Tuesday 28 February 2023

strippy triangles quilt: on the design floor

After nearly three weeks of randomly working on these triangle strips, I think I finally have enough HSTs to start stitching it all together ... but it will all have to wait now! 
Super excited, we are off to Australia for a long overdue holiday to see my son & his wife IRL after five - oh my, yes five - years! 
And I'll be very happy to soak up some of that Auzzie 🌞 sunshine too. What with cyclone Gabrielle, and the all the severe flooding, slips, power outages and horrific trail of destruction & loss for many around the North Island, it's been a real bummer summer miserable summer here!  

Back in a couple of weeks, Linda

Friday 24 February 2023

a mashup of florals

No sewing happening around here, so I thought I'd share a few pics of one of my favourite quilts today. 
This is my 1/4 Log cabin quilt made back in August 2015
- it's a lovely mashup of floral fabrics mainly from my AMH baskets!

I really love the simplicity of this block and the beauty of the fabrics, super happy they all ended up mixing together so well. It sure to brings out the sunshine in the spare bedroom! 
And I also love how the warm / cool contrast ensures the eye moves around the quilt, searching for those special little fabric gems. 

You’ll find an eclectic mix of makes here on the blog, variety brings me joy. I can't keep all the quilts I make, so many have been gifted, some donated. 
But there are still some, like this one, that I have kept here over the years, why? As a fabric lover I find some quilts are just too hard to part with, the special ones, made from a real mix of fabrics from years of hoarding collecting, and they make me smile. 
Hope you enjoyed this little floral trip down memory lane. 

Have a great weekend, Linda.

Saturday 11 February 2023

HSTs everywhere

Over the past week, in between things, I've been sewing lots of HSTs. Last year Cathy L. Wanda and Julie all shared their versions of a vintage quilt and each time I spotted their respective progress I was tempted to make this quilt too. 

I started out with a pastel mix of curated fabrics {from These Clever Hands} and am adding in other whispery, (mainly)pale fabrics as I find them in my stash.  
When I have enough of any one fabric, I'm using the 8-at-a-time method, otherwise I'm making individual HSTs from my scrappy stash. I'm sewing them together into strips of five, and then into bigger blocks. Here's how things are looking so far up on the design wall ...

- stash finds

- vintage inspiration quilt

Linking up my new start with Kelly here at myquiltinfatuation for NTT
and this weekend with Wendy's 'peacock party' here

Until next time, Linda

Friday 3 February 2023

summertime vibe

My 'Origins' quilt ended up neither shy nor retiring {wink wink}. However, I am super happy that it is 100% pulled from my stash baskets. These fat quarters have come from fabrics that have been sitting on my shelf just waiting to be made into something, anything really, so it does feel good to finally be using use them! 
And the pattern from @liftinglimitsquilting is a really fun one to play with!

Going rogue (again) with mixing colour & pattern, and mainly thinking of a summertime vibe! Lots of pastels in purple & pink, soft white, blues, and green. I'm mixing up my fabrics too, mainly AMH, Kaffes, and a few Jennifer Paganelli fabrics. 

*Update: I left my layout down on the 'design floor' for a day or so... just to be sure... to be sure... as I 
wasn't happy with that lone dark plum/cranberry block in there.
Anyways, last weekend I tweaked things just a little by swopping in a blending block and then joined everything up together. And I'm super happy with it now! 

Linking up with Kelly for NNT here @myquiltinfatuation
and with Wendy for this weekends 'peacock party' here
and over here with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' 

Until next time, Linda