Quilts I've Made

Anything is better than nothing!

Have you ever played the game Articulate? It’s my all time favourite, and it’s a bit like Taboo, or Pictionary (using words instead of drawing). Now, I confess, I’m a tad on the competitive side when it comes to board games… but nothing riles me up more in any of the above-mentioned games when it’s my teammate’s turn to describe or draw, and they sit there wasting precious moments just thinking in silence! I can’t work with nothing! Anything, even a scribble, or a few vague words, anything at all can get me started to build some momentum!

So here I am, months since my last blog post, and I’ve spent all that time fretting about just what I’ll it with… and all the while, wasting precious opportunities and losing momentum! So I’m sorry if this post seems a little random, but I figure that anything is better than nothing!

I thought I might share a little history.

My first ever quilt was an improv baby quilt for a dear friend, back in 2013. Because I’ve given it away, I only have a few (rather poor quality) photos.

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It was improv on so many levels – right down to the fact that I hadn’t intended to make it! I was doing a 3D artwork for an assessment in my Honours year at uni – which meant I’d brought my ancient Elna sewing machine to college. I had scraps of fabric lying around my dorm room, and I liked the way the colours looked together, so I started sewing. Before I knew it, I had a quilt top, and I was hooked!

With great hesitation and a lot of persuasion from family, I gave that precious first quilt top over to Marcelle from Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage to have it quilted, and you know what? I was STOKED with the outcome. It totally transformed my simple little quilt into something spectacular 🙂

Now, I’m working with Marcelle, and helping to run her site as well! She’s teaching me how to use the long-arm, and I’m so totally blessed to spend so much time on things I love.

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My goal for the next few weeks is to be a bit more disciplined about sharing here, at Tinker and Stitch. You’ll see a great deal of my adventures over at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage as well, but here you get to see some of my more personal projects and adventures.
We’ll see how I go with that 😉

-Nic

 

 

Quilts I've Made

Round Two!

I can’t believe that it’s been 3 weeks since my last post! It’s been hectic around here, and I still pretty much work fulltime, so my “spare time” slips by so swiftly!

I’m also suffering (yes, suffering) from equal parts frustration and excitement with a few plans in the works that I can’t talk about yet… I think my own emotional swings are giving my whiplash!

Having said that, one of the things I’ve been working on that I CAN talk about is making some sample quilts for my local quilt shop, Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage. The goal is to both display some of the beautiful fabric they have in stock, as well as to hopefully teach the patterns as weekend classes.

The two quilts below are both patterns by Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew. I’ve been a fan of Allison’s blog ever since I committed to making and finishing my first quilt back in 2013.

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This one is called “Lucky”. It’s made with Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two for Moda, with Moda linen (not sure on the exact shade, sorry!) for the background. You can see more about it on the shop’s blog here.

I’m not going to lie – I’m pretty stoked with how this one turned out…

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I’d never worked with linen before. I was surprised how much stretch it had, and because I’m an overly cautious person, I found myself painstaking cutting strip by strip – I wasn’t game to cross cut in case it all pulled out of shape. Is this normal for linen? Or is it just me?

Anyway, although it took longer, it was definitely worth it. The linen has a divine texture and drape to it, and it quilted up so beautifully. I’ll just endeavour to give myself a little more time to work with it, next time around!

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This quilt is called “Powwow”, and it makes me SO HAPPY. This is the second time I’ve made this quilt, and it’s really fun. I wanted to use a layer cake, so I had to get a little creative with the cutting, and it meant I had 42 finished blocks (placing it between the baby and throw sizes from the pattern). It amazed me how the variety in the fabric completely altered the look of this quilt, as compared to the versions that have fabric repetition. Don’t get me wrong, I like it both ways!

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This was the first time I’ve ever completely machine bound a quilt (normally I machine bind to the front and hand-stitch to the back). I think I pulled the binding further onto the front than I normally would have :-/ but that’s ok! It’s just a wider frame, right!? Again, if you’d like to see more pictures, check out the shop blog here. The fabric is Grand Canal by Kate Spain for Moda, and the backing is a sparkly green weave from Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous collection.

I currently have a third quilt underway (just needs the binding on!), which I hope to share soon. In the meantime, here’s a little taster of it strategically placed next to my Labrador, Westley.

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If only he was that well behaved ALL the time!!! He looks SO innocent…

I hope to report back with more grand plans soon! Until then!
-Nic