Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Magic Maze

A couple of years ago, my mum gave me a quilting calendar for Christmas. Before the new year arrived, I had already put together a quilt top using one of the patterns - Magic Maze by Amy Ellis.

It took me a long while to decide how to quilt it. I wanted something that wouldn't detract from the simplicity of the quilt design, but that also challenged my quilting skills.  I sketched a number of different quilting schemes...

...and finally settled on this...

The peacock feathers in the red squares are inspired by similar designs that Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy uses. The design in the grey squares came from Sue Patten's book Freehand Filler Designs. I then filled in the floral rectangles with a swirly ferny, feathery sort of design. It was an interesting challenge to choose designs that were distinct from each other but had enough similar elements that they all looked good together. I think it worked.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Jelly Around the World

I'm a member of a quilt group called the Bottom Drawer Quilters. We met in Nelson, East Lancashire on one Thursday evening and one Saturday a month. I usually don't manage to make the Thursday meetings, but I really enjoy the Saturday meetings. We have workshops, mostly run by fellow members, as well as free sewing days. Since my mum is also a member, it's great to have the chance to catch up with her regularly as well.

One of the workshops last year involved making a Trip Around the World quilt from a jelly roll. I'd been hoarding a Moda Arcadia jelly roll for a while with no clear idea of what I wanted to make. I added in a texty pale grey fabric to break up the busy-ness of the jelly roll fabrics and I am really pleased with the results.

I quilted it with a big swirly pattern on the machine, bound it with a solid orange fabric, and then persuaded Mr Q to come to the park and help with taking few photos. All of that happened a few months ago, but I've only just been able to get him to share the photos with me.

The quilt lives on the end of our bed. It looks great with the duck egg blue walls in our newly painted bedroom. We love it. The cats love it.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Building Blocks

I've been busy sewing up more quilt blocks this week. First up my February blocks for the Siblings Together Bee. We were asked for 10" string blocks in bright colours with white running diagonally through the centre.

Next up my March blocks for the same bee. We were asked for 10" square blocks inspired by nautical flags in shades of red, blue, orange, aqua and white. I made mine 10.5 inches by mistake, but they shouldn't be too difficult to trim down.

There was a request from Mary on the Siblings Together flickr group page for some Home Sweet Home blocks in blues, greens, greys and black to make quilts suitable for teenage boys. I made 11 blocks...

...and some scrappy bindings to finish two quilts. This was my first experience of making a scrappy binding, and I'm happy with how it turned out.

Then I read on instagram that Joanne was looking for 9" churn dash blocks in sorbet shades of yellow, pink, lilac and teal to make a quilt or two for girls attending the Siblings Together summer camps. I started with one block...

...which quickly turned into seven...

I've got a few more blocks to finish up over the weekend. More on that in a later post. My little cat, Coco, has been joining me in my sewing room lately. She inspects what I am up to and generally keeps me company. Her fur is starting to grow back after all the tests she had at the vet hospital a couple of weeks ago, but there's no getting away from the fact that she looks a bit like a poodle at the moment!

The vets are still not 100% sure what is wrong with her, so she'll be going back for more tests in a week. In the meantime, I am happy that she seems to share my love of quilting and crochet!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Lots of blocks

Little Coco cat has been poorly, and this week she was referred to the vet school in Liverpool for further tests. She was away for 2 nights and has returned home with lots of shaved patches after several scans and lots of blood tests. We should know more soon.

In the meantime, I have been trying to keep myself busy so that I don't fret too much. I've been making lots of blocks for the two charity quilting bees I belong to.

Here is my February block for the Comfort Circle of do.good stitches...

I made the March blocks too (including an extra as they were so quick to sew)...

I read on Instagram recently that the Siblings Together Quilt Bee 2 was looking for new members so I offered my services. Over the past few days, I've been sewing blocks for past months where there weren't yet enough blocks to make a quilt.

Here's my January 2015 block...

...and some October 2014 blocks...

I'm really enjoying searching through my stash to find fabrics, and making blocks for quilts that will bring comfort and love.