28 April 2018

its a Cubes quilt !

I joined in with the Fat Quarter Shop this month and made the Fat Quarter Cubes quilt - its another fun and fast quilt in their Shortcut Pattern series and it makes big blocks to show off some fabulous fabrics !!

I decided to use my stash and pulled out some of my hoarded Denyse Schmidt fabrics - I used mainly Washington Depot with a few other favourites as well.

This is a really easy pattern to put together - just some squares and rectangles arranged into big 18 inch squares and joined together with sashing - it also makes a big quilt, finishing at 66 x 87 inches !

In fact the longest part of making it was deciding where to place the blocks - that probably took me a couple of days - ha !

I'm planning on doing some free motion quilted wavy lines to finish it - I actually have the backing made and the batting cut so I'm well on my way and I'm determined not to let this one become a UFO - it fits my bed perfectly :)

if you want to make your own Cubes quilt then check out the Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber post to see some other fabulous versions of this quilt and get the FREE Fat Quarter Cubes Pattern and video tutorial! All you need is 18 fat quarters, 2 yards of background fabric, backing, and binding and you’re ready to go!

 Shortcut Quilt - Fat Quarter Cubes Quilt

19 April 2018

2nd quarter - 2018 finish-along

well after a successful first quarter (hey I got one finish - I'm definitely calling that a success !!) I'm gearing up to see if I can get another finish or two this quarter.

My plan for this year was to start from the oldest FAL that I'd posted all those years ago but I was quickly overwhelmed by how many finishes I have so I though that I'd just pick one or two from that list !!

My first hopeful for this quarter is from that list and is a quilt top I made over a couple of weekends back in late 2011 - the Max and Whiskers Wonky Quilt.

It then went into the quilting pile and I finally decided in 2014 that I'd pebble quilt in the borders around the blocks - well as a beginner quilter that took 3 years - I discovered it was really hard to quilt small pebbles with white thread on white fabric so maybe there are a few rocks in there too *giggles*

I finally finished the quilting in February last year - a year ago !! and I still haven't done the binding or made a label so I can call it finished !!

Hopeful number 2 is the Steam Punk Quilt - I started making these blocks last year and have quite a collection but obviously need a few more - I have fabric picked for at least another ten blocks so that's a start !

Hopeful number 3 is the Foxley Village Quilt - again a fairly recent UFO and really not that much of the top to do to get to the quilting stage.  Mr Fox needs a face though, poor Mr Sparrow needs an eye to see and some legs to perch on, and the flowers need some stems to be able to sway around in the breeze :) can you tell I'm not that keen on hand embroidery anymore !

Hopeful number 4 is the Double Nine Patch Quilt that I made in January this year for a Fat Quarter Shop quilt-along - needs quilting but hasn't seen the light of day since the first quarter !!

Hopeful numbers 5 and 6 are two cushions for my flamingo and unicorn loving twin cousins birthdays in December last year.

They were pieced in January and I have the backs done but of course I'm stuck on the quilting again - I really need to Just Do It !!!!

my list is longer this quarter but I know that I'll have at least two finishes and hopefully a few more can join the finish party in July !!

Linking up to the second quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long.

10 April 2018

Houston - we have a finish !!

Yes, an actual finish in the first finish-along of the year !! so I've just proven that miracles do in fact happen and I'm excited to share with you my sweet little sewing machine cover that I finally made.

After years with just a fat quarter as a cover, my lovely Bernina now has a fancy cover to keep the dust off her and as she is on display all the time it really brightens up the space !

I decided to use some of my favourite fabric scraps to make the cover and its just a simple fold over design - I figured as I (used to) use my machine so much I didn't want to be too elaborate :)

I was going to do straight line quilting on it but decided to use the opportunity for some free motion quilting practice using Angela Walters' paisley feather design and I'm really glad I did - I'm really happy with the finish!

You can see that I did straight line stitching across the middle - I'd already started that before I decided to do FMQ - and I'm happy to say it really helps the cover sit well on the machine.

So there you have it - one finish from my very small first quarter finish-along list !  fingers crossed the other projects on my list might get further along next quarter :)

Linking up just in time to the first quarter finishes of the 2018 Finish-Along !