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A king-size finish: Tula’s modern sampler!

I started this project back in May 2013 with the Sew Sweetness sew-along and steadily made my way through all of the blocks, learning as I went. And then the blocks sat there for a long time.

The Finish Along at The Littlest Thistle was the nudge I needed to get this much-anticipated quilt finished. It was a daunting task for me as a newbie quilter to make sure that I had the colours just so, and (since I was very much a newbie when starting) sash all of those slightly differently-sized blocks making sure they were exactly in line.

So we went from this (including much swapping around and general fussing):

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To this:

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To this:

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To this (at last) when the flimsy was finished (all. that. pinning.):

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The next big decision was quilting. This thing is huge. I thought it was 96″ square, but it actually turned out more like 102″ square(ish). I hadn’t really seen much long-armed work other than pictures on the web, but asked the lovely QuiltJane for some advice, and thanks to her, it became this:

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And a very long length of binding (eventually decided on black on white sketch, but was so tempted to use the raspberry architextures crosshatch instead) and a few evenings of hand stitching (I do love that bit) later, we have a finished quilt.

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So pleased with it. Yey!

 

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Little Projects

In the midst of finishing the king-size modern sampler and deciding to try hand-quilting my VQB sampler (bonus of it still being useful as a great lap quilt in our “Winter” evenings while I stitch), I recently completed a couple of simple projects so I could feel like I was getting some things finished!

Meeting Camille Roskelley when she came to Brisbane was a great excuse to complete the spools mini that had been sitting on my sewing table a while. I used some charm squares that I had put to one side for a kids quilt (because let’s face it I have enough kids fabric) and the results really brighten up the (very white) sewing room. Loving the pink dotty binding, especially.

Spools Mini Quilt

I thought I was being quite clever using the white-on-grey spools fabric, but once the seam allowance got used up, it really was too white. Ho hum.

Biggest daughter is into all things creepy (hmm…) and so I Immediately thought of her when I saw the Zombie Apocalypse fabric range. Not sure if that’s a good thing… She’s had a rough time with a lingering cough and cold turning into scary chest pain and pneumonia, so made her the promised pillowcase, using this tutorial. She’s very happy with it, hooray!

Zombie Pillow

I really didn’t need another project but thought I’d finally make some hexes one night while waiting for kids, and got totally addicted. Such a good use for the little mini-charm packs! So here’s my little kit, but this project only gets worked on in those “waiting around for the kidlets” moments. But saying that, I’ve done heaps, so clearly I’m waiting around more than I think I am!

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No real idea what I’m going to do with these when the 4 packs I have are basted, but I’m sure something will come up. 🙂 And I may or may not have started another BOM with English Paper Piecing. It’s just too addictive!

So given how many projects I have on the go, I’ve been downloading these files to keep myself on track. I totally overestimate how much stuff I can do all at once, but totally underestimate how many projects can be completed in a year, or even a quarter, just having fun. 🙂

This month we were tasked with the woven block. I knew exactly which fabric range I was going to use for this one. Needed to do a nice bright quilt top after the quiet one last month. Problem was that I only had a fat quarter of a couple of the fabrics so I couldn’t do the exact pattern I had in mind. Still, this is how it turned out:

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These blocks were simple enough, but I stuffed up the process of chain piecing so had some seams that wouldn’t press nicely  as they were sewn down in opposite directions. Live and learn!