Windmills

While I was playing with 6 x 3 inch rectangles, I got out a fat quarter collection I had bought a couple of years ago from the Fat Quarter Shop online. My thinking was that 6 x 3 inch rectangles would be very fat quarter friendly, and they are; I got 21 rectangles from each fat quarter. This collection had twelve prints, and I set out to design a block that would use each print once.

I call the resulting block “Windmills”. The rectangles are organized in groups of 3 around a central 3 inch square, in this case a light yellow. I laid out the rectangles randomly, with the only rule being each block should contain all twelve fabrics. Once the block is pieced and trimmed, it is 13 inches square, which makes a nice size to create a baby quilt, like this one, with 9 blocks.

I quilted it with my walking foot using an echoing random zigzag pattern.

I have another fat quarter collection that I am eyeing, but I may be ready to move on from 6 x 3 inch rectangles. Only time will tell.

Hit and Miss

I know I was planning to do something with triangles, but as I paged through my quilt books for inspiration I decided to work with rectangles instead. This design is a random placement of blue rectangles 6 x 3 inches, with an occasional yellow for contrast and interest.

Once again I used Melissa Marginet’s book to choose a walking foot quilting design (Hallways). I have the feeling that if I work my way through that book I will be a better quilter by the end of it.

I thought a scrappy binding would be suitable, and I lazily chose to sew the whole thing on by machine.

The quilt is destined for my newest nephew, but I liked it so much I couldn’t bear to part with it, so I made a second, identical quilt for later use.

Sometimes I like to think about what it is about quilting that I actually enjoy, and as I worked on this quilt I tried to track it. I noticed that I enjoyed each step: collecting, planning, cutting, laying out, piecing, quilting, making the binding and attaching it. But the overarching enjoyment is working with the beautiful fabric, because that’s what each step involves – touching and looking at the fabric. Secondly, I like the sense of order that piecing a pattern gives me. And thirdly, I like bringing into reality something beautiful from my imagination.

Blueberry Girl

Remember my disappointment with the Red Riding Hood fabric? Well, to ease the pain, I began putting together 6 1/2 inch squares of some of the other fabrics I’d collected for the Red Riding Hood quilt and ended up with this pleasant little baby quilt I call “Blueberry Girl”. It reminds me of long summer days when I was a child.

Once again, I used a pattern from Melissa Marginet’s book to quilt the quilt using my walking foot. Wow! I love the effect of this one – “Vortex”, and it was shockingly easy to do on this small quilt. It took me under 2 hours to complete.

For a change I decided to do a pieced backing, using strips of the leftover fabrics from the front of the quilt.

I’m pleased that this quilt rose from the ashes of my original Red Riding Hood plan, and I still have enough fabric from the collection to do another small quilt. However, I’m in the mood for a baby boy quilt, since I’ve just become the proud Gramma of a new baby boy. I’ve got a nice selection of blue and cream fabric, and am thinking of triangles – potentially a flying geese or bow ties design.

Green Diamonds

This queen-size quilt is my own design. The inspiration was a bright spring green fabric which I thought would be beautifully offset by surrounding it with black, white, and grey. I designed a large block made up of two rectangles, with a diamond in the centre.

Each block is 16 inches finished. The blocks were constructed by pairing four 8 1/2 inch squares in black, white or grey with four 4 1/2 inch squares. Assembly was random, but as you can see from the picture, each block used two of the same light and two of the same dark squares. The rows were then assembled so that dark and light pieces would oppose each other.

I quilted the quilt using my walking foot in black thread. My Mom was kind enough to give me a copy of Melissa Marginet’s book “Walking Foot Quilt Designs”. I had a great time perusing the book and choosing the “Ripples” design, which was very simple to do on my machine. The random curves look good against the straight lines of the quilt top.

Finally, I used leftover pieces from the top to create a scrappy binding, which carries on the funky look of the quilt.

What Was I Thinking?!

I bought the Little Red Riding Hood fabric ages ago, and have been fondly collecting other fabrics and planning a project in the back of my mind ever since. I wanted to represent the idea of a path through the woods, the shortcut, and other aspects of the fairy tale.

I went through my traditional quilt patterns compendium and found this variation of Broken Dishes, then went ahead and did a trial block.

The good news is I like the block design and will use it again. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that the novelty Red Riding Hood fabric is almost unusable for a quilt. Cut up it is simply too jarring. Unfortunately, mine is already cut up, and will have to be used one block at a time in 48 ‘I Spy’ quilts.

I have run into this issue before: novelty fabrics with a light background can be exceedingly difficult to place nicely with other fabrics. How disappointing.

French Braid Quilt

This French braid quilt was done in browns and golds using various small prints and solids in a graded colour sequence. I’d like to try this pattern again in brightly coloured batiks to see the difference. This UFO has been sitting waiting for binding for a couple of years. It feels good to finally finish it off and make it useable. Plus I am getting closer to starting some new quilting projects – only a few UFOs are left.

If you would like to duplicate this quilt, it was done using 2 1/2 inch by 9 inch strips in descending/ascending colour sequence, and 2 1/2 inch accent squares. The offset centre squares are 8 inches, and the gold sashing strips are 3 inches wide. The assembly was quite simple; the accent squares line up perfectly without special effort. As always, I measured the strip lengths before cutting and sewing the sashing strips and border strips to fit. (Otherwise you’ll end up with a less than flat quilt top.)

This quilt was long-arm quilted by Robin Petty using an all-over pattern of oak leaves, which seemed fitting for the fall palette.

Naughty Bunnies

Well this turned out nicely!

It’s a very simple design: there are two complementary Beatrix Potter fabrics for the large squares (6 1/2″), and the nine patches are made up of four matching fabrics (2 1/2″ squares). Each nine patch block is identical, and they are lined up to create blue diagonals, adding some interest to the quilt, but keeping the overall effect serene.

I chose two free-motion quilting motifs, wavy lines for the plain blocks and echoing swirls for the nine patches.

It took some thought to decide on the binding, but I went with this sweet off-white.

Baby quilts are one of my life missions, and I look forward to welcoming someone into the world with this one.