Wednesday 29 November 2017

Splash of Colour Progress

I am loving how my Splash of Colour project is looking. The little pop of green adds the wow factor. The Splash of Colour QAL is being run by Myra @ Busy Hands.  You can read more about my pattern choice here.

paper pieced units

I have had to fit this project in with other projects I'm working on. There were 16 of the white with black and white paper pieced units. I use freezer paper to do my paper piecing, no papers to rip off after. The black with white dots is a Cotton & Steele print, I only had a FQ and am now wishing I had more as I would have liked to use it as the binding.

one of 4 sections pieced
After piecing the sections I ran into a small snag. I didn't have enough of the white on white print background fabric. I knew I wanted white for the corner pieces. Not all whites are created equal and I finally decided a solid would be my best bet. I pulled out some Kona snow and think once I get the quilting done it will be a good fit.

Kona corners added although they are hard to see in this photo trust me they are there
Next big decision how to quilt it. At this point I don't have a clue as how I'm going to quilt it.

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Saturday 18 November 2017

Medallion Quilt Month 11

The block this month is a variation of a star block. A simple change of colour lends itself to the Four Points block. We are again using the versatile HST, with the addition of squares.

Four Points Block

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

 All seams allowances are a scant 1/4''.


Background Fabric:                    
                        E  4- 4'' x 4'' 
                          F  4- 31/2'' x 3 1/2''

Dark fabric:  
                         A   2- 4'' x 4''
                         B   2-  3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''

Medium fabric: 
                         C   2- 4'' x 4''
                         D   2-  3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''

Step 1:

1. On the back of two piece E's draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. See diagram 1a.
2. Place the square on top of piece C. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See diagram 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See diagram 1c.
4. Press HST's to the dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
6. Make 4.

diagram 1

Step 2:

1. Repeat Step 1 using pieces E and A.
2. Make 4.

Step 3:
Center 4 patch

1. Stitch one B to D right sides together. Press to dark side. See diagram2a.
2. Make 2.
3. Stitch the two units right sides together nesting seams. See diagram 2b.
4. Press. Trim to 6 1/2'' x 6 1/2''.
diagram 2

Step 4:

1. Using the HST's from step 1 & 2, stitch with right sides together, see diagram 3a. Make 2.
2. Repeat make sure to reverse the HST's, see diagram 3b. 
3. Make 2.

diagram 3

Step 5:

1. Join rows. See diagram 4.

diagram 4

I hope everyone is having fun making their blocks. I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Thursday 2 November 2017

What Happened to October?

I'm not sure where the time has gone. I feel like I blinked and all of a sudden it's November. It's not that I didn't do anything in October, I did. I'll let you be the judge.

There was a mystery tour through my guild. It was a great day with lots of laughter and shopping at some great quilt shops. We went to The Quilt Place in Shakespeare, Heart'n'Home in New Hamburg, E & E's Cloth & Creations in Newton, Cotton Harvest Shop in Seaforth, Ye Olde Quilt Shop in Stratford. A delicious lunch was enjoyed by all at Anna Mae's in Millbank.

two metres of Moda's Basic Grey from the Quilt Place and 4 metres of Northcott solid from Heart'n'Home

three one metre batik cuts from the Cotton Harvest. The blue is for my daughter 

The Northcott blue was purchased for a quilt for one of my grandson's. He wants blue and animals, he is getting both. I have been making blocks using patterns from Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts. Some are purchased patterns and some are free on her blog.

Brandon's animal quilt so far

Then there's a memory quilt, a cousin and I are making. 

I thread sketched the fishing rod and line
At November's guild meeting I will be demoing Inktense pencils.

this piece of batik with a little Inktense pencil work turned into leaves

I'm also doing a QAL, a Splash of Colour you can read more about it here.

Splash of Colour progress, the black with white dots is Cotton & Steel. There has been some reverse stitching involved in the progress of this one. I may have put the white and black print on the wrong side. All fixed now.
That sums up a little of what has kept me busy in October. After putting it in this post it's no wonder it flew by so fast.