Yipee a finish…

This summer has been a little crazy, but in amongst it all I have managed to finish up some quilts including this fun one…

postage stamp quilt

This is my second postage stamp quilt using Rita from Red Pepper Quilts technique.  It is really an easy way to get all these little 1 1/2 inch squares sewn together.  To make it easier on myself, every time I cut out a quilt or have some scraps I will cut a 2 x 7 inch strip and put it in a shoe box.  Over the course of a couple of months that shoe box fills up.

postage stamp quilt detail

When you are working this small I do not worry about fussy cutting but focus mainly on colour….making sure I have some darks and lights as well as lots of white in my prints…  That said you can still play a great game of I Spy with this quilt…

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I did have some fun with the quilting on this piece.  For the first time I used one a quilting template…

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I have picked up a couple of these things over the years but never ever used them before… for this quilt I picked a waved pattern and using my trust Frixon bravely drew all over the quilt top.

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Now my quilting is not perfect but it was a fun exercise.  More than anything it was good for practicing this circular technique which is used a bit in free motion.  It is going to take a bit more practice before I am even remotely proficient but it was a fun exercise.  I even got to bust out my Bernina stitch regulator…

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Do not look to closely because even with a drawn line my quilting is very wonky… but from a distance it all looks fine…

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For the back of the quilt I found a lovely Alexander Henry print in my stash that worked perfectly…

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Some solid Kona navy binding and a label and this beauty is ready to head off into the world… hopefully it will bring a smile to some kids face.

My scrap shoe box is already half full (after a busy scrap cutting session last week) so there will be another one of these in my future I am sure.

Liberty Butterflies

It has been a while since I have done a Paper Piecing Monday post, as I have not been doing as much paper piecing lately…. but this week I started a fun little project…. Liberty Butterflies.

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Everyday I am making one butterfly, just to so I am keeping my paper piecing skills sharp!

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The pattern I am using for these darling 5 inch butterflies is a free one from Lillyella… and you can find the pattern for all three of Nicole’s butterflies here...

butterfly block detail

These blocks are a great way to use up some of my little scraps of Liberty… it does not take too much fabric to make a butterfly.

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I am not sure what I will do with these when I am done but I am sure I can come up with some way to use them all.  You will find the latest butterflies in my Instagram feed if you want to track the projects progress…. now I am off to make today’s butterfly…

 

Triangles on a Roll Lawn Quilt

At the beginning of the year I started making a lawn quilt using a selection of Cotton & Steel lawns.  I had not made a quilt out of this soft delicate cotton fabric before but had been become fascinated with using it after starting my Liberty adventures.   When I got my hands on some yards and half yards of some Cotton & Steels prints I started playing…

C&S lawn quilt

To make this quilt I used some Triangles on a roll... which was another new experience for me.  I managed to get my hands on some rolls of this fun way to paper piece while I was at Quilt Con…

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These paper rolls allow you easily make a continuous line of flying geese with no joins.  Triangles on a Roll also use a pretty waste free method, which I love.

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You are also not having to flip the pattern to look at the reverse side (as you do with other patterns) because the marks for aligning your pieces are printed on the front of the pattern….which is genius.

quilt detailSo for my quilt I did three rows of 14 geese and I made sure that one of the geese in each row was a made from an alternative colour way of my geese fabric.

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When I started this project I did not have a grand plan… I just wanted to play with Lawn and see how it quilted up plus I wanted to play with the triangle on a roll.

flying geese detail

There is a fun optical illusion with this quilt that I did not plan for but which I kind of like.  But more than anything I love how soft this quilt is.  The quilt is headed to the local PICU, and I know it is going to be of extra cuddly comfort to some kid.

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I also know that I will be using lawn again to quilt with as it is just so soft and I am already planning my next Triangle on a roll project.  I love this way of paper piecing….

Peer Pressure

From my last post you may have gathered that I am spending a lot of my Summer teaching kids how to sew.  It is a great job but last week, as I was teaching a class on sewing doll clothes, it was pointed out to me that they were the only clothes that I make.

Now I make a mean American Girl doll outfit….

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But as I stood in the store with my fellow workmates I realised that every one of them was wearing clothing they had made for themselves.  All of a sudden I felt the pressure to make something other than tiny little outfits.  And so my Washi dress obsession started…

patternI had had a copy of the pattern for over a year and had heard great things about how it fits more voluptuous women….but I had not been brave enough to try it, until last week.  I got my pattern at my local quilt store Modern Domestic (and they still stock the pattern) but you can also download the pattern at the Made by Rae website

After making a “muslin” test run, using a RJR solid in navy, I was in love.  I then proceeded to make three more Washi dresses, getting fancier each time.

washi dressThis is the second Washi I made using Lecien’s Flower Sugar fabric.  I love this dress, it is so fun and playful and I love the dot lining I used.

washi liningAfter making my first dress I decided to line the bodice and not just interface it.   There is a great series of video tutorials  that take you through lining your dress step by step.

double gauze washi dressFor my next Washi I used a Kokka double gauze which is heavenly.  I loved how this soft fabric drapes with this pattern… I have actually made two double gauze Washi… the one photographed and the one that I am wearing while typing this…

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So the question now is how many Washi dresses are too many?  I may have to reclaim my design wall for quilting…but not until I have finished the denim Washi I have cut out…

 

A Bee Block for July…

So June has been a crazy month.  If you want to know what I have been up to you can check out this post by Living Room Real Estate… here is a hint… it involves fabric and kids…

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But in between classes I have manged to get some sewing done… and have spent my precious free hours this week finishing my Quilts for Pulse quilt top (which I will blog this week I promise) and testing blocks for the Do Good Stitches bee.  This month I am setting the block for the group and I finally decided on this beauty…

flower block

The pattern is a free pattern from Cloud Nine called The Amsterdam Quilt.
The pattern is for 12 of these flowers but I need my Bee members to make just two of the flowers, so I have broken down the pattern to outline making just one flower so here goes…

fabric for one block

For one flower you will need:

Two (2) x 4 1/2 inch squares for the top of the flower
One (1) x 4 1/2 inch by 8 1/2 inch rectangle for the bottom of the flower
Two (2) x 5 inch green squares for the leaves
Two (2) x 5 inch squares of white for the background
Two (2) x 2 1/2 inch white squares for the flower top
Two (2) x 2 inch white squares for the bottom edges of the flower
One (1) x 1 inch by 8 inch brown rectangle for the stem

Construction is pretty simple.  I started by marking a diagonal line down the middle of all the white squares using my trusty Frixon pen…

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The squares will form the corners of the flower top and bottom.  You need to make sure that you are making a mirror image when you sew them to the flower top pieces and the bottom section…

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I then sewed down my marked line..actually I sew just a hairs width on the outside of the line as it seems to give me a more accurate corner…

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The top piece is then completed by sewing the two 4 1/2 inch squares together to create a white V in the center of the top…

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I then used the same technique to sew the 2 inch squares to the bottom of the flower section..  Then onto the leaves, where you are making four (4) half square triangles using the green and white 5 inch squares…

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There is quite a bit of wiggle room with the HST’s so you can easily trim them to  4 1/4 inches square.

leave construction

You end up with four half square triangles that are then sewn together to make the leave sections..  The flower pieces then go together quickly and easily, as per the instruction sheet.

For my Bee flowers I have requested bright/jewel coloured flowers.  I want the flowers to be bright and happy and I have limited each flower to one busy novelty print and one more graphic colour as I did not want the flowers to be too insane… it was hard as I love my novelty prints but top and bottom busy novelty prints was just a little too much for even me!

finihsed flower blocks

I think this is going to be an fabulously bright and cheerful quilt when done.  I love how easy to make these blocks were…and just warning they are a little addictive.

Liberty Love…

I have to admit I have become a little obsessed with Liberty of London fabric.  I have been getting a monthly bundle of Liberty from Ava & Neve and every time I get a new package I get excited all over again to use them to make something beautiful. (I extra love that though Ava & Neve are based in my home town of Brisbane but they ship to the US for no extra cost).

Liberty fabric

I have become bundle addicted and I stalk the post box at the end of each month waiting for the next hit… it is such a great way to get a good stash of Liberty lawn without to much expenditure… and I have also become obsessed with using as much of the fabric as I can, resorting to saving little tiny pieces that with quilting cotton I would usually throw out.

This week my Liberty obsession manifested itself in the form of a hexi pillow…

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This lovely pillow used 75 different one inch hexagons of Liberty on a background of Essex Linen…

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I used Nicole at Modern Handcrafts modern hexagon tutorial to make the pillow.  This tutorial is fabulous and I love the easy at which the hexagons are attached… there is no hand sewing the suckers together, just glue.. lots and lots of glue.

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The pattern also allows you to play with how you layout the hexagons.  I choose to taper my hexies off at the edges of the pillow…

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I so loved this pillow that I have started another Liberty pillow… so stay tuned for next weeks installment of “Cath’s Liberty Obsession”.