Thursday, October 27, 2016

Weight of Love - Finally done!

I don't usually carry WIPs around for very long - I'm more of a start and finish kind of quilter.  But this one had been in my sewing room for a while.  Back in March 2016, the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild organized a workshop with Libs Elliot and we all worked on the Weight of Love quilt pattern. I love the design and was very happy with my fabric choices, but I wasn't thrilled with my Y seams.

So the couple of rows I had pieced at the workshop languished on my design wall for months!

I even put this WIP on my FAL list for Q2 and Q3, but only took it out again in September.  I finished piecing the big hexagon and then was stuck again.  I didn't want to applique the hexagon on a background because I had nothing in my sewing room that was big enough and I promised myself I wouldn't buy any fabric until 2017.

When I put it on my Q4 FAL list, I was determined to finish it before the end of the quarter.  So I decided to make things easy on myself and cut the sides even so I ended up with a big hexagon with six even sides.

I immediately basted it and started quilting - a nice, simple, easy meander with grey Aurifil thread in 50 wt (#2600 Dove).

Some of my Y seams are not exactly perfect...

But some are pretty good...

The day I took the pictures, my step-daughter was here with my grand-daughter and I decided to give her the quilt to use as a play mat.  She was super happy to take it and I was super happy to give it away!

I will linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Busy Hands Quilts for TGIFF because I definitely need to celebrate this finish!

And because this was on my Q4 list for the 2016 FAL, I will linking up there too.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Scrappy Blue Quilt Finish

I use blue a lot in my quilts - a lot!  So it's not surprising that I ended up with two overflowing bins of blue scraps. And I mean overflowing - I could barely put the lids on my bins.

I've been trying to use up more of my scraps lately and the #100days100blocks quilt along that I've been participating in is helping a bit, but I'm not using nearly as many of my scraps as I thought I would.  So a couple of weeks ago, I took out one of my blue bins and started piecing blocks.

And before long, I had a fun quilt top made with nothing but scraps...

It's raining cats and dogs here today and the forecast is calling for more rain for the next 4 days so I'm stuck with indoor pictures in very poor lighting - apologies!

I used more scraps - grey ones - to frame every other square to try and reduce the chaos a bit and I really like the effect.

Some of these scraps are really old - like those more traditional flowery fabrics in there.  And there are some of my favourite modern fabrics too - the ones I used in some of the quilts I love the most.

I quilted it with organic wavy lines with my walking foot with a soft blue Aurifil thread.

Making this quilt was such a fun exercise. I loved the freedom of piecing together random bits of fabric with no plan and no need to be exact with my seams.

The total size of the quilt is 60" x 75".  I used 20 blocks in a 4 x 5 grid - each block is 15" finished.

And I'm happy to report that the first blue bin is now only about a quarter full!

I will linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts (who is also a big fan of scrappy quilts!) and at Rainbows Bunnies Cupcakes for TGIFF.

And this is project number 4 on my FAL list for Q4!  Yay for finishes!  :-)

Friday, October 14, 2016

FAL Q4 2016 List

FAL 2016

I had a lot of fun working my Quarter 3 projects for the 2016 FAL and I managed to finish 6 of the 9 projects on my list.  I'd say 2/3 is a pretty good result wouldn't you?  I plan on finishing 2016 with a bang so will sign-up for the FAL again this quarter.

Here is my list for Q4:

1.  Weight of Love

My Weight of Love WIP has been on my lists since Q2 and I has to get done!  I did make some progress during the last quarter and my big hexie is now all pieced.  All that's left is to applique it on a background, back it, quilt it and bind it.

2.  Heading South

This one was also on my list for Q3.  I did not manage to make any progress on that one but I'm determined to get started at least.  I'm using scraps for this one (I've got more than enough to make 100 quilts like this one!) and some Kona Charcoal for the background. 

3.  Urban Chained


This was also on my Q3 list and although I have the fabric all picked out, I wasn't able to even touch this one last quarter.

4.  Scrappy Blue Quilt


This is something I started a couple of weeks ago.  I am determined to use a lot of my scraps and my blue bins (yes, plural) were overflowing so I decided to go with a blue scrappy quilt to start with.  I've already made 14 of the 20 15" blocks I'll need.  Finishing this one should not be a problem.

And that's all I'm putting on my list for this quarter.