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27 June 2019

Happy Pineapple Day !!


Meet my sweet little Pineapple Fizz ...



This is the fun quilt that I made especially to celebrate Pineapple Day and the Fat Quarter Shop's Pineapple Day Quilt Along !

Using the fabulous new Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper from the Fat Quarter Shop I made a wall hanging from both the 6 inch and 12 inch blocks !

The foundation paper is nice and thin and makes sewing up these blocks nice and easy.



I made both the 6 inch blocks and the larger 12 inch blocks and changed the fabric placement in half of them - I love how different the blocks look depending on the fabric placement - kinda like a shimmer and a shake !!


I used some of my favourite long hoarded Dreamin' Vintage Bloomery fabric (by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabric) and a solid white for the background.

I LOVE this fabric - its such a fun happy yellow and so perfect for making pineapple blocks (even if it is hard to photograph the true gorgeous colour - the colour of the single block is probably closest !!)


I had fun with the free motion quilting and quilted all the background so that just the yellow pops out!

I also made a few more Pineapple blocks using my never-ending scraps...


Rather than using light/dark for each block I'm using warm/cool colours and I'm planning to use four 6 inch blocks to make a large one like the one above and also using the actual 12 inch blocks in a 4 x 4 row designs - I'm making a lap size quilt with a wide plain border to contain all that crazy scrappy colour in the middle!


Pop over to The Jolly Jabber to check out the other Pineapple Day quilts and projects and hashtag #pineappledayquilt on your socials. I hope you find some inspiration to make your own Pineapple Quilt!!

22 February 2019

Jolly Bar Bon Bons Quilt


I'm excited to share my finished (YES finished !!) Jolly Bar Bon Bons Quilt !!


The Jolly Bar Bon Bons Quilt is another shortcut (read quick and easy) quilt pattern for pre-cuts by the Fat Quarter Shop.

The pattern uses pre-cut Jolly Bars which are 5 inch x 10 inch rectangles in your favourite fabric ranges - you can see some of the sweet ones here !

The pattern makes a 60 inch square quilt but I made mine 40 inches as I'm planning on giving it to my Aunt who is 94 and lives in a nursing home - the smaller size will make it easier for her to manage while giving her a warm hug :)


I only just finished the binding today - as usual the quilting held me up - I just procrastinate so badly when I want to free motion quilt - eek - I had the quilt basted and the sewing machine set up ready to go for a whole day and I just couldn't bring myself to start - thank goodness for deadlines otherwise it probably would still be sitting unquilted !!

I finally sat down and quilted it with a loopy loop stitch and it only took around 1 1/2 hours to quilt and I thoroughly enjoyed it !!


I also really love the result :)  I'm not sure I'll ever get sick of the texture of free motion quilting so I just need to remember this next time I'm trying to avoid it !

As I'm trying to use my overflowing stash this year I decided to use some left over Wren and Friends by Gina Martin for Moda charm squares - it meant that my "twirl" HST blocks were a different fabric to the centre squares but I think it adds some charm to the quilt.  I can also envisage a cute baby quilt with polka dot HSTs and solid centre squares and low volume fabrics for the background :)



For the back I used one of my favourite fabrics from Summersault by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit - I so love the tone of the pink in this fabric and the colours of the raindrops match the charm squares so well !  I finished off with an aqua stripe for the binding.

You can get a copy of the FREE pattern here and make sure you check out Kimberley's tips on making the quilt at the Fat Quarter Shop's Youtube channel !!

You can also see the other quilts made with this pattern over at the FQS's Jolly Jabber blog and on social media with these hashtags #fqsquiltalong #shortcutquilt #jollybarbonbonsquilt.

If you're looking for a beginners quilt or a fast and easy quilt to sew up in a weekend, this one fits the bill :)