November OMG Goal Success

With only one day remaining of this month, I am very happy to have been able to sneak in a finish and achieve my November goal for OMG (One Monthly Goal).cottonsteel3-11cottonsteel3-12

This quilt, the third one I’ve made using vibrant Cotton and Steel fabrics, was made following the wonderful quilt pattern “Over the Rainbow” by Keera Job of Live Love Sew. I used a Cotton and Steel jelly roll made up of fabrics from a few of their different collections and a “Slate” Homespun solid background fabric. You can read more about this quilt here and here.

With my previous two Cotton and Steel Quilts, I used Cotton and Steel fabrics exclusively for the quilt front, quilt back and binding.

This time, in accordance to my recently self-imposed not-buying-any-more-fabric-just-using-what-I-have mind set, I chose some very cute Foxglove poplin fabric by Aneela Hoey (Cloud9) for the backing. cottonsteel3-3

After some initial uncertainty as to what to use for binding fabric, I was fortunate enough to find what I think was the perfect choice hiding in my stash! This fabric is by Michael Miller Fabrics for Vera Bradley. I purchased it such a long time ago that I can’t remember from where. I do suspect is was one of my early ebay purchases.cottonsteel3-8

I straight line quilted in an echoing x pattern, with lines all two and a half inches apart. The dark backing fabric made it difficult to photograph but the quilting design is similar to the echoing x design you can see here. My quilting however is completely symmetrical with the centre of the x in the centre of my quilt.

I do like this subtle quilting effect that is more visible on the back of the quilt.

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This quilt finishes at 56″ x 85″. As well as my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for November, it is also my third finish for Quarter 4 (#4) of the 2016 Finish Along.cottonsteel3-9

I can say with absolute certainty that this will be my final quilt finish for 2016. From this point onwards, in the lead up to Christmas, life will become even more hectic than usual. In a few weeks time, my sewing machine will get packed away until the new year to make room for our annual Christmas visitors.

Of course, that’s not to say that there won’t be a possible small project finish in the next few weeks so stay tuned… 😉

Incidentally, this is my 100th post on New Creative State! I just want to say thank you for joining me on my quilting journey and taking the time to leave me such encouraging and supportive comments along the way. I appreciate it more than you realise!

Linking up to OMG (One Monthly Goal) @ Elm Street Quilts, MCM @ Cooking Up Quilts and Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

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Another Cotton and Steel Quilt Top

This week has been a good week. After a miserably cold and wet start to Spring, we have finally experienced some warmer weather. It always amazes me how a few rays of warm Spring sunshine can instantly lift my mood and clear away those winter blues.

I am also doing a little happy dance because I have finished my Cotton & Steel #3 quilt top!Cotton & Steel 6.jpg

As mentioned in a previous post, I used a wonderful jelly roll-friendly pattern by Keera Job of Live Love Sew. This particular pattern was published exclusively in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Issue 31.

Keera is a talented designer of many wonderful quilt patterns. After emailing Keera about the availability of her Over the Rainbow pattern (prompted by a comment on my last post), I received a kind and gracious reply from her informing me that she is currently in the process of converting the pattern back to her original format. It will soon be available as both paper and pdf pattern in her online store.

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For increased contrast with the vibrant Cotton & Steel feature fabrics, I chose to use a denim blue Homespun solid as the background fabric. The homespun colour is in fact “Slate”, not “Oxford Blue” as stated in my previous post. I do sincerely apologise for this mistake and will strive to be much more careful with my colour names in the future.

Although the warmer weather may lure me outside more often in the coming weeks, I hope to be able to start quilting this flimsy soon. In fact, I’m going to set myself the goal of finishing this quilt by linking up with Patty @ Elm Street Quilts for OMG (One Monthly Goal) November!

Deb 🙂

Linking up to OMG @ Elm Street Quilts, MCM @ Cooking Up Quilts, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts and NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation!

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 (#16) 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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Linking up to MCM @ Cooking Up Quilts, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts and NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation

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!