Sunday, February 15, 2015

A humble plaid quilt

A finish this week – the binding was completed on this plaid Scrappy Bargello.
Of course, the binding would have been finished a little sooner if I hadn’t done this:
plaid bargello binding oops
Very annoying to have come out short after all that measuring and calculating!   But it didn’t really take long to add in the extra strip.

plaid bargello on chair2









It is not a  grand quilt.  The fabrics are mostly plaids and shirtings, the piecing is simple, and the colours are arranged in no particular order, but as I finished up the last few stitches and draped the quilt over a chair I realized just how much I like this one!














True, it is very gratifying to complete a more elaborate quilt, one with the fabrics placed perfectly and a quilting design that beautifully complements the piecing.  Yet there is also a great deal of pleasure in this simpler quilt.  I enjoy the way one square plays against another, the way the curves of the quilting lines cut across the patches and highlight the combinations of fabrics.  I can imagine this quilt wrapped around someone and providing comfort.  It will soon be on its way to a new home, a donation to a local good cause.  I hope the recipient of the quilt enjoys using it as much as I enjoyed the making.
Plaid bargello
Scrappy Bargello is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville site

Monday, February 2, 2015

Scottie dogs – a UFO no longer

While searching for something else in the sewing room I came across the blocks left over from last year’s experiments with Scottie Dogs.   It was time that they became a quilt!

I handed the pile to my friend Donna who worked her magic and combined them into a 36” square top for a preemie quilt.  When the Scrappy Club members saw the results they decided that the big block was too “pixel-ly” – so Ellen took the top home and did some remedial piecing to make Big Scottie look more like a dog. 

Here is the result, all quilted and bound and ready for donation to the NICU at the regional hospital.

Scotties preemie quilt

Here is a peek at the back – isn’t that the perfect flannel for this quilt!!  (You can’t see it in the picture, but the binding fabric has Scottie Dogs has well.)

Scottie quilt back
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Hexagon blocks

Couldn’t show these before Christmas because they were to be a surprise, but they have gone to their new homes and I can share them now.

I was involved in a project to make quilts for some special people.  We used stacking methods to cut large-scale prints into triangles or diamonds and added other fabrics to make 60 degree designs, with inspiration from Sara Nephew’s book Serendipity Quilts.

Here are our three quilts.  In each case the fabric that was cut up in the blocks is also used for the border.

Christmas quilt 1

The feature fabric here is an older Jinny Beyer print full of paisleys and wonderful shapes.  The triangles were pieced into hexagons which were set into rectangular blocks.  Setting fabrics pick up the aqua and purple.  The finished quilt is not as dark as the photo suggests.

Christmas quilt 2

This quilt uses a bright large-scale floral fabric.  Diamonds cut from the feature fabric are pieced into hexagons and arranged into columns.  The columns are separated with checkerboards.

Christmas quilt 3

A softer palette for this one. White and pastel blues and greens turn the diamonds into hexagons.  More diamonds form the dividing columns. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Looking back at a year of Scrap Squad

 

Scrap Squad quilts

I have completed my year as a member of Quiltmaker Magazine’s Scrap Squad for 2014 --  and I have the stack of quilts to prove it!  (Only five quilts are pictured here  – the other one is travelling at the moment.) 

From learning that I was part of the team, through getting to know the other Squad members and working on our six assignments it was a wonderful experience.  It has been an honour to work with the talented people on the Scrap Squad and at Quiltmaker magazine. 

With each assignment it was exciting to see the lovely quilts that emerged.  I was amazed each time at how different our results were even though we began at the same place!  Each quilter brought her unique sense of colour and design and all the quilts were wonderful.

As a rule I am more interested in the process than in the final product –my UFO collection certainly demonstrates that!.  But Scrap Squad members need to FINISH their quilts and there are deadlines to meet, so I couldn’t simply put a project aside and start a new one when, inevitably, a piece of fabric wouldn’t yield as many triangles or squares as was needed,  colours didn’t play together nicely, or a layout idea didn’t come together as expected,  Each time I took a deep breath, and managed to come up with a solution. 

As a result I have made quilts from patterns that I probably would not have selected on my own, and I am thrilled with every one of them. 

My last project was based on the quilt Spinning Stars that is featured on the cover of the December issue.  See the Scrap Squad post on Quilty Pleasures blog for the details.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Simple sewing

Sometimes a girl just has to sew! 

I had some fabric left over from another quilt:

backing fabric

This is the back of a project that I can’t show just yet. The fabric was in a pile received when a family cleaned out their mother’s sewing room and donated most of her stash.  I decided to use the leftovers in a rail fence quilt, 2.5” strips, 6 inch blocks.  A little figuring showed that I could set aside enough for borders and use the remainder for the strips.

Needed something to go with it, and I came up with these:

rail fence fabrics

These were chosen not because they were the BEST fabrics to go with the feature fabric, but because they would work, they had been waiting a long time to be used and there was enough of each one.  The two on the right are both recycled garments.  I spent some time picking out the darts on the flowered shirt.

Here are the blocks on the wall:

rail fence layout

I’m thinking a narrow dark border, perhaps navy or brown, before adding the print.  This will work out to the right size for a prayer quilt, so it will be donated to the quilting group at church.  And before that I can use it as a sample for a beginner’s quilting class coming up soon. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Baby quilt!

These pieces are on my design wall today.  This project is still in progress – I promise I’ll show it when it is done.

batik strips 1

I did finish a project recently.  This quilt is for a special baby girl.

Stack deck baby quiltPattern is from Karla Alexander’s book Stack the Deck Revisited.  The technique is fun and quick and I was able to use some fabrics in girlie colours.  I hope the baby and her mother enjoy using the quilt as much as I enjoyed making it.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

New project for Scrap Squad 2014

My latest scrappy project made for Quiltmaker Magazine’s Scrap Squad is up on the Quilty Pleasures blog!  Be sure to check it out:

http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2014/10/scrap-quilt-ideas-louisa-robertson/

I had a lot of fun with all the twists and turns of making my quilt.  9-patch-with-sashing1

I used these colours from photos collected on walks around the neighbourhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The original quilt is in the November/December issue of Quiltmaker magazine.  The designer named her quilt Christmas Ribbons.  I call my version Corn Maze.  Can you find the path that runs all the way through it?

Corn Maze complete