Quilts I've Made

A Quilt for Miss E

This is the next in my Nine Quilts by Christmas series. For the story on how it all began, click here. To learn more about the previous quilt in the series, click on the relevant number: one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. For quilt number nine, stay tuned!

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This quilt was for Miss E, who is seven, lively, playful and cheeky. Miss E has very little concept of walking – she runs, or dances, or bounces. So I felt the fabric Best. Day. EVER! from April Rosenthal for Moda was a perfect match. This quilt pattern is called Sweets, and it’s by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.

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The border fabric is a pink stripe from the Best. Day. EVER. line, and the yellow is from Kate Spain’s Grand Canal range for Moda. The backing is a pink suede flannel. The quilting was a paisley design.

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Miss E looked pretty happy with the result!

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And so that makes eight!
Next time is the last one! I hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far, and join me again for the wrap up.

Quilts I've Made

A quilt for Master D

This blog post belongs to my “Nine quilts by Christmas” series. If you would like to read how it started, click here. If you would like to see quilts one, two, and three, please click on the relevant number. For quilts five to nine, stay tuned!

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This quilt was for Master D. The pattern is Hello March by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew, and the fabric is entirely pulled from the shelves of my local quilt store – Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage.
There’s a bit of Sunday Supper (Sweetwater for Moda), Grunge (Basic Grey for Moda), Tabby Road (Tula Pink for Free Spirit), and more. Red’s not normally my colour (give me blue any day!), so I was intentional about including it in this one, and I’m really happy with it.

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The pattern was super quick and easy. I loved watching this one come together so swiftly!ย The final quilt size was 61.5″ x 75″.

Master D is my husband’s godson, so hubby was thrilled when we got the chance to help me longarm quilt it. He did most of it himself. It was pretty cute. We used a modern geometric (squares and circles) pattern on this one.

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The border fabrics for this one are from V and Co’s Spectrum collection (navy), and the grey is from Desert Blooms by Sheri and Chelsi, both for Moda. The backing is a red flannel from Moda.

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And that’s it! Master D seemed to think the result was snuggly enough, so I’m counting it as a win!

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I have two more boy quilts to share this week! Can’t wait to show you!

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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 fewย 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 fill 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

-Nic