So I am slowly working through the backlog of photographs that I have taken but not processed and posted. It is funny because I also have a backlog of quilts that need photographing too… all this means though I have not been posting, I have been creating. So without further ado here is the latest belated share….
This quilt combines two of my favorites – my favorite fabric line (original Cotton & Steel) and my favorite go to pattern “Scrappy Trip Around the World” by Bonnie Hunter. This quilt was made during my 2018/2019 Cotton & Steel phase (you can see some of the other quilts here and here).
For this quilt I used lots of 2/12 inch strips of a variety of different Cotton and Steel fabrics. One of the things I love about these lines and the subsequent Ruby Star lines is that all play so nicely together. It takes the guess work out of scrap quilting because you know it will all work.
And this pattern is definitely a go to for me. I actually have another version of the scrappy trip around in my “too be photographed” pile. The pattern is easy but so effective and it is also fat quarter friendly (you do not need to do WOF). Actually this version saw me cut 2 1/2 inch strips off a pile of my Cotton & Steel fat quarters (I used 2 1/2 x 18 inch strips).
This was the first time with this pattern that I consciously tried to keep the center of the block a light strip. It adds a nice through line to the quilt blocks and this quilt’s layout does not feel as random as some of my previous versions. It is definitely my favorite version so far.
The quilt was expertly quilted by a wonderful PMQG volunteer and backed with some fabulous Elizabeth Hartman wideback. I made the quilt because there was a need for some more teenage appropriate quilts from several of the charities we work with… and it was donated last year to Camp Erin.
We of course finish up with the pinky shot….
Block: 12 inch scrappy trip around the world by Bonnie Hunter
Fabric: Cotton & Steel lines
Size: 60 x 72 inches
Last week I said had a Cotton and Steel…and to prove it here is Exhibit B….
This pretty little thing was made using a pattern from V & Co called Hop Skip Jump. It is just one block but two different color ways to give the scattered affect.
The prints are all Cotton and Steel prints, of course with Kona Snow background….
The block is made up of half square triangles and broken dishes sections…. I became quite proficient at matching my points by the end of this process. I may have cheated a little by using glue basting to match my seams for the broken dishes section of the block… but don’t tell anyone!
What I really love about the Cotton and Steel selection in this quilt is their “kind of grey” color that they use. It is not quite a grey and not quite a bone color. It is really a unique color shade that they use over and over again in their prints. I must admit my stash of this color took a big hit with this quilt particularly because…
I used a swath of it on the back. This print did not work in the block so I kept it whole on the back. I know the typewriters are the wrong way but I love them anyway… and as always the kid that gets this quilt is not going to care at all.
Pattern: Hop Skip Jump by V & Co
Fabric: Assorted Cotton & Steel prints and Kona Snow
Finished size: 60 x 72 inches
Expert quilt holding: Mr Wombat
I have a confession to make… I am obsessed with Cotton and Steel fabrics. I have been hoarding (and using) them a lot lately. Today I am sharing one of the many C&S quilts I have made lately…
This quilt used tons and tons of different Cotton & Steel Prints – actually there is a print from every fabric line they have released… all cut into 3 1/2 inch squares. I must admit I cheated a bit and used my Accuquilt cutter to cut all the fabric which made things much quicker.
Because so many of the C&S fabric lines have the same or similar color stories it makes it easy to mix and match all the fabric…
And oh the fussy cut potential. I had so much fun. All the blocks have a navy blue center and there is a plethora of low volume goodness as well…
I quilted this quilt myself on my Bernina and using my walking foot. I just followed my seam lines… simple but serviceable for this simple patchwork quilt.
Again I raided my stash for a backing fabric and found some fun IKEA fabric to play with…
…and no matter how much I try I can not get Mr Wombat to put his pinkies down. No amount of pleading or bribery is working…
Fabric: Cotton & Steel various lines
Block: Simple nine patch cross
Quilt Size: 54 x 54 inches
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…
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…
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.
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.
So 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.
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.
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.
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….
On a whim yesterday, I decided to play with a fabric die cut machine a friend has lent me. I have never used one of these machines before but it seemed like a fun thing to use scraps on… so I grabbed some of my Cotton and Steel scraps and started cutting…
I decided to play with the Drunkards Path die that came with the machine, because it seemed like a great way to make these blocks, as the die cuts both pieces the perfect size….as opposed to the ruler method I have used in the past which leaves you with scrap pieces that are either to small or two big to use.
Anyway some ironing and cutting and an episode of Game of Thrones later I had a pile of curved block pieces….
Now these pieces make a 3 1/2 inch curved block for a 7 inch finished circle… in other words they are small. The first thing I have learned with this project is that the smaller the curve you are trying to piece the harder it is to be accurate. After some struggles aligning the pieces accurately I finally came up with a solution… glue basting.
Using my Sewline glue pen I glued around the seam line of one of the pieces of the block…
Placed the pieces together, using the notch to align and then carefully finger pressed the pieces together…
It worked like a charm and another episode of Game of Thrones later (we are just finishing up Season 5 so are a little behind)… I had a nice pile of glue basted…
Now all I have to do sew them… the glue basting will make chain piecing a breeze…
And I will have my block pieces done and ready for me to play with layout….
I am glad I decided to try the die cut curves… I have learned a lot including the fact that I like my curves big….much bigger than 4 inches….