Wednesday 19 June 2024

halfway!


It's June already, and we've reached the halfway point in 'Positivities' BOM quilt. It's a yearlong modern sampler quilt created by Rachel at @stitchedincolor. Loving how the edges blur from area to area, and how the stars, squares & curves reappear throughout the quilt, with everything all floating on a consistent background colour.

This month we’re doing some assembly, it’s fun to see things start to come together ...











Rachel's pattern is well written & she has a great eye for design 
We still have quite a few more parts to make before I can put everything together
- super happy so far with all my shifting shades of green πŸ’š

Saturday 15 June 2024

a cuddle quilt

 













4 Patch Chain quilt

Pattern: I reworked a pile of small ufo blocks into a double four patch pattern
Fabrics: I enjoyed mixing up all the different fabrics for this one, old & new Tilda, Liberty, Kaffe, AMH, along with a little gingham to achieve a real vintage floral look. Loving all these pinks & purples πŸ©·πŸ’œ
Backing: I found a delightful pair of vintage sheets at a local hospice shop recently, perfect for backing this quilt
Quilting: Machine quilted by Leeanne from quiltmekiwi  in E2E 'new growth' a loose leaf & vine panto 
Binding: I used a fun print 'postage due' by AMH, it captures all the colours beautifully. 
Quilt measurements: 49" x 57" 

This little cuddle quilt has now gone to Hospice, hopefully it'll brighten someone's day.
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here
until next time, Linda



Wednesday 12 June 2024

stars upon stars quilt





My 'stars upon stars' quilt is back from some longarm quilting treatment. Leeanne from quiltmekiwi sprinkled a bit of fairy magic to help me get this quilt over the finish line. She suggested 'peeling good', a delightful E2E panto, with an overall look similar to the orange peel with its interlocking rings/flower petals.
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...  and the binding is on πŸ’•





#partyinthequiltback








'Stars upon stars' was my favourite quilt from Jolene's new book "a year of quilts". Using stars are a great design element, they are incredibly versatile with those strong diagonal lines. The colour play options really are endless. And, I think Jolene was very clever in the designing of this quiltπŸ‘

For my version, I used a scrappy mix of dark prints in caramel, rose, coral, orange & browns. The nine patch blocks are mainly in a selection of lights & mediums in peach, pink, light browns & cream, all creating a soft but interesting (= busy) background effect.

I found a 16 patch St Louis quilt top in the wardrobe that I used as my backing. It was made up in a scrappy selection of pinks & peach with a little splash of blue, very vintage looking to my mind and looked so pretty teamed up with my stars. 
I sliced things up a bit and added a few asymmetrical pieces to get it to a suitable size.

For the binding I used 'plaited' from AMH's fibs & fable collection. It's a fancy stripe and the pretty raspberry/pink colours work in so well with both the front & back of my quilt. Quilt measurements: 64" x 82"

until next time,
Linda



Monday 10 June 2024

checkered garden

I don't usually like to sew a quilt exclusively with only one line of fabrics. But I couldn't resist the little challenge of making my 'checkered garden' in all Anna Maria Horner fabrics ... what's not to love.

As I made more blocks, I discovered different ways to combine these AMH fabrics. Loving all the little connections between all her fabrics, the repetition of tones & shades, shapes & shadows. 
I figured contrast was the key and I included all-that-I-have of her “lighter” fabrics to work as a soft compliment to all the other showstopper fabrics! 
All these floral prints sing together, it's like a party in the garden!


















 'garden party' quilt top stats:
Pattern: Checkered Garden Quilt from Ashley @filminthefridge It was well written, easy to follow and FREE!
Fabric: a little bit of my entire AMH stash 
Cutting: 2 1/2” strips and the occasional 2 1/2" square selection when using up the very last of my fabric

... and it's finished!
except of course for the backing, and the quilting, etc.
Linda


Thursday 6 June 2024

Linda's checkered garden


I decided to take an hour or three and do something I was excited to start and
... I'm so glad I did



My latest work-in-progress was inspired by the images of a quilt that Dana & Marilyn shared on their Instagram posts. The 'Checkered Garden' quilt is a well written, easy to follow free tutorial from Ashley @ filminthefridge









I'm using lots of little bits from my entire AMH stash. I’m super happy with the mishmash of bright fabrics. 
I know it’s not for everyone, but I do love a scrappy quilt. 

I decided the two “rules” I would stick to would be -
a. to include a few pale prints to give some breathing space amongst my florals 
and b. to alternate my blocks with either soft pink or a light value for the corner squares for some uniformity.





and then a day later, there were nine ...




I'm really enjoying making these 14" blocks… excited for the next group!
Linda

Wednesday 29 May 2024

behind the seams

Still busy trying to finish a few things here at Kokaquilts. Heads up... these behind the seams photos are probably a little boring, no new yummy fabric pulls, no decision-making dilemmas. And you will have seen work-in-progress pics of the following quilt tops a few times now! 

I do usually finish my quilt tops but not all are quilted - it really depends on whether the quilt is destined for a particular purpose. Sound familiar? 
However, I decided to get four quilts ready for some longarm quilting with Leeanne @quiltmekiwi
So, I'm having a week doing all those little tasks that need to be done to get a real finish and I thought I'd share my progress & process & photos as I went. 

First up, I wanted to get my recently finished scrappy Jacob's Ladder quilt ready for quilting. I did a lap around the perimeter of my quilt, securing the outer edges of all those small, pieced sections. 
I decided to use a very old Jacob's Ladder quilt top in calico, blues & purples for my backing ... 







... I made this Jacob's Ladder top 21 years ago, pre blogging days. I think Glenys & I went to classes for 6 weeks to make this one.
For me, it was a great learning curve in chain piecing & rotary cutting, both of which I hadn't mastered in my earlier quilting attempts. 
 Anyways, it has remained a quilt top ever since!



I had to spend quite a bit of time trimming threads ... I thought I was a messy quilter now, but obviously I was just as messy back then! 
It was interesting looking at all the fabrics I had in my stash then, a trip down memory lane with lots of late 80's? early 90's fabrics, {wink wink} modern day vintage maybe? 

*Wanda has just advised some of these fabrics are from the 1990s, thanks for the info.





I checked out the measurements of both quilt tops, making sure my backing quilt was at least 4" larger all round than my top quilt and then ironed them both.
Excited to see this double-sided Jacob's Ladder all quilted up.

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Next, I added a couple of borders to my 4-patch chain quilt top, see back here for earlier details. Lots of sweet blues & purple Tilda fabrics in this one. 






I found a delightful pair of vintage sheets at a local
hospice shop recently, perfect for backing quilts. I washed the sheets and checked the sizing. I'll only need one for this quilt✅ 

And now it's all ready to be sent off too. 
It'll be a nice size for a donation cuddle quilt, I think. 

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On a roll now ... so I also pulled out my recently finished 'old maid's puzzle' quilt to get ready for quilting too, see back here for more details. I thought maybe I could use another finished older quilt top for backing again - gotta use those UFOs for something, right?

It's a square quilt, which I rather like for a change. So, I spent quite a bit of time looking through the wardrobe of quilt tops to see if there was anything I could use, something that could be adapted to fit for the backing ...
 



... and I ended up selecting a top I made in Feb 2020, 'meadowland' quilt. 
This quilt was rectangular, but it was a simple solution to add a couple of wide side borders in a grey soft floral, so that I now had a square quilt for the backing too. 
I had dialed back the use of large colourful florals & used lots of soft greys in this one, so it really appealed to me to use as backing. 
(I've already settled on a binding fabric too, one that will blend b.e.a.u.f.i.fully with both back & front.) 



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And finally, I prepped my 'stars upon stars" quilt for quilting as well, which I finished in March, pop back here for more details. Finished quilt top is quite big, measuring 81" x 65". This quilt top needed a backing too ... 

                                                                                         





... and I found a 16 patch St Louis quilt top in the wardrobe. It was made up in a scrappy selection of pinks & peach with a little splash of blue, very vintage looking to my mind and looked so pretty teamed up with my stars.
I've sliced things and added a few asymmetrical pieces to get it up to a suitable size.
I left some selvage visible on a fabric I'd kept for years - a Laura Ashley stripe.

It's all looking like more of a scrappy pieced backing now, an easy peasey fun fix.



- off to the Post Shop  


More often or not, I usually piece a scrappy backing from my stash. 
I find making quilt backs is one of my favourite parts of the quilting process, another chance to play!
Other times, I might source a vintage sheet from somewhere or use a wide backing fabric.

However, there’s a real satisfaction that goes with using up three of those old UFOs.

Linda


Thursday 23 May 2024

finishing a few things ...


Finish a few things before starting anything new
Super happy with this scrappy value delight!











- in the late afternoon sunshine


Pattern: I was totally inspired by Jolene from blueelephantstitches.com/. I loved her nine patch Jacob's Ladder quilt. I've made two other Jacob's Ladder quilts over the years, but revisiting this idea makes me realise I simply loveπŸ©·πŸ’›πŸ’™the scrappy block-by-block process. 
I've reworked the math though and used four patches to create my own version. To keep things symmetrical - and to ensure I ended up with a rectangle rather than square quilt - I made16 12 1/2" Jacobs Ladder blocks plus eight 1/2 blocks for the top & bottom edges.

Fabric: I'm using a real mishmash, including a few favourite OOP fabrics, recent designer fabrics & a mix of background fabrics, all from my stash. 


And it’s a finish!
... except of course for the quilting, the backing etc etc . 
I always conveniently forget these later stages.

Linking my quilt top finish to NNT with Kelly over here at myquiltinfatuation
Linda