Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pink and Orange

Instead of working on small elephants to actually get something finished, I had the idea of making a pink and orange quilt so I did.

I see the original, by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation, has a much cooler title: Strip Tango Baby!

I used my long hoarded Silent Cinema (2011) and some even older Denyse Schmidt along with some last year Tula. I like the colours a lot. It measures 48" x 60" and is awaiting quilting.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Second One Block Wonder Finished

This is my second official finish for the quarter. It only needed to be bound and I finally got around to it last weekend using some left over Spotlight cream and tan triangles. I like this one lots. Most fabrics are linen/cotton blends.

As you can see from the blue sky between the trees in the top photo, it's a very sunny and warm Good Friday in Auckland. A very nice start to the school hols.

I am linking this finished quilt and the other one block wonder up to Adrianne's Finish-Along -

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Small Finish

I got the red and blue baby quilt finished last weekend and gifted it today.

I do like it but it was an easy one to gift. Lately, I have found I make quilts and then like them too much to give away so have to make another one to actually gift.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Red and Blue Baby Quilt

I am quite impressed with my efforts to quilt this one as I do not enjoy machine quilting at all.

The blocks are 12" on the diagonal and my straight-line quilting is 4" apart.

And I found some really 'unexpected' fabric for the binding which I like lots! It is now attached, so I am set up for some hand sewing. If only my splint was one finger over, I would have a built in thimble.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Birds and Flowers

I am still avoiding the frog and turtle blocks in the Elephant Parade, but I have made the bird and flower blocks.

Next - the smaller elephants.

Oh, and I have a broken finger. It involved opening a locked door at school. And it hurt but not so much I thought it was broken. X-rays show it is - in the top joint. It is in a split full-time for 5 more weeks and then part-time after that. It's more of a nuisance than anything and it could be a lot worse so I can't complain!

Sew Fresh Quilts

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Pineapple and an Elephant (or five)

I think this pineapple featured in one of those weekly emails from a fabric shop. Pineapples remind me of Hawaii, and I do love Hawaiian holidays.

Anyway, the original free pattern and instructions can be found here at Sassafras Lane Designs. I am yet to quilt and bind my effort.

Now the elephants I saw in a link on Lee's Wednesday WIP @ Freshly Pieced. They come from Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts. When I saw the pattern, I thought I really couldn't be bothered with all that cutting - couldn't it just be paper-pieced. I googled paper-pieced elephants and they all had millions more pieces! So I cut just enough for one, to test it out.

I found it went from this to this ...

and then to this ...

... fairly painlessly. So I made 4 more. And when I photograph them, I will make sure the foot on the back leg isn't bent under.

I took the idea for a blue rather than white background from Rachel's photo in the flickr group.

It is a B x B QAL, but I am late to that party and may or may not catch up/keep up. I am also not loving the frog. I don't like them in real life. They give me the creeps.

Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Moda Modern Building Blocks Update

I am up to date with our Monday Modern's 2015 block of the month challenge. I have not sewn these ones in the exact order as the official guide because I wanted to feel like I was making progress, so sewed together what I had.

I really like the navy and green. Must do more of them. Pretty sure my Gran used to say, blue and green should never be seen [together].

And here they are sewn onto of the bigger blocks.

I spread them on the lounge floor to see how far I am with the project. Holy moley, it's a big one! It barely fits on the floor in the lounge. I had to clamber onto the couch to take the photo. The photo shows that I definitely need more navy to darken up other parts of the quilt so the newest addition doesn't stand out quite so much.

27/48 done. Lots of 6" blocks to go.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

First Finish for the Quarter

It's only taken about 4 weeks to get this quilt bound. However, it is now done and is my first finish for the quarter.

Generally, I am not a fan of pieced backs, but I didn't want to buy any more fabric so pieced the back for this one. And I don't mind it.

Carol Fearon did the quilting. Here is the maths if you want to make a one-block-wonder quilt of your own.

I had some trees cut down two weeks ago so probably all of my quilt photos from now on will be on the string I nailed to the garden shed! The remaining trees are either too close together, too far apart, too round, or the 'forest' is too dark for decent pics.