‘Crazy’ Quilt

This was my Easter weekend project, although I had previously prepared the ‘crazy’ block fabric and made the first cut.

I have previously made a quilt using this ‘crazy’ pattern, and bored with just squares I fancied doing it again with some of my donated Linus fabric stash. This time I adapted the ‘crazy’ pattern for a smaller starting block (10”) and made only 3 cuts.  However I hadn’t really planned the result and ended up with an odd number of blocks – hence the 2 plain blocks added.  When I had sewn the blocks and the sashing I realized it was not wide enough so scrounged some more more fabric to add to the offcuts for the 2 borders.  I had the calico and backing in my stash and some wadding so no purchases necessary.  The end size was 36” by 53”.

If you haven’t done one of these before it is amazingly simple.  Start with the same number of squares that you want to end up with and make a random cut at an angle in one block from side to side.  Use one of the shapes as a template and make the same cut on the remaining blocks.  Arrange the cut pieces together in a different order, and stitch together.  Repeat the cut, rearrange and stitch several more times.

Memory Quilt

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I was asked back in late summer of 2016 to make a quilt for someone in memory of her mother, using a number of her mother’s favourite blouses.  I thought this was such a lovely idea.  The blouses were mostly in shades of pink and purple, and of beautiful material – all cotton and most were very fine cotton.  The client selected a ‘Rail Fence’ Design.  Out of 15 different materials, 3 weren’t used.  The main block had 9 different fabrics, 2 further ones for the sashing, and another for the binding.  The backing was white calico.  Quilting was using a multi coloured (pink and purple ) thread on the top and white on the backing.  I made a label using my sewing machine alphabet in the multi-coloured quilting thread on white backing. (If you click on the photo to see a larger version the materials will show up better)

I started on 14 August 2016 and the quilt was finished on 22 January 2017 so elapsed time was approximately 5 months.   This time I kept a log of the hours and minutes I worked and the actual work time was 96 hours.  This was broken down into  :

30 hours 40 minutes for material preparation – de-constructing the blouses and unpicking darts etc, ironing on very soft interfacing.

5 hours 35 minutes for cutting the material into strips – this would have been a LOT more without the use of my acquaintance’s die cutting machine

8 hours planning on which fabrics to use where and the layout of the blocks

26 hours 50 minutes sewing the strips into blocks and sewing the blocks together

9 hours 30 minutes quilting

15 hours 25 minutes sewing on the binding, creating the label and sewing it on.

Reversible Rail Fence Quilt

20160116 kaths 2nd quilt side 1    20160116 kaths 2nd quilt side 2

A further quilt for a friend following redecoration of her sitting room. The first quilt did not colour match. As she likes uncluttered styles I suggested a Rail Fence design; from the alternative construction combinations this was selected. The colour choice and fabric purchase was all hers. I think this shows that a simple design can very effective. The big challenge for me was getting the reverse side the correct way so the pattern was reversed!. I laid the first side right side down and placed the blocks on top to get the correct layout. Basic, but it worked!. The photos may not be turned the correct way around! Quilted in straight lines to echo the pattern.

Now for cushion covers to use up the small amount of remaining fabric

Fabric Picture Quilt

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I saw this design in an old quilting magazine and thought it was wonderful to show off the material that is too nice to cut up into small pieces. Most of the fabric in this quilt was from my ‘stash’, with the exception of the calico backing and some of the grey sashing. This quilt is for a friend to be installed when she moves into her next accommodation (hopefully soon!). She has seen the top and said she loves it. I quilted the squares in the ditch, then most of the remainder as free motion trying to enhance the material designs. This took quite a while and was quite challenging, and produced a lot of ends to tie off.

Alphabet Baby Quilt

 

Alphabet Quilt

Alphabet Quilt

Sewn for Project Linus.  This has been ‘in progress’ since before Christmas 2014, and finally it got finished. The letter patterns came from a book of quilt blocks given to me; as usual I amended the original design!. I used a lot of my left over very small pieces of material, and tried to colour co-ordinate them. Having finished the first couple of blocks I thought ‘why cut up a single pieces into 2” squares only to stitch it back together again?’. A lot of maths later (not always correct!), I had alternative sizes for each letter. The ‘half square’ blocks were fiddly but good practice for me, or so I told myself (!). 2 inch blocks are really too small for my sanity so this may be the one and only quilt I make of this design.

It is backed in white fleece which my sewing machine didn’t like sewing!. The blocks are quilted ‘in the ditch’ and around the white/cream shapes – giving many, many ends to tie off grrr.

LINUS TRUCK QUILT

2014-08-19 SMALL LINUS TRUCK QUILT

Having finished the Traffic Light quilt, I had some of the backing material ( printed with small traffic signs) left over, so I made a smaller, less complicated version for Project Linus.   A friend who sews at the Linus days where I go, had not done applique before so she made one of the small signs at the last Linus sewing day. Despite her anxiety at doing applique, she made a very neat job, and I think she was pleased to have overcome a perceived hurdle.

2014-08-02 LINUS BRIGHT QUILT

Whilst at a previous Linus sewing day I saw some lovely brightly coloured fat quarters on sale; as usual couldn’t resist them and this quilt top is the outcome.

Traffic Light Quilt

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I saw the pattern on the Threads and Patches website (http://www.threadsandpatches.co.uk/), and thought it would be just right for a vehicle made friend’s 5 year old son. 6 months later it is finished!. All the shapes are traced from a pattern and appliqued on. I confess to adjusting the original pattern a little, to avoid some of the really small applique shapes and some words, and to balance the arrangement of the blocks. The backing fabric is so right for the design I think   .2014-07-08 edwards quilt back

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