Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Week of Quilts - Day 4

Here I Am Once Again....with my suitcase in my hand and I'm running away down River Rooooaaadd...I have no idea why that song is stuck in my head but it is....and then I think, imagine all the useful stuff I could store in my head if I just got rid of all the crap...like earworms, and my phone number when I was 7 and the licence plate number of my first car LOL

Anyway on to more serious things...


Like the very serious face or eyes of Little OWB who is now my Chief Quilt Holder...and not to be messed with!


So after I made The Giant Kiss/Plus Quilt ( such an original name?!) I had a whole pile of HST cut offs that I couldn't bring myself to throw away.


So I had a stern word to myself, as you do, and said if you're not going to throw them away you have to use them in a project straight away, or it's just more "stuff" you're hoarding for "just in case"


So voila the little Churn Dash Baby quilt was made ( do not laugh at the very serious face! )


I had two attempts at quilting this!!....sigh...kitten rearranged the backing without me noticing and before I pin basted, 10 rows in I checked the back and there were puckers!! Grrrrr!

Luckily at 6" finished blocks it's not a massive quilt so 10 rows didn't take too long to unpick.


I had enough left over vintage sheet from the Giant Cross Quilt backing to use it again on this little sweetie


The binding is a Riley Blake print and I think it's from one of Tasha Noel's lines?


Vintage sheets, strawberries and sweet little Churn Dash blocks seems like they were made for each other!


OK let's link up with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for some Thursday fun

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week of Quilts - Day 3 I'm Doing This!

OK Day 3, here we are with a WIP that is at least 5 years old!!


I found a few half done 1/4 log cabin blocks and a big pile of randomly cut strips while shifting stuff from the downstairs garage sewing space to the new upstairs sewing room.


From memory the inspiration fabric was Backyard Baby by Patty Sloniger, a designer for Michael Miller fabrics....my helper is still struggling with the "stand still " concept of picture taking hahaha


I'm feeling pretty good about having this little pile of nothing turn into a sweet little quilt


Being of the lazy quilting type ( I'm definitely a piecer! ) I thought I'd try out this cute snake like stitch on my Elna, just as a change from my huge repetoire of....straight stitch quilting LOL


All I can say is thank F*** it was a teeny tiny quilt....it was sooooo slow


It looks super cute unwashed and dried so I'm hoping that the spa treatment will accentuate the pucker of the snake stitch....which I will never do again!


It's a sweet 36" x 45" and the mint stripe binding was a moda print from my stash, so YAY to using up what I already have.


And that's Day 3 and Wednesday hump day just about gone :) and since it's been a while that I've posted midweek Let's Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts.

Sew Fresh Quilts

Happy halfway through the week my Peeps!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week Of Quilts - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of The Week Of Finishes Yay!!!


I had to include these two, not so clear pics, because my Wee OWB so desperately wanted to help me take photos of the smaller quilts since she insisted she's big enough to help...be still my Mumma heart!


Sometimes between driving me bonkers and making huge elaborate messes she is the sweetest thing ever! 


This quilt was inspired by the BOM article that is at the end of every Love Patchwork & Quilting mag.Last year it was Lynne from Lily's Quilts this year it's Canadian Nicole Calver from Snips Snippets


This block is called Diamond Squares and while I was tidying and supposedly sorting? I got inspired to cut up this bundle of Lil' Red by Stacy Hsu.


I think it shows the prints off beautifully and is a nice change from my usual obsession in standard plus quilt blocks :)


Winter sun makes it difficult to photgraph quilts clearly 


But on the plus side ( LOL cheesy ) it really shows up the quilting...pity it isn't more daring than a one and a half inch grid!


Binding is only from last year so I am getting better at non hoarding




And since it's bound and labelled I'd call that a perfect finish!


Oooops almost forgot the backing, another stash find and one of four vintage sheets pushed under other stuff ....seriously?!!


It finishes up at 48' x 48' which makes it a nice play mat size quilt.


After it's Spa treatment it will be ready for a new home :)


Okay peeps two days in a row....can I keep this up??....do not hold your breathe...

The Week Of Quilts - Finished WIPS for Every Day of The Week...Monday to Friday that is!!


I know that's a grandiose blog header but I'm aiming to document a week of finished quilts!!...just so I cover my butt I'll change it to include quilt tops??!!

I've finally starting moving my stash up from the garage into my new sewing space (baby son's old room ) and I'm slightly mortified at the size of the stash and the random UFO's I've been unearthing!

Meanwhile a new cuzzie baby boy was born down the coast ( East Coast of the North island ) and he needed a quilt....cue this ridiculously cute Monster print from Robert Kaufman at my LQS.


So a stack of Kona Cottons in Blue and Grey....


Aaaaand a 60 degree ruler later we have a pile of 6" triangles....ready to test the point matching skills of any die hard triangle quilt fan!


I thoroughly enjoyed the repetitive nature of this type of sewing and with the company of some Netflix...how did I live without this before???....the top was busted out in two nights.


A wee while back I was the lucky recipient of a giveaway hosted by my Gorgeous Sparkly Boy, Molli, and the sponsor was Ms Midge, who you all know is an Aurifil brand distributor.


I chose this sexy variegated silver/grey thread for my topstitching from my winnings and it slid through all three layers like a hot knife in butter...divine...barely any lint even though I used a flannel for the backing.



Here it is all bound and yummy looking



I did a basic 1/4" quilt outline from every seam



Which showed up beautifully on the backing



I machine bind most of my quilts now but particularly baby quilts so they can be washed multiple times without fear of the binding coming loose.



Bound and labelled ready to be loved...which after hearing from the Mumma it is very much.:)


These bibs were also found in the ridiculous stash/hoarding downstairs and all they needed was a bit of velcro...too lazy for snaps LOL


OK peeps one quilt down and hopefully four posts to go?!