Friday, May 18, 2018

Layered Diamonds Lap Quilt Finish

I am a huge fan of the design team over at Quilt Theory so was really sad when they announced the team wouldn't be producing anymore patterns - although most of them will continue to offer patterns on their own website.

Anyhow, I thought it was a fun coincidence that I finished one of their designs recently.

Layered Diamonds was design by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting JetGirl for Quilt Theory. I love Yvonne's work and have made quilts based on her designs a number of times already. This one was no different - it was fun, quick, very well explained and it makes for a really modern lap quilt.

I used low volume scraps and fat quarters for the background and scraps for the coloured blocks. I just love the pops of colour against the light background!

The quilting is a FMQ flower design which I really like. It's quick and easy and the texture is just wonderful. I'm actually going to be doing a demo of this design during the next Montreal MQG sew-in so it'll be nice to have a finished quilt to show my fellow guild members.

The backing is a super soft sheet I've had for a while. I use sheets as backing all the time - there is no piecing required, they are usually really soft and you can get some pretty nice prints! We don't typically use the flat sheet on our bed so whenever I buy sheet sets, I keep the flat one for quilt backings.

The binding is scraps from the low volume fat quarters.

This is finish number 5 off my Q2 list for the 2018 FAL. I'm really happy to have been super productive so far this quarter because with the nice weather coming, I might not feel like being in my sewing room so often!


I will be linking up at a few fun places this week:

Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday
Tish's Adventures in Wonderful for TGIFF
Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday

Friday, May 11, 2018

My New Baker Street Bag

I made another bag! Yay me! :-)

This is my Baker Street Bag (pattern by Sew Sweetness). Although this is supposed to be a beginner-friendly pattern, it does have some features I'd never tried before such as the recessed zipper. So I watched Sara's free tutorial video on YouTube before I attempted to make this one.

I'm pretty pleased with my new bag, even if not perfect. For my next one (yes - there will be a next one!), I'll make the straps longer so I can wear it as a cross-body bag, I'll choose prettier fabric for the zipper panels and I'll make the lining a little bit smaller (it's a bit baggy).

Sara's video was amazing - she provides so many tips and tricks in her videos. She also explains things very clearly and shows every single step of the bag making process. I'm not sure I would have had quite the same results if I hadn't watched the video.

If you haven't tried bag-making yet and want to give it a go, I highly recommend you check out Sara's pattern and her YouTube Channel. So many different patterns and all of them very well written. Many also come with a video tutorial to help you along.

  • Pattern: Baker Street Bag by Sew Sweetness
  • Size: about 12" wide, 8" high and 3" deep 
  • Fabrics: Rock N' Romance by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery and Kona Silver 
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 (Dove) in 50 wt

I will be linking up at a few fun places this week:

And this is finish #4 on my Q2 list for the 2018 FAL!

Friday, May 4, 2018

2018 FAL Q1 Winners Announced!

Today we are celebrating 533 (!!) finished projects in Quarter 1 of the 2018 Finish-A-Long. So many of you are joining in and getting their UFOs or WIPs out of that dark corner, and into the limelight to be shown off as a finish. If you are in need of inspiration go on over and have a look, there were so many great makes. And of course, thanks to our many generous sponsors, we are finishing off the quarter by announcing the lucky winners!!

Without further ado, the winners picked by the Random Number Generator of the 2018 Q1 FAL prizes are:

The Q1 Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to  Lynette who blogs at What a Hoot Quilts and she made this stunning wall hanging row quilt for her husband:



The Q1 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time goes to Helen on IG @archiewonderdog and she finished her "Not Too Big, Not Too Small" bag and isn't it lovely:

The Q1 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Beth on IG @blue_dragonfly5 and she finished this patriotic quilt that will be donated to a veteran:


The Q1 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Quilting Jet Girl goes to Sophie who blogs at Luna Lovequilts and she made this beautiful quilt she named "Retro":



The Q1 Winner of the $20 Gift Certificate from Sew Me a Song goes to Kathryn on IG @kathrynjonesquilts and she finished this truly stunning (and very large) quilt:



The Q1 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Kristina who blogs at Krissies Kollections and she finished this lovely quilt as you go quilt that taught her a lot of new techniques:


The Q1 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Cath on IG @cumbrianlongarmer and she finished this rainbow Morocco Quilt:


The Q1 Winners (3) of the 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to:

1.  Crystal who blogs at Crystal's Creations and she finished this adorable memory bear:


2.  Jennet on IG @featherednextstudio and she made this lovely You Are My Sunshine quilt (with minky backing) for her son:

3.  Sarah who blogs at Sarah Goer Quilts and she finished this lovely mini that represents her home town San Jose, California:


The Q1 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Jen who blogs at Branch and Vine Handmade and she finished this beautiful Cosmo bag (pattern by Amy Butler):


 The Q1 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Tartan Kiwi goes to Amber on IG @amberleighcrafts and she finished this whole cloth, minky backed baby quilt:



The Q1 Winner of the Minikins bundle from Sew Sweetness goes to Christine who blogs at Cat in the Grass and she finished these two lovely pillowcases:


The Q1 Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Terry who blogs at On Going Projects and she finished this extremely useful ID badge:

The Q1 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts is Heather and she blogs at Quilting and Beyond and she finished this quilt that showcases the "license plates" she collected from 2015-2017:


The Q1 Winner of the $30 Gift Certificate from Clover & Violet is Charlene on Flickr (cyanh2o) and she finished these pretty felted mittens:



The Q1 Winner of the $40 Gift Certificate from Bunny's Designs is Brandy on IG @thirteenquilts and she finished this pretty quilt that had been an UFO for quite a while:


Congratulations to all the winners!  Thank you for playing along with us in the first quarter, and we hope you continue joining in for the rest of the year. We love to encourage you to finish up all those WIPs and UFOs, and to see what great makes will be finished next time.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Canvas in Linen

I decided to experiment with Essex Linen a little while ago and use some to make my new Canvas quilt (quilt pattern by She Can Quilt). I never really used anything but quilting cotton or flannel to piece quilt tops so wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I loved the feel of the linen so went for it!

Maybe it was due to my inexperience, but I found it a little bit challenging. The linen is a little bit stretchier than quilting cotton and I found it difficult to baste and quilt, even with the walking foot.

I do have some of the linen left, and although I really love the look and the feel of it, I think I'll save it for a bag or zipper pouches where I can stabilize the fabric a little with interfacing.

I chose some green and blue fabrics from my stash to sew the middle patchwork and once again, after the whole quilt was done, I was a little underwhelmed with my choices.

My favourite part of the whole thing is the binding! I went with a light blue solid.

The quilt is pretty big (I made the queen size version at 80" square) and because I had such difficulty basting it, I went with my wavy lines with the walking foot. I do have some drag lines all over the place, but I'm hoping those will show up a lot less once the quilt is washed and dried.

This quilt is going to the "charity" pile (the Montreal MQG is making quilts for a palliative care centre near Montreal) and it was a good learning experience so overall, a success I think.

  • Pattern: Canvas by She Can Quilt
  • Size: 80" square 
  • Fabrics: Essex Linen with blue and green prints from my stash. Binding is Kona Cloud.
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2000 (Sand) in 50 wt

I will be linking up:
Also, this is finish #3 on my 2018 FAL Q2 list!!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Perspective Finish

I have another baby quilt to share with you today! When I first saw this pattern by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, I immediately fell in love. And although I was tempted to make the queen size version, I decided to stick to the baby quilt size.

I tried to stay close to the same colour choices as the pattern because I loved it so much, but now that I'm looking at pictures of my finished quilt, I don't think I was as successful with the transparency effect as Yvonne was with hers. Also, I just noticed that I sewed the panel on the right upside down! Oh well!

Some of the fabrics I chose are prints and that might be why the transparency effect isn't as pronounced on my version. Also, I went with Kona Cloud (pale blue) as my background because I didn't have enough white.

This was a really quick and fun quilt to sew - the cutting does take a bit of time and you really need to be organized to make sure the pieces don't get lost. I liked that sewing this quilt top was like putting together a puzzle!

Once again, I chose to quilt this project with wavy lines stitched with my walking foot.

For the back, I sewed together nine fat quarters in shades of blue. Some of these have larger prints I have had in my stash for a long, long time and just didn't think I would use otherwise.

And to add a nice contrasting binding against the light blue, I went with orange.

  • Pattern: Perspective by Quilting Jetgirl
  • Size: 42.5" x 52.5" 
  • Fabrics: Kona Cloud and a bunch of fat quarters from my stash 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (Dove) in 50 wt

I will be linking up at a few fun places this week:

Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday
Celtic Thistle Stitches for TGIFF
My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday

And this is project #1 and finish #2 on my Q2 list for the 2018 FAL!