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….
This week I managed to finish up my Cotton and Steel Economy block quilt…and I am very pleased with myself.
You see I signed this week for the 2nd Quarter of the 2016 Finish Along and I am determined to get more done than I did last quarter. I am finding having a bit of accountability in my quilting a good thing… it really is making me conscious of finishing things up instead of just adding them to the large pile of works in progress.
This quilt is such a fun one to start with. I really had a blast fussy cutting up my Cotton and Steel stash. I had been collecting bits and pieces of the C&S since the line first came out but it was not until I started this project that I realized how well it all works together.
I have used prints from just about every Cotton & Steel line (including some of their new Garland line which has just come out).
And definitely have a piece of fabric for all the Cotton & Steel designers. I must admit for a brief little bit I was thinking that I might hold onto the blocks and wait till the next line comes out and add more to the quilt, but in the spirit of getting things finished, I just put what I had together and called it good.
I kept the quilting simple… lots of straightish lines using the lines in the block as the guide for my walking foot.
For the back of the quilt I used some larger pieces of my stash…
And to finish it all off I used a navy blue scrappy binding…
So my first finish of quarter two is done and dusted…. now to get another quilt out of my WIP pile and finish it up. I am highly motivated at the moment…I just hope it lasts.
Name: A Cotton and Steel Economy
Pattern: 7 1/2 inch Economy blocks
Fabric: Cotton & Steel collections
Finished size: 45 x 60 inches
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.
After 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…
I 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.
Your 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…
It 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!