Friday, 27 March 2015

Finished | Improv Baby Quilt II

It's Friday!  Yay!  I hope you've got a wonderful weekend in store!

I've got a quick finish to share this evening - another scrappy, improv baby quilt.  

If you happened to catch my Friday Finish a couple weeks ago, this will look familiar.  It's essentially the exact same thing but with a different colour scheme.  These fabrics are a fun mix of edgy and pretty.  I finished this quilt with another polka dot backing and stippled quilting.  The binding is Allison Glass's Feathers in black, from my stash.  I can't believe it took until now for it to occur to me how amazing this print would be for a binding.  By far, the binding is my favourite thing about this quilt.

I've listed this in my Etsy shop, along with it's green and aqua twin.

That takes care of goal #6 from my Q1 FAL list.

Linking up with TGIFF over at Simply Pieced - buzz by and check out what everyone has accomplished!

Happy Friday!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Finished | Anthology

So, that FMQ sampler quilt that I've been working on all winter is finished, and I've finally found a moment to snap a picture.  

I've learned a very important QAYG lesson during the making of this quilt that I wanted to pass along in hopes of preventing anyone else out there from making the same mistake that I made...

A light backing fabric is NOT a good idea.  You see, the seams where I joined the sammies together are all pressed open, which is no biggie on all those light fabrics, but the darker/brighter seams are visible through the pale, Kona Aqua backing fabric that I chose.  I wasn't able to take a decent picture of this issue - but trust me, guys - it's not the prettiest.   Lesson learned.

I've shared about my progress throughout the making of this quilt, so I'll spare you the repetitive detail shots and descriptions.  If you want to learn more you can check out these posts:
My favourite thing about this quilt was learning about FMQ and gaining confidence with those skills.  It was a lot of fun trying out several motifs, deciding which ones I like and which ones I'm not such a fan of.  This quilt finished at 72" x 54"-ish.

Goal #2 from my Quarter 1 FAL list is complete! 

I'm linking up to TGIFF which is hosted this week by Aylin.  Let's see what everyone else has been finishing up!

Happy FIRST DAY OF SPRING! (cue happy dance)

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Finished | Improv Baby Quilt

I hope you're enjoying a lovely, lazy Sunday!

I thought I'd quickly pop in to share a recent finish - A scrappy, improv baby quilt.  

I started out with several scraps in greens and aquas, randomly sewed them together and used my 6" x 24" ruler to clean up the edges and create the scrappy bricks.  I cut two of them in half in order to create the off-set pattern. The "mortar" is made up of 2 1/2" wide white sashing strips.

I practiced my FMQ skills with an allover stipple - it was fast and fun.  I love how those squiggles look like sea monsters or moose antlers or kelp.  A polka dot backing was the perfect finishing touch, and since this little guy is 36" x 48", I didn't even have to piece the backing - BONUS!  

My favourite thing about this quilt?  The tropical colour palette.  It was a nice reprieve from the ultra-wintery weather of February.  I'm happy to say that it's starting to feel like spring might actually be on it's way.

This takes care of goal #5 on my Quarter 1 FAL list.  

Linking up (super late) with Scraptastic Tuesday hosted by She Can Quilt and Mrs. Sew and Sew.  Do stop by and check out the scrappy goodness!

Happy Sunday!