Monday, 22 October 2012

Groove Quilt - Finished and Bound

The Groove quilt is finally finished!  Thanks to Alyssa of Pile O' Fabric for moderating The Totally Groovy quilt along.   I don't think I ever would have made an 'all solid' quilt without this little nudge and I am so thrilled to have been a part of this quilt along.

This is my first curved pieced and first all solids (except the back) quilt.   I like the play of these solid colours and that any two would work well next to each other.  I guess Emily Cier's of Carolina Patchworks idea of using only solids was to enhance the lines and contours of the Groove pattern and I think sometimes all solids are just such a relief for the eyes, wouldn't you agree?

The quilt is backed with Blossom in Pink from the Zoo Menagerie Collection by Eleanor Grosch.   I love the retro like print of this one.

Here's a close-up shot after I got it out from the dryer - love the crinkled look!   I've used Warm & Natural cotton batting and quilted it with matching cotton threads on the front and pink cotton thread on the back.   I did stitches 'in-the-ditch' ( as I've not done any FMQ as yet ) and I really like how it helps to really define the lines, and also the design that it creates on the backing of the quilt.  

Just to share with you, I've ordered the Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting  by Natalia Bonner and the Free Motion Quilting book with Angela Walters  from Amazon recently and am hoping with better understanding, getting tips and techniques from these books, I might overcome my fear of FMQ and be more comfortable with it.

Anyway... back to the quilt - I've only remembered about the label when I was almost done with hand sewing the binding!   Thus I've made a quick handwritten quilt label using Micron Pigma fine-line and appliqued it to the back.

As the label reads, this quilt was made for my niece's 19th birthday present and I can't wait to get this to her when she's back from campus this week - I hope she'll like her first quilt!

Overall, this quilt was so much fun to make and the quilt along was a great learning experience for me.  I feel like I've overcome my fear of curves and all-solids with this project and now I can say I'll probably be making many more in the future! ;)

My Quilt Stats :

Name : Groove Quilt

Size : 72" x 81"

Fabrics : Kona Solids in Burgundy, Peapod, Champagne, Dusty Rose, Taupe and Blossom in Pink from the Zoo Menagerie Collection

Quilting : Stitched in-the-ditch

Binding : Kona Solid in Burgundy

I'll be linking up to Alyssa at Pile O' Fabric's Groovy Linky Party - hope you'll check out all the awesome finishes.

Beth at Plum and June's Monday Link-up

Connie at Freemotion by the River's Linky Tuesday

Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday button

and Elizabeth at Such a Sew and Sew October 2012 Finishes Linky Party

Please do visit these blogs where you'll find links to quilters sharing their lovely creations.

Hope you'll have a lovely week ahead!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Quilt Along progress...

Thank you for all your kind words the other day about my daughter's crochet pillow, I really enjoyed doing it and I'm so glad my daughter was so thrilled with her pillow! :)

My quilt along projects are going great,  I've finished the 12th block of the HFWYG qal and here it is...

Tassel Flower - 20" paper pieced block :

And I've finally gotten the quilting done and binding attached to the front of the Groove quilt for the Totally Groovy qal.  I'm in the process of hand sewing the binding to the back.

Hope to share the finished quilt soon...

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Patchwork Pillow - a crochet kind

I've had something like this on my 'must make' list for a while and I've followed this tutorial for the blocks to make a pillow.  

joined them in sections ...


all joined up ...

and I've finished the front with two rows of double crochet stitches in turquoise around it.

and here is the finished pillow ...  all rainbowy and patchworky ...

the back :

Since the holes were kind of small for big buttons, I've decided to add ribbons to give it a neat finish.   This pillow measures at 20" square and it lives with 5 other bright-coloured pillows in my daughter's room!    She LOVES pillows, by the way!!!
There's something quite wonderful about completing a project especially one full of crochet goodness.  My fingers are all itchy to make another pillow in different yarn now, but of course I must keep plodding along with my other projects...
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Tippecanoe blocks and a hooky project!

Week 11's block installment for the HFWYG? QAL is called Tippecanoe.  It's a 5" foundation paper pieced block and there are 4 of these blocks in the full quilt.   Here's my take on it...

Block #1:

Block #2 :

Block #3 :

Block #4 :

And here they are all in a row...

These were so easy and fun to make!   You can find the tutorial here if you would like to try it out!

It's been awhile since I've last crocheted something and I've decided to use some of my leftover yarns and got hooking during my son's soccer practice recently...

Very 70's don't you think?  The pattern is made up of a mix of 2/4/6/8 and 10 round squares using chain and double crochet stitches.   It worked up quite quickly and I LOVE the colours!   These crocheted squares are destined to be a cushion / pillow cover.   I hope to share with you the finished pillow soon!

Till then have a lovely week ahead.

I'm linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River :

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Playing Catch-Up

I've been playing catch-up with the How Far Will You Go? Quilt Along.   This week I made blocks 5 through 10.

Week 5 :  Jack in the Box

Week 6 :  Windblown Square

Week 7 :  Another Star

Week 8 :  Seesaw Blocks - these are the first 5" block in the quilt along

Week 9 :  Dutch Rose - the first 20" block

Week 10 :  Clay's Choice

Jess of Scrappy n' Happy has posted 2 alternative throw quilt ( modern and traditional sampler ) layouts a few days ago should we decide to go for a smaller version of the quilt.   If you're thinking of joining us, here's a link to the tutorial for the previous blocks

Anyway... it sure feels good to be caught up - hopefully by the end of the week I can start on a few things I've had on the list for a little while!

Happy Sewing...