A member of York Heritage Quilters Guild recently showed a quilt that blew me away- it used a lot of Kaffe Fassett fabric (of which I have a LOT- the colours are stunning) and the pattern wonderful. Last week I was still thinking of it, so I ordered the pattern: “The Village” by Kim McLean from Hyggeligt in St. Marys Ontario.
This project is a great distraction from what is happening in the outside world right now, and who doesn’t need that? I should end up with some new skills, and a very different quilt from my usual style- AND blogging about it should be an incentive to keep on track.
I have rarely (actually, probably never) made a quilt from a pattern, and I do not ever do hand applique, so even I am interested to see how this progresses.
I instantly adapted the house block- the door now reaches to the bottom of the block, and I removed one piece which looked odd to me. I also paper-pieced the roof. Below are images of the pattern, and my first block.
There are SO many design/colour choices to make that I decided to make the three pieces of the house- the chimneys, the roof and the main body- separately, and sort out the final arrangement when these are all made. There are 25 houses in the pattern, so I have a ways to go. Below are some of the pieces I have made to date.
Such fun! The animals are so charming that I may try making one now, to calm my anxiety about applique. Stay tuned!
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!
Kathy Doughty, of Material Obsessions, will be in Toronto this summer doing 4 days of workshops, along with a trunk show/lecture. She is being hosted by Quilts at the Creek, and you can find out about this fabulous outdoor show (and enter a quilt or two!) on their blog. I have always been totally impressed with her bold mix of patterns, colours and fabric styles all in one quilt.
I may not be as brave as her, but she was the inspiration for these two quilts. The first is Soul Searching (from her book “Making Quilts with Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession)”.
The second quilt is from her Super Nova pattern in “Adding Layers: Colour Design and Inspiration”. My version is mostly blue florals and looks way better in person. Choosing the fabrics and putting it all together went very smoothly, one of the quickest quilts I have made. Just need to decide what backing to use. Hmmmm.
They will both be on display at Quilts at the Creek- see you there!
Last year I made a Kaffe Fassett bow tie quilt as a wedding gift for my son and his new bride, but first I had to show it off at Quilts at the Creek 2013! The original pattern had two rows in the outer border that had the main and background colours reversed. When I was piecing mine, I found I preferred it with just one row. Here it is, on display at Q@C:
Well, that left me with lots of leftover blocks.. and I finally have put them together. It is 42″ x 48″, a nice size for a baby’s quilt or play mat. Just looking at this quilt makes me smile- it has two of my favourite things, the colour red, and Kaffe Fassett Fabric.
I had a few quilts in the 2013 Quilts at the Creek show two weeks ago. This is an outdoor show at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto- what a great place to display quilts. They look incredible swaying in the breeze, and come home smelling SO fresh. Here are two of my entries..
This is a Kaffe Fassett snowball design, and is one of the rare quilts that I made that is pretty faithful to the pattern. I bleached some of the lighter fabrics to give me a wider range of fabrics to work with, as I did not have a huge stash of pales.. something to work on!
The design for this quilt started with the blue fabric. I cut it up to make a one-block wonder quilt (see the Flickr group of these here…. ). I realized I could take a second set of matching triangles, add them to the hexagon shape, and make a star. I then needed to make a LOT of triangles from solid blue (I now have an extensive collection of these now!) and white. Several people at the show thought my science background was showing, and it does look like a molecule, now that I take another look at it. Beautifully quilted by my friend Sandy Lindal, of Scrappy Gal Quilt Company.
There are quite a few works in progress hidden away in various places in my quilting space.. I have gathered some together and am posting them here- these are the ones I would like to work on, and hopefully seeing them up here will encourage me.
I have started again on the Fassett red bow tie quilt, only have the outer border to do. As I mentioned in my last post, I realize I need 96 blocks for this- almost as many as for the main body of the quilt. Quite discouraging. I’ll try to do a few every day to get that number down.
Next up: another quilt that uses a Fassett fabric, this one is just a baby-size quilt. I made the blocks with my favourite tool, Marti Michell templates ( this was the double wedding ring set). It sat unfinished for quite a while when I realized I had used the same purple batik in two of the blocks- bummer. I finally got the seam ripper out and replaced it. The points on this aren’t perfect, but that is never my most important criteria for a quilt, and I do love these colours together.
I have made a few of hexagon quilts, and love the look. But because I sew these on the machine, rather than by hand, it can be a bit tedious. Below are two sets of hexagon “scraps” that I have put together from some asian-inspired fabrics.. the red one will probably become part of a pillow cover one day. The other I envisage as a large panel down the centre of a bed quilt on a ground of a solid or fairly subdued patterned fabric.
Now we come to my more “traditional” WIPs. the first is a log cabin quilt. I always wanted to make one, and I found making the blocks pretty straightforward. But I am not loving the orderliness of it. This would make a fine baby quilt as is, but it doesn’t feel like me. So it sits…..
And last but not least, something I started a few years ago. I wanted to make a medallion quilt, and this is the centre block I was made. It doesn’t inspire me right now, so it too sits. Suggestions Welcome!
Oops. Almost forgot this one. I was playing with diamonds and loving the way various patterns jump out at you, but what to do with this?
I started this quilt last summer, and finally spent some time piecing the blocks together. The reason for the long delay is I decided I would add the double row border that is on the original Kaffe version, in which he reverses the light and the dark in the pattern. Needless to say I did not cut these at the start, which meant I needed to dig out these fabrics again, didn’t have enough of some, so I needed to purchase more fabrics (sigh!).
Doing the math, I realized the double border almost doubles the number of blocks required. Right now it is 10 x 10 = 100 blocks. Two more rounds requires 96 more blocks! I’ve got them cut out now, but will take a breather from this.