Sunday, June 25, 2017

Follow My Lead

Although I'm not a fan of batik style fabric, the fabrics designed by Alison Glass in her handcrafted line drew me in.  The saturated colors called to me first, but the second benefit is the patchwork motifs in the designs. I choose the Follow My Lead pattern for these fabrics because of the flying geese in the prints and the pattern.

As I was making this quilt I realized that it was time to update my 6 year old son's bed with a new quilt, and so I added navy borders to the pattern to make it fit a twin.  He's super happy that he has his own quilt now. I love having handmade items for our home and was glad to get this on his bed.

This is my second finish for Quarter 2 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long.  You can see my original list here

Machine quilting by Allison Black of AB Quilting Studio.   

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 3

Back for the third block from the Delilah Template of the Month from Jen Kingwell!  This was a fun one, glad for a break from the curves of the previous two months.  (I'm pretty sure curves are back on block 4...we'll see soon.)  Even though these are made of many different fabrics, I stuck to a consistent color scheme for each component in the block.  I made the center, star, square, and background in the same color within each block.

So far in all of my Delilah blocks I've used fabric from Cotton + Steel, Leah Duncan, Jen Kingwell, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Basic Grey, Joel Dewberry, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Dear Stella, Amy Ellis, Katerina Roccella, Carolyn Freidlander, and Kaye England.  Here's a recap so far:

Access sewing tips for the first two blocks by clicking on the block name links above, and be sure to check out this Delilah board for great inspiration.  If you are working on this quilt and would like to share your blocks, please link up below.  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Big Star Finish

Last weekend I gave away this lovely quilt to my cousin for her wedding shower.  This is the Big Star quilt pattern by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  It uses a large diamond template and the fabric is from Victoria's Mostly Manor collection.

I loved making this quilt, as it was a skill builder for me as a quilter.  I learned how to do y-seams confidently with this one.  I've already put that technique to use in another quilt I'm working on here with a mitered corner border.

At first I cringed at the amount of leftover fabric from the fussy cutting required for this kaleidoscope effect.  But the result was worth it.  Now I can't stop looking for fabrics to do this with again.  In the end, I've used a lot of the extra fabric for smaller versions of this block.  These finish at 40 inches square.

The fabulous rose floral quilting is by Alison Black at AB Quilting Studio.  Here's the backing fabric, from the Meadow Storm collection, also by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

This is a finish for Quarter 2 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long.

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation , Crazy Mom Quilts,  and TGIFF.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 2

April brings us block 2 of the Delilah Quilt Template of the Month by Jen Kingwell.  This is Bells Beach, another block filled with curves and a mitered corner border.  This block takes curves to another level with three rounds for each set.  I'm continuing to enjoy choosing fabrics for this quilt along with cutting out all (28!) of the pieces.

Block 2 - Bells Beach

Tips for the Bells Beach block:
  • Watch this video to get started learning how to sew curves and then practice before you use your good fabric:  Sew Easy: Piecing Curves 
  • With these small curves, I found it helpful to lift my presser foot a few times to adjust the bulk of the top fabric while I sewed the curves.  Make sure your needle is down, go slow and be patient, you can do it!
  • Cut template piece nine with two layers of fabric wrong sides together and you'll have the piece and it's reverse, no need to flip the template over.  (Unless you want each piece to have different fabric, then you'll need to cut the reverse.)
  • I used a y-seam technique from this video by Victoria Findlay Wolfe to do the mitered corners. Watch from time 4:40 - 6:00, which demonstrates how to line up the two corners and sew into the seam at a quarter inch and pivot to sew down the other seam.  

For tips on Block 1 - Rising Sun, visit the Block 1 Delilah Quilt post.  Also be sure to check out my Delilah Quilt board for great inspiration as we sew this fabulous quilt.  Link up below if you'd like to share your work this month.