Starflower Quilt block

For today’s Paper Piecing Monday block I did something a little different.  The block still uses the simple square block, but only one…

Starflower block..and yes kitties are still involved.  It follows the rules of the other vintage blocks – 9 patch of four-inch blocks blah blah blah…

componentsThe components of the block are…one (1)  WQ Simple square block, four (4) Triangle blocks and four (4) Starpoint component blocks.  Just click on the links to get the PDF of the patterns.

Starflower block 2So what did I do different…. I blew this block up to make a 21 inch block.

solid quilt block

As the local hospital was now requesting 42 inch square quilts, I thought this would be a great way to make a quick and easy baby quilt… and I was right.

simple modern baby quiltMy quilt is unbound, but you get the idea.  Simple pattern, bright solids and you have an easy quilt.  The pattern components are the same but just 7 inches instead of 4…XL Triangle component and XL Star component and of course XL Simple Square component.

 

 

A Briar Rose finish

This week I finished the first of the quilts that I am dragging back to Australia in November.  I know I am cutting it close, but I am a girl who works well with a looming deadline…

briar rose quilt

This darling quilt, made using just Heather Ross’s Briar Rose and Kona white, is for my cousin’s daughter, Annabel.  I started it in October last year (I really am slow to finish stuff without a deadline), and you can find out more about the pattern on my original post.

briar rose quilt detail

A few years ago I made Annabel a baby quilt, but never got it to her (I am also slow to post things!).  After she was no longer a baby, I gave her quilt to Project Linus and started making this quilt… which is much more young lady appropriate.

briar rose quilt detail 2

I used about 1/4 yard of each of the fabrics in the line, which means I still have enough of the fabric in my stash to make something else.  I love these prints, but am particularly smitten by the bees…

Briar Rose bee detailFor the quilting I used some of the lines of the block as a guide and ended up with a really cool pattern of stitches, some straight and some diagonal.

Briar Rose quilt back

I pieced together a back using a large cut of one of the floral prints and some little bits of my favorite strawberry prints…. and finished it all off with some scrappy pink binding…

binding detail

So one Aussie bound quilt done, two to go!

Quilt Details:
Pattern:  Labyrinth by Red Pepper Quilts
Fabric:  Briar Rose by Windham Fabrics
Size:  52 x 52 inches

 

Cross Stitch Sparkle Pattern Testing

Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing some pattern testing for the fabulous Sara at Knottygnome.  The block I have been playing with is called Cross Stitch Sparkle…

hst quilt blockIt is a block made up of half square triangles, lots and lots of HST’s.  When I got the pattern I was umming and ahhing about what colours to do and what scraps to use… you know my usual style.  In the end I decided to do something completely different for me and go with solids.

cross stitch sparkle detailI used just Kona for the white fabric but I really raided my solids stash for the rest – there is Kona and Couture Cotton and Bella Solids and who knows what else in this block.

With Sara’s pattern she gives directions on two different ways to make HST’s.  I went with the version that makes 2 at a time because I wanted the colour variety and I was not making a huge quilt.

detailSara’s other directions make 8 HST’s at a time and would be very handy if you were making a full quilt out of this pattern.  Each block is 18 inches square so I made 4 blocks and called it good…

cross stitch sparkle topI now have a fabulous wall hanging or baby quilt…. I am not sure which one it is yet!   Sara’s pattern goes live next week on her website if you are interested.  The block is really easy and the resulting quilt top is striking.

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

Kitty Corner Paper Piecing Monday

For today’s paper piecing Monday I present the kitty corner block….

Kitty corner quilt blockAnd yes that is a kitty in the center of the Kitty Corner… I could not resist.   The pattern is another simple square nine patch block, have I mentioned I am obsessed?

To make this block all you need is the 4 1/2 inch simple square pattern (WQ Simple square block) and the Kitty corner component.

block partsI was a little stuck on putting a kitty in the block, so my alternative block layout is not too much different…

kitty cornder block 2But I think there are more exciting possibilities if you are not cat or fussy cut focused.  I would love to see a block with no white space – with a pattern fabric as the background. Maybe if I get time….

100 Quilts for Kids

This week I finally finished another quilt… I mean completely finished – quilting and binding and all.  I have been pumping out the blocks and tops but have been a little lacking on finishes… until now.  So without further ado here is my Les Monsieur quilt…

easy kids quilt

This was a fast and fun quilt to put together, I made the top in February in very little time (see my original post) but it spent months sitting in the “must finish” pile.  For this quilt, I started with a handful of the prints from Michael Miller’s fabulous Les Monsieur line and some coordinating fabrics from my stash.

Les Monseur block detail

I then spent a few hours making log cabin blocks, all 9 1/2 inches square but with random sized logs/sashing.  What I love about this type of quilt top is that it is a great way to highlight a fun novelty print line…and I always start by cutting out blocks of just the prints (giving you instantly 3 – 4 blocks to start).

quilt detail

Then I fussy cut some of the novelty prints for the center of the blocks and go to work.  It is just fun putting everything together, of course making sure that there is some lights (in this case white) and darks (navy blue and a touch of brown).

block detail 2

If there are any of the focus prints left over I tend to incorporate them into the back of the quilt.

Les Monseur quilt back

This quilt was delivered yesterday to Project Linus and is one of my entries into this years 100 Quilts for Kids drive.

For the last couple of years I have been a part of the 100 Quilts for Kids drive that Katie Blakesley of SwimBikeQuilt set up.   The idea is simple, for the months of August and September you are encouraged to make a quilt and donate it to a child/teen in your own community.

This year the quilt drive is being hosted by Quilts in the Queue and there are some beautiful quilts that have already been donated …. oh did I mention you can also win some lovely prizes by donating a quilt and then linking a photo to the 100 Quilts for Kids site?

A work in progress to change the pace…

I recently had the privilege of receiving a review copy of Cheryl Arkison’s book “A month of Sunday’s”.  The PMQG is often sent books to review and when this title was offered I jumped at it.  I loved Cheryl’s first book “Sunday Morning Quilts” which she co-authored with Amanda Jean Nyberg.

month of sundays bookThis book has a different feel and pace to it than Cheryl’s last book.  It has recipes, bag patterns, musing on life and the best chapter EVER on low volume quilting.  The chapter “Turn it Down” does a marvelous job of explaining what low volume is, how it works and how to select fabrics.  It has tips on value, scale and colour in low volume fabrics and I learnt some neat stuff.

The book’s quilting projects are all fabulously low key, low volume and fun. You are challenged to take what you have learnt about low volume and apply it to patterns. There are helpful hints about turning up the volume on the patterns too but they are all perfect for the quieter style.

Flipping through the book there was one pattern in particular that caught my eye and I knew I just had to make it…

crossword quiltSo fabric was pulled (I had a surprising number of text prints!) and then cut.  Now, after months of loud bright colours my design wall at the moment is full of scrappy low volume prints.

my wipThe wall looks so strange with the random placement but as the rows are sewn together I am seeing some magic appear.  I used more creams in my top, which gives my Crossword an old newspaper” feel I think.

wip crossword quiltI have no husband for the weekend so I am hoping to have this top finished for a reveal next week.