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A Red And Grey Extra Quilt.

Posted on November 15, 2017 | 10 Comments

This is a re-make of my Woodland Quilt from last month.

I wanted to make it in totally different fabrics so it was not a baby quilt. I went with the red and grey so it can fit with Christmas without actually being a Christmas quilt. I have used these fabrics in several other quilts.

Again, I kept the quilting to a simple all over meander.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The backing was another grey from the range.  And the red continued into the binding.

So there we have it. Another quick and easy finish at 41 in sq.

We have had three lovely hot days here but I can hear the thunder rolling in. Hope it brings some rain as well as a change.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Cheers, Karen

 




Parallel Lines.

Posted on November 6, 2017 | 15 Comments

This is the last of a group of quilts I had quilted one after the other. There are still 3 sandwiched and still waiting, but I wanted to stitch the binding and have a few finishes.

This is a pattern I have used before from Leanne Beasley’s book, Romancing The Road Trip. I first made it in a red and grey Christmas quilt (Aug 31st, 2013).

I used fabrics left over from another quilt – Kitchen Windows ( March 26th, 2014).

I chose to straight line quilt with a multi-coloured thread. I have a lot to learn with this in regards to where to place the lines and how to prevent puckering. But I have to start somewhere and am actually quite happy with the end result.

 

 

I had a fun fabric for the backing. Not quite enough so I added a matching green to provide the width. The leaves in this fabric remind

me of the children’s story The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

And it shows up the quilting quite well.

It was finished off with a bright blue binding.

This one definitely fits the description of bright and cheerful.

Hope your week is the same.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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Under The Sea.

Posted on October 31, 2017 | 11 Comments

An extremely easy finish for this quilt.

This one started as a bright and colourful panel that was purchased at a quilt show last year. I simply added the last blue batik border and then found lots of bright batiks to use in the piano keys around the outside.

I quilted the centre of the panel with wavy lines to hopefully look like water.

I then quilted loops, squiggles and fish in the borders.

I found a fabric for the backing that was the colors I was after. It is a Halloween theme but the colours worked so I used it.

It looks lovely on the bed with the sun shining in. Very cheerful.

It is Halloween and I know the neighbourhood children are getting ready to head out. They will have to dodge the showers this evening but I am sure they will still have fun.

Cheers, Karen

 

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Happy Turtles.

Posted on October 23, 2017 | 12 Comments

This is a quilt design from People, Places and Quilts that I found when we were in South Carolina.

It is the sort of design that can be used in so many different ways. The pattern only has a single block design to be made as many times as needed for the quilt size. Then there is the decorating of each turtle. The originals had ric-rac but I chose to quilt each shell instead.

I used batiks throughout and found that a black and white print background worked well against the vibrant colours. I quilted the background in white thread but used a multi-coloured thread for the turtles and the borders.

I found enough of this yellow spotty fabric for the backing.

I am now looking at different ways to play with this pattern. I wonder if I could have Christmas turtles?

The right fabrics and a Santa hat might just work.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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A Woodland Quilt.

Posted on October 15, 2017 | 8 Comments

Every now and then a particular fabric range catches your eye and becomes a must have. This quilt is a result of that must have.

It is small lap size at 41 inches square. I wanted to keep it simple so used the grey fabric in the large 8 1/2 inch blocks and the border.

I also wanted to repeat a few patterns. The green square in the centre is repeated in the first border and then in the binding.

I wanted the white squares to sit in each corner.

The smaller squares were fussy cut to make sure there were plenty of animals to be seen.

The green fabric features feathers. And the animals are super cute.

I used another green fabric from the range for the backing.

This close up looks better.

I kept the quilting very low key and meandered all over. I wanted the fabric to feature on this one, not the quilting.

I find it tricky sometimes when it comes to planning the quilting because many see meandering as an easy way out. I don’t want every quilt to be done that way, but I do think there is a place for it in a quilt like this.

I found this design very easy to put together and plan to make a few more as donation quilts.. I only needed 70cm of the main fabric and was able to back it with only one length of fabric as it was less than the WOF. That’s a bonus.

Loving the sunshine here at the moment.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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Quilting In Spring.

Posted on October 8, 2017 | 10 Comments

Isn’t it lovely when Spring finally arrives!

 

The blossom has been falling like confetti on the garden and driveway.  So pretty.

It has also been much easier to get out to take quilt photos.

This quilt is a lovely reminder of our visit to Charleston, SC, as the fabrics were purchased there and remind me of that sea-side city.

I started with two charm packs which were are the HSTs in the middle.

And the yardage was used in the border. I had enough of the yardage left over to use in the backing in the centre.

I kept the quilting simple with straight lines each side of every seam of the HSTs – horizontal, vertical and diagonal. I used a neutral thread on the main body of the quilt. It gives the illusion of triangles being quilted inside each piece.

Glad I didn’t have to really do that.

In the border I did teardrops. Blue thread on the front.

And kept the neutral thread on the back. Navy binding.

Another finish done and dusted. Time for a bit of Spring cleaning too. Windows first!

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen

 

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Yes, More Christmas!

Posted on September 25, 2017 | 11 Comments

I was not quick enough today and missed my chance at taking photos in the sunshine. We seem to be getting only 5 minute bursts in between rain showers. But I understand our farmers still need the rain so that is far more important.

This quilt is a bonus as it is made using the leftover fabric from the Christmas Star quilt that was in my  one before last post.

I only had to add the green and white spot for the sashing.

The layout was kept simple as the fabrics are effective enough on their own. I did the quilting with curves, loops and stars. That works just fine for Christmas.

 

The backing and binding was the same green and white spot fabric. Love the way it shows up the quilting.

This fabric range has been delightful. As well as making complete quilts from it I have also used it in part in several other designs. And, yes, all were Christmas quilts.

 

I got myself into gear last week and sandwiched quite a few quilts. I really must not let my pile of flimsies built up so much. Although that is easier said than done as I have already made two more tops before getting any of the quilting done!! I do need to focus!!

Have a great week. Cheers, Karen

 

 

 

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Rainbow Cats For Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

Posted on September 19, 2017 | 28 Comments

This is my second entry  in the Blogger’s Quilt festival for Fall 2017.

This wonderful sharing of quilts is organised by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side.

This quilt is another one from earlier in the year and has been on my blog before.

There are a lot of lovely pieced animal blocks around and Elizabeth Hartman has a great collection of them. I have adapted her cat mini quilt to make a full sized bed quilt.

Every cat block is a different colour. The colour changes follow a path from the top left block and travel in a zig zag pattern to the bottom corner.

I was able to find enough fabrics in my stash to make sure there were no double ups and to be able to meet the requirements for gradual colour changes.

I had this one quilted by my favourite LAQ. Love the swirls. They remind me of cat tails.

The backing is a great fabric from Ella Blue basics and is covered with Australian place names.

Here are some of the towns listed.

I had two blocks left over so I turned them into cushion covers.

I hope you have time to enjoy all the quilts in the festival.

Congratulations to Amy for the festival and thank you the sponsors for supporting her.

Cheers, Karen

 




Christmas Stars For Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

Posted on September 19, 2017 | 21 Comments

I an sharing a quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival  (Fall 2017)run by Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side.

This is a quilt I made earlier this year and have shown it before, but I am putting it in a separate post for the festival.

The fabric is from the range Countdown To Christmas by Sweetwater.

I wanted to make the star shape the negative space in this one so use the dots on a cream background.

The cream fabric went into the border as well as the sashing.

I kept the quilting to straight lines. Tram tracks along the seams and then diagonal lines through the stars.

I used a black with red stripe from the same range for the binding.

I happened to be in Spotlight after Christmas for their sale and picked up a perfect backing for the quilt.

Thank you so much to Amy for organising the Quilt Festival and to all the sponsors supporting her.

Take the time to go over and look at all the wonderful quilts. Here in the link.

Cheers, Karen.

 




Semi Circles Or Windmills.

Posted on September 11, 2017 | 9 Comments

Time to catch up on some quilting. This one has been sandwiched for a while and I finally gave it time on the machine last week. It is actually the last one waiting in line that was sandwiched. There are still stacks of flimsies waiting to be sandwiched and hopefully I can make a dent in that pile this week.

 

It is made as groups of four to look like flower petals but I keep seeing windmills.

 

I straight line quilted the sashing to secure the blocks then free motion quilted the space above each semi circle with loops.

 

Lots of circles and loops in the border and then spotty binding.

I had quite a few fat quarters from a matching range so I put together a backing piece using those.

 

I do like seeing how well the quilting shows up on the back of some quilts.

 

I am not quite sure where this one will go – maybe on the back of a couch until I decide.

Spring is trying to peek through here and the apricot tree is in blossom. I just hope a few blossoms stay on in the strong winds we are having.

And it is lovely to see the bulbs started to show up as well. They are so pretty.

With all the crazy and destructive weather going on around the world I will accept the cold and wind here gratefully.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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