Friday, June 22, 2018

Rustic in Purple

I love purple! I've used varying shades of it in my quilting, my wardrobe is filled with it and I've also been known to wear the colour on my nails. When I added Rustic on my list for Q2 of the 2018 FAL, I knew I would most likely use different shades of purple to make it.

Rustic is a pattern from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder
In the end, I went with Kona White, Orchid, Eggplant, Crocus and Bubblegum.  I love how the first three look together, but I have to admit, I'm a little bit disappointed with the last two. Overall, I really like this quilt though.

For the quilting, I decided to use the flower design once again, but this time, I quilted the designs quite big with about a half inch between each repeat. I chose to use Aurifil 50 wt in Dove (#2600). It almost disappears on the lighter colours but I love the contrast with the Eggplant.

The binding is Kona Orchid. And the backing is a gorgeous print I purchased recently. I love the butterflies and there is some purple in there.

I brought the quilt to the island cottage over the weekend so I could photograph it in a setting with lots of greenery. And when we came back to the city on Sunday, I decided to leave the quilt there. It really looked very nice on the sofa!

  • Pattern: Rustic from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder
  • Size: 60.5" x 70.5" 
  • Fabrics: Kona White, Eggplant, Crocus, Bubblegum and Orchid 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (light grey) in 50 wt

This is finish number 10 on my Q2 List for the 2018 FAL!

I will be linking up at a few fun places this week:

Chez Vies for TGIFF
Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday
My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Rick Rack Runner

It seems the busier and crazier things get at work, the more time I need to spend in my sewing room. Well this Rick Rack Runner is my 9th finish off my Q2 2018 FAL List - my most productive quarter yet - so you can imagine just how much time I've spent in my sewing room!

This is a pattern from the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book written by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander. I have been meaning to make another table runner for our dining room for a while now and when I saw the pattern in the book, I knew I had to add it to my list for Quarter 2. (You might remember I made a baby quilt from the book for Paige and Cheryl's hop back in March.)

I had a small stack of 10" squares from a Bonnie and Camille fabric collection which I knew would make a very cheerful table runner and I paired them with some Kona Charcoal for a nice contrast. I didn't have quite enough of the Charcoal for the entire binding so pieced some scraps from the prints to make it work.

I stitched some wavy lines with the walking foot and Aurifil 50 wt in medium grey (#2605). The quilting didn't take very long - the runner is about 22.5" wide but it was very zen-like work. Stitch - turn - stitch - turn...  Sometimes you just need to be able to spend time on quilting that doesn't require much brain power.

  • Pattern: Rick Rack Runner designed by Paige Alexander from the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts
  • Size: 22.5" x 86.5" 
  • Fabrics: Kona Charcoal and 10" squares from a Bonnie & Camille fabric collection
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2605 (medium grey) in 50 wt

I will be linking up at a few fun places this week:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Josef Albers Inspired Mini #3

It was my birthday this last weekend and my family was nice enough to leave me alone all day Saturday and most of Sunday. Plus, I took Monday off and it was pouring rain here so I got to spend a few hours in my sewing room.

During that time, I designed, pieced and quilted my Josef Albers inspired mini #3. (You can see mini #1 here and mini #2 here.)

I love pink and purple so those are the colours I chose for my third mini in the series: Kona Eggplant, Crocus, Bubblegum and Orchid. There's also some white in there as well as Charcoal for the background.

To stay consistent with the other two minis, I kept the quilting pretty simple - straight lines stitched about 1/4" apart with the walking foot and Aurifil 2605 (dark grey) in 50 wt. To keep the middle piecing from looking too puffy, I quilted in the ditch between each colour.

And just for fun, I brought all three minis outside and snapped a picture - I love them all!

This mini is finish number 8 on my Q2 List for the 2018 FAL!

  • Pattern: My own design inspired by the work of Josef Albers
  • Size: 16" x 22" 
  • Fabrics: Kona White, Eggplant, Crocus, Bubblegum, Orchid and Charcoal. 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2605 (dark grey) in 50 wt

I will be linking up at Slice of Pi Quilts for TGIFF and at Kelly's for My Quilt Infatuation's NTT!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Sunny Skies - A Baby Quilt Finish

I'm still working through my stash of patterns and trying to use up scraps whenever possible (and I swear - no matter how many scrappy quilts I make, I don't seem to be able to make a significant dent in those scrap bins!). This week, I finished a baby quilt based on Shannon Fraser's Pink Lemonade pattern. I called mine Sunny Skies because of the colour combination I ended up going with.

Shannon's pattern was written for three main fabrics, but it was really easy to figure out how to make the quilt with scraps. So I went through my blue, orange and low volume scrap bins and managed to pull enough to make the whole quilt.

I did mess up a little bit when stitching together the hourglass blocks so my quilt is a little bit smaller (I also had to do some quilty math to figure out how to re-size the HST blocks to fit), but in the end, everything worked out pretty well I think.

I used Kona Schoolbus for the binding and pieced together a few orange and blue fat quarters for the backing.

I used this quilt to demonstrate the flower quilting design during the last Montreal MQG sew-in and this design is so quick, I managed to quilt the whole thing in just that afternoon!

This is finish number 7 off my Q2 list for the 2018 FAL.


I will be linking up at a few fun places this week:

Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday
Devoted Quilter for TGIFF
Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday