Friday, July 29, 2016

Easy As Summer (v2)

Another cot-sized quilt, the 'partner' to Version 1, both made from a charm pack of Kate Spain 'Terrain', using the 'Easy As 10' pattern by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobsen (aka Me and My Sister Designs).  I got the pattern from their book ' Simple Quilts, Easy As 1, 2, 3').

Measures 37" x 45"
The back is made from yardage of a lovely soft lavender paisley.

I used one of the built-in embroidery stitches on my machine, a line of loops, along the edges of the white sashing (just to try something different).

And in the charm squares I FMQ'd whatever motif I felt like - a flower, criss-cross, wonky lines etc - to 'match' the design in the fabric. The purple sashing strips have been quilted with a loopy stipple.

This is another goal completed from my 3rd Quarter list for the 2016 Finish Along!

A happy wintery "Hello!" from Southland to all my quilting friends visiting via Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday (where I am excited to see she has selected my Mermaids quilt as a highlight from last week's linky party!!) and also to those visiting from Amanda Jean/Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Merry Mermaids #2

I hadn't put away the leftovers from my first Merry Mermaids quilt and got the chance last week to do one of my Finish Along goals, whipping up a cot quilt (and there are still more leftovers to go!) I think the white sashings help enhance the lovely colours of aqua and apricot.

I returned to a Sue Pfau 'Quilts from Sweet Jane' design that I have used before (still a WIP) - called 'Jumping Jacks', with a slight adjustment to make it a shorter, more squared quilt cot.

For quilting, I did some FMQ of a wave motif in the half-square rows, and large wavy lines over the rows in between.

I love these little mermaids!

The backing is made from some strips of yardage, random widths. The quilt finished at 37"x 39".

Close-up of the fishy fabric...and the stars, and the stripes too.

I don't have a recipient in mind for this yet, someone will come along at the right time! It may well end up in a pile of donated cot quilts that I plan to take along to the Southland Hospital neo-natal unit (once I've got about eight or nine made up) if no-one else comes along to 'claim' it first.

Big "hi!" to visitors from Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday or from Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday - I hope you've had a productive week too!

Merry Mermaids #1

The mid-winter sunshine was really bright, so it is a little washed out unfortunately, but as you'll read below, I had waited a long time to get photos of this finish, so wasn't going to wait any longer! (And the waterfront was busy with 'Pokemon' hunters everywhere so we felt a little out of place LOL!)

It is made from a lovely collection of 'Merry Mermaid' fabrics, picked up at the start of the year from a sale at Spotlight...couldn't resist!

Measures approx. 60" square.
I made the block-pattern myself, just using a 20.5" square block with different sized pieces of fabric, and making some similar-yet-slightly-different blocks by rotating blocks and alternating fabric selections (colour/designs etc).

I quilted all-over with a large stipple to help keep it soft. The binding is a solid dark aqua, and the backing is made from the whiter version of the starfish, fish & sea-horses fabric.

I finished this back in April, but didn't get a chance to take some nice photos of it as I wanted to put the quilt next to water of some sort but just haven't been near any nice stretches of water.  I knew the waterfront in Wellington would be easy access during our little holiday there last weekend and so took the quilt and camera with me!

One of my Napier sisters-in-law, Julia, was visiting us when down this way for the Southland Oyster Festival and bought it for her new grand-daughter (in Canada I think?) She didn't mind waiting until I had a chance to get some nice shots and I posted it off to her this week. 

We were so lucky...the weather in Wellington was more like Spring than Winter!

A big southern welcome to my blog visitors from Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday or from Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday - have a great weekend.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

FAL 3rd Quarter Goals

Am feeling quite satisfied with my 2nd Quarter goals, having achieved three out of six of them! I think a 50% success rate is pretty good considering how busy and manic Term Two was at school!

Joining up with the 3rd Quarter Finish Along, we'll see how successful I can be with this quarter:

This purple Kate Spain cot quilt needs finished:  15th July - all done!

And I am still aiming to get this Patchwork Blues finished before winter is over!

I have this Amy Schimler panel to make up:

I have a set of racing fabrics to work together:

I'd quite like to get this Christmas quilt done too...BEFORE Christmas!

I need to get this French General UFO quilted up before September:

And I have this set of squares (cut from leftover Merry Mermaids fabric) to use on a Jumping Jacks baby quilt too...14th July - all done (man, I love chill-out time during school holidays!)

I have a heap of children's fabrics that I want to turn into baby quilts for the Southland Neo-Natal unit or eye spy quilts (for whatever) but just cutting them will be a long-term project!