Plus Plus Quilt Top

On Sunday, my guild – the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild – held a casual sit and sew day where members could bring along their chosen WIP’s. I have been desperate for a chance to do some serious “head down” sewing and so was rather keen for this day to arrive!

My main goal for the day was to finish my Plus Plus Quilt top after I managed to make the remaining fifteen blocks during the week.

I was very pleased to be able to achieve this goal – yay!

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I had organised the blocks into rows at home and so had the relatively easy task yesterday of sewing them together.PlusPlus7.jpg

For this project, I felt that I really needed to see the blocks on a vertical design wall to achieve the best arrangement of fabrics and colours. (Usually I lay my quilt blocks out on the floor and stand on the dining room table to see 🙂 )

So I came up with the perfect temporary design wall at home – I cut a piece of batting to the required size and attached it to my dining room roller blind with binding clips!

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This method worked perfectly and as this window isn’t the only one in the room, I was able to keep the design wall there for a few days until I was satisfied with my arrangement. The added bonus is that I now have the batting cut to size for this quilt top. I will definitely use this “wall” again!

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This wonderful quilt pattern is by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs and is a pattern I won as a prize for participating in the 2015/2016 Midnight Mystery Quilt-a-long. My lap size version measures 63″ square and the fabrics are all Cotton and Steel fabrics from various collections including Basics, Playful, Zephyr, Moonlit, Spellbound and August.

I’ve already purchased some Playful fabric (at half price!) for the backing. Although I have other projects that need finishing, this quilt may become a priority as I’m seriously crushing on all those gorgeous fabrics!

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Last year, I was the lucky winner of two digital quilt patterns donated by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs. I won this wonderful prize as a participant in the 2015/16 Midnight Mystery Quilt-a-long which was hosted by Cheryl. (I must make mention that I’m super excited to have just signed up for the 2016/17 Meadow Mystery Quilt-a-long which is due to start next month!)

Cheryl is an amazing pattern writer and has some lovely patterns for sale.  It was hard to choose but eventually I decided on her Plus Plus pattern and Sea Star pattern.

I decided to use a selection of Cotton and Steel fabrics from my stash for my Plus Plus Quilt.

Cotton & Steel fabricsI am, like many others, a huge fan of these funky modern fabrics and made a Cotton & Steel Quilt for my daughter last year as a gift for her 10th birthday. I have amassed quite a collection of these colourful fabrics and already have plans for a future third Cotton & Steel Quilt…

The Plus Plus lap size quilt I am making will end up at 63″ square and consists of 25 large plus blocks and 24 small plus blocks.PlusPlus1

PlusPlus6Of the required forty-nine 9½ inch blocks, I have so far made thirty four of them and hope to complete the remaining blocks this week.

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This quilt is one of my Quarter 2 goals for A Lovely Year of Finishes and although, unfortunately, I can’t see myself finding enough sewing time this month to completely finish this quilt… PlusPlus4PlusPlus2 I am remaining optimistically hopeful of at least a flimsy finish 🙂PlusPlus3

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Cotton & Steel Quilt

I didn’t manage to achieve a finish in time for the July ALYoF party. But as promised, my Swoon Quilt is now complete. You can read about it here.

For my August goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (link up #56), I set myself the task of a binding “re-do” on my Cotton and Steel Quilt.

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This quilt was originally completed in February 2015.  Looking back, I realise how much I have learned in six months. This quilting addiction/obsession – whatever you want to call it – has hit hard and fast!

I have several reasons for the binding re-do:

Firstly, I was not at all happy with these rounded corners. (Thankfully, I now know how to achieve a nice mitred corner 😉 )

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Secondly, I had some fraying on one part of the binding.

IMG_20150812_143122176I suspect this is because the two raw edges of the folded binding misaligned as I machine sewed them to the front of the quilt.

and Thirdly, just like my Amy Butler Quilt, I really wanted all of the fabrics in this quilt to be from the same fabric line. I didn’t have any surplus navy Cotton & Steel fabric back in February. The navy Spot On Robert Kaufman binding fabric I originally used has now been replaced with Cotton & Steel Basics XOXO in navy. I really like how the x’s appear and disappear around the quilt.

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For the backing, I used some gorgeous coral August Lion and Moonlit Arrow fabrics. I quilted in a crosshatch diagonal pattern.

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This quilt was made following the pattern Hourglass Twist by Karen Lewis. This pattern was featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Issue 10.

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This quilt is a birthday gift for my daughter who turns 10 next week.

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Now I have a question for you:

Did you ever “re do” part of a quilt because you weren’t happy with it?

I’d love to hear what your experience has been so please leave me a comment if you’d like to share. Thanks, Deb 🙂

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Another Finish (and in Loving Memory)

IMG_20150625_125014860I’m cutting it fine, but here it is, Finish #4 for Q2 of the 2015 Finish-Along.      

I really needed a new wallet and had been eyeing off this pattern by Emmaline Bags at my favourite fabric store Frangipani Fabrics. 

IMG_20150625_125149795Quilting has definitely taken over as my first love and I really struggled to find incentive to start this project. So I headed in for a nice social “Sit and Sew” session at Frangipani Fabrics and discovered some wallet making mojo with some help from the lovely staff.

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My fabric choices were all Cotton and Steel and I couldn’t resist using some of that awesome Viewfinder fabric!

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This pattern, although a bit fiddly and time consuming, is well worth the effort.

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So now I have a new Super Tote AND a new wallet!

Thanks Adrienne @ On the Windy Side for hosting the 2015 Finish-Along. It gives people like me much needed incentive to finish those projects!

Deb 😉

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  Today would have been my Grandmother’s 101st birthday.

She passed away peacefully last year, two months after turning 100 and receiving her much wanted birthday congratulations letter from Queen Elizabeth.

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IMG_20150625_135659449Grandma was a very talented crocheter and made many beautiful things, some that I am fortunate enough to own.

Grandma lived independently in her own home until two weeks after her 98th birthday.  In her lifetime, she was a champion lawn bowls player, a keen gardener, a wonderful baker, a passionate animal lover (especially her dogs) and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. 

IMG_20150625_140708607_HDRThis post is dedicated to you Grandma – we all love and miss you xx

My first mini

Eight Point Star This week I made my first ever mini quilt.  I used a free paper pieced eight point star pattern from Quilters Cache. (My original source was the Wombat Quilts blog.) IMG_20150524_155824894 I’ve been wanting to make a navy and pink quilt for a while now so thought a mini might be a good way to try out colour combinations.Eight Point StarMy mini finishes at fifteen inches square after I added a border. IMG_20150528_142434561 IMG_20150528_090849151 I used a lot of Cotton and Steel prints plus a few other fabrics from my stash. Originally I made this mini to practise my FMQ on but was too scared to ruin it! So I did straight line echo quilting but did use a few different coloured threads. IMG_20150528_142645466 IMG_20150528_142704650 I think you’ll see a few more minis from me in the future! Deb 🙂

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