Monday, 27 July 2015

Going Fractal With AGF Stitched

Welcome to the Fractal Blog Hop hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics! The Fat Quarter Shop provided the free Fractal Quilt pattern and a great video tutorial and Art Gallery Fabrics provided the eye candy. Oh, and the Fat Quarter Shop has a Fractal Quilt Kit too!

For my version of the quilt, I picked out fabrics from Frances Newcombe's Utopia line, from Katarina Roccella's Indelible line (Spirodraft Carbon), and from Katarina's Recollection line (Cuneiform Script Cast). It's not a great photo, but I love, love, love how these fabrics play together!

Just a wee bit excited to start playing with these fabulous fabrics! @fatquartershop @artgalleryfabrics

The Fractal Quilt Pattern uses Y seams. Yeah, I know what you are thinking because that's what I thought. Y seams? Usually, it's a no thank you, but the pattern looked so fun that I had to give it a try. Conquer my fear of Y seams, I must!

The pattern uses the Creative Grids Kites Plus template ruler. It was the first time I'd used that template ruler shape for making Y seams and I have to say that I was pretty impressed. The Creative Grids template has a little hole in the ruler where you can mark your 1/4" seam. 

It worked beautifully. Look that that Y seam! :D

Y seams. Me?! Yes!

And that join! 



The centres aren't all that perfect, but most of them are. Woo hoo! Happy dance!

Despite my vow to 'stick to the pattern', I took a little detour. I decided to do three by three colour wheels and used more of the Spirodraft Carbon for the background. I think the Spirodraft is perfect for the background. 


I also decided not to add pieces to square up the corners of the quilt. I think that will be a first for me.


And there's my little helper trying to hold it up to show the full top. The top finished at 73" by 54" - a great large throw quilt.


Since I changed up the layout of the front, I wanted to use the 'leftovers' for the back with this Utopia print.


This was like putting together a puzzle and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. 



The top and backing layered...


Wouldn't it be fun to do a spirograph-style quilting on this? I have a few fun ideas for the quilting so I better get cracking!

Check out what the other participating AGF Stitched bloggers have done with this pattern:

Katarina Roccella
Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting
Christina Lane of Sometimes Crafter
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Riane Menardi of Vessel Quilts
Afton Warrick of Quilting Mod
M-R Charbonneau of Quilt Matters (oui, c'est moi!)
Jess Frost of The Elven Garden
Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline
Rachel McKeeman of The Floral Suitcase

I can't wait to see what they did with it!

Oh, and Y seams? No more fear, baby! :)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

TGTTIF! - Bubbles

It may not be completely finished and it may look simple, but getting this top finished feels like a huge accomplishment -- so I'm celebrating Thank Goodness The Top Is Finished! Yeah, yeah, I know,  it's not really a true TGIFF!, but we had an unexpected opening in our TGIFF! host schedule this week, so you get me and you get this quilt top. :)

So where were we? Oh yes, way back last summer, I started a baby quilt for my friend's new baby. It was all going smoothly...until it wasn't.

Because it is a baby quilt and will be washed frequently, I had a few criteria for it. These aren't "rules" or anything, but they were my criteria for making this quilt:
  • The circle edges had to be clean, not raw.
  • I didn't want to hand appliqué the circles down because it took too long (the irony of this is not lost on me, trust me) and doesn't wear well. 
  • I didn't want the edges of the circles to be satin stitched.
I was going to use interfacing to get clean edges, but I've done it before and the white interfacing showed along the edges. I didn't want that to happen again. And so it sat...stumping me...and then life got crazy. 

Well, young Malcolm is coming up on his first birthday soon -- how is that possible?! -- so it's time for this quilt to be finished and get cuddled. I put on my big girl panties and did the interfacing trick again, but this time, I paid more attention to hiding the interfacing when I pressed it. It also helps that the background for the circles is Kona Snow so if any interfacing does peek out the sides, it will blend.


I was also worried about the edges of the circles shifting as I did a tight zigzag stitch around them so I used a glue stick and pins. It worked! Bye, bye creative block!

I'm so very pleased with how this top turned out. I started quilting it too. 




Think I'll finish it before Malcolm turns one? 




Thursday, 9 July 2015

TGIFF! - A Case for the Precious

Hello darlings and welcome to TGIFF! The place where every finish deserves a party! I have to say that it was looking dodgy about whether I'd have a finish to share (again) this month. I have several projects on the go, but nothing close enough to being finished.

Until yesterday.

I got a tablet at work yesterday -- 21st century baby! Since I take my computer to a lot of meetings and bring it home most nights, my new tablet needed some special and, dare I say it, fabulous protection from the elements (a.k.a. me). Something bright and fun.

I pulled out some improv blocks I've been making over the last couple of months and put them together.


I made the case using the laptop case tutorial I made for the Sew Sisters Kona Club Challenge a couple of years ago, with a few modifications.


Modifications included adding two layers of batting for more cushion and making the flap asymmetrical.


The quilting is improv too and done with a dark grey Aurifil #2630. It's a little dodgy (clearly the word of the day) in spots, but this case is going to get used and abused so I'm not fussed about it.

And inside...a perfect reminder to keep things in perspective...and to daydream about quilting. :)


Definitely a TGIFF!




Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Colour Pop - A Work in Progress

In April, I took a quilt design class with Elizabeth Olwen, surface designer. She has a great aesthetic. It was such a fun day -- hanging out with Elizabeth and the OMQG folks, designing, and quilting. Bliss.

I went into the class wanting to break my solids streak. Don't get me wrong, I still adore solids, but variety is the spice of life, n'est-ce pas?

This was my fabric pull the night before the workshop...

Fabric pull for tomorrow's quilt design class with Elizabeth Olwen. Yes? Prints!!! #ottmqg @wafflekisses @owlyjulie @lethargiclass @aboutkirstin

I came up with a few ideas that day, but this is the one that I started during the workshop. Big equilateral triangles. Like 8" ones. :)

Design ideas

Cutting, cutting and more cutting...


When I got home, I played with the layout some more...


Adding more triangles, small triangles...


Liking it so far...not sure about the name, but it will do for now.

I was hoping to finish this for this week's TGIFF!, which I happen to be hosting, but it ain't going to happen. Get your finishes ready to link up -- the more, the merrier! -- and we'll just have to see what I'll have finished...

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Sew Sisters Quilt Shop has a cutting edge deal (ha ha) this month on Olfa 45mm rotary blades -- 2 pack for $12.97. Enjoy!
Deal of the Month - July - Olfa 45 mm Rotary Blade 2 Pack

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