Sunday, 17 February 2019

Rainbow at Sea

I have been thinking of making a Storm at Sea quilt for years. In October the wonderful Suzanne shared a pattern with me that finally got me over the line:
A free pattern from Free Spirit which I adapted to fit my colour preferences and my size bed ;)
A little shopping at my LQS The Country Yard...
... added to fabrics from my stash
Here it goes! I drew up a FPP pattern for those parts that were pieced in the original instructions
Block 1
Blocks 1 & 2
Block 3 laid out
Blocks 1, 2, 3 & 4 - yay! 10 down, 32 more to go lol
Wouldn't these four blocks would make a cute Medallion?

As mentioned in the captions, I drew up FPP patterns for all parts of the block (even where the Free Spirit pattern said to piece). I like the accuracy you get, though sometimes matching points can still be a pain. For the fourth block(s) I trialled piecing the bottom right corner but I ended up with bias edges which were a (different) pain to match. I will go back to FPP despite the amount of paper I am going through, it gives a much nicer finish.

This is definitely not a quick quilt to make, but I LOVE the rainbow weaving across the top so I will just hang in there and it will get done when it gets done:) About 10 years ago I had wanted to make a flame coloured Storm at Sea quilt, but I didn't have the confidence I cold make appropriate fabric choices then. Now I know I can do it, so one day it will happen :)

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Panda (third finish)

Finished in time for my niece's 9th birthday (Monday after next)
Not easy to photograph - it's just a bit larger than the mattress of my California Superking 
...and from the other side....
I was tempted to name him - I think it's a him - but I better leave this to Miss soon 9
Faux Piped binding sped up the process of attaching binding considerably - though the piping is barely visible (I'll have to rethink choice of pattern next time)
And from the back: Fmq giant bamboo stalks in 'organic' rows on a dyed sheet
Yay for project number three completed! Time to check my Quilt Planner for the year :)

Always easily led astray (aye, Suzanne) I have added a new project to the yet to start list, Converging Corners:

 Youngest DS has requested I replace the disintegrating "very hungry caterpillar" cushion covers with elephant silhouettes, most likely fpp, and then I almost forgot about the Tui, the pattern is already cut out waiting for me to pull fabrics. I somehow think I won't get bored any time soon?

Waitangi Day on Wednesday means mayhem at work and then back in the classroom from Thursday - I'll come up for air sewing every now and then!

Happy Sewing!