Colour Happy Quilt Finish

Winter has now descended upon us here in Tasmania, Australia. The days are becoming much shorter and we’ve had our first frost on the ground and snow on the mountains.

My family and I made the move in 2013 from the warm-all-year-round weather in central Queensland, north eastern Australia, to the temperate climate of Tasmania. It was partly a yearning by my husband and myself to try something new and also in part, an escape from the oppressive humidity and heat of the north.

This will be our fourth winter here and I am preparing myself mentally for the cold and often grey days ahead. The cold and snow is still a novelty for us “northeners” but I will admit to craving the brightness and warmth of the sun during winter – something I took for granted while living in Queensland.

However, my latest quilt finish will be sure to lift our spirits (and keep us warm) during the long winter months ahead!Colour Happy Quilt 4

My Colour Happy Quilt was started and finished in February this year.

After doing some scrap sorting, I used the pattern “Pride Flag” from the great quilting book Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer to make a dent in my pile.Colour Happy Quilt 3I ran into a few problems during my first quilting attempt when I used poly wool batting and a shot cotton backing fabric. My little Janome machine with it’s tiny throat space struggled to cope with the bulk and my first quilting attempts were puckered and eventually unpicked.

After a few months of sitting abandoned in the quilting “naughty corner”, I decided to re baste this quilt using a thinner cotton batting. Although the end result is not perfect by my self-imposed high standards, I have learned a lot through this experience.

As we say in the quilting world…

“Finished is better than perfect!”

Colour Happy Quilt 2I quilted my Colour Happy Quilt with straight lines about ½ inch apart, but only in the middle “third” of each colour section.

Colour Happy Quilt 10I used Gutermann thread in the corresponding section colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Colour Happy Quilt 11I was unsure about what fabric to use for the binding but eventually settled on a fun grey polka dot.

Colour Happy Quilt 5Colour Happy Quilt 9This quilt is a finish for OMG (One Monthly Goal) May and my first finish for Quarter 2 (Link up #40) of the 2016 Finish Along.

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Linking up to OMG @ Red Letter Quilts, Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, TGIFF @ Devoted Quilter and Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt.

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Colour Happy

After two months away from my sewing machine, I’ll admit that I have found it very difficult to find any motivation to sew again.

After a very busy Christmas holiday period, which included an extended camping holiday and visits from family members, I have managed to reorganise my sewing space and sort through all of my various WIP’s.

I even found a shelf to store my finished quilts 🙂

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But after this process of tidying (or maybe procrastinating?), I still wasn’t able to muster a single ounce of enthusiasm for any particular project. And I have plenty of existing unfinished projects to choose from…

Anyway, while tidying and reorganising my sewing supplies, I came to realise that I have quite a large fabric collection. While making no promises of a 2016 “fabric diet”, I have decided that this year will be a year where I will try to use existing fabric from my stash wherever possible. (Of course, there will always be that extra yummy fabric that I won’t be able to resist… 😉 )

I also discovered that I now have a fairly decent stash of fabric scraps which gave me some much needed motivation for a new project – a rainbow scrap quilt!

I followed the pattern – “Pride Flag” – in the fabulous book Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer. I want to make ALL of the quilts in this book!

With the exception of red and purple, of which I have a limited stash, all of the fabrics used in this quilt were from my scrap bins.

The blocks went together surprisingly fast and in less than a week, I had a completed quilt top.

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This quilt makes me very cheerful when I look at it so I have decided to call it my “Colour Happy” Quilt. The quilt top measures 65″ x 73″.

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Life feels pretty hectic at the moment and I doubt I have any chance of producing this year the number of quilts I completed in 2015.

But it sure feels good to be back sewing again and that’s why I’m linking up for the first time to Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts and Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Deb 🙂