Mum’s quilt

Quilts

I’m slowly catching up on blogging about my (semi) recent quilting projects…
This is a quilt I made for my Mum who turns 80 in January. Partly because I don’t see her very often (she’s in New Zealand and I’m in Australia) I found it quite difficult to know what she’d like. Eventually I decided on a Michael Miller floral print that I had in my stash, matched with a number of solids. The quilt pattern was one I came across in an old quilting magazine. This was the first block (15″ square). A bit bright perhaps, but hopefully it will work with her brown/gold-coloured lounge suite.

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The finished quilt was going to be 3 by 4 blocks, a decent size lap quilt. However, this size is still a challenge for me when it comes to quilting. I decided to try a version of quilt-as-you-go and pieced the quilt in two sections, each 2 by 3 blocks.
I decided to be brave and practice my free motion quilting, in the form of stippling, a first for me. It didn’t start well, my thread kept breaking but once I got that sorted I found a bit of rhythm.

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After I had quilted both sections, leaving about 2-3 inches unquilted near the join, I sewed the top right sides together then slip-stitched the join on the back. Finally I quilted the section over the join. I was pretty happy with the process and it definitely made the FMQ so much easier… Here’s the final product.

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Now just have to package it up and send it off. Hopefully Australia Post won’t kill me with postage costs.

Eric’s quilt

Quilts

This is my first post in a long time, I have caught the Instagram bug and have been posting most of my work there. My Instagram handle is @t_j_oliver. Anyway, my most recent project was a ‘commissioned’ quilt for a 10-year old boy whose favourite colours are currently red and black.

I love making children’s quilts as there are so many cute and adorable fabrics everywhere. However, I wanted to make something that a teenage boy wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen with, so I put aside all my cute fabrics and went out shopping for some ‘manly’ designs.

In terms of quilt design, I wanted something fairly simple; quick to make and something not too fussy (and potentially girlie). This is what I came up with (I think some people call it a coin quilt (?)) I simply cut the fabric into random width strips and then into 14.5 inch lengths.

I decided to keep the quilting simple, again for speed and male aesthetics. I used straight-line quilting perpendicular to the strips, using random spacing in similar widths to the fabric strips.

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The ‘customer’ had requested that his name be on the quilt label. I’ve recently seen a lot of very cool quilt backs around, and got the idea of foundation piecing a name for the back. I put this together out of leftover scraps together with some yardage of black and white polka dots…

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I got up early in the morning for a photo shoot at the local skate park. Luckily skateboarders don’t seem to be morning people…

Hexagons!

Quilts

Hexagons!

I decided I wanted a quilting project to do on the couch over winter and I’ve also been thinking about having a go at english paper piecing. So last night I started converting my scrap bag to 1 1/4 inch hexagons. I have no idea what I’ll do with them.
According to an online calculator, if I want a queen size quilt, I’ll need nearly 1,200 of them!! I’m going to have to do a lot more quilting just to generate enough scraps 🙂

Oh deer

Sewing

Oh deer

I thought this would be a fun (and quick) Sunday morning project. However, I’ve never made anything like this before, and I was not expecting it to be so fiddly! Fitting all the seams together was quite tricky; I’m used to sewing straight seams.
The pattern is from the magazine Love Patchwork and Quilting, issue 2.

Goosing around cushion

Quilts

Goosing around

I just finished putting together the ‘goosing around’ cushion. It’s the first project I’ve ever done using foundation paper piecing and I loved how accurate the piecing is (not something I’m known for). It’s also the first cushion cover I’ve made, and I liked the fact that it was so quick to put together. It just uses an envelope style back (no zip necessary!).