Friday, 23 March 2012

Somebody stop me!

I don't seem able to stop putting together virtual fat quarter bundles for the contest on Katy's blog. Someone drag me away from the computer, please. Luckily, I will be heading off to Pembrokeshire tomorrow to teach a geology field class and will have neither the time or the internet access to keep building bundles.

So this is my very last effort.... "eclectica" containing bags and bows, cars and circuitboards!

The fabrics are:

Top row:
Left: Bouquet in Red - Millie's Closet by Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake Designs
Centre: Dotted Leaf in Red - Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics
Right: Circuit in Black Mechanical Genius by Mo Bedell for Timeless Treasures

2nd row:
Left: Timeless Treasures Sketch Organic Crosshatch in Sky
Centre: Pop Flowers in Red Woodlands by Khristan A Howell for Anthology Fabrics
Right: Little Flowers in Licorice Black and White Ann Kelle Remix for Robert Kaufman

3rd row:
Left: Bows in Blue Bell Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda
Centre: Purses in Red - Millie's Closet by Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake Designs
Right: Color Me Check in Natural Studio E Fine Lines Collection

Bottom row:
Left: Little Cars in Aqua Kokka Japan Cotton Oxford
Centre: Sundae Stripe in Ruby Red by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
Right: Headliner Newspaper Black and White Print by Blank Textiles

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Bundled Up

In my last post, I mentioned a contest going on over at Katy's (I'm a Ginger Monkey) blog. It's sponsored by Pink Castle Fabrics and the prize is a bespoke bundle of 12 fat quarters. All you have to do is design your own perfect virtual bundle and hope that Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics wants to magically transform it into real fabric for you.

You can enter multiple times, so here is my second attempt at choosing the perfect bundle.

I'm calling it "Limestone Dales" inspired by the lovely holiday Mr Q and I spent in the Yorkshire Dales last summer.

the view from our holiday cottage
The fabrics are:

Top row:
Left: Hello Pilgrim Pearl Bracelet in Green Lizzy House
Centre: Timeless Treasures Sketch Crosshatch in Coffee
Right: Hello Pilgrim Jewels in Turquoise Lizzy House

2nd row:
Left: Fizz in Citron - Fruit Slice for Anthology Fabrics by Khristian A Howell
Centre: Lizzy House Outfoxed Foliage in Green
Right: Seeds in Turquoise - Fruit Slice for Anthology Fabrics by Khristian A Howell

3rd row:
Left: Lizzy House Outfoxed Leaf Stripe in Green
Centre: Prairie Rose in New Day Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt
Right: Mono Pez in Dusty Blue Pezzy Prints by American Jane for Moda

Bottom row:
Left: Lock and Key in Khaki Secret Garden by Sandi Henderson
Centre: Daisy's Dates in Graphite Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda
Right: Standing Stones in Teal by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

And my third attempt, which I'll call "Fox Tails and Butterfly Trails"...

This time the fabrics are:

Top row:
Left: Foxlets in Blue Bell Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda
Centre: Hello Pilgrim Pearl Bracelet in Turquoise Lizzy House
Right: Basketweave in Pink Magenta Dazzle by Melissa Averinos

2nd row:
Left: Mono Pez in Brown Pezzy Prints by American Jane for Moda
Centre: Rose Bouquet in Gold Heirloom by Joel Dewberry Cotton Fabric
Right: Timeless Treasures Sketch Crosshatch in Lipstick Pink

3rd row:
Left: Timeless Treasures Sketch Crosshatch in Coffee
Centre: Folksy Flannel Diamond Mine in Sun by Anna Maria Horner
Right: Manana in Clay - Maya for Anthology Fabrics by Leah Duncan

Bottom row:
Left: Clippings in Cherry louLOUthi by Anna Maria Horner AMH Quilt Fabric
Centre: Sea Garden in Coral - Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket for Moda Fabrics
Right: Metro Living Circles in Orange by Robert Kaufman

Monday, 19 March 2012


Katy of I'm a Ginger Monkey and Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics are having a contest. The idea is to create a virtual fat quarter bundle using 12 fabrics from Pink Castle Fabric's shop. And the prize is a real life fabric bundle - woo hoo!

I started with Anna Maria Horner's Folksy Forest Hills in Glow and picked a bunch of fabrics which I thought looked happy and springlike to go with it. I'm calling it "In a Cottage, In a Wood". What do you think?

Top row:
Left: Prairie Rose in Fiesta Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt
Centre: Hello Pilgrim Butterfly Sky in Red Lizzy House
Right: Hello Pilgrim Lots of Leaves in Pink Lizzy House

2nd row:
Left: Lock and Key in Coral Secret Garden by Sandi Henderson
Centre: Folksy Forest Hills in Glow by Anna Maria Horner Pink
Right: Blockprint Blossom in Fuchsia Heirloom by Joel Dewberry Cotton Fabric

3rd row:
Left: Circles in Daffodil Yellow Modern Whimsy Organic Fabric by Laurie Wisbrun
Centre: Canyon Stripe in Fiesta Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt
Right: Moda Bella Solids in Eggplant

Bottom row:
Left: Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow Napsack in Sunglow Yellow
Centre: Daisy's Dates in Key Lime Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda
Right: Alexander Henry Fabric Heath Brown Chocolate

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Three out of three!

That's three quilts finished in three months. I'm back on schedule with my challenge to finish 12 quilts by the end of the year. The latest finish is this New Wave quilt made using this tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman on her blog, Oh, Fransson!

the front
the back
I spent several fruitful lunch hours stalking Aberkhan Fabrics for suitable fabrics. All but two fat quarters came from the "by weight" baskets, making this quite a bargain!

I've really enjoyed quilting this with informal feathers running up the patterned portions of the quilt top.

It looks kind of cool from the back as well.

I finished hand sewing the binding on the train to work on Friday morning. The lady sitting opposite me made my day by admiring my colour choices and my quilting. I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out. I hope my friend and her little girl like it as much as I do.

Also this week, I've been making progress with my Swoon quilt. I've cut all the fabric for my final three blocks.

And pieced blocks 4...

and 5...

I'm looking forward to finishing the sixth block and putting this baby together.

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Monday, 5 March 2012

Pretty in Pink

I am just about managing to keep up with the challenge I set myself at the start of the year - the challenge of finishing at least one quilt every month during 2012. My second quilt of the year is finished, with the very last binding stitches going in on March 1st. Only one day late.

This quilt has grown on me as I've sewn it, but as I have mentioned previously, it is not really my style. I hope, however, that it is someone else's style and that it will make plenty of money for charity when it is raffled later in the year.

I've also managed a little more swooning this week. I think this is my favourite block so far.

Three blocks down, and three more to go. Perhaps this will be quilt number three to be finished this year?

I think that title will go to this quilt though. It's the New Wave quilt that I started back in January for a friend's little girl. I am really enjoying quilting feathers on this. I'm about halfway through the quilting and have the binding cut and ready.