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Saturday, 16 September 2017

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day



Moda Fabrics has declared the third Saturday of September National Sew a Jelly Roll Day.



To celebrate this fun event Fat Quarter Shop offered me a choice of their wide selection of Jelly Rolls to take part in Project Jelly Roll. The aim of the day is to break open those Jelly Rolls and whip up a quilt.


I chose the Desert Bloom Jelly Roll by Sherri & Chelsi and it was a perfect match for the Jelly Roll Jam II pattern. Look at the gorgeous rainbow that was created when I de-fluffed the edges with masking tape before taking off the ribbon.



It was really fun to plan the colour placement in this quilt. Desert Bloom was a new to me fabric collection and the navy designs really caught my eye. I played around with a few different ideas but in the end I decided to use the white, yellow, salmon and terracotta fabrics for the narrow blocks and allow the deeper colours to shine in the wide blocks.


 This pattern is ideal for chain piecing and the blocks come together really quickly.


It is a matter of chain piece, press, cut, and then it is time to arrange your layout. A really speedy process.


The Jelly roll Jam II pattern can be used to make two crib quilt tops from one jelly roll, or a crib quilt and backing with the left over strips from the top, or four other sizes depending on how many Jelly Rolls you have. I am really happy I decided to make the small lap quilt sized pattern as I could use all the fabrics together in one top and they coordinate really well across the collection.


I found a light blue backing in my stash and quilted straight lines vertically 2 inches apart, following the vertical seams in the quilt as a guide.

I auditioned a number of binding options but went with a blue stripe that reminds me of faded denim in the end.


This quilt is very soft and I was hoping I had a quilt to call my own at last but my 2 year old has put in a claim and currently has it on his bed. He is at the age where he has discovered the power of the word 'mine' and sounds like one of the seagulls on Finding Dory.

I now need to finish the two quilts I have  previously started for him so I can sneak this one back before Summer arrives.


While I was taking these photos a lovely passerby offered to hold up the quilt for me, I didn't want to take too much of her time so I declined but aren't people lovely? I wonder if she was a quilter too?


After a gentle wash the quilting is more pronounced and the quilt is even more comfy. I really need to work on getting it back!

To celebrate National Sew a Jelly Roll Day Fat Quarter shop has a sale on Jelly rolls until midnight (CST) on September 17th 2017 so you can replenish your supply. 

Thank you Fat Quarter shop for supplying the Jelly Roll I used to take part in National Jelly Roll Quilt Day (though technically I am international!)



Saturday, 9 September 2017

Lady of the Lake - quilt in progress



A few weeks ago the Fat Quarter Shop sent me an advance copy of their latest quilt along. The Lady of the Lake block is a traditional block in the FQS Classic and Vintage series but I think it is a design that remains very modern.



I made my version of the quilt mostly from my stash. I started with this pile of April Rhodes Bound collection and added in a variety of grey and grey ombre fabric.


By focusing on my stash I am really happy with the variety of colours and textures in the finished quilt.


The Lady of the Lake quilt block is created from 8 half square triangles in two sizes so it made sense to use the 8 at the same time method for the smaller triangles. The pattern recommends HST paper which I didn't have time to purchase but I will be adding some to my next fabric order to try. 



Each block also creates a spare large triangle so I was able to make more bonus blocks.


I really enjoyed getting these blocks up onto the wall, they create quite an impact and I was tempted to leave them there for a longer time but as this is the dining area wall they soon came to the attention of my children who 'helped' me take the blocks back down.


This was my first time setting blocks on point and also the first time I have added borders to a quilt top. I'm very happy with the result. 



This was also the first time I made the extra effort to trim the treads on the back of the entire quilt and I think it really made a difference when it came time to quilt.


I think my favourite part of this quilt is the way the triangle is the different blocks come together.


And my points are definitely getting better.


It must be love!



The Lady of the Lake quilt along is available in a variety of ways. Get the quilt along details,  free block pattern, quilt kit, and video tutorial at these links and let me know if you make your own version.

Now I need to get back to quilting so I can share the finished quilt and start using it while we are having such a cold start to Spring here in Melbourne.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Moda Modern Building Blocks - Section A

I pulled out all of my solids at the start of the month and decided to join in with the Moda Modern Building Blocks sewalong over on Kristin's blog at Gooba Designs
A sewalong is likely to be the only way I manage to finish a quilt top of this size, it is 84" x 96" finished. I'm also a bit worried about how I'll manage to quilt it on my own sewing machine. I'm considering quilt as you go but I haven't decided yet. I could send it out to a long arm quilter but I've never done that before either!
Cutting the fabric for the 6" blocks is a little daunting, take a look at the size of some of the pieces:

Yes it does say to cut a 1 7/8" square in half!
Here are the blocks in section A:
  • Block 8 (18" finished)
  • Block 10 (12" finished)
Block 12 (12"finished)
  • Block 17 (12" finished)
  • Blocks 20, 21, 42, & 44 (6" finished)
  • Blocks 19 & 38 (6" finished)

Block 10 is my favourite so far, and it just happens to use fabric I received from Kristin in the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap which seems fitting.
Here are all the blocks all together:
I'm looking forward to starting the next section.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Noodlehead Open Wide Zippered Pouch

I have the Noodlehead pattern bug! Since I finished my Divided Basket for the Divided Basket sewalong I am co-hosting over on Instagram (there is still time to join us, details here) I have been pondering my next Noodlehead project.

I am tempted by the Road Trip Case and the 241 Tote but I've started on a slightly smaller scale with the free Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial.

This flower fabric came back from John Lewis' in Edinburgh with me after last years trip back to the UK and I was planning a mini quilt for my daughter at some stage but when a flight came up decided a pouch for her headphones was more pressing. The green dots were in my stash and I just had to pop some chicks inside to surprise her when she opens it up for the first time.

Taking a toddler on a plane on my own, even for a short domestic flight, gave me a case of the jitters so a bit of sewing calmed me down.

This is my first zip in a finished project and I think I did ok. The tutorial is so clear that I didn't need to change anything. I made the largest size following the contrast bottom instructions and used interfacing.

The pouch only took an hour from start to finish so I will be making many more if I ever start my Christmas sewing (I still owe a few things from last year so I really must do better this year!) It is filled to the top now with toys and treats to keep her happy, I should make myself one and fill it with chocolate next.

 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Baby shower gift - Noodlehead Divided Basket

I finished my first Divided Basket.

I had heard that Noodlehead patterns were clear and easy to follow and I found that to be the case for the Divided Basket.

I'm planning an aqua and orange quilt for a gift for a friend and I thought a Divided Basket in those colours would be useful for all the bits and pieces you need with a newborn.

I'm really happy with how the basket turned out even though I could only find 1 inch webbing (the pattern asks for 1.5 inch). I used a zig zag stitch to make sure I caught the thinner webbing securely though in future I would use Peta's tutorial.

The only other change I made was to add an interfaced panel to the front pocket and to move the optional sewn line to split the pocket to the edge of the panel.

Now I need to pull some more fabric for my own basket.

If you plan to join in the sewalong remember to post your finished basket to #dividedbasketsewalong on Instagram by August 10th for the chance to win a $25 gift voucher kindly donated by the guest judge - Anna Graham of Noodlehead.

 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Cotton + Steel Divided Basket


Today I have my very first guest blog. The Noodlehead Divided Basket sewalong I am co-hosting over on Instagram starts today and my co-host Peta is here to show you her gorgeous Cotton & Steel basket and share a tutorial on a handle detail she came up with which looks fantastic.

Thanks Kendra for letting me hang out on your blog today. Excited? Well yessiree I am!
How great is Instagram! I love checking through my feed each day to see what the wonderfully talented quilters and sewers have been up to around the globe. Instagram is such an inspirational and generous community and, of course, it’s how I met Kendra and how the Divided Basket Sew Along came about. I don’t have a blog (and really admire people like Kendra who do) but I’d love it if you came and said hi on Instagram, my user name is @shequiltsalot.
Now… onto the Sew Along. I love Anna Graham’s style and patterns. I’ve sewn a couple of items from her tutorials and have found the pattern instructions really clear and easy to follow. The Divided Basket is no different and I found that I was able to sew my first basket together in no time at all! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out using the new Cotton & Steel fabrics.
 

I ended up applying an additional piece of fusible interfacing to the pocket lining as I wanted to give the pocket some additional durability against sharp objects. To make it a little easier to sew I cut the interfacing a ½ inch smaller on all sides before I ironed it on to the reverse of my pocket lining. I don’t think there is any noticeable difference to how the bag sits, but its nice to know the pocket has some added protection.

The other slight alteration I made to the original pattern was the handles. I absolutely love the look of the cotton webbing handles in Anna’s baskets but couldn’t get webbing to match so I improvised using fabric from the pocket binding and exterior.


Just in case anyone else wants to give these handles a try I’ve included a quick tutorial you can use here.
Tutorial
You’ll need the following to make two handles:
2 - 1.5" x 8.75" strip of exterior fabric
2 - 2" x 8.75" strip of binding fabric (you could also use interior fabric)
2 - 3.5" x 8.75" strip of binding (you could also use interior fabric)
Optional - for super sturdy handles add cut 2 – 1 3/8" x 8.5" strip fusible fleece


1. Sew the 2" x 8.75" binding fabric piece to the 1.5" x 8.75" exterior fabric piece and then the 3.5" x 8.75" piece of binding fabric to the other side. Press seams closed towards the binding fabric (trust me!) and then trim the pieced block to 6" x 8.5".


2. Apply the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the pieced block.


3. Fold the pieced block in half and press well with your iron. Next, using the seam allowance as a guide (told you could trust me!), fold the outside edges in towards the centre. Make sure you line up the outside folded edge really well and press again. Use binding clips or pins to hold everything together.


Optional – if you want to add the fusible fleece do so now – the fleece will need to be fused to the back of the section which has the exterior fabric.



4. Sew 1/16th of an inch from the joined edge to secure the open side then add additional stitching lines ¼ of an inch in from both edges. Your handles will look like this when you are done and are ready to attach to your basket!



Have fun sewing this week. I can’t wait to see all of your gorgeous baskets on Instagram!


Thank you Peta for joining us and sharing your tutorial. If you plan to join in the sewalong post your finished basket to #dividedbasketsewalong on Instagram for the chance to win a $25 gift voucher kindly donated by the guest judge - Anna Graham of Noodlehead.