Paper Piecing Monday…

Another Monday another paper piecing pattern… I am eventually going to run out of ideas I am sure, but until then I give you…

modern scrap star quilt blockThe Sunny Star, another 8 inch block.  This is a cute one and was pretty easy to put together (no really strange angles) and takes just 40 pieces of fabric.

quilt block partsYou can find free paper piecing pattern, in PDF form, here…Sunny star pattern.

 

New York Beauties

A couple of weeks ago, at one of our Guild Sew Days I got an amazing burst of creative energy.  It all started with the fabulous Bill Volkening and his amazing collection of vintage New York Beauty quilts.  Bill is a quilt collector extraordinaire and a collection of his 1970’s quilt hung at QuiltCon last week.

Anyway Bill was showing some of us the roughs for a new book he has done which highlights his amazing collection of New York Beauty quilts from the 1850’s through to modern.  I had never seen such an awe inspiring collection of quilts and I was immediately drawn to the wonderful patterns that were used to make them.  If you are interested in seeing what I am talking about Bill has a fun slide show of 30 of his New York beauties up on line HERE.

Having just conquered my fear of curved piecing I thought I had to give this block a go, just to see if I could do it.  The second part of the inspiration came about 20 minutes later when a friend from PMQG gave me the most amazing gift… a tin of Mirror Ball fat quarters.  It seems Tracey had bought the tin years ago, before I had discovered the magic of Mirror Ball and not used it…she had seen my love of Mirror Ball first hand at the PMQG retreat (I may have drooled over her fabric) and decided to gift me her tin of magic.  I was at first speechless and a little teary.  It was such a generous gift and I do LOVE Mirror Ball.  Anyway a long story short while I was petting my new fabric I stumbled across this colour scheme…

Mirror ball fabric…and my new project/obsession was born.  So this week I have been making New York Beauty blocks…

New York Beauty 1…lots of New York Beauty blocks.,..

New York Beauty 3I found some paper piecing patterns for blocks in my EQ7 program and I have been playing…

New York Beauty 2There has been lots of unpicking and learning but I am having fun.  I am not sure what final layout will be but for now I am just enjoying the fun of making these blocks. Each one is different…each one is unique…each one has sparkle in it.

I am linking up with Lee and Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Paper piecing star overload

So here is my fourteenth green star block…  and I can not believe that there are so many already…

lonely star quilt blockAs promised it is more complex than last weeks with  32 pieces but still less than some of my bigger star blocks!

quilt block piecesThe free PDF for this star can be found here…Lonely Star Pattern.  If I was to make this star again I think I would alternate the light and dark greens more, as you would in a traditional Lone Star quilt.

Oh and as promised here is a shot of most of the stars so far (12 out of the 14)…

a collection of starsI am still not sure what I am going to do with them all but a plan is brewing…. I was really inspired by the QuiltCon quilts I have seen on Instagram…so there will be negative space and an off grid layout I think!

Cushion addicton…

I have recently become slightly obsessed with quilted cushions.  It all began when I started making class sample for Modern Domestic (my local quilt shop)…and it has not stopped yet.

economy block pillowAfter making my tiny Economy block mini quilt I wanted to do a bigger version of the block, just for fun.  Using a 5 inch block I made this easy cushion in no time…

economy blockI used more of my Cotton and Steel stash and just loved fussy cutting the little bunnies in particular…they are so darling.  What I love about the Economy block is it is so easy to pick three colours – with this pillow it was pink, navy and yellow… and just go.

pillow detailYour colourway guides your fabric choices as you rummage through your scraps and stash.  As I was pulling fabric I made sure I had a variety of tones – lights and darks in the three colours.  The rest is as easy…make the blocks and sew them together.  Because you have a coherent colour scheme you can lay out the blocks randomly and get beautiful results.

The cushion top took twenty 5 inch blocks or if you are more adventurous you can do a baby quilt with just sixty three (63) blocks..

This cushion gave me my first opportunity to test out the walking foot on the Bernina 550… and oh what fun it was…

walking foot funIt was so easy to attach the foot (unlike my old machine which involved screw drivers and painters tape!) and the sewing was a breeze.    I can not wait to try a bigger quilt with this foot.  Hopefully next week I will have quilt done and dusted!

More green stars…

As promised I am back with some more green stars.  I have twelve finished blocks up on my design wall and this block is lucky number 13….

8 inch star quilt blockI called this star Nick’s star, after my husband…what can I say I am struggling to find names for some of my patterns!    This 8 inch block has 24 pieces and I must warn you is easier than next weeks pattern, which is more complex, but really fun.

Nick star pattern piecesYou can find the free PDF pattern here…Nick’s Star pattern.  I have loved seeing people’s versions of my patterns on Instagram, so go forth and create pretty things!

Scrap busting quilt…

This morning I managed to finish up the improv baby quilt I started last week.

easy scrap baby quiltI started making blocks last week as a way to take a break from doing old WIP’s (see my original post about the process) and found myself making blocks here and there as I worked on other things.

improv quilt detial 2The blocks are all random improv and used up quite a nice selection of my low volume and pastel scrap stash.

quilt detailThere are lots of novelty prints with enough bits and pieces to play a good game of I spy (aka eye spy).   But for me the most fun of this whole process was the quilting.  If you follow this blog you know I am determined this year to get better at free motion quilting and this week I got some help.

maching bindingLast Friday I took delivery of a wonderful Bernina 550, which I have on loan to play with and oh what a difference a good machine makes.  When it came to quilting this baby up, I was excited to attach the free motion foot and stitch regulator and really play.

quilting detailNow the quilting is far from perfect but it is okay and so much better than anything I have free motioned before…. and most importantly it was great fun to do.  I just free motioned squares and I am now chomping at the bit to try some new things.  I have dusted off my Angela Waters books and bought Christina Cameli’s new book “Step by Step Free Motion Quilting” and I am ready to get serious about this quilting thing.