Spooky Delights week 3 – borders

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How did your centre go? Hope you have had fun getting to this point. We’re up to week 3 of the FQS Spooky Delights Quilt-along.

img_7495I was hoping to be able to show off a finished table runner today, but the week got away from me. No better excuse than spending time with my lovely family for Mother’s Day though! Hope all the mum’s got spoilt. ❤️

This week we are putting on our borders. Click here for the pattern.

In the interests of “keeping it real”, I’ll offer the following advice… Make sure you measure your centre before cutting your borders. I’d used my other machine to piece my pumpkins and forgot to change the settings so my centre was a bit smaller than it should be. I increased the width of my first border slightly to compensate and make sure that the pieced border would fit perfectly. Easy fix if you check before you cut!


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The piecing of those little squares is a dream when chain piecing. Just sit and sew. Bliss!

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Pretty happy with my table runner so far and even managed to baste it and get my backing and binding ready so I should be finished in no time. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see it all finished! Thanks for stopping by. You can follow my blog with bloglovin’ using the link at the top of this page. Don’t forget to visit Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber and the other bloggers taking part in the sew-along too!

Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl
Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks
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Are you sewing along?


This week we are making the centre of our Spooky Delights table runner with the Fat Quarter Shop. This was so much fun to put together and it’s great that I will have a seasonal project ready ahead of time this year! If you would like to join us, grab your favourite fabrics and make your centre this week! Here’s the link to the first Jolly Jabber post with the fabric requirements and then grab the pattern for the centre here.


I had such fun piecing those pumpkins from my spidery orange and I fussy cut the doorways from my favourite spooky scraps. No guilt here for splashing out on a Fat Quarter bundle when I get another great project like this from the scraps! Check out the quilt I made from the rest of the bundle here.


I was going to hand sew the appliqué down but ran out of time. I’m happy to report that it looks pretty cute being sewn by machine. Phew!


Even looks creepier being sewn at night, haha. And here is the centre all complete and ready for next week’s borders:


Have fun with your centre this week and sing out if you are sewing along!

A Spooky Delights Sewalong

I’m so happy to be taking part in the Fat Quarter Shop‘s spooky delights quilt along. This week, we are having fun picking out fabrics to make this cute table runner, with both piecing and appliqué:

This is the bundle that I have pulled from my Eerie (by Basic Grey for Moda) scraps. 

One of the reasons that I love buying a fat quarter bundle of my favourite collections is the awesome scraps for smaller projects like these. Still loving this range!

Follow this link for the full PDF of what fabric you will need if you would like to join us. The FQS have also put together a handy kit too. Click here for the jolly jabber post and to follow the other bloggers taking part.

I’ll post next week with my centre. I’m going to work on my hand appliqué this week.

Cushion Swap!

As the swap wraps up, I’ve realised that I haven’t chatted about the recent #pcswapas (hosted by Alison and Sami) that I took part in on Instagram recently. Because my year is already chock-full of goals and projects, I decided that I wouldn’t commit to any swaps this year. The other issue is that we can’t really hang things on the wall at the moment and while minis are cute, they aren’t really that useful except when hung up. But my resolve gave way when I saw this pillow and cushion swap! A perfect way to brighten up this place.

It wasn’t hard to pick what I was going to make for my partner. She loved colour and one of her favourite designers is Alison Glass. So I broke the bundle of all my handcrafted fabrics and made this amazingly cute Rhonda block (pattern by QuiltJane). It worked so well as a cushion.

  

I quilted it fairly densely with straight lines using the foot as a guide. Jane’s pattern uses the tri-rec ruler and I love the more unusual shapes as a result.

Of course, the other part of the fun is receiving… It was a frantic week last week and I was thrown a couple of curve-balls on top, so receiving this lovely treat made my day. 

 
I do love me some hexies and my partner was kind enough to also send me a bag, which has been in use already as I tote around all our family’s stuff. So as much as I was resolved to not take on any more projects, I’m so pleased I took part in this swap. Thank you Sami and Alison, and of course to Helen and Monica

Blue-and-white Log Cabin Table Runner

I do love a good traditional pattern made with new modern fabrics, so when the Fat Quarter Shop told me about Classic and Heirloom Quilts by Betsy Chutchian, I was super-keen to take part in the sew-along and make a mini-quilt. I have been wanting to make a project with low volume and blue fabrics for a while now, and looking at the fabric pile reminded me of the blue and white crockery I grew up with in England. I just had to make a table runner.


The added bonus is that our dining table was looking a little sparse since I tidied my sewing room (previously known as the “room of doom“) and it became usable again. So it will definitely be in high rotation at dinner time!

To make the table runner, I simply made 12 (rather than 20) mini blocks of the Streak of Lightning pattern. I picked 6 light fabrics and 6 dark fabrics so have some close repetition and had to be careful when piecing. You could use a small amount (a F8 is plenty) of all different fabrics for a super-scrappy look.

I’m just so pleased with the result.

  

For further information on the book, you can visit here or watch this video.

My last do.good stitches finish – circles!

A quick post from me today with another finish! My goals for 2016 included 2 charity quilts and this is the first. For my last quilt for Cherish circle, I asked our group for circles. I received 13 blocks back and made 2 to make this cute little quilt. I was a little worried it would be too small, but all 3 of my kids have tested it out and declare it just fine. Phew. 🙂

 We had some fun trying to take photos. My 10 year old tried desperately to hold it straight: 

Then my 13 year old had a go but the mini-one took over, as always, haha.

But it’s done and will hopefully be loved by someone who needs a quilty hug. ❤️

 
Do.good stitches is a charity quilting group bringing together modern quilters all over the world into smaller circles that make quilts for charities and individuals. It’s hosted on Flickr by Rachel of Stitched in Color. I was part of the group for over a year and made some great quilting buddies. Thanks for sharing your talents with me, ladies. More info can be found in the Flickr group here.

 

Eerie Nested Churn Dash: a finished quilt

Just in time for my eldest’s birthday next weekend, I finished my nested churn dash quilt this week. I truly love this quilt. The fabrics are Eerie by Basic Grey for Moda, which I bought knowing how much my daughter would love them. When Jane Davidson was running a class locally for her Nested Churn Dash quilt, I knew it would be the perfect match. This is the block that I completed in class, which set me up to make the others when I got home.

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And a close up of Jane’s fantastic quilting:


Yey for another finish this quarter. 🎉 I waited until she had gone out for the day to test it out on her crumpled bed. Perfect.

A finish – True North Quilt

I’m so happy to be writing this post… It’s finished! A quick check on Instagram tells me that I started this quilt 39 weeks ago! But every quilt needs a deadline and this one is for my step-dad who has his birthday is soon.

 

quilts on pool fences should totally be a thing; just ignore the messy garden, hey?

 

I have fond childhood memories of afternoons of him taking us out on his boat, so when I saw Sweetwater’s The Boat House collection, I thought of him. The pattern is True North by Peta of She Quilts a Lot.

 There are 12 blocks here which make a pretty big quilt (officially, it’s a twin size). I reversed Peta’s colours and used a dark background and light frames. It’s quilted with my favourite quick-quilt option of the 3-stitch zig zag through the centre of the blocks and the frames, and I added a few straight lines through the blocks themselves. I do wish I had had the time and shoulders to FMQ it though. I backed it with IKEA nummer fabric with an extra strip of blue to break it up a little. So many people commented on the backing while I hauled it around with me finishing the binding.

And in the grand tradition of a quilter, I’ve finished one thing and started another… At least one got finished! Here’s a sneak peak:

Ain’t he cute? Have a lovely weekend. x

Jelly Roll Slice!

Oh my goodness, this is a cute little pattern! I do love a good baby quilt pattern, and last year, I had fun making the Fat Quarter Shop’s Jelly Roll Jam quilt with their free pattern. It made a great little gift for a new baby. This year, they have done it again with Jelly Roll Slice and I am so excited to support FQS and quilt along with some fabulous bloggers. I had such fun with this pattern, and given that it only uses 17 jelly roll strips, I made two! You can download the pattern for free from here, and view the video on You Tube here. There are full instructions on creating larger quilts too. But if you prefer ready-made or are short on time, you can soon find my completed quilts in my very new Etsy shop.

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The fabric I chose was Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two and I chose Moda Bella Lead as my background. FQS have a kit available if you would like to make the quilt in Bonnie & Camille’s lovely Vintage Picnic range. FQS is offering 15% off jelly rolls until 28th February to celebrate the launch of the pattern.

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Other bloggers participating in the blog hop are:

Taunja of Carried Away Quilting
Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs
Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination
Eileen of Eileen in Stitches
Cristy of Love You Sew
Hayley of Moobird Stitches
Shelley of The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts

Thank you so much for visiting.

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A Quick Update (and something Splendid!)

So the kids going back to school (and after-school!) hit me harder than expected… A whole month without blogging! I have been busy sewing away with my hand-sewing while waiting around at the studio and trying to whip my WIPs when at home. I’ll be sharing a couple of finishes later this week. Nothing like a couple of birthdays to get some things completed!

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Scrappy Binding = yum!

The Aussie MQG pouch swap was fun. I ended up making two (one for my partner and one for my littlest) and I am keen to make more. They are very addictive!

Finally, I am so excited about the Splendid Sampler that I have started my blocks before finishing my Farmer’s Wife (typical quilter!) This quilt will be mine (all mine, bwahaha) so I am pulling out the big guns, i.e. my precious collection of Sweetwater reds and my equally precious Zen Chic modern background paper fabrics. The aim is to create a more modern interpretation of a red and white sampler. Two blocks in, I think I’m in love…

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I’ll be back tomorrow with the cutest pair of baby quilts from a great little FREE pattern. I think this one will become my favourite quilt pattern for baby gifts.