I am a member of York Heritage Quilters Guild, and we had our quilt show last weekend (see all the photos here.)
I had three quilts in the show, all bed-sized quilts that I completed in the past year. Don’t make me choose a favourite! Below are some of the other quilts I have completed in the past year.. wow, even I didn’t realize how much I had done! The one directly below is a One Block Wonder, and the one below that results from playing with the idea of a Plus quilt, and the colours yellow and blue. This has been donated to Quilts of Valour.
I love colour, but normally I don’t think of myself as a “blue” person. But I DO seem to be buying/collecting a lot of blue fabrics right now.. so it is time to dip into that growing stash.
My favourite quilts to make are those that use a single simple block. That enables me to concentrate on the colour play at work in the quilt. Here are my inspiration fabrics for this quilt which I have purchased but not used yet:
The blue in all of these fabrics ranges from a deep royal blue to navy to an almost inky blue-black. So I went to my “stash” and started cutting. I never jump right in and start sewing. I am all about “playing” on the design wall, and the final layout comes together: sometimes sooner, sometimes later.
I am using a tumbler template and arranging the blocks in a “Bowtie” layout. After cutting a number of blocks in a mix of blue, yellow and patterned fabrics, I tested two layouts. The one on the left uses a more equal mix of blue with the other colours, while the right has quite a bit more blue, with flashes of contrast yellow/citron. The difference is not striking in these two samples, and I’m not sure which I prefer, so I will make more blocks and test again… stay tuned!
I have been wanting to practise my curved piecing for a long while. To start with, I watched a lot of YouTube videos on how to do this, and I tried and tried and tried. They were pretty bad. Tried pinning, clipping, and more. THEN I remembered there is a foot attachment you can buy that makes this much easier- they claim! It is called the Curve Master Presser Foot, and as I rummaged through my sewing machine box, I found not one, but TWO of them. I have wanted to work on these blocks for a long time, and I probably bought them years ago in preparation for this!
I am away from most of my stash right now, but I did bring a big pile of charm squares with me. I rummaged through them to find a variety of green squares, and started working on them. This curved foot does really make piecing these blocks a lot easier. I have a collection of quilts with these blocks on Pinterest, and found one I really love on Linda Franz’s Inklingo website. Here is what I have made so far… I’m loving it!
I am on my winter retreat- or more correctly, my retreat from winter. Weather here (Saint Simons Island, GA) is warm and sunny, so I am always surprised that the sun goes down so early. Even though I am no longer working and every day is like a vacation, this feels like a REAL vacation. I spend more time sewing, and only work on things I brought with me. The rest of my time is spent biking, walking the beach, exploring the island and environs, cooking, etc.
This is what I have done in my first week here… it is a variation of the spider web quilt block, and I really love how the hexagon rings stand out. I realize I didn’t bring enough fabric to finish this quilt, but I will make as many blocks as I can, and finish it later. I spent a lot of time on google images and Pinterest researching this pattern, and no longer remember where I saw the inspiration for this particular layout. I will add the original source if I am able to find it.
I’ll try to post weekly, IF I remember!
I’ve been working on some more subdued quilts lately, and craved some COLOUR! The York Heritage Quilters Guild is having its UFO challenge, and I am using all the extra blocks I had cut out for the Border Creek Station challenge run two years ago at Quilts at the Creek. Here is the quilt I made then…
Here are the blocks paired up and ready to make HSTs.. I thought I had a lot more blocks than I was able to find, so I will have to do more digging in my stash to make it the size I want! Most of the fabrics are from Kaffe Fassett- I can never get enough of his luscious colours.
and some of the blocks I have pieced together:
Needs to be done for our May meeting, so add it to the list of things to work on NOW!