17 April 2021

the half way through April furtle !

I'm back with another monthly Furtle and just sneaking in before the link-up closes (again) !

I don't have as much to show this time but I do have two finished tops - woohoo :)

This one I'm calling Twinkles ... do you recognise the blocks ?

Twinkles - alternative layout for ocean waves blocks

They're the Ocean Waves blocks I made as part of a Fat Quarter Shop sew along and after I'd sewn up all the blocks I decided that I wasn't sure about the layout !!  I didn't even take a photo of the blocks in the Ocean Waves quilt layout so this is the one that I made in EQ :)

After I put all the blocks on the design wall, the large white areas kept jumping out at me and I was wondering how I would quilt them and the more I thought about it, the more I wasn't sure I liked those big white spaces ! So I played around with the design in EQ and came up with a new layout.  I really liked it, so I quickly sewed the blocks together before I could change my mind and now I have a flimsy - although after posting the photo I've just realised that I still need to sew on the outside border !!

I made the Ocean Waves block as part of the Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage Series (original post here).

Ocean Wave block in Moda Grunge Pool

The half square triangles are made using It's Sew Emma HST paper that is sold on a roll ! Using the paper rolls make it quick and easy to make all those half square triangles !


and the quilt was made with Moda Grunge in a rainbow of sherbet colours that is available as a bundle already made up from the Fat Quarter Shop.

The other top that I've finished is from waaaay back in the early century !! well almost 10 years in the making anyway and its only a baby quilt - go figure !!

its a little quilt that's the same as another little quilt - I started making them together back in 2011 or 2012 and I finally got one finished and after getting a wonderful Bernina for Christmas 2013 it was the first quilt that I ever free motion quilted !  I did stippling in the centre, loopy loops in the outside border and I even attempted figure eights in the inner border - they might be fat figure eights but they are consistent !!!

I did some Zoom sessions recently about making scrap quilts with Diane Harris of Scrap Bandit and Diane uses the windmill block to make lots of fun scrap quilts - when I saw my half done blocks after one of her sessions I realised they are a wonky version of the traditional windmill block !!

After I found it again, I decided to just pull it out and get the rest of the blocks done - not surprisingly it came together really quickly as most of the blocks were already sewn !

I remember buying a jelly roll by Sandy Gervais for Moda and bought yardage in the same range for the borders and background - and that peachy pink !! (I posted here about why there are two quilts made out of the same fabric range) I had a real matchy-matchy thing going on way back then (as beginners mostly do I suppose) and I remember making sure that I even had the backing from the same fabric range too !! now I like to mix it up a lot more - but every time I pull out an old UFO its always interesting !!

I tested out a couple of inner borders like this brown one below but decided to go with the red as it looks a bit warmer :)

If you're wondering what happened to that first one that I free motion quilted ... it now belongs to Pippi and she uses it every day - except when its in the wash !!

Well, after a spurt of balmy weather at the end of March we are now into the beginning of winter with cold winds and even a hail storm earlier this week !!


so next time I'll be back with an update on some hand sewing UFOs like my Quilty365 blocks and the Hexy MF quilt (blogged here and here) and I'm also hoping to have the centre circles of the Steam Punk blocks sewn so I can put that quilt together !

Have a wonderful (rest of) April !

Popping over to linkup with Archie The Wonder Dog !


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