Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Hugs & Kisses for Nita

The fabric which drew me into quilting was a Kate Spain design, called Verna.  I had collected various precuts and yardage, and decided to use some of it up.

This quilt is for my beautiful friend Nita.  She is fighting a huge battle, and will need lots of love and support.  The first surgery is done ... now onto the next phase of treatments.

The pattern is one I found at the Moda Bakeshop Here.  I did have to cut a couple of extra 10” squares to make an extra row, to make the circles symmetrical.

The backing is a yellow minkee I managed to score at a store which I usually do not shop at.  I am pleased with how it has quilted up.  Minimal quilting, around the diamonds, lets this quilt wrap you up snug and cozy.

The binding is a contrasting aqua stripes and dots I had in my stash.  I love it, and know that it will wrap her and keep her warm with all our love.

Get well, Nita OXOXO

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The 9 Hour Quilt

I had planned on finishing some projects, but … a 9 Hour Quilt?  I must be crazy??

I grabbed out 6 fabrics that coordinated well together.  I then cut a 13.5 inch square of each.  I then sliced at 5 inches from one side, and then sewed the blocks back together with a different print.  Once pressed, I again sliced, at 6.75 inches, or in half.  Then I again paired up the halves with a different set of prints, and re-sewed.

I then had 6 blocks, which I rearranged and sewed into the top.  A border of lovely green, then a simple stipple had me ready to call it a night.

First thing this morning I did the binding.  It is now ready to gift this afternoon.

So pleased I challenged myself.

Speed Quilting … it should be a new Olympic Sport!!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Bad Blogger

I have been a bad blogger.  Work has been hectic and sometimes posting comes a sad last to family and responsibilities.

Just because I have not blogged, does not mean I haven’t been working on projects on the side.

I am involved in a couple of Rainbow Charm Square Swaps (5” square piece of fabric).  The first swap I am in, had me collecting purples, in 10 different fabrics.  These I cut into 12 charm squares.  I then sent them off, and this week my first rainbow parcel arrived.  I quite quickly, joined with two more colours in a subsequent swap.   This time, orange and yellow.   I am eagerly awaiting those to be returned and then I will make a start on a scrappy rainbow quilt of some sort.  I am still eying off all the rainbow quilt’s online to decide on a plan.

I have also got to quilting stage, a lap quilt out of my precious Verna fabric, with some Kona Ash.  I have backed it in a yellow minkee, which has no dots!!!  I was stoked to find it at a fabric store I don’t normally frequent.   

Here it is after I finished basting ... on my wall!  It is a tight squeeze for the width of fabric, but as I have spray basted, feel this will hold well.  This minkee doesn’t feel as thick as the dot minkee, however I feel it will be perfect for this quilt.  It is going to a very special lady … so I want to get it finished asap.

From the offcuts of this quilt, I have put together another top, which is smaller in size.  It may be suited to a baby quilt, I am still deciding if I add borders, and how I will do this.

Annual leave has started again for me so hopefully I will have some finished projects to share shortly.  I may even make a start on something with this bundle of goodness!