Quilts I've Made

A Quilt for Miss M

This is the grande finale of my Nine Quilts by Christmas Series! If you’d like to see where is all began, click here. To see the previous eight quilts, click the corresponding number: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

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And here we are! What a journey! Thank you for coming with me! And let me introduce you to quilt number nine, that was given to Miss M. Miss M is four, and her nickname is Firecracker – it’s quite apt for this bundle of adorable energy. The pattern is Powwow by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew, and the fabric is entirely from Flow by Zen Chic for Moda.

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The backing is a light coral-y pink suede flannel, and the quilting was a scrolling pattern.

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It seems kind of appropriate that the biggest hiccup I had in my making of these nine quilts was on the quilt for Firecracker. With a name like that, it seems inevitable that drama will ensue! I am incredibly blessed to have access to the long-arm quilter at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage, and the quilting machine and I had a disagreement halfway along the last row of quilting (entirely user error!) that left the tension in the bobbin thread awfully wacky. The consequence was that I had to unpick the entire bottom row of quilting, which took hours. Luckily, I had excellent help (thanks hubby!)!

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I actually need to give a massive shout out to the crew at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage. All of the ladies there were so patient with me hogging the quilter, so kind and affirming with my design decisions, and so encouraging when I was feeling overwhelmed. More than one of them helped out with unpicking some stitched on this quilt when my hands were cramping up, and not all of them were paid to be there! I’m SO thankful for the loving environment in that shop, and especially to Marcelle, the shop owner, for her love and support on this epic journey, and for giving me the capacity to neglect some of my other responsibilities in order to finish these on time. It definitely didn’t go un-noticed.

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Miss M definitely had the MOST fun response to receiving her quilt. I wish everyone was as excited as a four-year-old when they receive a quilt! She dragged it around, and kept rolling herself up in it, or just jumping up and down on it. Ironically, she liked the (fluffy) backing side better, and kept laying out the quilt with the backing facing up – but that’s ok with me. As long as she loves it!

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And that’s it! What an adventure! Given it seemed like a near-impossible task when Christmas was six weeks away, it felt completely amazing when I finally finished those last stitches on the bindings and labels. In some ways, the deadline was SO good for me – it forced me to get outside of my comfort zone – to keep pressing on with tasks even when I was bored or frustrated with them, and to be resourceful and the make the most of what I had, because I didn’t have time to wait for or investigate other options. There was no time to feel sorry for myself when things went wrong – I just had to keep going. I wouldn’t want to work under those kinds of timelines constantly, but I learnt so much about myself, and I think I’m a better Creative for it.

Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me as I shared these quilts! But I hope it’s not the end of you dropping by my blog. I’ve already been madly making all sorts of bits and pieces to kick off 2018, and I will keep sharing them with you here! So hopefully you’ll check in again soon – or you can sign up to follow my blog and receive notifications each time there’s a new post!

See you soon!

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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.

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A Quilt for Master P

This is the next in my Nine Quilts by Christmas series. To find out how the series began, click here. To see quilt one, two, three, four, or five – click on the relevant number! For quilts 7-9, stay tuned!

Ok, ok, so I’m slightly behind my intended schedule of sharing these quilts, but I’m excited to keep bringing the updates just the same!

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So here is my quilt for Master P! This lovely young man loves animals, so this quilt was a perfect match! The pattern is Lucky by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. The fabric is entirely Big Sky by Annie Brady for Moda. The finished quilt is 63″ x 77″.

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Those bears are SOOO cute!

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I quilted this one with a leafy design – attempting to keep it natural and outdoors-y!

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Master P seemed pretty excited that the quilt matched his new animal-themed room decor!

So there you have it! We’re now on the home stretch of sharing these quilts, with three to go. Looking forward to it!

 

 

 

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A Quilt for Miss B

This post is about quilt number two in my Nine Quilts by Christmas series. To look at an overview of the lot – click here. To see quilt number one, click here. For quilts 3-9, stay tuned!

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Next up in my quilty-gift parade is my quilt for Miss B. Similar to the quilt for Miss T, I wanted something a bit more mature, but also a bit of fun. The pattern in the centre panel is Butterfly Effect from Amy Smart (aka Diary of a Quilter)’s book Fabulously Fast Quilts.

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I love them all for different reasons, but I think this was my favourite colour-wise. Navys, teals, and purples just sing to me. I’d been hoarding my mini jelly rolls from V and Co.’s Simply Colorful II collection for quite a while, with this exact project in mind.

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The inner border is a teal/aqua grunge from Basic Grey for Moda, and the outer border is a navy chevron (I’m sorry – I don’t remember the range!). It’s bound in the same grunge.
Originally my final border was going to be the navy blue hand-drawn floral from the V and Co. range, but I after adding it to the first side of the quilt, I felt it made the whole thing look very seventies – and while that was a bit fun, it really wasn’t what I was going for. I’m much happier with the chevrons… although, if you know me at all, you’d know that I really find it hard to beat a good chevron ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The backing is a light blue suede flannel, and the quilting is a simple flower. Choosing the quilting for this one was quite tricky, because so much of the quilt was geometric, but a geometric quilt pattern kind of made it more masculine. The flowers made it a bit more feminine again.

 

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Miss B got a bedroom make-over of sorts this year, and little did I realise, but my chosen colours matched her new room pretty well! I was a bit stoked with myself, and she seemed pretty happy with the quilt too!

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Next up in my nine quilts by Christmas is the first of the boy quilts. I can’t wait to share!

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A Quilt for Miss T

As you know, I recently pumped out nine quilts for Christmas in order to give one to each of my nieces and nephews. This is detailing quilt one of nine. For the info about all nine, check out my last blog post by clicking here. For more details on the other eight – stay tuned!

Going into each quilt in a bit more detail, I thought I better start at the top with the biggest of the kidlets, Miss T. Not long in high school, I wanted something that was still a bit fun, but being the eldest of the cousins, I wanted something a little bit more mature.

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The fabric in the centre panel is Retro Orchard produced by Dashwood Studio, and I used the Triangle Pop pattern by Emily Dennis from Quilty Love. You can get the pattern from her website, but I found it in Issue 38 of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine – it’s a favourite!

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The border fabrics are yellow with white dot from Simply Colorful by V and Co., and (I think) the strawberry solid from Flying Colors by MoMo; both for Moda. I quilted this one with an apples design, to reflect the fruit in the fabric, and keep up the fun, retro theme.

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I bound it with the same yellow dots, and backed it with a burgandy suede flannel. Super fluffy!

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Miss T seemed pretty happy with the results!

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So there you have it!
One down, eight to go ๐Ÿ˜‰

New Skills

More than I thought

I was talking with a friend the other week, and she said it made her the happiest as a quilty-educator when she was in a position to watch people push themselves, and learn new skills. At the time, I grimaced with the thought that I’m not usually the best at getting outside my comfort zone.

But then I was thinking about it, and I realised that I’ve done quite a bit this year – and most of it involved learning new skills.

I’ve made my first ever piece of clothing.

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This skirt was a pretty big deal for me! I hadn’t really tackled anything beyond the standard straight-line before this. It includes a zipper and everything! I am so happy with how it turned out! And it has the perfect amount of fabric to be a great twirly-skirt ๐Ÿ˜€

I ran my first quilt class.

People actually came! And made quilts! That’s amazing to me!
I also ran some highschooler classes, and had a LOT of fun in the process!

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I have another two quilt classes lined up for October and November, and I’m SO keen.

I conquered curves and made a hoop quilt.

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Originally, I joined Gen X Quilter’s Hoop-quilt-along, which was meant to take about 4 weeks. I took about 2 months, and those drunkards path blocks were a significant factor in my procrastination! I also made bias binding for the first time in this project. I think it all turned out pretty well, though!

All of the fabric used in this hoop quilt is from Dapper by Luke for Moda and Moda Bella White

I made my first ever English Paper Pieced hexies.

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This is definitely an addiction… they are just SO pretty! But what to do with them all???

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I’ve learned how to Foundation Piece.

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I attended one of Marcelle’s skill-builder workshops, and I’m really glad I did. I made the above circle of flying geese during the class, and then got a bit adventurous and attempted a Scottie Dog (pattern from Love Patchowrk and Quilting Mag) the following week. I love it! Those accurate points just make it so worth it!

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So thereย you have it, apparently I really can push myself outside of my comfort zone! At least, I can where sewing is concerned ๐Ÿ˜‰

What new skills have you learnt this year?

 

 

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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, soย my “spareย 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,ย 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 fromย 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).ย 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