Sunday, June 23, 2019

"Nessie" baby quilt

A baby quilt I have wanted to make for a while is the Nessie quilt by Elizabeth Hartman.
 It is a free pattern over on the Robert Kaufman site here.
I quilted this one myself using the Serpentine stitch on my sewing machine - really quick and easy to do and it gives such great texture!
The back is pieced from a few large fabric pieces and I couldn't resist using a very special Tula Pink print from her new Pinkerville range.
 There are a few different creatures in the "Blind Faith" print including a unicorn, swan and of course a lovely Loch Ness Monster. 
This project was on my Q2 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Pastel crochet baby blanket

A friend of mine is due to have her baby girl very soon and I wanted to make a gift for her so after finding this lovely pastel yarn, decided on a baby blanket.
I did the corner-to-corner pattern again as it is quick and easy to do once you get started.
This yarn is so lovely and soft and the colours are really pretty.
When the colours come through in these variegated yarns they look so nice - and there is a bonus of no ends to weave in!
Then just a simple single crochet around the edge.
There was enough yarn remaining for a baby bonnet which was very kindly made by @gatheredcreations.
This was on my Q2 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Endgame mini quilt.

Jemina Flendt of Tied with a Ribbon patterns recently hosted a quiltalong to make the Endgame quilt.
I chose to sew the mini quilt version of the pattern which I could make into a pillow.
I used a variety of Tula Pink fabrics, mainly Zuma leftover from the Anchors Aweigh quilt.
The pattern was fairly easy to sew although some of those pesky points just didn't want to meet up!
The quilting was quite simple just following the lines of the triangles.
The pillow is bound in aqua to match many of the fabrics that were used in it.
And backed in a lovely deep blue shot cotton. 
This was on my Q2 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Finish-along goals for Q2 2019.

Now that the weather is cooling down, I have quite a few things I am hoping to finish in this quarter...
 1. Gypsy Wife quilt: Most of the blocks are now made for this quilt so just need to put it all together and hopefully even get it quilted!
2. Nessie baby quilt: a cute pattern by Elizabeth Hartman which I am using for a baby quilt.
3. Heartland crochet blanket: I have used a couple of the balls of yarn but have quite a few to go...
4. Tula Pink Hurray for Hexies quilt: most of the hexagons are sewn together...
5. Corner to corner crochet baby blanket: about halfway there on this blanket...
6. Safari Meadowland quilt: I have made the blocks for the quilt top and just need to get it quilted...
7. End Game mini quilt: Just need to decide on how to finish this one...

8. Swiss quilt: I am digging into my Bonnie & Camille stash to remake a quilt I made for a gift last year.
9. A pretty pastel C2C blanket for a baby girl due soon...
10. And a baby quilt featuring this elephant print by Tula Pink.
Linking up my Q2 Finish-along list with the 2019 FAL team here.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

"Outlander" quilt

I have been an Outlander fan for over 20 years now as I first started reading the books when I was pregnant with our twin boys, so I couldn't resist buying some of the fabric range by Andover when it was released a few years ago. 
I bought the "Outlander Stones" panel along with a few half yards of the coordinating prints.
This is the first time I have used a panel for a quilt so I started by looking online for some ideas on using them as quite a few of the fabric manufacturers have free patterns available using their panels.
My initial plan was to include a few of the Thistles by Elizabeth Hartman so made 4 of them to go along the sides of the 25 x 40" ish panel.
And then used the crest fabrics to make a kind of piano key border along the top and bottom of the panel, with the main grey print for corners.
The green border was added after I calculated that I still had enough of it for the backing. 
The quilt was longarmed at my LQS in a lovely swirly design.
After quilting, I bound it in an olive green solid.
Can't wait to cuddle up on the couch with this quilt and read the 9th book in the Outlander series when it is released later this year...
This was on my Q1 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tula Pink Anchors Aweigh "Zuma" quilt

Tula Pink's Anchors Aweigh quilt pattern has been around for a little while now and when she recoloured it using the new Zuma fabrics I decided to make it!
I used the Aquamarine colourway along with a deep navy blue for the background.
There are about 660 little 2 inch squares in this pattern but it is broken down into sections so it wasnt too hard to keep track.
I think the secret to doing so many small squares like this is to sew in rows, press alternate rows left or right and then nest seams as most of mine turned out ok by doing this.
It was quite hard to cut into these gorgeous fabrics as the squares are so small but the effect is amazing.
The finished flimsy - my top and bottom borders are narrower so this is about 90x80".
This was longarm quilted at my LQS - Rainbow Patchwork and I used my favourite blue backing which goes perfectly with all Tula fabrics.
So many lovely details in these fabrics.
 The quilt was bound in an older Tula print - Making Waves in navy. 
We went up to my parents place near the beach to take some photos and managed to get a few before my quilt holders went fishing instead...
This was on my Q1 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team.