Monday, 27 October 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival | Fancy

My first submission to The Blogger's Quilt Festival was so much fun, I decided to do it again!  Big thanks go out to Amy Ellis at Amy's Creative Side for hosting such a fun virtual quilt show!   

I'm submitting my Fancy quilt in the Small Quilt category - at 48"x72" it just squeeks in.  This quilt is based on the Tres Chic pattern from Quilty Magazine, and was certainly challenging!  This was a project of firsts: my first attempt at curved seams (it will be a long time before I take on curved piecing again) and my first quilt that was entirely free-motion quilted.  The contrast between the Kona Black and Sand fabric creates a bold, graphic effect.   

Champagne and Caviar anyone?  
You can learn more about this quilt in this WIP post, or this Finish post.

Remember to check out the Blogger's Quilt Festival and vote for your faves!

Happy Monday!

Blogger's Quilt Festival | Old Salt

It's that time again, folks...The Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy's Creative Side!  In the past I've enjoyed this event as a spectator, and I'm pumped to actually participate this time around!  

I'm submitting my Old Salt quilt in the Original Design category.  I had a lot of fun working out a rough plan for this quilt, and experimenting with different blocks - blending traditional motifs with more contemporary ones.  The colour palette is calm and nautical in greys, blues and tans, with pops of red and mustard.  The end result reminds me of the east coast, light houses, and fishing villages.  

If you'd like to learn more about this project, you can check out this post, and by all means head on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and vote for your faves!

Happy Monday!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Finished | Bookworm

It just occurred to me that I never shared this finished quilt with you cool cats!  

As I mentioned in my WIP post, this quilt was inspired by a couple adorable vintage prints that I managed to score from my mom's craft hoard, paired with coordinating fabrics from my stash.  I randomly arranged several squares with the occasional HST to break things up. 

I hemmed and hawed for a long while trying to decide how to quilt this, and at the end of the day I went with my go-to straight line quilting.  

This quilt is backed and bound in Kona Celadon - I love how a solid back allows the quilting to shine!  

Since the feature fabrics include illustrations of old-timey schoolgirls working on their studies, I decided to name the quilt "Bookworm"  I hope someday it will be used to snuggle up with and enjoy a good story.  At 36"x48" it's a nice size for a baby quilt, and it's for sale in my Etsy shop.

My favourite things about this quilt, as if you had to ask, are the super-sweet vintage textiles.    

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday, and TGIFF!
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WIP | Hexie and I Know It

Identity crisis time - this is a WIP post that's kinda, sorta a Finished post too.
I finished my EPP hexie quilt top!  That's 697 hand-pieced, happy little hexies.

I sandwiched and basted over the week-end (my bum muscles are still aching from all the squatting and crawling during the basting phase), and have begun hand-quilting.  I love, love, love hand quilting and haven't done it in ages, so I'm enjoying this part of the process immensely.  I wanted to high-light the hexies with my quilting, so I'm echoing each hexagon with my stitching set in about a half inch.    

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!