25.10.14

Mustang plus quilt - {Bloggers quilt festival entry 2}

'I love a plus quilt' could possibly be the understatement of the year for me, but I do!  So when it came to deciding what I was going to do with the huge pile of Cotton + Steel fabrics I had accumulated, it was a no brainer really.

I downloaded all the fabrics from the Cotton + Steel site in to my EQ7 and made myself a little plan (which I then ignored!).  I did all the boring cutting etc at the 'tendo guild, mainly so I could make Pennie and Amy help me lay it all out ;-).
I overgrammed my progress on IG

I quilted wonky wavy lines because a. I'm a lazy quilter and b. they look really good on a plus quilt.  Aurifil grey (#2605) was my thread of choice as it blends in perfectly with all the colours. I backed and bound the quilt with the last of my stash of Architextures crosshatch in black, the perfect choice to balance out all the colours imo.
It is a little bit on the large size for a lap quilt although I suppose it's coming up to winter and you could wrap yourself up like a sausage in it! ;-)


Quilt stats:
Design: it's a plus quilt, not rocket science ;-)
Fabrics: Mix of Melody Miller Mustang fabrics and Cotton + Steel basics
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in  black
Quilting:Wonky wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in medium grey (50wt #2605)
Size: Approx.67" x 81"

This is my second quilt entry for the Bloggers quilt festival and I am entering it in to the large quilt category.  Thanks to visitors new and old for visiting my blog, I am off to have a look at the beautiful quilts that have been linked up.


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Bloggers quilt festival - Postcards from Sweden

It's that time of year again and this time I didn't really need to think about what quilt to enter for the...

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My Postcards from Sweden quilt (aka #ikeahstquilt), which I spent an obsessive couple of weeks making back in June.  I am entering this quilt in to the ROYGIBV category of the festival.


Those that follow me know the story of this quilt, because I wasn't shy about posting about it on my social media.  It started when I was spending one of my frequent visits to Ikea back in April to buy backing fabric and these postcards (designed by Tom Fraizer) caught my eye on the way to the checkout. Err hello pretty quilt design!!

Ikea postcards - designed by Tom Fraizer
They were crying out to be made in to a quilt, but I hate making HSTs with a passion so I sat on the idea for a while.  One Friday night I sat down with the top right postcard, my Kona card and my solids stash and made myself a plan and the #ikeahstquilt pattern was the result.  I turned the postcard upside down because I preferred the colour flow that way.

 By Saturday morning, I had a 36 Kona solids picked out and gigantic printed quilt plan!  What followed was two weeks of obsessive military style quilting.....
#militaryoperationquilting
With such a riot of colours I chose a medium grey 50wt Aurifil thread (#2605) for both the piecing and quilting and it blended beautifully.


 I wanted the binding to frame the quilt, so chose the Architextures crosshatch in black and used the grey crosshatch for the backing.

For someone who has a large dislike for making HSTs, I loved every part of making this quilt.  I even made a free pattern for it which can be found in my Craftsy store here.

Thanks for stopping by!
Quilt Stats:
Design: Inspired by IKEA Kort Art cards by Tom Frazier.
Fabrics: 36 Kona cotton solids (full list can be seen in the free pattern here)
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in grey & black
Quilting:Wonky wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in medium grey (50wt #2605)
Size: Approx. 48" x 60"

14.10.14

IGminiswap - A goosey finish....

Instagram is to blame for the tumble weed blowing through my blog these days, I am ridiculously addicted to it!  It's also to blame for me signing up to another mini quilt swap, despite having a a thousand Christmas presents to make this year.  

The #IGminiswap was organised by Sandy aka Curlyboy (@curly_boy1 on IG) and in true 'go big or go home' style, has over 500 quilters participating!
Oh look I chose a rainbow of fabrics - shocker!!
I stalked my partner and saw that they had similar tastes to mine (thankfully!).  My design was heavily inspired by this nested churn dash beauty that I Flickr fave'd last year from Debbie and Karie's churn dash quilts, which I adore.  Of course I had to add some geese in there as well, the result was Goose dash!

The size limit for the mini is 24", so that was what I started with and then scaled my other templates down to fit into this, so they nested.
I need a geese intervention!
 For the quilting, I used my trusty Hera marker to mark out a very curvy wave, quilting with #Aurifil grey (2600).  The grey blended perfectly with the Architextures crosshatch, giving the mini a lovely texture which wasn't too fussy. 




Wavy wonky quilting


I finished the mini off with matchy matchy Architextures binding....


I'm not going to lie, I really really don't want to give this away.  At least I get to look at it every day for the next two months until I have to send it to my partner.


Mini quilt stats:
Design: My own (inspired by mini's made by Debbie and Karie)
Fabrics: Various prints from stash and Architextures Crosshatch in black and grey
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in grey & black
Quilting: wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in grey (50wt #2600)
Size: Approx. 24" square
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If you fancy making your own Goose dash block, the templates are available in my Craftsy store here.

Goose dash block

15.9.14

Around the world blog hop....

I was asked by the lovely Moira to join in on the Around the World blog hop and as she is so lovely, who was I to refuse.....

So I'm going to start by admitting that I always find it really awkward answering questions like these.  I try to leave the brain burning stuff for the days I'm getting paid for it at work, so I am going to keep it short and sweet ;-)

  • What am I working on?
I have a few projects on the go at the minute, the first is my mini for the IGmini swap...


I was admiring Karie's churn dashes and had an urge to make a goosey version, as you do!  I'm currently contemplating my quilting options.

The second project is a plus quilt packed full of Cotton + Steel fabrics....


I only finished piecing it yesterday, so haven't thought about backing fabric and quilting yet.

  • How does my work differ from others in it's genre? 
Well unless you count my obsessive need to include geese and rainbows in every project, I don't think it does!?   I don't want to be a trend setter and I don't mind being part of a crowd.  I make what I make, because it makes me happy.

  • Why do I write/create what I do?
 I think I probably answered this with my last sentence above.  A lot of my projects lately have been challenges to myself to see if I could make it.  I like to shrink blocks to stupid sizes just to see if I can put them together without them looking like a dogs dinner.  I would say I am successful about 50% of the time and I'm good with that.


My tiny #goosedash pincushion - because I have to try and shrink every block I make!

 My geese patterns came about because I love geese circles, but I hate piecing curves.  I wanted a lazy girl way of doing it.  In general what I create will always depend on how hard it is and how long it will take.  I go for the easy option, well almost always, the Ikea quilt being the exception with it's trillions of HSTs! ;-)




  • How does my creative process work?
 It's organised!  I like to plan my projects out, either on EQ7 or paper, there is no random in this house and certainly no improv.  I am a self-confessed #analquilter and proud!

I have asked the lovely Amy to take part in the blog hop next week.  I love her work and am lucky enough to include her as a real life good friend.  











21.7.14

'Postcard from Sweden' -aka the IKEA HST quilt


 Back in April I was doing my usual run to IKEA for a Britten Nummer's fabric stock up and I picked up these art cards on my way to the checkout.

IKEA Art cards by Tom Frazier

They were just meant to be made in to a quilt and despite the fact that I am not the biggest fan of making HST's, two weeks ago I stepped up to the challenge of doing just that using the top right card as my inspiration.

I spent a whole Friday evening with all my Kona cotton solids and my modified Kona card coming up with a plan.  By Saturday morning I had 36 Kona Cotton solids picked out from my stash, a number coded chart and the #militaryoperationquilting was born.

the abbreviated WIP picture collage

I loved every part of making this quilt, even the trimming of the HST wasn't really a chore thanks to the genius that is the Bloc-Loc ruler.



With such a riot of colours I chose a medium grey 50wt Aurifil thread (#2605) for both the piecing and quilting and it blended beautifully.


Surprisingly I didn't back the quilt with the IKEA Nummers fabric, I used my other staple favourite Architextures Crosshatch in grey and binding in black.



I posted pics of  every step of making this quilt on IG and had such amazing feedback that I decided that I should turn my scribblings in to a free pattern.  I uploaded the pattern to my Craftsy pattern store yesterday and you can find it here.

Justine at Simply Solids is  putting together a kit for this quilt to go with my free pattern, I will post on here when it is available.

This picture is for you  Little Island Quilting x

Quilt Stats:
Design: Inspired by IKEA Kort Art cards by Tom Frazier.
Fabrics: 36 Kona cotton solids (full list can be seen in the free pattern here)
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in grey & black
Quilting:Wonky wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in medium grey (50wt #2605)
Size: Approx. 48" x 60"

16.7.14

'Lucky' - Irish chain quilt

Today I am featuring over on The Daily stitch blog with my latest quilt tutorial for my Irish chain quilt.....
Love those frogs!
Every few months Annie sends me a beautiful bundle of fabrics, so I can make her a quilt for the shop window.  This months themes was beautiful greens and blues and I decided that an Irish chain design was the way to go.



I backed the quilt with Architextures crosshatch in grey and used the wonky wavy quilting design with Aurifil 50wt (#2021). It blended perfectly with both the Kona snow and the prints and gave the quilt a lovely texture.

Never work with kids or animals! ;-)
If you fancy making your own version, head over to The Daily Stitch for the tutorial.

Quilt stats:
Design:Well I designed the layout in EQ7 but it's not particularly original ;-)
Fabrics:Designer FQ bundle from The Village Haberdashery; Kona cotton in Bleached white.
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in grey.
Quilting:Wonky wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in off white (40wt & 50wt #2021)
Size: Approx. 56" x 67"


23.6.14

Bordering on the obsessive - a geese filled post!

I thought I had scratched my geese designing itch with Goosed up & Goosing around, until I started messing around with skinny geese.  It would appear I may need an intervention for this obsession as I designed another three variations.

First up is Skinny Minny....

Skinny Minny block
Similar to Goosed up in that it is a 24 geese circle, but oh the versatility of this block is huge simply by mixing the clockwise and anti-clockwise templates or changing the fabrics.  The PDF for this block includes templates for both directions to make blocks in three sizes 4", 8" and 12".

Design ideas using the Skinny Minny templates
 The lovely @giucy_giuce on IG tested this pattern for me and made the cutest pincushion from the 4" block.  If you are on IG you should follow him, he makes the most stunning stuff. 

Next up was Juicy Goosey....

You can never have too many geese in a block was my motto designing this ;-).  32 geese and no curved piecing in sight, that's my kind of block!  This block also comes in three sizes - 4", 8" & 12".

12" Juicy Goosey block
and because I also have an obsession with making #tinygeese, I included a 4" template, which happened to make a super cute pincushion....
4" Juicy Goosey pincushion
Now I was quite content to leave it here, until I posted this picture on IG and was challenged to incorporate the two blocks into a double circle of flying geese.  Bull meet red rag!!!



I wasn't daft enough to try it with the 32 geese block, but I thought it would work with the Goosed up templates.  So after trying a very technically advanced Scissors, glue and picmonkey version and a bit of head scratching, I ended up with.......

 Double Goosed

48 geese in one block, with NO curved sewing required - can I hear angels singing!?!
This block looks hard to sew, but in reality is pretty easy with only two templates to join.  Don't believe me?  Take a look at the fabulous Jen Johnston's Flickr description;-).  Jen (@jenniferjohnston80) very kindly tested the 14" block for me and made this beautiful version.....

Picture blogged with permission - Block made by Jen Johnston
I made templates for a 12" and 14" block size - perfect for a medallion quilt centre perhaps (yes Mama Sparks, I mean you!).

And so Double Goosed was my Swan (or geese) song and I am bowing gracefully and exiting off the 'designery stage'.  Well as far as Geese circle blocks are concerned!

All the patterns are now available in my Craftsy pattern shop.  If you happen to make any of the designs, please tag me on IG (@Jeliquilts) or send me a picture via email.  I get all giddy when I see blocks made from my patterns.