Thursday, January 30, 2014

Swooning in Progress...

So I'm now hand quilting my king size Swoon!

Swoon Top!

Since the summery picture above (did we REALLY have grass out there?!  It's now under 3 feet of snow and ice) I added a border in October. (And bear with my iPhone pictures below...for some reason I can't seem to manage pulling out the real camera until the quilt is done).

Swoon Quilt with Borders

Finally, after a monster basting job which used up all my pins and all my floor space...I am quilting! I am using heavier threads, such as DMC perle cottons in size 8, and Aurifil in size 12, in a variety of colours and I'm liking it so far!

Hand quilting, 1st block done.  The Swoon Quilt.

The blocks have all finished at 16.25" square, a reduction from the pattern's original 24".  If you haven't come across this pattern yet, it's Swoon by Camille Roskelley and can be found here.

Swoon Quilt Block 2, Quilted

For more Swoon inspiration, be sure to look at the Flickr groups of fellow Swooners.  And again, join us, won't you?

Swoon Quilt Block 3, Quilted

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt

Oooh, I like this one. My first foray into *LOW VOLUME* (for the background!).  I have to jump on the bandwagons, it's the only way I get out.  It was fun to make too, once I sorted out how to construct the blocks the way I wanted to!! Like this:

And in quilting news...I started working on these little guys again.  And got the construction right this time, yeah!

Back in November, I began with gusto and my blocks startled me when after constructing many, many, they all flipped *themselves* around like this:  The one on the left is whackadoo.  The one on the right is *perfect*.

I'll be ripping apart 30 of the blocks constructed like the one on the LEFT while supervising math.  I made the wrong ones a couple months back, realized they were NOT how I wanted them and started again like the one on the RIGHT.  Glad I figured it out!

Naughty little things. Some seam ripping... what am I saying... I just tore those little suckers apart and we were back in business.

And here you are! I'm pleased with the cheerful name I picked. And I think I must be loooonging for Spring, or something.

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt

I used a nice snuggly flannel on the back, from Riley Blake's Hooty Hoot line:

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt

  And I went bold with the binding, a Kona cotton solid in....hmm. Not sure. But purple.

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt

  I pieced and quilted it all in Aurifil 50 wt in white. As I do. Hopefully this will brighten further some rainbow baby's arrival, or add joy to a nursery wall (but who would put something snuggly up where it can't be touched...!!)  At any rate, it's for sale in my shop!

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt
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