Saturday, 29 March 2014

Book Cover

Quilted Book Cover
Size:  5.5" x 7.5"

This project is from my UFO bin and was one that really didn't take long to finish up once I decided to do it.  I had previously appliqu├ęd the random pieces to the book cover but I wasn't entirely happy with the stitching so today I just went over it all again with a different shade of brown thread (because I couldn't find the match) and made the inside pieces to hold the album or book and finish the edges.  I always make it this bigger size because then I can also use it for a pocketbook if I later want to.

I keep my Pieced Tree Patterns in the little photo albums from the dollar store and needed another to contain my ever growing collection of them.

The back:

Happy Quilting!


Friday, 28 March 2014

Soy Amando Project

Soy Amando Project
by Alison at Little Island Quilting

Canadian contact in Winnipeg, Manitoba:
Kristie at Obsessive Crafting Disorder

I'm excited to have come across this project online.  Alison is collecting 12.5" blocks (quilted with batting & backing).  She will then assemble them into quilts which get sent on a journey to the Netherlands and then to their final home - a home for street children in Mexico City.  Alison posts pictures of the quilts on her blog as she finishes them.  She has also posted pictures of the first batch of quilts arriving in Mexico.  

Kristie is coordinating sending blocks to Alison from Canada (if you're from another country check Alison's blog for contact details for your country).

I thought I would make a couple of blocks, but I'm up to five so far and I'm sure I'm not finished yet.  There are no rules except the block has to be 12.5".  I decided to do the Broken Dishes block just because I really like it and have lots of scraps that fit the size needed.  I stitched in the ditch for the quilting.  I might continue doing them all the same or I might change it up - I like having the freedom to do what I feel like.

These are the backs of my blocks: 

The jungle-ish print is from my stash and is by Nicole de Leon for Alexander Henry - it's so fun & will brighten up any room when you see the back of the quilt.

Happy Quilting!



Pattern:  Rick's Paradox - to the Right.  A box of four Paradox tangles.
Reference Book:  Zen-sational Stitches for Quilting by Suzanne McNeill CZT
Size:  13.5" x 13.5"

Last year (May 2013) I took a class at at Serge & Sew called Doodle Birds with Susan S. based on Zentangle.  I have to admit I haven't finished my little bird yet but I came home and did the centre to this wall hanging which is made up of a box of four Paradox tangles of Rick's Paradox - to the Right.  I finally finished it (March 2014) into a wall hanging by adding a border of black & white fabric from the Henry Glass & Co line, Black & White & Red Allover (Pattern 1593).

Here's a close up of the centre stitching:

It's hard to see in the picture, but I did several lines of straight quilting in each border approximately 1/2" apart.

This will hang on our ever-growing wall of mini quilts but will be my gift to Greg for our 21st anniversary next week as he likes the optical illusion feel it has to it.

Happy Quilting!


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Mini Disco

Pattern:  Mini Disco by Jaybird Quilts
Size:  12.75" x 15.75"
Fabrics:  Mostly scraps of Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons but some other solid scraps may have snuck in there too.
Quilted with Sulky 733-4014.

I wanted to do something a bit different with the quilting and this is what I ended up with.  I nearly unpicked it all and started again but a friend stopped me and convinced me that, although it might not have been what I had it mind, it still worked.

The backing is more of one the lighter blue fabrics I used on the front.

I used bias binding (as the patterns calls for) to ease it around all the points along the top and the bottom - it's really not as hard as you think :)

I can't wait to make this again using some prints.

Happy Quilting!


Friday, 14 March 2014

Paper Hearts Made Mini - 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge

Here is my entry for the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge - Radiant Orchid.  I have been in a mini mode lately and was inspired by Tula Pink's Paper Hearts' quilt from the book Sew Red (and with permission from Tula Pink) to make this mini version which measures 12.5" x 16.25".  

I used a different fabric for each of the hearts, one of the three hand dyes on the back (that I had previously purchased from a local quilter), and Cultivate by Elissa Barbieri for Clothworks as the binding to pull it all together. 

I kept my quilting very simple as it was all that was needed.

I really can't wait to add this to my wall of mini quilts.

Happy Quilting!


2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

Friday, 7 March 2014

Suzy's Sack in Imaginarium

Pattern:  Suzy's Sack by This & That
Size:  4.5" x 6.5"

Main fabric:  Imaginarium, Style #2140403, Camelot Design Studio

I love these little "sacks" and have now made a few of them, this being my most recent.  I'm sure it won't be my last!  The hardest part is finding the D-ring & claw-clamp in the size I want (& on sale when I need it).

Happy Quilting!


Tulip Tango

Pattern:  Tulip Tango, Tiny 20, by Pieced Tree Patterns
Size:  12" x 34.5"

It's hard to tell from the photos but the background, binding, and backing fabric is a really beautiful dark greenish-blue batik.  Three of the other four fabrics are from Robert Kaufman and the one with the shimmer (Teal Ice) is by Fabric Freedom.  All the fabrics are from Galena Bay Novelty Fabrics.  I chose to quilt a simple outline in the tulips and meander quite a bit in the background.

Happy Quilting!