November 14, 2018

Quilt 120: Baby Australian Animals - DONE!

    There was a sale at Patchwork With Gail B - and they had an adorable quilt kit marked down.  I couldn't resist.  Here's the top, after piecing.  There's a center planel with baby Australian animals shown, and the borders are an adorable coordinating print.  In the corners, the original design calls for some of the coordinating print to be cut out and applique'd - but I felt that was too busy.  Instead I decided to insert a fancy-stitch design of my own.
     I had a length of bright green that I wanted to use for the backing.  It's not an exact match to the greens on the top, however.
     But binding the quilt with this pink swirly leftover fabric would create enough separation between the back and front- and the pink goes great with both!
     I mentioned wanting to do a fancy design in the corners with stitching (instead of applique).  I found this image online - a cluster of gum leaves.  I used the Art-n-Stitch software that came with the Q-Matic to trace the leaves and make a stitching pattern I could execute on the longarm.
    And here's my test of the design using scraps.  It turned out great!
    The animals in the center panel are really cute.  I didn't want to do end-to-end quilting on this quilt, but opted instead to outline the animals and add a little bit of interest to the backgrounds inside the frames.
     And here you see on the finished quilt how that turned out!
    The finished quilt!  Doubleclick the image below for a larger picture.  In this photo you can see the gumleaves in the corners (especially lower left)
    44" x 52" - quilted on the longarm (freemotion, ruler work, Q-Matic gum leaves) cotton batting
    My friend Sarah just became a grandmother for the first time recently.  She saw this quilt and fell in love with it - so it's going to be her gift to her granddaughter.

    November 7, 2018

    Quilt 119: Nell's Flower Shop - DONE!

    This quilt is a kit from "Patchwork with Gail B".  I've been in love with this design for years and finally broke down and bought the kit.  It looks so elaborate, but is actually so simple!

    You start with 2 packs of charm squares:
    Doubleclick any photo on this page to see a larger image
    And here's the finished quilt.  Basically, all you do is cut the charm squares into into 2/5" squares, then sew them around blocks of a coordinating (and lighter) fabric.  Tack on borders, and you're there!

    I was so surprised at how fast this went.
    63" x 63" - quilted with the Q-Matic ("Aloha Petite_PRPANTO10" quilt design) - cotton batting
    Here's the quilting pattern I selected from the library that came with the Q-Matic.  I used tan thread, which beautifully disappears into the prints.
    For the backing, I managed to get a few meters of fabric on sale that happened to be part of the same Moda line.  A bargain!
    I loved making this quilt and I have quite a few charm square packs that I ordered online and will really work with this design.

    You're going to see a lot more of these (in different prints, of course!).

    October 31, 2018

    Quilt 118: Tree of Life I - DONE!

    I found these panels online, and a friend was interested in them, too.  She found a photo online of a quilt made by slicing the tree panel into strips in inserting coordinating blue fabric in between the strips (somewhat as I've done to the panel on the right, below).
    (click any photo on this page to see a larger image)
    I also found another coordinating print - the wild rainbow swirlies I used for the border (below).  And for drama, I inserted a 2" black border on eather side of that.  Well, you gotta admit: it's colourful!
    49" x 62" - quilted on the Q-Matic longarm ("PRPANTO110" stitching pattern) - cotton batting
    This is the stitching pattern I selected from the library that came with the Q-Matic

    The backing is solid navy homespun, and I used a medium grey thread (which fades well into the top but is nicely visible on the back).

    My husband especially likes this quilt.  He said the tree reminds him of the drawing style of Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig.  You know what?  He's right!
    I'm going to do the other panel a little differently.  I'm going to trim down the top of the panel and will use only the bright blue coordinating print for the borders (instead of the rainbow swirlies).

    October 24, 2018

    Quilt 117: B&W Jelly Roll Squares 'n Scraps - DONE!

    I've had a black and white jelly roll in my stash for several months now.  I kept looking at it feeling, well, uninspired.  But I finally pulled it out and grabbed some solid red scraps and black-and-white scraps from Quilt 104 (the backing).

    I used the jelly roll strips to create alternating dark and light "frames", and here's the finished quilt.
    55" x 67" - quilted on the Bernina Q-Matic ("Panto_Square Meander" stitch design, end-to-end) - cotton batting
    It was a pretty simple and fast quilt to make.

    Here's a closeup of one of the squares showing the "lovelovelove" print in the center of the frames.  It's that print I used for the backing of quilt 104.
    Spotlight had a sale on quilt fabric, so I grabbed a print to back the quilt with:
    And below is a closeup of the print.  Very VERY busy, but attractive.  I used it for the binding as well.
    I quilted it with white thread and used the same "loop-d-loop with squares" quilt pattern that I used on Quilt 114.  The white thread pretty much fades into the quilt (except in the red blocks and borders) - which is what I wanted with this quilt.  If the thread was more visible, it would make the quilt too "busy".