Friday, 19 September 2014

From A - Finished Carnival Quilt

More than two years after it began, I can finally say that this quilt is finished. Most of that time was spent debating how I wanted to quilt this one. In the end, I kept things pretty simple by stitching in the ditch around each block and the first border before adding a simple but sort of fancy border that I can only describe as marquis.

Finished Carnival Quilt

I marked the border by tracing around a kitchen pot lid that happened to be the right size with my trusty blue chaco liner. It actually worked out pretty great and created beautiful smooth curved lines that I would never have been able to manage freehand.

Canival Quilt

I am especially pleased with how the border quilting worked out in the corners, creating smooth pointy bits that didn't interrupt the flow in the border.

Finished Carnival Quilt

Although I was 
originally planning something a little fancier for the main panel in the quilt, I'm glad I kept it simple. I think that the simple quilting creates a sense of calm that works perfectly with the overall feel of this quilt.

I backed the quilt using one of the clothesline prints from the same collection that I absolutely love. It was a little too narrow to get the job done so I added a leftover strip of AMH voile. It is so soft. Definitely adding "back a quilt in voile" to the ol' quilty bucket list at some point.

Finished Carnival Quilt

I of course bound in orange plaid since I am powerless in the face of plaid. A pretty big part of me wishes I could bind every quilt in plaid but until someone releases a collection of plaid fabric in every colour, I'm going to have to restrain myself.

Final Quilt Details:

  • Quilt Name: Carnival Quilt
  • Finished Size: Lap size (a.k.a. 43" x 51")
  • Fabric: Various prints from Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater and some Kona White
  • Pattern: Carnival Quilt by Jaybird Quilts
  • Quilting: Stitch in the ditch with fancy border 


My art director came along for the photo shoot and seemed pretty pleased with how this one turned out. And with that, another baby quilt bites the metaphorical dust. Only 80-billion more to go!

Happy weekend friends. Hope it's a good one!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

From A - WIP Wednesday

Finally back from my epic 5-week vacation/delayed honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand, I was so excited to be reunited with my sewing machine that I managed to cover the house in fabric and WIPs in about 2 days. While I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things at home (and get caught up with all of the glamorous things like laundry and housework), I thought I'd share a quick looksie.

On my ironing board: A mix of prints from Heather Ross' Briar Rose and Far Far Away 2 collections that I can't wait to cut up.

Far Far Away

On my cutting table: Various Lotus Pond fabrics all cut up and ready to sew into yet another baby quilt.

Lotus Pond Quilt Blocks

In my machine: A long standing WIP that I'm trying to finish off.

Carnival Quilt

It's good to be back and hopefully I'll have some meaningful progress to share soon! Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, 15 September 2014

From K - 241 Tote

During my last modern quilt guild meeting, I stumbled across some new woven Lecien prints in my LQS that I immediately swooned over. Without much deliberation, I decided I suddenly neeeeeeeded some of it in my life.

Enter Noodlehead's 241 Tote (and my new love!).

While searching for a good pairing for my bag, I kept coming back to a print from Sarah Watson's new line Arcadia that I just adore. Herb Garden in Multi, - I might need this print in an obscene amount of yardage.

With some help from great quilty friends (ie. enablers), I chose two Sarah Watson Arcadian prints for my primary and lining fabric, as well as two Lecien wovens for side panels and straps.

Noodlehead's pattern is so extremely well written and easy to follow, I would recommend it to even the most novice bag maker. I love the finished size, and how easy it is to customize. I am already narrowing options down for a second 241!

Also the lining has little mushrooms. I mean how can it get better than that?! So much whimsy, and I'm lovin' it.