Quarterly Review and Q4 2016 Goals

This year hasn’t really turned out as planned, but I think it’s been better in some ways. It’s been a big year so far, and I’d love to go out with a bang and get some WIPs whipped.

I only finished 3 of the 6 goals I set for Q3 (which you can find here, here and here), but given that the quarter has been so full-on and I finished a different 3 quilts too, I’m happy with those finishes. I really love the Cotton & Steel baby quilts, especially, and I have a box of scraps from those quilts waiting, so I will be making even more of those at some point!

So onto quarter 4…

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With all my assignments and an exam due in October, I will be a month behind before I start, but I’m looking forward to having a decent chunk of sewing time once the semester is complete (and maybe some sneaky sewing-for-sanity in the meantime).  🙂

Summer Breeze Sew Along

Springtime is here in Brisbane and I’m already starting to feel the days heating up. It really is a beautiful time of year. I have to admit to being a little sad to see the back of the cooler weather though, as Summer is not my favourite time of year here… Summer breezes are certainly sanity savers in these parts.

Today, I’m happy to be a part of Fat Quarter Shop‘s Summer Breeze sew-along. This is such a great pattern, that comes together deceptively quickly, especially with the use of the handy Creative Grid rulers. FQS have put together a great little video and have all the details you need on their website. You can find the kit here and the pattern here.

I decided to use all the blocks from the pattern and make two baby quilts instead of one larger quilt, and chose to use some of my favourite Cotton + Steel fabrics. One quilt is made with the “Raindrop” collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale and the other with the “Playful” collection by Melody Miller. The fabric requirements are the same as stated in the pattern, and these mini versions finish at 40.5″ x 48.5″, which is a great size for a cot or toddler bed.

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Playful Baby Quilt

Playful Baby Quilt

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Raindrop Baby Quilt

Raindrop Baby Quilt

Both quilts are quilted with this pretty swirly, bubbly pattern (yes, that’s the technical term, lol) and backed with Puddle Jump, one of my favourite Raindrop fabrics.

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Quilt Backing & Label

I had so much fun putting these together! Please visit the amazing quilters who are also taking part in today’s sew-along:

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Sherri N. from Rebecca Mae Designs

Sherri M. from A Quilting Life

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

Jessica from Quilty Habit

Leanne from She Can Quilt

Afton from Quilting Mod

Stephanie from The Modern Sewciety