Mini Kaleidoscope Quilt

Last week I looked at the bag of Lizzy House fabric scraps I had gathered in the last couple of months and I decided I needed to do something with them… a couple of hours later and I had made this little beauty…

Kaleidoscope mini quiltMost of the scraps I was playing with were tiny little bits and so I designed a little, fat kaleidoscope block to make this quilt.   A tiny paper pieced block allowed me to get accuracy with my piecing while being able to do some fun fussy cutting…

fussy cut 2Each block is made up of four (4) pieces which were 1 1/2 inch square.. the finished block is 3 inches small.  This was such a fun quilt to make, and I used a lot of my little white on white scraps as well as my precious Lizzy House bits.

back of mini quiltIf you are interested in making your own kaleidoscope mini quilt you can find the free paper piecing pattern here….WQ mini Kaleidoscope block. 

I have signed up for one more mini quilt swap, so I warn you there will be some more paper pieced little quilts shortly.

A personal project done….

I recently finished up my Grey Card quilt for the Black to White quilt challenge…

finished grey card quiltI was so thrilled with how this quilt turned out, but I was aware that it was very personal to me and may not be everyone’s taste.  I entered the quilt anyway in the BTW Challenge and this morning got the email that it was not chosen for the exhibit.

quilting detailThere were some amazing quilts made for this challenge…check out the hashtag #btwqks to see some of the other quilts made.

Splash of pink Instead of hanging the quilt in an exhibit it now has pride of place in our living/lounge room…

quilt hanging

My quilt is where it should be… and I must admit I smile every time I look at it… it reminds me of what was and what now is.

One finished quilt top and one giveaway…

This week, after a little procrastination. I finally finished sewing all my green stars into a quilt top…

finished green star quilt topI alternated the paper pieced blocks with 8 1/2 inch squares of low volume fabric… using mainly fabrics that had been used in the star blocks.

green star quilt detailI sewed all the blocks together, keeping the paper on the stars.  I have found if I remove the paper from the pattern before I sew everything together there can be issues making everything fit properly.  There can be a lot of bias pieces in paper piecing and you want to minimize the wiggle…

piecingWhen I had sewn all the stars and low volume blocks together I realized the quilt needed a border of some sort.  I ended up making four flying geese blocks and interspersed them within the 3 inch border.

quilt top detailI love how the border and those geese bring the whole quilt together.

green star detailTo celebrate finishing this quilt I thought I would do a little giveaway.

prize packageUp for grabs is this 18 fat eight cuts of fabric so you can make your own green star blocks – 12 different greens and 6 different low volumes.  If you would like to win just leave a comment on this post and we will pick a winner on Monday.   As always I am happy to post overseas.

THE COMPETiTION IS NOW CLOSED.  Thanks.  

A modern baby quilt…

This week I finished the binding on my Paper Piecing Monday baby quilt.  I am so thrilled with how this quilt turned out…and how easy it was to make.

WQ Snowball baby quiltAs you can see the quilt used just four of my paper piecing Snowball patterns, and they really are the stars of the show.   My favorite block is definitely this one…

free paper piece patternBut you can find the free paper piecing pattern for all the blocks under the “Free Paper Piecing Patterns” tab if you want to make your own version.

pink snowball quilt detail 2To build out the quilt I cut a bunch of 6 1/2 square blocks from my black and white stash.  The blocks were just the perfect size so I could play with layout and see how I wanted the quilt to flow.

I originally started with the pink blocks running down the side of the quilt, but after some procrastination went for the layout I have now – one row below the paper pieced blocks and 5 above.

bw block detailI had some serious fun fussy cutting… this block in particular seemed so appropriate for a baby quilt…

favorite bw blockThe quilt could easily have been made longer by adding another row or two of black and white blocks but I liked the square format.

black and white blocksFor the quilting I ran straight lines down the quilt and then sewed intersecting vertical lines thru the paper pieced squares.

pink snowball quilt detailFor the back I used some fun pink number fabric and some black and white dots.  Nothing too fancy.  The binding was of course scrappy pink solids!

quilt backThis quilt is destined for an exciting life when my friends baby is born.  They are an amazing couple that lead a slightly unconventional life.  A traditional baby quilt was not going to do…

Quilt Details:

Technique:  Paper piecing and simple patchwork.
Block size:  12 inches
Quilt Size:  48 x 48 inches

A little bit of Improv fun…

Over the last month or so I have been slowly making a quilt top, using nothing but my solid scraps.  This week I finally finished sewing it all together to make this piece of modern crazy….

modern improv quilt It all started when I began cutting up my solid scraps into useable squares…

my 5 inch block collection

I was left with a pile of long strips, small square and random shapes.  As a scrap quilter I could not just throw them away, so I started making Improv blocks.

improv orange blockMy first step was to sew lots of the small little bits together to make bigger units.

aqua improv blockIf I found a curved piece in amongst the scraps I used it…

improv pink 2The same with triangles (there was no shape biased here!)…

red improv blockI was not afraid to slash through a block and add extra bits…

purple improv block And I always made sure that there was tonal variation in the blocks…

green improv blockI worked colour by colour….first I pulled out all my yellow scraps and made blocks….then my orange…then my red etc.  Working row by row, colour by colour I could make sure that there was some flow between each line of blocks…

improv quilt detail 3My blocks finished at 6 inches square and not one of them is even remotely like the another.  I found an amazing freedom in making this quilt….there was no pattern to follow, no measuring or pre-cutting to do.

quilt detail 1 When I needed a break from paper piecing or just wanted to do something quick and creative I grabbed a handful of scraps and made some blocks.

quilt detail 2So much fun…I can highly recommend this process… it is perfect for letting go and just playing.  There is no right or wrong, just colour and creating and fun.

Cross Stitch Sparkle quilt

This week I managed to finish up another quilt… my Cross Stitch Sparkle quilt finally got quilted and bound….it only took 30 weeks and a friggin ton of half square triangles!

x stitch sparke quiltThis quilt started last year when I agreed to test a quilt pattern for Sara at Knotty Gnome.  I love to challenge myself and I had never done anything with half square triangles before so I jumped in feet first.   Each block is 18 inches square and I thought I could make a little baby quilt.  My original top finish was four blocks by four blocks.

cross stitch sparkle topBut…in a moment of crazy a month or so ago… I thought I would make the quilt bigger and added an additional 5 blocks!  I had just cut a whole pile of 4 inch solid squares so I thought why not use some of them.

x stitch sparkle detail 2Actually I love this size quilt…I think you really get a great sense of the pattern with the extra blocks added.

x stitch sparkle quilt detailI used so many different warm and cool solids in this quilt.  I know I have tons of Kona and Michael Miller Cotton Couture as well as Moda and a sprinkling of American Made in there.  Basically any appropriate solids I had in my scrap bin went into this thing.

quiltingI quilted the top using straight lines on my home machine.  For some reason I did not want to quilt it too densely and straight lines echoing the grey center square seemed to be the thing to do.

quilt backingFor the backing I used part of an IKEA duvet cover I had in my stash… it was the perfect back for this crazy colourful quilt.

quilt bindingFinally I hand bound the quilt using scraps of different greys.  The grey was the perfect way to frame the quilt and contain the colour explosion.

Quilt Details

Pattern:  X stitch Sparkle by Knotty Gnome
Fabric: Various solids
Quilt Size:  55 inch x 55 inches