A Finished Quilt!

It may be August but I am super excited to be able to show you my first quilt finish for 2017. EconomyBlockFinish2

This quilt was made using my leftover Cotton and Steel fabrics – I guess I could call this one Cotton and Steel Quilt #4!

(You can see my previous Cotton & Steel quilts by clicking on the following links: Cotton & Steel Quilt #1Cotton & Steel Quilt #2Cotton & Steel Quilt #3)

 

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For this latest quilt, I made super sized economy blocks – a pattern in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine Issue 46. For the first time I tried QAYG and was pretty happy with the end result. I didn’t struggle with the actual quilting process quite as much and think this technique may be my method of choice for future projects.

After joining the blocks together, I used a much loved Cotton & Steel fabric – Study Hall in black and white by Alexia Marcelle Abegg – from my stash for the backing. I joined the quilted front panel to the backing by stitching along the seams and around the grey background squares, both vertically and horizontally.EconomyBlockFinish5EconomyBlockFinish6

I’m very happy to finally have a quilt finish for the year and am now feeling quietly optimistic that my quilting –  and blogging – will continue, albeit less frequently than previous years 🙂

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Linking up again (after a long absence!) to Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts and NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation

 

Finally…Some Sewing!

It’s mid-year school holidays and after a LONG hiatus, I’ve finally found some time, and more importantly some motivation, to sew!

I’ve been whipping up some supersize economy blocks using my leftover Cotton and Steel fabrics. By now, you all know how much I LOVE these bright and beautiful fabrics. EconomyBlock10

These 16½ inch (unfinished) blocks were a joy to make and I made twelve of them in a matter of days.  I found the pattern for these blocks in Issue 46 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine (the cover quilt).EconomyBlock11 I only had a small amount of white fabric left in my stash so I decided to pair it with some Bella Solids grey for the background to make the centre square of these blocks really “pop”.

In another first for me, I have decided to try QAYG (Quilt As You Go) to hopefully avoid my usual frustration when quilting on my small domestic sewing machine. I chose to quilt several diagonal lines through the centre of each block in an “X” pattern.EconomyBlock7

I had some initial concerns that the blocks might not match up neatly when I joined them together, but with plenty of pinning, I achieved what I think is a good result. I’ve ended up with a decent-sized 48″ x 64″ quilt top.

It’s been very quiet on my blog this year and I’m still unsure whether I have the time or commitment to sew and write regularly. I will see what this second half of the year brings.

Thanks for visiting!

Deb 🙂

 

 

Pillow Finishes

With so many unfinished quilt projects on the go, I am trying very hard (although I haven’t been completely successful!) to resist the urge to start any new large scale projects.

Lately, other than making the odd quilt block here and there, I have been finding it increasingly difficult to acquire a large enough chunk of sewing time to make decent progress on any one particular project. (Plus I seem to be attention-deficit when it comes to staying focused on only one project at a time!)

Making pillows seems like the perfect solution to me. I can try new techniques and get the satisfaction of a reasonably quick finish!

I wrote about my paper pieced economy blocks in a previous post.

As most of my Amy Butler fabric scraps have now been used and I didn’t want this to end up as another UFO, I decided to turn these nine blocks into a pillow.

Amy Butler pillow 2I added a narrow outer border which allowed me to maintain the block points when constructing the pillow (sorry I didn’t take a photo of this step) and then quilted diagonal lines on either side of the seams.

Amy Butler pillow 1I used Amy Butler Deco Rose – from her Daisy Chain collection – for the envelope back of this 18″ pillow.

Amy Butler pillow 3This pillow will be going to a very special someone…

My second pillow finish involves my much cherished Carolyn Friedlander Doe fabric.

I don’t consider myself a fabric hoarder. After all, isn’t fabric purchased to be cut up and used? However, this beautiful Doe fabric has been sitting unused in a drawer – occasionally looked at and stroked 😉 – waiting for the right project to come along…

Anyway, I recently borrowed this great book – Modern Log Cabin Quilting – from my local library. I don’t own a lot of quilting books but am really tempted to order and purchase a copy of this one for myself.

Doe Pillow11I was greatly inspired by this book and decided to make myself a giant log cabin block. (I have actually started a second project from this book but will write about that at a later date.)

I allowed myself to cut just one 2 inch by WOF strip from each of my ten Doe fabrics and began the log cabin process.

Doe Pillow7There was very little wastage from this project and I used all but a few bits from my strips. I later used these leftover scraps in my pillow backing.

I was very tempted to continue with this giant log cabin block – measuring 24 inches square – and make it quilt sized. However, I ultimately decided to stop at this size, quilt it and turn it into a 23 inch square pillow.

Doe Pillow9I used polyester/wool blend batting which gave the pillow top a nice puffiness after quilting (in the ditch),

Doe Pillow8and found some well-matched cotton duck fabric (interspersed with my leftover Doe scraps) to use for the envelope back of the pillow.Doe Pillow10Now I can see and admire this lovely fabric on my bed every day!

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Now a question for you:

Do you consider yourself a fabric hoarder? Have you got any fabrics at home that you consider too precious to cut up? Or are you simply waiting for the right project to come along? I’d love to hear from you so please leave me a comment.

Deb 🙂

Linking up to Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts, Design Board Monday @ Bits ‘n Bobs, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation and TGIFF @ Quilt Matters