Monday, 14 October 2019

work in progress - trellis quilt

I'm continuing with my goal of working with quilts-in-progress every now & then, trying to move each one forward a little. I had a quilty few days last week and managed to finish up another quilt top.

I pulled out my scrappy 'trellis' blocks {pop back here to see earlier post in August}. I was so close to finishing, so I set to making up the last handful of the 6 1/2" blocks.
I've reshuffled things around, and taken out the bright blue solid blocks, and it's all looking much more like how I imagined it now.

I've used lots of my favourite fabrics, from lots of different projects over the years, plus a few new designer treats mixed in too. It was fun pairing up the light & dark fabrics, little unexpected surprises occured each time. And, I'm now right down to the very last piece of my main fabric, this treasured Amy Butler fabric...

My inspiration came from seeing all the different variations of this quilt over on instagram - @therootconnection  @quiltdivajulie  and the more recent sessoms quilt 
and, Leeanna's delightfully scrappy 'lattice' quilt over here at 'not afraid of color'

Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here
and with Em for 'moving it forward' over here tomorrow 

Wishing you a scrap-happy week, Linda

Sunday, 6 October 2019

on the lighter side

This is a small inbetween project.
Lots of log cabin 12" blocks, a simple design but always a favourite.
It's a real mix of old & new fabrics, in whispery light low volumes, all from the scrap basket.

Linking up with Wendy for this weekends 'peacock party' here
and with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' over here
- pop on over to see what delights others are making too.

Wishing you a scrap-happy week, Linda

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

this little WiP of mine

Thanks for the comments & feedback, both here on the blog and over on my IG feed, about this little WiP of mine. You all gave me heaps to think about. Here's where I ended up, my 'summersweet' quilt, now a finished top. 

Jo's pattern 'wintersweet' quilt captured me and I wanted to do it justice as well as, you know, make something I was happy with too. 

I remembered {in the middle of the night!} a quilt made by Kaffe years ago, where he had lots of 9 patch squares alternating with big rosy floral squares, a border of toile squares, and then a final border of smaller squares of fabrics from the centre. 

And so I rummaged thru' my fabrics to find some toiles{fabrics with floral motifs on light white backgrounds}, and picked out the most 'modern' looking of my toile prints. I also picked a few prints that I could reverse to give that slightly softer effect. 
Loving how the 5" squares border shines out amongst all that delicious bright AMH colour! 

Here's a few progress photos . . . 

imagine an all white, airy, high ceiling bedroom in the tropics, 
with a ceiling fan and plantation shutters . . . 

Many thanks to Jo from frankieandray for the +ve  feedback & the visualisation.
To see what others are making using AMH fabrics pop on over here #amhsewalong19
Linking up with Emily for 'moving it forward' over here

Wishing you a scrap-happy week, Linda

Saturday, 28 September 2019

simmering over a solution

When I’m in a stash-busting mood I tend to look for a simple design, using a large variety of scraps.The 'wintersweet' pattern by Jo from Frankie and Ray had my name written all over it! It's made up in a scrappy mix of floral fabrics and combines two of my favouirte blocks, 9 patch and churn dash. Having the two different blocks mixes things up a bit, keeps your eye moving around the quilt, and keeps things interesting. Yes!

I had recently added a few new designer treats to my stash, some of AMH's conservatory fabrics - all of which seemed to work together seamlessly, without being overly matched.

I decided to use these new fabrics and started out pairing up fabrics that contrasted so that my blocks would still show up when they were all joined together. And I also made a few more blending combos to help with making it look not too chaotic or too busy. Well, these were my thoughts as I sewed.

It all started to unravel when I had to decide on the first border squares, see pattern pic below. I tried placing solid 5" squares around for the border, but it all looked flat. Next up, a selection of squares using the prints from the main part, too much colour, too confusing.

Usually I love gingham and florals together, so I tried adding a border of b&w gingham. But, what looked good in a small sample, did not look at all good over the whole quilt ... it suddenly began looking like a tablecloth ... out with the quick-un-pick, double fast!

Nope, it wasn't easy at all. Firstly, I had started out with quite a different fabric selection to the pattern cover. Next, I hadn't worked out a colour palette, not even a simple one to lock in a mood or theme. And then there were all those uncertainties I had regarding that first border.

I've spent some considerable time this week simmering over a solution. I chatted with my daughter about the issues I was having, and I looked online to see how others were combining these fabrics too, see here, here, here and here too.

As you can see, I ended up making a couple of changes to the original pattern. Today I made up five more blocks to give me a total of 30 blocks, set 5 x 6. Unintentionally going for all the colours in this one, it's still a bit wild and a bit busy, but I do love all the fabrics ... {wink wink} maybe just not all together!

Next up, border options, but that can wait until another day now.

Wishing you a scrap-happy weekend, hope your projects all go smoothly,

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

wintersweet quilt - up on the design wall

Audtioning for the inner border in the above two pics. The pattern calls for 5" squares all around, however I'm quite liking this gingham too. Which do you prefer?

I've made some progress on my 'wintersweet' quilt this week and all the centre 25 blocks are now made. It's a bit different to Jo's original here, where she used a darker palette as a nod to the colder Winter months of the year, and included her favourite Liberty scraps.
I've chosen to make it in my usual scrappy, boho style. There's lots of blending and blurring, a little bit of fussy cutting, and I'm also repeating favourite combos . . . it's a happy collision of fabrics & colour!

Next up is the first border decision, and then it's onto the last 28 blocks for the final border. The finished size is around 72" square.

When I started, was thinking this could be a perfect pattern for some of those wild and crazy prints that you just don't know what to do with. However, playing with these bold, multi-coloured prints has been both frustrating & interesting all at the same time. I must have reshuffled these blocks around a zillion times now, trying to get some balance, hope this is it. I might need a low volume fabric fix after this . . .

Friday, 13 September 2019

abstracts & florals

Who doesn't love a pretty nine patch . . . or a sweet churn dash block? I'm using a mix of these two simple blocks and lots of AMH florals & abstract fabrics to create this bright & colourful busy quilt by Jo from frankieandray.
Alternating the blocks provides visual interest, and I found some solid fabrics that graduate in colour which really adds a nice extra touch too. After the 25 blocks for the quilt centre are made, there will be a border of simple squares and then another row right around of more alternating blocks.

More photos of my stuff over here on my instagram feed.
Linking up with Kelly over here at myquiltinfatuation for 'needle and thread Thursday'
Until next time, Linda