Saturday, 21 April 2018

Baby Mystery Quilt

Back last year I took the plunge and joined my local Modern Quilt Guild. Well not exactly my local but near enough and its on a day that suits me. To be honest I wasn't sure if the all sew together environment would suit me and my anxieties but I'm fallen lucky in that the whole group is made of very welcoming ladies and I feel completely at home. I really look forward to my Sunday of sewing each month. 

Anyway I digress. Last month we did a mystery quilt based on the disappearing nine patch block. I'm afraid I didn't take many pictures but we made 9 nine patch blocks ( using 5" charms)  and using a further 18 neutral charm squares came up with this. I used brights and scrappy low volume for my neutral.

 I managed to finish the top in group and as I didn't have too much else to do ( who am I kidding) I pinned and quilted in the week or so that followed.

I did straight lines across the top following the corners and centres of the small squares. I then did a motif in the centre of the square on point. I also did half the motif in the edge neutral triangles. All in a pale grey.

I found an alphabet print in my stash for the backing

and used a spotty print for the binding. 

I now need to find a child/baby to gift this one too. 

Hopefully in this month's meeting in a week or so's time there will be a parade of these. I'll try and remember to get a picture of them all. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Year of Scrappy Triangles

The final (well for now) sew along I'm trying to keep up with is over on Leila's blog.

Every week for a year she's posting a new paper pieced half square triangle design. I didn't start this until a month or so ago but it's been going since last autumn. We are on week 28 now I think and there will be 52 in total. 

Again in an effort to tackle my ever growing scrap pile I've decided to do all the triangles in plain white on the one half and scrappy blue on the other. 

This is my overflowing blue basket so it'll be interesting to see what it looks like at the end. 

 Anyway in no particular order the triangles so far are

Well these are the first 27. ( and yes Winnie and friends were fussy cut). I've yet to do this weeks. 
As you can see none are complicated, although some are more involved than others and at 6" finished they make up pretty quickly. 

I'm not 100% how I'm going to arrange them as a final quilt but as I'm adding each block into EQ it means I can play around with the setting before making my final decision. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Rainbow Block QAL

The next Quilt Along I'm taking part in is Alison at Little Bunny Quilts Rainbow Block quilt.

Basically its a rainbow made up of 6" or 8" blocks depending on what size quilt you want to do. We are three weeks in, week 1 being gathering the fabrics.

I've decided to again try and make a dent in my scrap pile but use the same background ( light/medium grey) throughout.

Week 2 was red pinwheels

Week 3 was orange churn dashes

As much as I find it scary I have tried to not place each fabric but to grab which piece comes first and use it. The only thing I've tried to do, especially with the churn dashes is to not have the same fabric next to each other.

And so that's another I'm caught up on. Well until tomorrow which is Yellow Flying Geese. Having looked in my scrap basket to see what yellow scraps I have I think it's fair to say I may struggle on this one.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Ombre Gems Quilt Along

As I've mentioned a few times I'm a sucker for a QAL or BOM. At the moment I'm taking part in four quilt alongs and come June will be adding two BOMs to that list,

First up is the Ombre Gems Quilt Along primarily being held via Instagram (#ombregemsquiltalong) but also found on Emily's blog  Quilty Love 

This is a relatively relaxed quilt along with weekly goals. The idea being to use the Ombre Confetti fabric. I did seriously consider this until I saw the new Moda Watercolour range, Two Jelly Rolls later and I'm away.

Week one was to cut the fabrics and make a practice block ( more on that in another post).

There's 800 2.5" white squares in that basket. At least I hope there is.

Week two was to make up the Pink blocks

Week three to make up the reds/oranges and yellows

And this week, week four was to make up the green tone blocks.

As you can see there's nothing too strenuous about this QAL. There will be a total of 40 blocks at the end and they will all be trimmed square. I  know some are trimming as they go but I'm leaving mine until the end as I don't want to risk any stretching of the bias edges while they are being stored.