… Another finished quilt..

Finished Makes

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This I started last summer while pregnant and building work was going on.. as you do when you have no energy and loads to do.

The fabric is a Robert Kaufman range by Carolyn Friedlander – Botanics.  I bought the jelly roll at Sandown when big girl was the age baby is now so – 4 years ago.  The fabrics attracted me because of there slightly architectural look and had a colour gradient!  Diving straight in making up as I went along, I played with mixing the fabrics with unsatisfactory results.  I subsequently grouped the colours in rows of 5 to a gradient.  The grey gradient didn’t really work so I did some un-picking and made the central strip dark and gradient out.  The grey group then evolved into the central section and 2 colour types splitting either side.  Then I decided to add another level and make it a stack/ stitch/ slice and flip quilt with some of the light fabrics from the jelly rolls as sashing.  Left overs from the rolls was mixed bold and light to make the binding.

I managed to finished the top before Christmas and then basted it while 8.5 months pregnant with 2 other projects – It was a good time to be crawling around on the floor!!.  A couple of weeks ago I dragged it out to work on while I struggled with what to do with my big girls quilt.

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I made up how I was going to straight line quilt it as I went along.  Echoing the seams and doing double rows to high light the flipped section and central dark grey horizontally.  The husband liked the larger gaps you see but I think I should possibly have gone for denser quilting.   I also need to work on consistency with the spacing between rows.

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The attention to detail I paid when pecicing has paid off as it was all pretty square so an improvement there.  While quilting a couple of the seams on the top started to come loose which is annoying but possibly down to trimming or maybe I need to lock the stitches at the end of each row.

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Press ganged my twin nieces into holding the quilt so I could photograph it! I think I’m going to have to make them quilts at some point soon based on there reaction! Only problem is I know there will want harry potter and not something timeless!

Best thing about quilting is the appreciation and praise I get! Especially from this one who has adopted this quilt pending completion of her own!

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…had a little family trip out to..

Day out

A fabric fayre in Great Bookham on Saturday afternoon! Husband and children took me as I quote “you don’t get to do much of your stuff.. and there is cake”.

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Obviously I had a lovely time looking at lots of fabric and discovered ‘The Eternal Maker’ which I’m sure I already knew about but their selection of modern fabrics caught my eye.  Especially some Jersey and after mentioning I don’t know how to sew that stuff it seems there is no excuse as they do a day course! Where do I book…… I would love to make clothes and lets face it jersey will be the most forgiving to my figure!

After being very good and having a look around the whole show I was again encouraged by the husband to by a pattern (fraction quilt by Lou Orth) I had seen on-line and stored (without knowing I could buy the pattern I was going to use as inspiration).  Again another quote from the hubby “well there is no time limit to it! It won’t ever go off! What is the problem?”…. Maybe he wants something!!!!

I got some Alison Glass fabric which I think itself looks like a quilt and I love the colours. some binding clips so I can leave my work in progress out and the kids won’t get hurt and so bobbin buddies as I realised I really do need to store reel and bobbin together to avoid waste.

Lastly, a half hexi template which was inspired by a tiling pattern photo I saw on the UK Quilters United facebook page (by Lyn Butler who is doing a foundation paper piecing pattern I will link to in due course).

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Facebook is also now showing me ads which I’m sure are for Quilts…

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…Throwback Thursday…

Throwback Thursday

I am going to try and post every Thursday a couple of shots of something I created before starting blogging.  Really for my own record to remind me all of the amazing things I have actually already made or done!

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First is this quilt I made 2 years ago now. Its the quilt i am most proud of as its as close to perfect I have got.  I trimmed all the squares, chain pieced and ironed all by the book (well mostly).  It started with a charm pack which was … surprise surprise … a colour gradient in solids.  I raided my stash for as many other fabrics which would go. I had to go with my favourite shape ‘a square’ and thought I wanted to make a play mat…. baby girl might of been a twinkle in my eye… even then!

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And here she is now enjoying it… not being sick on it as I only let her lay on it for as long as the photo took!

 

… Have been busy doing lots of little bits…

Work in Progress

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I have seemingly done nothing this week but on reflection I’ve done lots of little bits. After my huge excitement at the National Quilt Championship and being very good not buying too much I was super keen to get started on the quilt for big C.  She loved the layer cake and on Saturday night I sat down to get started, opened the pack, looked and played with fabrics.  It contains 20 different fabrics (2 of each).  Mixed them up but it didn’t quite make me as happy as when they ran through the colour gradient.  3 of the fabrics didn’t do it for me and I have learned from experience if you don’t like the fabric don’t include it as you can’t take it out once it is sewn in and it is all you will see in the finished quilt.

Big C expressed a preference for HST so I set about designing.  Decided I would do the trick of sewing 2 squares all the way round the outside then cutting them in 4 across the diagonal to create 4 identical HST blocks – can’t remember what this is called.  I decided I would pair the fabrics with the next colour in the gradient I had and I would stagger the fabrics.  Little sketch done and a few late-night calculations of its finished size done, it was full steam ahead.  Sunday morning up early while the girls went off with Daddy to swimming and rugby, me and the sewing machine got busy.

Needless to say, I soon discovered the error of my ways.  Rushing into something means you make errors.  Having sewn half the squares and sliced them and dry laid out the pattern I discovered it was much smaller in one direction than I expected…..Doh!  Yes late night maths is not my forte… Needless to say I sulked for the rest of the day ….. and the next day.

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Having got over it I sat down with some graph paper trying to work out a way to best use the already sewn and cut fabric with the remaining stuff to get a quilt of the right kind of size.  After a few hours of thinking and playing I came up with this design.  It required me to sew the remaining squares with the colour the other side of it in the colour gradient and slice in the same way.

One evening I got down to sewing and slicing.  Its soooo satisfying to achieve something in the evening.  Once having all these pieces, I laid it out then had a play and asked big C what she liked and wanted to do… Now I have so many alternatives but just not 100% about any.

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Another thing I didn’t take enough attention of is colour saturation.  Taking a photo in black and white is really helpful as it shows the quilt in another way and show a design can be unbalanced by the tone of the fabric.

This week I have also planted out a couple of hydrangeas suffering in the heat.  Planted out big C’s pumpkin plants in the hope of growing one for Halloween and one to eat.  Re-doing a terrarium with a new succulent. And some general garden maintenance.

I have a workman in the house this week finishing the extension related items.  The extension was finished but there is a load of decoration and finishing bits left over mainly because I wanted the builders out and no more battling to get stuff done.  I wanted/ intended to do them but have realised I’m not going to be able to without spreading myself too thin until big C is at school and baby is at nursery.   The finishing off in typical me style has extended to decorating the front room as well, finishing the floor, maybe a replacement front door and the drive way.  All of which were on the to do list just not straight away! So I have been running round getting bits for this work too.

Anyway I will do a post before and after showing the front room in due course!

.. I also designed and getting our breakfast bar lighting made, finally & redid my pink hair!!!

Anyhow back to playing with big C’s quilt design…..

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OR…

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