Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A flock of geese - the start

Weeks ago I came across a flying geese quilt on Pinterest that I fell for hard. That combined with me giving away about half a dozen quilts to my siblings, prompted me to start a new flying geese quilt. One of the quits I gave to my sister is my 'Lotta fly away' and I gave the 'On point' to my brother. I love both of those quilts so I kinda thought I make myself a new one using a little of both .....

I adore the flying geese pattern and my stock of K.Fassett shot cottons, Zanzibar fabric, stash of Moda cross, gingham and ticking treasures are waiting to be made into a new large quilt with lots and lots of geese.

Let the sewing begin.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Love and Kisses - a finished quilt

A picture post of my finished quilt is about to unfold here. It was so, so much fun to make this quilt and I can't wait to see my little niece playing on it.

The finished quilt is 48in  x 54in which is a little larger than crib size so it will last her beyond that age.

It's odensely quilted with on a 1 inch wide grid using mostly ice grey on the top and off-white on the back.

I chose the pezzy print from American Jane for the binding to contrast in style but with the same colour palette as the back print

The back print is an Alexander Henry print that I also had in turquoise and I think those butterflies are equally as striking on a cream background.

All fabric was from my own stash and it felt really great having to hunt for those perfect prints for the heart shapes.

All my quilts are labelled whether they are for sale or are gifted.

And a sausage role for last....

Previous posts can be found here and here.  If there is enough interest, I will publish a pattern/tutorial here on the post - just let me know.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lots and lots of hearts

My "Love and Kisses" quilt that I started before Easter has progressed nicely and I have finished the quilt top. It took me some time and many dives into my fabric stash to find the right fabrics for the hearts themselves and then I spend some more time choosing the right solids for the background.

Sometimes I used a complimentary colour to the patterned heart fabric and sometimes I used something contrasting and wild. It was a fun process and halfway through it I found my groove with the inset seams and had developed a nice production line.

The quilt is made of 42 heart blocks at 8 1/2" (finished size 8") arranged over 6 in a row with 7 rows in total which makes it a nice rectangle quilt.

I used many favourite fabrics in this, such as 'Sherbert Pips', 'Girls at Play', added some precious Heathter Ross and also some basic prints that did not need to be fussy cut.

It is such a fun quilt that makes me ridiculously happy to tool at. Now it's time to choose the backing and I recruited some help for this in the form of my brothers partner and their daughter because I decided this quilt will go to me little 10 months old niece.

I imagine that when Sophia is a little older that she will start spotting images on the quilt, so a proper "I spy" quilt.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Hearts - a quilt in progress -

Over the last few months I saw several heart quilts popping up in quiltland. There was this quilt and tutorial from Allison Harris. These were cute hearts with two seams that she later reduced in another heart tutorial to two seams. And there is also Faith' heart quilt on her blog. She uses basically Allison's tutorial on the block and both quilts really are the cutest.

There was just one thing that bugged me with both; and that is the seams through the middle. So I created my own heart block that has no seams but a Y-seam (how is that for a bargain !...).
This allows for some great fussy cutting and will make the quilt into something like an "I spy quilt". A quilt that appeals to small children and adults at the same time. How about that ?

I will publish a pattern and tutorial soon. Just let me practise my Y-seams a little longer as not all of them are that pretty.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A spot of Improv

I'd like to say a spot of improv piecing came upon me in the middle of the night and wouldn't let go of me but that would be rather untrue..... I have made one wall hanging in the spirit of Gee's Bend quilts last year and very much liked the process. There is something reckless about it because you have to let go of everything that you have leaned before; to hell with the ruler and rotary cutter, no exact 1/4 inch and seam allowances are ironed just where they want to lay themselves.

Liberating, yes but also a bit unnerving and with a lot of potential for frustration. When I went to Quilt Con I was particularly interested in the Gee's Bend quilts and their improv style. It just appeals to me and whenever I google Gee's Bend quilts I never tier of looking at them. Yet I find it strange that this burning desire doesn't lead me to obsessive improv piecing.

So when I attended the workshop with the lovely Gee's Bend Ladies I knew I was forced for 3 hours to improv piece. It was a strange 3 hours to say the least. All they said was "Sew!" and that was it. I was fine with that given that I have a little bit of experience with it but it lead to some frantic piecing by all participants. Hardly anybody looked right of left and I had the impression that everybody put their head down to produce as much as possible. In a way that was also creative as we worked against the clock.

I took some old denim, cotton from my father's work trousers (he is a baker and still baking at 73 in our bakery) and a whole bunch of Oakshott I had lying around plus some old linen and some text fabric. The outcome was this:

Please excuse the bad image quality as it was taken with my phone. I was ok with it but not thrilled. I liked the yellow small squares intersected with my checkered work trousers fabric best but the rest was just...well....

After that I went home and put it all away for a few weeks. I took it out the other day and started looking at it and then decided to undo most of it and cut some of the larger pieces up again only to sew them back together in a different way. If you don't like it, just cut it up ! That is the beauty of improv.

The outcome is this:

And this I like very much now. I love the dark petrol strips in between as I feel they combine the individual parts. It needs more denim for sure and I have other pieces that I created since and those that are left from the cutting up that should go into it.

It's a piece in progress that I will put away again for a few weeks and see then where it leads me to. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

A finished Single Girl quilt

Things have settled back to normal here at needlesandlemons headquarters after Quilt Con and in fact I should be popping in here a bit more regular for a while with posts about quilts in progress and not just finished quilts.

I have currently no deadlines for any of the magazines I worked with last year and am free to show what I want. I really love working with LP&Q but there is a small downside to it in that I can't show much of the work I do for them until the issue is out and then it is only the finished quilt. I hope I will work for them again in the future but right now I am a free agent !

Alas this post is also only a finished product; one that was a commission for a client and which I could have shown but didn't have time....

Anyhow, here is a picture post of the Single Girl quilt I started here. My client commissioned me to make a quilt with the 'Single Girl' quilt pattern as a single bed quilt for her lovely daughter. A size I have worked with only once before for another client. It's an interesting size as it is long and narrow and this pattern lends itself wonderfully to it.

The quilt is 2.20 m x 1.20 m which is a great size for a single bed. The fabric used are all Kona colours and the background colour is Kona Slate which is a bluish grey that is fresh and sets of the bright colours of the rings.

I quilted in my favourite quilting pattern, the continuous circle of course and added on two corners a partial circle for a bit of interest.

The backing fabric is the 'Palette in spakle' print from Carrie Bloomsten's paint collection which I think is a great print for a young girl.

I make no secret that this quilt pattern by Denyse Schmidt is probably my favourite of all times as it is utterly modern and contemporary and I again loved making this quilt and collaborating with my client on fabric and colour choices. It was fun and she and I are both happy with the result. Isn't that what's all about ?

Monday, 9 March 2015

A double pinwheel quilt in LP&Q issue 19

Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 19 is out and features again an array of stunning quilts and amongst them my latest quilt.

It a made using one of my favourite quilts patterns, the double pinwheel.

 I like to think it is a double pinwheel pattern with a little twist in that I used  gingham to sash it and of a contrasting solid for the inner pinwheel.

This is a fun pattern and the blocks are suitably big so that this quilt is whipped up in no time.

I combined prints and solids from the same colour families.

And added a black/white dotted binding for even more impact. 

The backing fabric, a print from the Kona Modern Quilt collection, was kindly supplied by the wonderful people of the Eternal Maker.

So if you fancy a quilt that screams "Summer isn't that far now" then go and grab yourself issue 19 that is out today. The magazine has again lots of great projects for every level.