Friday, 31 March 2017

Mid Century Modern Quilt

A quick post to get this under the wire for FAL Q1. This is number 7 on my FAL Q1 list ( original here).
This quilt started life as a travelling quilt bee with the Bumbling Honeys quilt bee. We each made a starter block ( in theory anyway!) and it was posted around each bee member to add blocks according to our specifications. I specified a limited palette of solids only fabric in a mid century modern design. It more than exceeded my expectations, with some lovely touches.

Sadly I'm very disappointed by my quilting. It looks fantastic from a distance, and I used it as a practice piece. However, I was having tremendous tension problems and the back is dreadful. Fortunately , I'm going to use it as a wall hanging, so the back won't show.It's also quite small so perfect for this use.

Some of the quilting designs worked better than others. I'm not a fan of feathers and prefer the more graphic straight line style.

I added a binding in a black solid fabric which frames it well I think.

I've added a hanging sleeve to the back.

Quilt Stats
Size:46 x 44 inches
Front made from quilting bee blocks
Back : Kaffe Fassett 
Wadding: 100% cotton from roll
Quilted with Glide in grey on top and decob light grey on back
Binding : Bella black solid

Monday, 20 March 2017

Another Siblings Together Quilt

Many moons ago, when Lynne of Lily's Quilts set up the original Siblings Together Quilt Bee, I was given a bundle of Storybook by Kate and Birdie by Moda. I made 2 very similar quilts with this :

I was left with a large number of HST's and a small amount of fabric. I therefore made another quilt with these 'leftovers'

I had great fun arranging the HST's in a pattern I liked but ran out of HST's to make the central panel any bigger ( and I didn't have enough fabric to make any more). I did have a pile of small pieces however, so I added a border of squares ( with a bit of fudging). I also managed to stretch the background fabric to add another small edging border.

I quilted it fairly lightly with a dogwood pattern over the HST's, circles over the inner border and a zigzag over the final border. I used the cheater fabric, which came in the bundle to bind it but could only use a single fold binding in order to have enough fabric.

For the back, I used the last of the scraps and Ikea Nummers fabric

Quilt Stats
Size: 61 inches square
Front made with Kate and Birdie Storybook with white on white architextures by Carolyn Friedlander.
Back: Ikea Nummers fabric and scraps
Wadding: 100% cotton from roll
Binding: Cheater fabric from Storybook bundle
Quilted with Glide in Linen on the front, white Decobobs on back

This is on my FAL Q1 list ( original list here )

Also linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday

Charm About You

Scraptastic Tuesday

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Red and White Quilt

This is another FAL Q1 finish ( no 14) ( original list here). Many moons ago I decided to make a red and white quilt but quickly lost interest, as is often the case. I should have been more organised and limited  the blocks to solid only white and red which, in retrospect , gives a more satisfying result, but of course, I didn't do that!. Anyway, I abandoned it . I recently decided to resurrect it as a quilt for Siblings Together rather than it languishing in my cupboard.

I rejected a couple of blocks I had made, because they didn't work, which left me with 8 blocks. I made a ninth block ( Ohio Star) and decided to add a large border rather than make more blocks.

I used the same border fabric for the back, fabric I had bought some time ago. My husband helpfully asked if I had cut up a table cloth to make the border.

I decided to quilt the middle of the quilt with sort of matchstick style quilting as I had not tried this before.The edges I quilted with a freehand swirl

To give it some sort of continuity I sashed the central nine blocks with Kona red and then bound it with the same Kona red.

Quilt Stats
Size: 57 inches square
Blocks made with a variety of red fabrics and Kona snow.
Wadding: 100% cotton from roll
Backing:Pristine Paisleyby Swirly Girl Designs for Moda Club House
Binding in Kona Red
Quilted with Glide in Linen on top and Decobob 80 wt in white in bobbin

Linking up with FAL Q1

Charm About You