Whatcha doing?

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!

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My Fair Isle

If I could knit, I would always knit the Fair Isle pattern.  However, since I don’t know how to knit, I’ll just design a Fair Isle quilt instead.

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My Fair Isle

Feeling creative, I drew out the design on graph paper (shhh…don’t tell Photoshop) and went to work on figuring out if this were to be a full size quilt or a wall hanging….or something in between.  I settled for wall hanging with a final approximate size of 23″ × 23″.  Yes, that means tiny 1 inch and 2 inch squares make up this beauty.

I like how this turned out even though it’s far from perfect.  Originally I was going to quilt an overall 1 inch grid however I changed my mind (and took out some stitches) after realizing how not-so-good that would look.  I ended up just quilting a quarter inch echo in coordinating thread.

Did you know that there are multiple ways of binding a quilt? I sure didn’t.  There’s a way to bind a quilt called “Faced Edge” (I’ve also seen it as “Knife Edge”).  Basically this means facings, instead of bindings, are used to finish the edges of a quilt.  It gives the quilt a very modern and contemporary look since the quilt design finishes at the edge.  That’s how I finished this wall hanging and I’m definitely going to try this method again for wall hangings.