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

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We all begin somewhere

I’ve been thinking about this blog post for years… all the witty things I would say that would immediately endear me to the online quilting community. I thought about how I would ‘wow’ them with my beautiful photography of my masterfully pieced quilts!

Then I realised, I’m really not there yet. I’ve been sewing quilts for about 4 years, and in so many ways I would still call myself an amateur. My photography skills are improving, but still awkward at the best of times, and my piecing rarely ventures beyond straight lines. And let’s face it, it took me forever just to come up with a name for my site – don’t get me started on how long it takes me to write a pattern!

But, I’ve been blessed with some pretty exciting opportunities to expand my skills, and it’s time to dive in! I’ve started a business, I’m learning to long-arm quilt, and I’m thrilled to have a space to brag about my creations 😉

And so, I plan to use this blog to share my successes and blunders along the way!

Example A: Success – half-way decent quilty photography,not to mention a successfully finished quilt (pattern is Powwow by Cluck Cluck Sew, and fabric is Grand Canal by Kate Spain for Moda)

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Example B: Blunder – what happened this week when I was not paying attention while chain piecing (left: what the block is meant to look like; right: …oops…)

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I hope you enjoy reading the Tinker and Stitch chronicles. I apologise in advance for the steep learning curves ahead of me, but I also thank you in advance for bearing with me on the journey! 😉

I look forward to sharing my creations with you. While I’m getting things started, I’ll probably do some looking back at the quilts I’ve already made, as well as looking ahead as I begin new adventures.

Let’s do this! Here’s to new beginnings.

-Nic