!

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This quilt – my finished Simply Colorful II charm squares quilt – was made using a free pattern at Michael Miller fabrics. You can read more about this quilt here and here.

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I added an extra 2½ inch border to bring the original 36 square inch quilt up to a finished size of 40 square inches. I quilted it with vertical and horizontal lines through the block centres and then also diagonally a quarter inch on either side of the “set on point” blocks.

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The backing and binding fabric are coordinating In The Navy sale fabrics that I picked up at my local Spotlight store.

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This is my first finish for Quarter 3 of the 2016 Finish Along so I really need to get moving and achieve a few more finishes before the end of September!

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Slow Scrappy Sewing

First of all, I want to say thank you for all of your lovely comments on my last blog post. The reaction to my finished Interlock Quilt top was quite unexpected but so greatly appreciated🙂

Unfortunately I haven’t been sewing a lot since.  I’m not sure why but lately I’ve been feeling quite flat and drained of energy and creativity. Life has been pretty busy this year and doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon. So I have decided to take some self-imposed pressure off myself and sew only when I feel like sewing. I’m optimistic that I’ll be feeling back to normal soon and that this little break will have recharged my batteries.

The one project I have worked on intermittently during these past few weeks has been my Scrappers Delight Quilt. I have managed to finish the first twelve blocks for this thirty-six block quilt (from the book Sunday Morning Quilts) and am now working towards completing the second twelve.

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I have found the process of randomly choosing fabrics based on size from my scrap buckets to be incredibly relaxing. It’s also been fun to recognise fabrics leftover from previous projects.

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I’ll have a laugh now and admit that I’ve become a real fabric “nerd” (a term I first heard from the amazingly talented quilter and all-round lovely lady Jess @ The Elven Garden).

I can recognise fabrics in my completed blocks by Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Joel Dewberry, Lotta Jansdotter, Anna Maria Horner, Malka Dubrawsky and Sarah Watson, just to name a few. Plus, of course, there is plenty of Cotton & Steel and Art Gallery fabrics in the mix.

So, admit it, are you a fabric nerd too? (ha ha!)

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I am up to Block #17 and could possibly stop now and make another baby quilt but I really want another larger quilt to use on our beds. This potential full sized 72″ square quilt poses a bit of a problem because my little machine really struggles with it’s small throat space. However, I think I can get around this by trying quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) for the first time. This method would also give me an opportunity to use up some of my batting offcuts – a true scrap quilt!

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In the meantime, I’m enjoying taking a bit of a breather and hope to continue playing with my beautiful scraps in the weeks to come.

Deb🙂

Linking up with Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts for MCM, Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social and Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday

July OMG Goal Success

With only a few days remaining, I have achieved my July Goal for OMG (One Monthly Goal).

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My Interlock Quilt, a fabulous jelly roll pattern by Amy Friend @ During Quiet Time was started in the first half of 2015 with the very best of intentions. Unfortunately, it soon managed to become lost and abandoned in my rather large pile of WIP’s…

After failing to complete my June goal, I set myself the reasonable task this month of finishing the remaining eight blocks and putting this flimsy together.

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Let’s just say that I’m very happy with the result🙂

I used a jelly roll from a collection by Zen Chic (Moda) called Reel Time. The overall theme is “inspired by elements and colors from the film industry.”

I love how this quilt has turned out and think that the combination of colours and fabrics, along with the black solid background, make it a great “man” (or boy) quilt. Luckily, with a husband and two sons, this quilt should prove to be a favourite!Interlock1

Happy to be linking up with Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts for One Monthly Goal, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday, Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social and Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday!