Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Groove quilt top complete

I started piecing the strips over the weekend and finished putting together my Groove quilt yesterday for the Totally Groovy QAL with Alyssa Lichner of Pile o' Fabrics.

I really like the way the colours work together.  I had fun doing this and really enjoy the pattern from Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks.  What is so great about her pattern is that it is so versatile that you can change the layout and the design will still look stunning! 

I've ordered the backing fabric and I'm waiting for it to arrive...

Blossom in Pink, Zoo Menagerie Collection

I chose Eleanor Grosch's Blossom print as it has the retro feel and I think it would look great with the Groove top.

The next step is to figure out how to quilt it.  I love the pebble and swirl designs, however, I've not done any FMQ before and I'm not brave enough to try it out on this quilt.  So I'd probably do some wavy or straight lines echoing the shapes of the quilt using matching threads for each section.  Thoughts and suggestions on the quilting - other than FMQ that is ;) and thread colours are welcome!

On another note, Martha at the blog Weekend Doings participated in the Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop Giveaway Party recently and I've won in her giveaway!  Fyi, I've participated in so many giveaways and this is the first time that I've actually won something! 

The giveaway was for this pretty pincushion.  Her embroidery stitches are so neat and even, love the size of the pincushion too - I simply love handmade gifts, don't you?  She was so sweet to include a skein of perle cotton thread along with a 10" square fabric in the package too.  I do hope you'll visit her blog, she does beautiful photography, quilting and has yummy recipes to share!

Now I have some catching up to do on my HFWYG qal blocks, which I am sooo far behind!

Happy sewing everyone!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Totally Groovy QAL

I've joined in the Totally Groovy QAL hosted by Alyssa of Pile O' Fabric.   The pattern which we're using is from Emma of Carolina Patchwork named Groove Quilt.   I've not done all solids quilt before neither have I done curve piecing, thus I've participated in the quilt along to learn a few techniques for sewing curves.

The pattern I planned to follow is for a twin size quilt but I've reduced the width of the quilt from 81" to 72" and the length from 99" to 81" instead.   My version of the Groove quilt will have a 72" x 81" finish without changing much to the original quilt pattern.

I chose Kona Cotton for the solids :

From Top : Burgundy, Taupe, Deep Rose, Peapod and Champagne

These fabrics were cut two weeks ago.


And I've started with piecing the curves first.   I can't say I did extremely well, but I'm glad they look decent enough!   Hopefully I'll get better with practice!

Then I moved on to piecing the strips.

And I got slightly more than half of the quilt top done last week.  This piece measures 41" x 81.5" and I have another section to join at the bottom.  
I'm really pleased with how this is turning out and I'm hoping there will be much more progress on this one next week!
Hope you'll have a lovely and productive week! =)
I'm linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River :