Another Mini Finish

This little mini has been hanging around for quite a while now but I was determined to make it Finish #4 for Quarter 3 of the 2015 Finish-Along!

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I found this pattern by Elizabeth Dackson (Don’t Call Me Betsy) in Issue 21 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

The cross blocks are paper pieced and each paper pieced quadrant a tiny 2 inches square! Definitely the smallest paper piecing I’ve ever done 😉

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For my version I changed the position of the cross and plus blocks and used a selection of Cloud9 Sarah Watson Biology fabrics (along with a spot of Dottie fabric).

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I straight line quilted each quadrant and used another Cloud9 fabric for the backing – this time Pretty Posies Wildwood by Elizabeth Olwen.

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For the binding, I used Biology Plumes – need to get me some more of this beautiful fabric!

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This little mini finished at 15½ inches square.

There is only 5 days to go before the 2015 Finish-Along Q3 finishes party closes. We are heading off camping this weekend so I seriously doubt whether I can squeeze another finish in…

But I’m pretty happy with 4 out of a possible 7 finishes.

Bring on Quarter 4! Deb 🙂

Quarter Log Cabin Mini Quilt Finish

I finished my Quarter Log Cabin Mini Quilt on the weekend.IMG_20150705_122329031

I had so much fun making this little quilt using a wonderful tutorial by Quilting Jetgirl.

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Thank you so much to those of you who left a comment on my last post giving me your opinion on what layout option I should choose.

In the end, I went with my gut instinct and most of you agreed with me that this “stacked squares” option was the way to go.

For the backing, I used a fun barcode fabric that I picked up as a remnant for two dollars!

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I quilted it in a spiral pattern that I thought would be a good contrast to the square angles of the front.

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This is a quilting style I’ve always wanted to try and I think it adds interest and texture to this cute 28½ inch square quilt.

I used an ancient black fabric with a gold fleck from my stash for the binding.

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I have already had thoughts of making this mini quilt again but with totally different colours and maybe using Layout Option #4 this time.

This little mini has been a much needed “happy” project for me.

Deb 😉

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Quarter Log Cabin Mini Quilt

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed with all that needs to be done?

Lately, I have been trying to finish projects for link up parties; participate in the New Blogger’s Blog Hop; prepare for our upcoming local Craft & Quilt Fair; have worked casually as a relief Teacher Assistant; and have been super busy with my usual home/school/sport life with my husband and three children.

Please, don’t get me wrong. I made the choice to link up to these finish parties and love the incentive they give me; I am extremely grateful for the support and opportunity to meet other new bloggers/quilters from all over the world in the New Bloggers Blog Hop; I am thrilled to be involved for the first time in this year’s Craft & Quilt Fair; I enjoy my occasional bit of “paid” work; and I am very blessed to have my wonderful family life.

Notice those words above that are highlighted in bold text?                                    I’m doing ok…I just need to learn how to breathe!! 

ANYWAY… 

Whenever I get hung up on all my “have to’s”, guess what I do?

I start a new fun project that is purely for my own enjoyment! Crazy, huh? 😉

Last month, Yvonne, aka Quilting Jetgirl, posted a tutorial for a Quarter Log Cabin Mini Quilt.

This is a really enjoyable tutorial which uses a lot of chain piecing, a technique that I love. After cutting up all of my strips, I was able to work on this project whenever I felt like it – usually a border at a time or whatever time I could spare!

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It was fun watching these little mini quarter log cabins grow!IMG_20150611_165927717

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I’ve been playing around with different arrangements of these blocks

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Personally, for me, it’s a choice between 4 and 5.

What do you think?

Deb 🙂

Prism Challenge Finish

A little while ago, I told you about the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild ‘s “Prism Challenge”. The idea behind this challenge is to create a rainbow of mini quilts to display at the upcoming Craft and Quilt Fair next month. Each participant chooses a bundle of fabric in one colour (of varying shades and tones) along with a common background neutral fabric. The title of the challenge is “Prism” and can be interpreted in a number of ways.

I drew out an orange pack of fabric.

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Originally, I had an idea to create a kind of hexagon shape using a paper pieced template that I created (you can read more about it here). But after seeing a few photos from the last TMQG meeting – which I was unable to attend – my idea looked very similar to one of the other member’s finished prism quilt (also in orange!).

So I had to start from scratch…and this is what I came up with.

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I was inspired by an image I found while browsing on the internet.

So I drew it the best I could on paper at the required quilt size of 15″ x 30″.

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Trying to work out how to achieve my desired result with fabric took a bit of thought but eventually I decided to do vertical paper pieced blocks.

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The common neutral in our fabric packs is Netorious in Metallic by Cotton and Steel. This beautiful fabric really gives the quilt a lovely sheen.

IMG_20150616_192510913This is the first time I’ve tried to make “matched binding” and although not perfect, I’m pretty happy with the result!

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I’m not sure if there is a right way to make matched binding, but I just measured as I went around the quilt, adding on one new section at a time.

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For the back, I used up the previously made triangles from my original idea and quilted it using straight lines.

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Phew…it’s a relief to have this monkey off my back!

As an end note, something really unexpected and wonderful happened to me this week!

I got an email from Shanna @ Fiber of All Sorts informing me that I had won a prize for my Medallion Quilt Finish in May’s A Lovely Year of Finishes !

Thank you Shanna and Melissa @ Sew Bittersweet Designs for hosting this wonderful linky party.  I won a PDF bag pattern of choice from the lovely and talented Sara of Sew Sweetness. THANK YOU!

Deb 😉

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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