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Mod -Cot Quilt

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canva-photo-editor-11.pngIt’s been ages since I made a proper quilt. .

I set out to draft my own pattern  with my own measurements from a picture I had saved on my iPad .Not sure from where .It was more of a  ‘making as  I go  along ‘ kind of  project and  I struggled with it. I did not know  what size would make a big enough quilt for a baby.

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Then I saw the mod cot quilt pattern for sale on the instagram account of one of my favourite online fabric store stitchbird.co.nz. .Since it looked very similar to the quilt I was trying to make, I decided to purchase the pattern.

Having the instructions on hand, really did help.

I used the fabric I had recently purchased with the fabric that Shanna gave me.These are all free Spirit fabrics, one is Tula Pink and the other I forget. I was surprised that the colours all from the old and new fabric went together so well.

Along with the pattern,Lori also sent me the cutting layout on a fat quarter which was so helpful.

The blocks were fairly quick to put together. It was after I put the blocks together I realised that I did not have enough fabric for backing. or for binding. canva-photo-editor (4)

I resisted the temptation to use a Minky  fabric as  backing, like I did for previous baby quilts I ‘d made.

Ordered a metre of fabric for the backing, as I have only fat quarters in my stash . In my hurry to finish the quilt quickly, I did not read the pattern that  said I needed 1.5 metres for the backing . So I had to improvise and make a pieced backing. A first for me.

dsc_0072.jpgI put it  aside a bit,  looked at ideas on Pinterest , most of the ideas I saw were too advanced for me and then finally, it clicked, I just cut the one metre cloth into two equal parts and cut two other co-ordinating fat quarters to add in-between.

I wanted to do the self binding for this quilt but when I did the straight row quilting, I somehow messed up. I did not think of looking up for tutorials on You tube.So went for the bias  binding. IMG_0652

I did remember some of the lessons I learnt earlier in my quilt workshop in Kuwait about how to do the mitred corners.  I machined sewed the binding too. Another first.I would have liked a better finishcanva-photo-editor-8.png

I tied and hid the knots, washed in the washer and its ready to go now.
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Strip Quilt

I finished the quilt top I was making.it took me a couple of days to finish it.

I’m still trying to decide how I want to finish it.

In the meantime I went back to knitting the cowl I started working on a while back

This is a pattern I had in mind and am extremely pleased it’s working out well. The yarn I’m using is Malabrigo Rios in Lotus that I’m recycled from another abandoned project.

Daylight savings has kicked in and we are trying to getting used to it now that we have to wake up in the morning.

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Spring projects

The landscape in Spring  is truly a visual treat;,flowers blooming everywhere,birds chirping,bees buzzing…. the skeletal trees sprouting tender green leaves.Its truly a sight to behold  the earth come alive with vibrant colour and vivacity after seeming dead and dry all Winter.

 Seeing the Spring fairy happily prancing about touching every tree and grass and bulb with a colour spangled magic wand, fills me with hope. Things that appear hopeless outside still has hope within and everything will turn out ok in the end after all !

As much as I dislike Winter, it makes me appreciate Spring and the change of seasons more than ever .

A friend gave me a few Kowhai seedlings, until then I had not paid close attention to these gorgeous yellow flowers or that it’s nectar is much sought after by birds!

With the arrival of spring, I have been gravitating towards sewing.It started with me making a baby snuggle blanket with some lovely woodland fabric I had got earlier in the year.

backed it with fleece and it does not have any batting .

After I finished my purple zippered pouch, I decided to seize the fact that there was purple thread on the machine and finish up the drawstring pouch that I had set aside when I ran out of purple thread on my bobbin halfway through the making of the pouch

 

J made a request for  a quilt , with fabric that I loved. He didn’t want the traditional man quilt. Still I didn’t want him to have something he didn’t like at all  so we choose fabric that we both liked Of all the fabric we saw on the Stitchbird website, the Vintage Picnic was the fabric we liked.

I decided to follow the basic jelly roll beginners quilt top by Melanie k ham. Worked up quickly and this is what I have finished so far

I’m just loving it! The splash of colours in my surroundings and in my works in progress.

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Sawtooth Star Block

Dreaming of Spring and sunshine and flowers, I worked on my Sawtooth Star block on this very dull and gloomy late Winter day.

I’ve been dreaming of making a baby quilt ever since I saw the Sawtooth Star quilt pattern in the book called Sweet and Simple Handmade by Melissa Wastney of the Tiny Happy Blog.

I figured it would be best to first try the block on fabric I didnot care for much.

I had some I had picked up at a Lincraft sale in my stash box

The good fabric can wait for the big quilt I plan to make at some point . For now I’m perfectly happy to practise on these fabrics . While using them up, I’m also making room for better fabric stash.

 That my quilt making skills have rusted over time became apparent when all the flying geese units came out wonky.

A couple of years back, I would have chucked it all and given up without attempting to finish the block.

I’m glad I didn’t give up half way this time.

I’ve also always struggled with choosing fabric and colours .I chose these two fabric not really not sure how it would look when finished into a block. 

I had to tell myself it’s only a practice piece and the final product didn’t matter as much as the process , to work up the courage to even start making the block.

It also helped that I recorded the progress on Instagram Stories to keep me motivated to finish the block. 

In the end, when I did finish it, I ended up liking my block, although I have not yet decided what to do with it.

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Charm pack Table Runner

Charm packs are the best things ! They take the stress of finding coordinating fabric, of cutting the fabric.Specially for people who dilly dally over the fabric cutting part … it is a wonderful wonderful thing

Some time back, I picked up a Riley Blake charm pack at a quaint little quilt store called Forget me knots here.

Then I went to a quilting 101 workshop. Sometimes, I like to go to workshops of crafts I  already have an idea about,because somehow that craft  hasn’t made complete sense to me. I mean, I always learn something new at every workshop .Its like the piece of a puzzle that fits and makes me understand the whole picture.

For this project, I simply stitched the squares together.

I was not happy with the finished squares.Then Lincraft had a sale and went to check out fabrics there.I love polka dots and suddenly clicked that it would be a good backing fabric for my runner.It was super cheap

Initially ,I was going to place the right sides together ,  with the batting on the outside and stitch around the edges, and turn inside out and make the runner without a binding.

As I was going to cut the fabric for the backing, I remembered reading somewhere about  self blinding quilts . So  decided to leave  an inch of seam allowance around the fabric and try to do the self binding edge for this runner.  I simply folded the raw edges twice . For the corners, I folded to get a mitred corner. Pinned in place and stitched all around. Thats all!.

I  drew lines and quilted over them AFTER I finished stitching the binding. And the lesson I took away from this project is to quilt BEFORE stitching the binding. Still, I love it.

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Keeping Promises

Right after I took my beginners quilt workshop back in 2006 , I promised both my boys a quilt each. I took them fabric shopping with very little knowledge of quilting fabric myself .Let them choose what they wanted. They did.M , being little bug that he is , bugged me till he got his quilt and only then let me off the proverbial hook. A on the other hand, my patient patient baby, would mention in the passing that he was waiting for his quilt now and then.And me being the uncrowned queen of procrastination kept put it off and off.

I told him ,beginning of this year, I would first finish his quilt and only then do anything else. Sadly I did not feel inspired at all to work on it. Finally, guilt ridden , I promised him that I would definitely make it before we left to India for our annual vacation.

Some of you might remember I was  working on the pinwheels a few weeks back.Then we had terrible dust.Apart from making everyone depressed, it also brings with it allergies. So the pinwheels  and the sewing  machine were left  unattended. With just a couple of days left for our trip, I was again struck by guilt pangs , what kind of a mother would I be, if I could not keep promises? made specially to a very patient accommodating child? So I got into a quilt making frenzy and completed his quilt just in time to take with us to India tomorrow. The aches all over my body ,a very stiff neck (from start to finish- piecing ,quilting etc all in a day and half)are nothing compared to the  relief at finally being able to cross this quilt off my list.  I’m not joking when I say its like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

I used this tute to make the pinwheels. I’m in love this method. I used 61/2” squares .Previously I had planned to make just a squares quilts and  cut 61/2 “ squares.When I  chanced upon this tutorial,I decided to use the same squares for the blocks. I loved how easy it was, not to mention my fascination with the pinwheel blocks

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It also seemed to capture A’s fun loving, carefree and happy personality………….plus I wanted to make up for the wait by doing something more than just a basic square quilt.The fabric in the quilt were all chosen by him. Some of them are not even quilting fabric but I kept them because he chose them.They all represent his fascinations ;bikes, football, music, Cars the movie, dogs,his one time fascination with fire and fire engines .

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I did have a skateboard flannel for the backing, but decided to go with the bikes as I figured flannel might be too hot for him.

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I used warm and natural  low loft  needled cotton  no pre wash necessary batting which I absolutely adore and think is the best I have worked with so far. I  guess that it made quilting that much more  manageable and easier for me. This is the first  big solo quilt that I’ve made.I had help for the one I made M from my teacher.

After piecing them,and attaching the border, I  stitched in the ditch with the quilt top across  the border and the pinwheels  .This is basically what I did.

I thought I will be cured of my pinwheel addiction after this quilt, but the fact is I’ve fallen deeper into pinwheel pit and oh I totally get that quilt blessing “may your bobbins be always full “ now Winking smilewhat I don’t get however is ,when I could finish this quilt in such a short time, why o why did I take so long to get to it earlier?

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Wip : Pinwheel table runner

I recently chanced upon the Fons and Porter Love of Quilting Magazine at one of the stores here. The timing was just right! I was feeling extremely inspired after the Quilt exhibition to get better at quilting. I was raring to go again to the sewing machine.  I picked up this magazine, lured by this runner  on the cover _ Seemed just the one I was looking for_easy and quick but with a little bit of a challenge for a beginner like me  Most of all it was pinwheels, I still haven’t gotten over that obsession!

I was super excited, I had  all the fabric ( that Shanna gave me)similar to the one shown in the picture. It seemed like all the stars aligned!I’ve got one  block done so far. Two more to go.

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