Friday, 24 April 2015

Finished | Talisman

I've got a finish to share today, and I'm pretty excited about this one. Actually, I think I say that about all my finishes!  Really, what's not exciting about completing a project you've put your all into?!

This is a quilt of my own design.  I started out sketching up a few ideas (graph paper is my number one quilt design tool) and soon settled on a layout that featured colour bands and a fun play between the positive and negative space. As you can see in the sketch below, I'd originally planned to do a dark background, but ended up inverting the white and navy.  

It took some trial and error to figure out the best way to piece this block, so no guarantees that the cutting notes in this pic are accurate!  It's a moderately time consuming block, but at the 18"x18" finished size it doesn't take many blocks to complete a nice sized quilt.

I decided to put my FMQ skills to the test on this quilt, although I did cheat and do the longer straight lines with my walking foot.  I was heavily inspired by Longarmer and fellow Canadian Kathleen from Kathleen Quilts (@kathleenquilts).  You must check out her work, it's brilliant!  

The quilt is backed with an organic coral and white print, which contrasts nicely with the strong geometric piecing on the front.  I really wanted to bring a gold metallic element into this quilt, so it's bound it Cotton + Steel Basics "Netorious" in Mixing Bowl  The shimmer from the metallic lattice is perfect, and the minty green field colour is just a tint lighter than the Kona Celadon from the green blocks.  When I ordered the binding fabric on line, I was nervous that those two greens would clash, so I was relieved to see how beautifully everything played together.  In case you're curious, in addition to Celadon, the Kona solids used are Mustard, Creamsicle, Nectarine, Navy and White.

After much deliberation, I've decided that my favourite thing about this project is the quilting and that I pushed myself to do something that was perhaps a bit on the ambitious side.  A close second is the colour palette, which is perfect for Spring.

This completes goal #1 on my Q2 FAL list!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday, and Sarah for TGIFF.

Happy Friday!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

2015 Finish Along - Q2 Goals

I consider Quarter one of the Finish Along to be a big success - I managed to complete 5 of the 7 WIPs on my list. Of course I started another WIP or two as well!  

My goals for Quarter 2 are:

1. Talisman Quilt - This is carried forward from my Q1 list.  All that's left to do on this one is stitch down the binding so this will be wrapped up shortly. (Above, top left)

2. Talisman Cushion - I have a tester block leftover from making the quilt that plan to make into a coordinating toss cushion. (Above, bottom left)

3. Trail Tote - hiking season is just about here and I need a small casual bag so I can keep my valuables with me while I'm out. (last summer my car was broken into and two purses filled with phones, wallets, keys etc were stolen from the trunk - can't have that happening again!)  Noodlehead's Trail Tote will be perfect.  I've pulled together some fabrics and bought all the notions, now it's time to get cutting and sewing.  I'm pretty pumped about this one.  (Above, top right)

4. EPP Medallion Quilt - This started out as an experiment with the Rose Star design and the intention to make a relatively quick toss cushion.  But I couldn't stop there so it just keeps growing.  (Above, bottom right)

5. Postage Stamp Quilt - This is another project carried forward from last quarter.  This one needs some attention this quarter. (Below, top left)

6. Pantone Challenge Quilt - I pulled this stack of fabric ages ago, and sketched up a concept that features a spin on the traditional Young Man's Fancy block.  But that's as far as I got.  I'll definitely be missing the link-up this year, but plan to complete this puppy regardless. (Below, bottom left)

7. EPP Molecule Cushion - I came across these EPP hexie "molecules" that I made ages ago when I first discovered EPP.  I'll make these into a toss cushion for my 4 year old nephew's room - he's obsessed with all things orange so he'll love this. (Below, right)

I'm loving the motivation of logging my WIPs and tracking my progress - looking forward to another productive quarter.  

Thanks as always to Adrianne at On the Windy Side for coordinating the shindig!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Finished | Hexie and I Know It

It feels like this post is long over due, and I'm so jazzed to finally share this finish!  I finished this one back in January but have only now gotten around to photographing it.  Winter just doesn't agree with picture taking around here.

This was a long term project that I began on Labour Day weekend back in 2013, so it felt great to finish it.  You can check out progress posts herehere and here if you're interested in the journey.

Each of the coloured diamonds is made up of various scraps from past projects, and a collection of fat quarters purchased over time that I just had to have - it was great to finally cut into some of them and put them to use.  The white borders are made up of a variety of hues of white/off-white solids and tone on tone white prints.  This mixture of whites, combined with the different values in the coloured hexies give the diamonds a sort of shimmery, sparkly effect.  

The design is anchored with a deep teal diamond grid.  It's bound in the same teal solid and backed with Anna Maria Horner's Tangle in Aqua from her Dowry collection, which complements the quilt beautifully.  This is the first quilt I've ever labeled, and I think I need to get into this habit for future projects.

Hexie and I Know It is made up of 697 hand pieced hexies, which I then hand-quilted using a big stitches and a chunky-ish 12 wt thread.  I had forgotten how much I adore hand quilting, working on this was such a joy!

This quilt finished at roughly 72" x 90" which is a gloriously cozy size for wrapping up in and binge-watching Downton Abbey (or any British period drama, for that matter, I'm hooked on them all!).  My favourite thing about this quilt is the hand work - I fell in love with english paper piecing and rekindled my love of hand-quilting.

I'm linking up one last finish to the Finish Along this quarter over at On the Windy Side.  I've really appreciated the extra motivation this quarter - and so have lots of other quilters - there are well over 300 finishes linked up, and counting!  Well done everyone!

Happy Good Friday!