Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Simple Retro-Retro

I really like to search the net for new quilting books and I came across Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley. It looks like the book has been out for about a year which makes sense as thats about the time I had been busy with my photography course. 

Of course then I googled finished quilts from her book and came across a great amount of inspiration on Flikr and blogs. This did mean that I had to make my own quilt and i made the Retro quilt.

I decided to make it from scraps with some grey. The pattern used two fabrics and then one contrast. To replicate this I used the grey and then one block of hot pink. 

I do like a good scrappy quilt, they end up a bit like a memory quilt. I look at all the different fabrics and reminisce about what I made, what age the kids were, what was happening in our lives at that time. 

The blocks did take a little bit of time to put together, but once I got a wee system going and had a few good hours to commit to it it felt like to time at all and it was all done.

I used so many different fabrics. Each fabric was use only twice, once in corners and once in the diagonal squares.

Here it is. I think I will give this to one of the friends who are pending new babies. 

Its school holidays next week, I am thinking on using that time to back and quilt some of the tops I have on the growing pile. I want to get them off in the post to their intended friends. I think thats a good aim, I only have four to completely finish so thats not an unachievable task.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Black, white and Pink

I have been wanting to make a quilt of black and white for a long time. But I have never known what to do as the colour. I have seen a number with red and a few more with blue, which I have loved.

I brought a number of years ago a fat quarter pack with black and white and pink. I was never convinced this was what I was going to do, so it sat there and sat there  and sat there until I brought a plain just black and white jelly roll. Well, what do you know, the pink looked amazing! I figure I need a new quilt for me, but after making it I realised this one would be going to a new home. A friend just turned 40 and I thought this would be perfect for her. She is a bit of a hidden girlie fan. She rides horses, in the army but every now and then will wear a glam frock and brush her hair. This quilt made me think of her, pretty serious with a splash of colour.

I say that I am trying to use up my older stash, but I just keep buying more to replace what I have. I really don't have a lot of pre-cuts. I do usually buy what I need, but I have three large bins of clothing off cuts which I am trying to make a dent in. I have already cut my next quilt top out and it hardly made a dent. Every now and then I will make a donated quilt and use my off cuts and that wont make a dent either. I have two choices really, make more scrappy quilts or donate more quilts. Both come back to "Make more quilts". And I am fine with that!! Greta's day-care hasn't received a quilt from me so I can do one for them. Although they could have the one I have made and haven't backed, it's folded up on my shelf. So many quilts!


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Baby Gift

This present is a little late, but better late than never. The baby this quilt is off to was born in December, but a quilt isn't really a super new born gift anyway ;)

I was so busy finishing my course and doing so much else that I just didn't have enough time which is terrible.

I have had these fabrics for years, like truly years. I have been trying to use up my stash, and have made a good dent. Which means I did go out and buy a little (massive) amount of fabric this afternoon, but thats a secret.

I really didn't know what I was going to do with it, so I started cutting 5 inch squares thinking I would just do a square quilt like my Little Kukla.

But I changed my mind and wanted to do something different, I make a lot of square patchwork quilts  and whilst I do find them rewarding still, but this time, chevrons. I think they are still in fashion, I don't know, I still like them.

This is "Wishing Well" by the designer Jenean Morrison and in a fan star moment, I posted the quilt on Instagram and she liked it!!!! Said she loved it!!!!!!



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Little Kukla Quilt

We have new neighbours, they built on the section in front of us and they not only have a new house but have a new baby girl too. I though what could be more welcoming than a cake and a quilt. I spent the afternoon and following morning putting together the gift. I made a simple 5 inch squared quilt from the Little Kukla range. It came in a fat quarter pack so there were some complementing fabrics from other fabric ranges. It is really bright, very bright, I thought it would look a bit, well not as bright, but it is still nice and I hope they liked it.

I love the little dolls, I do think it needed a little less green or yellow and a little more of the purple or maybe even blue. Anyway here it is.