Because I’m a nerd, I decided I wanted a Star Trek quilt. I had seen a quilt on Esty made up of HST (think Postcard from Sweden but with red, blue, gold, and black). I liked the look of the random placement of the HST but I wanted something more….nerdy. So I designed this quilt. It was the second quilt I designed (this is an important piece of information).
I started quilting in July 2016, the same month I designed this quilt. Being a new quilter, a 5″ HST didn’t seem that big. Let me tell you, when you put 304 of them together, it’s big. This quilt is approximately 80″ x 95″. Needless to say, I now know 5″ HST are big enough.
I experienced plenty of thread breakage while doing the first few rows and the last few rows. And the tension changed on it’s own part way through. I’m not sure why any of the problems I had occurred although, I’m inclined to believe the first “set” of thread breakage was due to the bobbin not being wound correctly. Besides that, I’m at a loss for why it happened which made things increasingly more frustrating for a while (thanks Momma Bear for making me continue on).
I started this quilt in October 2016, finished the top in 2017, took months to find the perfect backing (which I did from FabricUtopia on Etsy), and it took months for me to figure out how I wanted to quilt it and what thread to use. My goal was to have it done by the end of 2017 but I got it finished in the beginning of 2018, which is close enough.
Protip: When it says read the full pattern before starting, read the full pattern before starting.
Twisted Ribbons is a pattern by Katie Rock that was in an issue of Quilty. It’s just flying geese, half square triangles (yay), and rectangle blocks. I was going to make it scrappy…well, scrappy to the best of my ability. It’s a fairly simple pattern so I figured I could make it without consulting my wise Momma Bear. Well. That was a mistake.
I’d never done flying geese. I knew how to make them but had never actually made one. The pattern in the magazine gives instructions on how to make individual flying geese. One. At. A. Time. 108 of them. I soon learned this was not the best use of my time…”soon” being after I had cut all the individual pieces already. Had I consulted Momma Bear before starting she would have passed down the knowledge of 1) the flying geese ruler, and 2) how to make multiple geese at a time. Knowledge that I now know and wish I knew back then.
Amended Protip: When it says read the full pattern before starting, read the full pattern before starting because there may be a different/more efficient way to make it.
So apparently I’m not a very good blogger…it’s been over two months since my last post! Terrible. My excuse is that I’m working full time now, which you know is a good thing but that means less time for ‘important’ things like quilting…and blogging.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t done ANY quilting. Back in April I made a baby quilt for a dear friend of mine with super cute forest fabric that I was dying to buy. I love how it turned out and the maple leaf panto I used to quilt it just fit the overall theme perfectly.
I recently (like last night) finished another baby quilt for another dear friend. I was hoping to have this time for when the baby was born but surprise! Baby couldn’t wait to meet the world and came early. This was the first time I’ve done free motion meandering…and it turned out pretty great! Even when meandering on paper, I always trap myself in a corner or something so I wasn’t all that confident when I started. Near the end of the first row, I was getting the hang of it and finished this in no time. Now I have to decide if I should give it right away or wait until Thursday so I can show it off at the Kanata Guild meeting. What should I do??
I hope you had a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! This year was one of those Christmases where I wasn’t really sure what I wanted so my wishlist was very short. But because my family is awesome, I was happily surprised by a few gifts under the tree especially the fabric kit for Postcards from Sweden by Jeli Quilts – I was definitely not expecting that!
When Momma Bear started quilting years ago, my best friend (Kimmeh) and I asked her to make us each a big block quilt. We got the fabric, set the layout and even used minky for the backing (sorry Momma bear!) At the time, these quilts were amazing…a bit very bright and so not colour coordinating but we loved them. Fast forward 14-15 years, we are now both 30 years old and our tastes have matured quite a bit….and Kimmeh’s quilt is confined to her bedroom because it doesn’t do anything for the rest of the house decor. As soon as I started quilting in July, I knew I was going to make her a new quilt for this Christmas. She was in desperate need, amirite?
I really wanted to keep this quilt for myself because…well, I did a pretty amazing job on it. This definitely is one of my best quilts to date and the first time using a pantograph on a quilt. That experience was fun – it’s not as easy to follow lines as you would think, and the thread kept breaking (if you know why, please feel free to provide some advice in the comments) but I would definitely do a pantograph again (and will soon!) Continue reading →
It’s been a while…and I haven’t really gotten anything done! Shameful I know but it’s Christmas time – there’s shopping to be done! Anyway, here’s a quick update on some of my ongoing projects:
Sugar Plum Table Runner – The final week was published at We All Sew…I’ve gotten the blocks sewn together but now I just need to quilt it and bind it. I’m still not sure how I want to quilt it. I was thinking of doing straight lines as per the quilt along since it is a modern design and all…but to be honest, I’m not the best at sewing straight lines so can you see my dilemma?
KQG Mystery Quilt – The second installment will be provided at this week’s meeting (Dec 5 @ 9:30am at Glen Carin United Church if you are interested in coming). I heard that it has plenty of small half-square triangles which I’m so excited for (not really).
Pattern Making – YES! PATTERN MAKING! I’m sort of doing it? I’m stuck between “Yes, let’s be an awesome pattern maker” and “But this is an original and no one else should have one”. While I continue that inner monologue, I have started a pattern for My Fair Isle and instead of using the finished square size of 1 inch, I thought I’d try to make it mini (1/2 inch finished square) but…………………yeah. Maybe I’ll go back to that idea in the new year. There’s always Christmas in July right?
That’s what I’ve been up to on the quilt side of life. Hopefully I’ll have something finished to share for my next post!
I waste invest plenty of time on Pinterest…who doesn’t? There are just so many things to discover and it’s a great place for inspiration. That’s where I stumbled upon the Greek Cross block. It’s quite possibly my new favourite block. It’s sort of like a Churn Dash but…not.
I whipped up a quick pattern and thought about using Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make up the cross part of the block however I figured that might be too busy for what I was going for. I ended up going with Kona Solids (Pond & Mango for the crosses, Bone for background) and Cotton & Steel (XOXO #2 Pencil) for the corner half-square triangles. The finished block size is 12″ x 12″. I managed to get the top done in a day and will post a picture once it’s quilted and ready to go.
Half-square Triangles have to be one of the most common blocks in quilt making. A quilt I’m working on is made up of 302 HST….this Greek Cross one has 80. Needless to say, I’m becoming an expert a HST. If you need a bundle of HST, I’ll tell you how to do the ‘Magic 8’ method which will save you so much time. Continue reading →
Let me take you back to July 2016. That was the month I decided that I was to be a quilter. Ok, so that decision was easy – after numerous years of watching Momma Bear create beautiful works of art, I thought I would give it a go…I definitely have the best ever mentor/instructor/inspiration right at my fingertips. Now I have to decide on a pattern…and fabric. Oh the fabric! This will always be my downfall as a quilter. There are just TOO many fabrics available!
There’s a pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Co. called Tag Team that I saw in one of the BLOCK magazines. I loved the look but hated the borders. (Side note: I’m not a huge fan of borders. I know sometimes they are necessary but if I can make a quilt without one, I will.) This was going to be my first quilt…sans borders. So off to Photoshop I went to create my pattern.
I enjoy working in Photoshop because I can see what the pattern will look like with my colour choices and have the ability to change whatever I want to. I knew that I was going to use Kona Solids and originally I was going to do a gradient from aqua blue to deep purple…then blue to green…then pink to purple…then light blue to dark blue. I liked the colours but I didn’t love them. Then I tried blue to grey. Winner winner! Loved it! Couldn’t wait to start it! Continue reading →