Half Square Triangles

I promised lots of projects this week. Awhile ago I shared the half square triangle baby Christmas quilt that I was working on, check out that post here. The top had been sitting around for awhile, wanting to be finished…

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I didn’t think about the quilting too much but it ended up really pretty. It was a tricky one to quilt because the half square triangles create a lot of bulk at the seams. I’ll need to rethink the pressing direction if I do it again. I started with two lines on either side of a seam like I usually do and then decided to do some zigzags down each row. After I’d done a few it worked out that the zigzags were forming pretty diamonds. I kept going with that for the rest of the quilt…

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I chose some pretty blue Riley Blake dots for the binding. Doesn’t it look so cute all rolled up…

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Of course it had to get sewn on though…

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I’m just finishing off sewing the binding down but here it is. Looks a bit wrinkled but looks better in person…

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Happy Days

First of all I would like to report that it has been sunny and warm in the UK for 3 days straight now!…

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It’s basically unheard of so I’m understandably very excited! It’s hilarious though because it’s JUST 20 degrees and I’ve seen a number of people in summer dresses and men on pub patios with no shirts on. Not sure it’s that warm by my standards but of course my reality has changed and expectations of living in a warmer climate for a couple of years destroyed! I digress though because I’m actually thrilled by the turn of weather and you just have to enjoy while you can right. It’s also a bank holiday-long weekend and John and I decided to take a last minute trip to the Salisbury/Winchester area for a couple of nights. As we started to find nice B&B’s to stay at tonight we realised that everyone and their dog has probably booked a weekend away or getting married this weekend so it was hard to find a place to stay. We finally found 2 different places so we are happy and off tomorrow.

Next, I wanted to share the new quilt I have finished for John’s parents for Christmas. (I’m really getting ahead of myself eh.) I think it’s his mom’s colours so I hope she likes…

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I like the look of the simple squares!

Sewing Machine Horror

There was a lot of cursing yesterday afternoon as all of a sudden my stitches started to get jammed in the machine. I think the bobbin was somehow jumping a bit and the threads were getting caught in the mystery underbelly of the machine. I took the face plate off and tried to clean things up but it didn’t help. I was annoyed on many levels, mostly because I was keen to finish my Baby’s First Christmas quilt before I leave tomorrow for home. Now little pieces are lying in waiting anticipation for my return…

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I found a place nearby that repairs and services machines so lovely John’s job while I’m away is to drop it off and get it back safely by the time I get back.

I managed to get half of the quilt top done before it grinded (literally) to a halt…

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I got the idea for these blocks from the Fat Quarterly book “Shape Workshop for Quilters”. It’s been a popular book on blogs and I finally got around to buying it and trying a block. The book lays out different block ideas based on different techniques as well as giving some examples of how to put them together in a quilt top. I have just taken the wavy block idea that uses half square triangles. I’ve a sewed them together in groups of three and played with a print pattern that will be more apparent when it’s done. If I remember correctly this is Riley Blake fabric. I also want to put a nice boarder around the entire thing when it’s done but I’m making these things up as I go along!..

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I’m pleased with this design and once again love the creativity of quilting. I know it’s very obvious to long time quilters but it’s great to be able to take a simple block design and play with it to become your own. Knitters have this in the form of different stitch pattern swatch books but it just seems so much quicker for a quilter to play with design. I’m not abandoning my knitting roots of course but I am becoming more interested in quilting for sure!

New Quilt Design

I’m really happy with how my new baby quilt top has turned out. I’m actually quite proud of it too because I designed it myself. Well design is a fancy term for I just started piecing things together with no real plan. It features Alexander Henry Zoo fabrics and some by Jay-Cyn Designs…

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I constructed the centre blocks of six with the same process by which I construct my 9-patch squares. Then I sashed them together with different coloured fabric instead of one colour. I had a large piece of Jay-Cyn Designs grey birdie spokes by Birch Fabrics. I thought it would match in well but originally thought it would go on the back. I’m so glad I decided to use it on the front with some of the extra zoo fabric to sash. I love being able to just make something up because it happens to quickly, unlike with knitting.

Mom’s Blocks

I have to apologise because I’ve had these pictures for a few days now and haven’t posted them. I’ve been sewing up a storm on some placemats that I’ll show very soon. I have an opportunity to maybe do my first craft fair in this posh town of mine. I hope the Yummy Mummy’s will like my baby quilts and want them for their very own! More on that later. Now I need to share mom’s March and February BOM squares…

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Aren’t they gorgeous! I can’t decide which I like the most. The February blue and green fabric choice is perfectly complimenting but I really do love the wackiness of the March orange one. I know she’s always critical of her work but she’s amazing and I think they are perfect…almost as good as mine, ha!

Oops Sorry February Block

I’ve been working on my Sugar Block Club block for March and suddenly realised that I haven’t shown off my February block, tragic!

If you remember I showed the pattern…

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This pattern uses paper piecing which required a lot of extra preparation but I think it was worth it in the end. First you need to sew all of the fabric in order…

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(Oooo the little middle tips almost match up perfectly!)

After the centre square was done I laid out the other pieces to make sure I matched up the different materials correctly. I went with a scrappy choice for the blues instead of one fabric. It was a lot of sewing to put the bits together…

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After carefully ripping all of the paper off the block was pretty as can be, I think…

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Sew it Mom!

Wow, I love mom’s January Block for the Sugar Block of the Month Club…

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Don’t you just love the colour combination. She is using the fabric from the Flea Market Fancy collection by Denyse Schmidt. I think she’s been looking for a project for this material for awhile so it’s nice to see it come together. She says that she will be finished the February block today so I hope I get a picture soon. No pressure!

Sugar Block Club

I should have posted this in January but was waiting to have some pictures to share. Mom and I are doing the Sugar Block of the month club from Stitchery Dickory Dock

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You sign up for the club and every month you get an email with a new block to make. It seems like the blocks are traditional but Amy Gibson has modernised them for easy sewing and cutting. In the email you will also get a recipe for a tasty treat. (You can still subscribe.) I decided to use my new Amy Butler Alchemy material for this year long sew along…

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When the first email arrived I was excited to start. The January block was introduced as snow blossom…

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I decided which fabrics I wanted to use and lost no time sewing. It came together very swiftly…

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I loved doing this block so much I also did a Christmas version because I need more squares for the retro Christmas sampler quilt that I’ve been doing for about a year or so now…

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There is also a Flickr group for this project so you can check out what everyone else is doing for their monthly block. Check out the group here.

I see that some people have already started on the February block so I better get going! I’ll give you a sneak peak at the pattern though. It’s called North Star…

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I’m not sure which of the Alchemy fabrics I will uses for this block but I will keep you posted. I’m thinking of using 4 different ones for where the blue sits.

I hope to get pics from mom too so that you can see her lovely blocks too!

Deja Vu

I worked today, actually I’m at a new school teaching year 5/6 on Thursdays and Fridays. I was happy to do this because it will still give me the flexibility to travel and sew. I can pick up other supply days as I want them. The only downside is I only have time for a bit of knitting tonight after I get my hair done!

I did finish another baby quilt yesterday though…

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I know what you are thinking; the front and back are remarkably similar! Well I did say that I had 4 baby quilts done in Aneela Hoey fabric. I’m not sure what I was thinking at the time. I think I’ve just had this fabric for awhile and just kept cutting squares. This one has full 9 patch blocks though and of course it’s still one of a kind because none of the fabrics are in exactly the same spots.

2 more to go!

Gogo Little Baby Quilt

I’ve been super motivated to get some quilting done since I’ve been back in the UK. Before Christmas I had finished four little baby quilts out of Aneela Hoey fabric. I had the tops and backs done and I just needed to sandwich them to finish the quilting. I finished the first one on Monday. It is inspired by a baby 9 patch quilt that I learned from Johanna Masko, quilt teacher in Toronto. I adapted her technique for cutting 9 patches and just kept cutting smaller until I got a 25 patch. I love the little squares. I may have been a bit lazy but I decided to pair it with large solid blocks of fabric. I wanted the cute fabric to have a chance to shine through too! I also tried to use up the fabric by creating a scrappy back. Check it out…

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I don’t know who it’s for yet but maybe I’ll have to start selling these creations soon!