Thursday, March 31, 2016

One Wrong Colour: Mighty Lucky Challenge for March

The Mighty Lucky Club challenge for March was all about colour.  Our coach this month was Rossie Hutchinson and she provided some really good insights on colour theory and colour wheels.  She then challenged us to pull some fabric, add one "wrong" colour and use her strategies to make the colours work together.

I really had a hard time with this one.  I don't think there is such a thing as a "wrong" colour. Anyhow, I decided to give it a try and started with this fabric stack:

And added this fabric as my wrong colour:

And, as instructed by Rossie, I added a few more fabrics to make the "wrong" colour work with my original fabric pull.  I chose the print because it had both colours - I thought it would bring everything together nicely.

Rossie suggested a coin quilt to show off the colours and fabrics we pulled.  I figured a coin quilt would be a quick finish so I went for it.

I quilted it with straight line using my walking foot and used blue fabric for the binding.

The finished size is 17" x 18".

I'm super pleased with this little finish!  I absolutely love the process of making these quilts. The challenges are fun and sometimes a little difficult, which is awesome. And the skills I'm learning are skills I'll be able to use on other quilts.

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Celtic Thistle Stitches for TGIFF.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Plus Quilt

I'm a big fan of "plus" quilts.  I've done two baby quilts with plus blocks (here and here), and I wanted plus quilts for the bunk beds at the island.  I started searching for the perfect pattern about a year ago and found this on Pinterest.  Many of the commenters asked if there was a pattern for this quilt, but I didn't see one and unfortunately, clicking on the patterns tab on that blog led to an Error 404.

So I took out my graph paper book and attempted to replicate it as best I could.  I went with 3" squares in blues, greens and greys.  The finished size is about 80" x 70".

Can you see the booboo I made?

The backing is a blue Connecting Threads print.  I didn't have quite enough of it so I added a print I've had in my stash forever.  And the binding is a scrappy bunch of leftover strips from other quilts in the same colours as the top.

I went with a soft meander in a light grey thread for the quilting.

How cute are these little ducklings?!
I took these pictures after washing the quilt.  I just love the nice crinkly look.

I already started working on the other quilt which will go on the second bed and with any luck, both beds will go on a boat ride in early May.

This is project number 3 on my FAL list for Q1.  I will also link up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Anja Quilts for TGIFF.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Pink and Orange for Kat

I've got a fun finish to share today and it's another super-sized one (I wrote about my super-sized Spiraled last week).  About a year ago, I read this blog post on the Sew Mama Sew website and loved the colours as well as the design of this mini so much, I saved it.

When I purchased a bundle of Amanda Jean Nyberg's Good Neighbors fabric collection, I remembered that blog post and decided I needed to use my new fabric on a blown-up version of that mini quilt.

The original size of the design is 24" square so I multiplied the size by 3.  In my version, each block is 12" x 18", making the finished size 72" square.

I added some Michael Miller fat quarters to my Good Neighbors bundle along with other fabrics I had in my stash.  I just love the end result.  The colours are bright, but everything just works so nicely together thanks to the grey and the white.

I pieced the backing with a bunch of fabrics I had in my stash and the binding is a lot of pink, orange and grey scraps I had.

For the quilting, I went with straight lines - some of them about 1" apart and others only about 1/4" apart.  I really like the texture it's giving the quilt.

You can't really tell in the pictures because the difference is extremely subtle, but I used a different colour of thread in each of the columns - white, grey, pink and orange.  It isn't glaring, but it adds a little bit of interest to the quilt when you look at it in person.

As soon as this quilt is washed and dried, it's going to live with my friend Kat who's moving soon and has been through a bit of a tough time lately.  I'm hoping the bright and happy colours will put a big smile on her face.

This is project number 6 on my Q1 FAL list.  I'm really excited about all of the WIPs I'm finally getting done!  Yay!

I will also be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Jennifer's for TGIFF.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

TGIFF: A Super-sized Spiraled

Welcome to TGIFF!

I'm so proud of my finish today - I worked hard to get it all done in time for my turn to host TGIFF.

Back in July, Debbie who blogs at A Quilter's Table, posted a tutorial for her fabulous Spiraled design.  I loved the quilt when she first posted her original design so when I saw the tutorial, I added it to my To Do List.

When I decided to finally make my own version of Spiraled, I started wondering how it would look "super-sized".  So I went with 4" finished HSTs, but otherwise followed Debbie's directions.  The finished size is 68" x 64".

I used scraps for every HST and paired them with Kona Ash for the background.  I finished the top before the holidays and then it stayed in my sewing room because I couldn't decide how I wanted to quilt it.

A few weeks ago, I basted it and started quilting.  I went with dense back and forth lines in the coloured blocks and a design I learned from Angela Walters in the negative space (it's called sea foam).

The backing is a fun print I purchased from Connecting Threads.  And for the binding, I went with the Kona Ash.  I wanted to try doing a matched binding like Debbie did with her Spiraled quilts, but I was running out of time!

And now it's your turn!  Do you have a finish to share?  If you do, link up below!  And don't forget to visit other blogs!


P.S.  I'll also be sharing this finish at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.  And this is Project #2 on my Q1 FAL list.

Monday, March 7, 2016

TGIFF will be here this week!

I'm hosting TGIFF this coming Friday so I've been working on finishing a little something I can show off...

Get those WIPs completed and come back on Friday to link up!


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Granny Squares and a Pineapple!

I have two finishes to share with you this week:  a granny squares blanket and a mini pineapple quilt!

First up is the blanket.  A couple of years ago, I decided to learn how to crochet. I needed a "portable" project and hand sewing doesn't really appeal to me so crochet it was!  And a perfect design for a beginner is the granny square.  So I spent a little bit of time on YouTube, found some tutorials and before you know it, I had my very first granny square.

When I prepared my Q1 FAL list back in January, I put this blanket on my finish list (it was number 1 in fact). After months of those granny squares just sitting there, I decided the blanket needed to get finished.

I joined the squares with single crochets, which was super easy and quick.  I love the texture it gives to the sashing between the squares.

The yarn is Sugar n Cream, which, in retrospect, isn't the softest yarn to use for a blanket.  That is why it'll probably end up on the back of the recliner we have in the living room.  But it's done and I'm happy with it. 

Next is a mini Pineapple wall quilt.  I mentioned this pattern in my post about the strawberry mini.  I used yellow and green scraps (making this Scrappy Project #5) and a white background.

I quilted it with the same designs I used on the strawberry:  some back and forth lines in the green, paisleys in the yellow and pebbles in the white.

I now need to make at least another fruit - even though my sweetie thinks I'm insane and completely out of control...  :-)

I will link up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Quokka Quilts for TGIFF.