I really like the second block pattern for Pat Sloan's Winter Solstice quilt. I decided to fussy cut a lovely santa fabric for one of the large pieces and use red & white fabric with the same snowflake pattern for the rest. I'm really happy with the result.
Yvonne at at Quilting JetGirl is having a planning link party so I thought I'd join in and write out my plans. I'm excited about next year as I have a year off work.
Instead of looking at all the great quilting projects & BOMs and being too tired to join in I can sew all day every day if I want to... and yes, I want to! My main sewing skills goals for next year are:
to learn free motion quilting
to learn how to use my embroidery machine (Janome 11000)
to improve my quilting/piecing skills
So I've signed up for quite a few BOMs & quilt-a-longs. My goal is to keep up with these and finish on time.
I'm also going to work through some of the Craftsy & Creative Bug classes in my library.
UFOs -I want to finish some UFO's which I've listed in the 2017 Patchwork Times list:
The 70273 project was started by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers after she watched a documentary about the holocaust. In the 20 months before WWII began 70,273 disabled people were murdered by the Nazis. Their fate was sealed when doctors, who had never seen them, marked their health report with two red crosses.
Jeanne writes: "I will commemorate these 70,273 voiceless, powerless people who were so callously and casually murdered by gathering 70,273 blocks of white fabric (representing innocence and the paper the doctors read), each bearing two red X’s (representing one person), and I will stitch them together into quilts."
I was really drawn to this project when I stumbled across it. I wanted to make 100 blocks before the end of the year so I added it to my FAL list. This morning I finally completed my blocks. Most are sewn, some I did with a fabric marker. They are all different.
This brings me up to my 100 blocks goal.
This is a wonderful project so if you'd like to get involved you can find out more information here: 70273 Project.
1. Pink Quilt: All the blocks have been joined in strips, just need to join the strips, quilt and bind.
2. Childs Quilt. I found a small remnant of fabric one day with a lovely picture of a little girl and a bear in the forest. I added scraps joined into long strips and green trim to make it into a single bed size. This just needs quilting and bindng.
3. Scrappy Eye Spy blanket. I love making eye spy quilts! I make them about 1m x 1m as they are for Angels for the Forgotten charity. This one just needs quilting & binding.
4. Eye Spy blanket (4") - this needs a border, quilting and binding.
6. Disappearing Nine Patch - mainly Kaffe Fassett Collection fabrics. Needs a border, quilting & binding.
7. Floral Patchwork Quilt. Another one that needs to be quilted and bound.
8. Floral quilt - donation. This unfinished quilt top was donated. A large part of it had already been pieced and I have added more blocks to each end of the quilt to make it big enough to fit a single bed. I also made a set of matching pillow cases. It is waiting to be quilted and bound. I am so overdue on doing this one!
9. Blue Diamonds Quilt. All pieced and border is done, waiting to be quilted and bound. ( I'm really starting to see a pattern here...)
10. Children's Playground Blanket. Needs quilting and binding.
11 A Boy & A Girl. I just love this quilt pattern and I need to get back to working on it. I have one block waiting to be appliquéd - I'll be doing machine applique - and others I've started tracing off the patterns for. This is my biggest project for 2017.
12. Building Blocks BOM. I started this Leah Day quilt-a-long in 2014 because I wanted to learn free motion quilting. A lot of the piecing is done but there are still a few blocks that need finishing and quilting.
So, thats my list of quilting UFOs for 2017 - hoping they'll all be completed this time next year.
Clue #5 was easy and fast - 64 half square triangles. I made mine early Christmas morning while everyone was still asleep.
They still need to be trimmed to size. Its been good to keep up with the clues each week and I'm learning a lot doing this mystery quilt. I have come to really appreciate the importance of neutrals in a quilt and of contrast. I like very bright colours and so I tend to buy them for my stash and ignore the neutrals. Now I am making a deliberate choice to buy a few neutrals for my stash each time I shop for fabric.
We had a lovely Christmas yesterday, just a quiet day with the family and a traditional Christmas dinner. I was given several Spotlight vouchers for Christmas and they had 40% off all fabric today, 75% off Christmas fabric, so this morning I went out and spent my vouchers on these:
Clue 4 of En Provence was more triangles using the darkest purples. I found I was much more accurate and much faster using the tri-recs tool this time. I decided to cut the side pieces of my triangles 1/4 " bigger than the middle triangle - it made matching them up and getting enough crossover at the top so much easier!
I can't wait to use the yellow...
I had a play around with the blocks... (one facing the wrong way)
I've been working at my scrappy quilt pinwheels this week in between other projects and I'm really pleased with how its looking. I tried two ways of making pinwheels and found this way easiest & more accurate.
I have a lot of scraps already cut into squares ( 4", 4.5", 5"). Some are from my own projects and some were given to me. I tend to like really bright colours so pinwheels were a great way to combine my brights with colours I wouldn't usually use.
So I went through my bin of squares and put two contrasting fabrics right sides together. Then I drew a line down the centre:
Then I stitched 1/4" down both sides of the marked line.
Then cut down the line and you have two half square triangles. I did a whole batch of these and then played around to make the pinwheels, some with all blades the same:
Others with alternating blades:
Then I joined these together and trimmed them to 6 &1/2" blocks.
I love the way they have turned out! Amazing how good scraps can look.
I trimmed up the 16 patch blocks and then had fun playing around with them all:
I have still have a lot more pinwheels to make but I'm loving this so far! The pattern I'm using is one of Bonnie Hunters - Patches & Pinwheels.
Not long now till I have my year off and I can sew and quilt all day- at least thats the plan! I've had a great time this week planning for next year and have signed up for a few quilt-a-longs already.
Today Pat Sloan released her Mystery BOM for next year - The Children's Library. I've been sorting through my stash to choose my fabrics and this is what I've decided on using:
I have swapped the colour scheme a little.
The left top fabrics are my greys; next to them is two larger border prints that I might be able to work in somehow - I'll just wait and see - possibly a border?
Bottom left - my cream, beige whites are creams with soft pink, green & apricot patterns.
Middle right - my reds are a deep maroon, one a larger print, another chequerboard and then a small print.
Bottom right - I've swapped aqua for apricot - two small prints & one larger.
Working my way through my Q4 Finish A Long list and a quick finish was to sew the final seams on these soft baby blocks. These were easy to make. I just used charm squares in bright patterns - (simple high contrast patterns are good for developing babies eye tracking movements) and put some greaseproof paper in so they make a noise. Add a few loops of ribbon in the seams, stuff and stitch up.
You could also use textured fabrics and baby rattles to add more interest. Theres a good tutorial on how to make these baby blocks here:
This week I've managed to get plenty of time in for sewing - mainly in the mornings before work. I've been working on a few different projects and planning what I want to get done in 2017. I'm going to review each weeks progress on Sundays.
My daughter made this orange and navy quilt and asked me to put the binding on. I've added a wider navy blue binding and made a thinner orange binding that I'll add.
I love the backing fabric with the navy:
My sewing room is just overflowing at the moment and really needs a good tidy up. This week I finally got set up my scrap stash using Bonnies scrap users system. I bought some small plastic tubs and set about cutting 3 tubs into the different sizes - which took quite a while!
Then I started a 'leaders & enders' project with these 2" strips:
I ended up with over 40 of these lovely scrappy 16 patch squares after a week of sewing!
I spent time working on my En Provence clues 2 & 3. I'm trying to keep up to date and actually finish on time with this one.
I finished up some tote bags and today I got started making more. I'm adding pockets to these ones with 5" patches.
Weekly To Do List:
Cut another bin of scraps into strips
Add pockets to tote bags that are cut
Start making pinwheels as leaders & enders project
Well last Saturday I was up really bright & early at 1.30am and excited to see Bonnie had clue #2 up - triangles! I've avoided all but simple triangles up till now so I knew I'd be in for a lot of learning.
Our colour was the magenta and it reminded me of the stunning deep pink bougainvilleas that we saw at Mykonos on our cruise. This lovely eatery had bougainvilleas tumbling down from the pergola - just beautiful!
My Tri-rex ruler and colour chart arrived a few days before. I ordered from Ozquilts and it arrived in 48 hours.
So I set to work on cutting my triangles using the Tri-rex ruler and ended up cutting twice as many as I actually needed - never mind, they'll get used for another project. Thats what I get for cutting fabric at 2am lol!
I had some help from Lily who just wanted to play...
Some worked well but quite a few were crooked at the top...
I ended up taking a few days break as I had to work on getting those tote bags sewn and I could feel myself getting frustrated. I remember as a kid when sewing would go wrong Mum would always say " Just take a break" - never could do it - now I'm a bit older and wiser thank goodness. I left it till Thursday to try again.
So after watching the video a few more times and playing around I finally started to get it right. The magenta is a batik and so it was much more stretchy and slippery than the neutral. I found I needed to life the presser foot and place it right up next to the needle to start sewing otherwise it would 'eat' the fabric. The tri- rex tool is amazing once I got the hang of it and that little notch makes all the difference.
Clue #2 done and dusted on Friday night, just in time for #3. Check out lots of other great Clue 2 posts here at Bonnies Quiltville link up.