Pollinate quilt

Pollinate quilt

My Christmas present to myself this year was Kitty Wilkin’s Pollinate English paper piecing pattern. I’d been tempted by the gorgeous images on Instagram and when I saw the kit was selling out fast in the UK I jumped on board.

I’m enjoying the process very much. There are plenty of opportunities for fussy cutting and experimenting with colour, but once I’ve done some cutting I can sit and stitch without too much thought. Ideal over the Christmas holidays!

I haven’t decided on a final layout yet, and the beauty of the pattern is you don’t have to. I’m making a large colourful rosette – as in the pattern illustration. And I will have low volume piecing around that, but I’m experimenting with some smaller colourful flowers too.

I’m using Longitude batiks by Kate Spain, Moda Confetti, Alison Glass, and anything else in my scrap bag that looks good! I have one more ring of the large rosette to go, and it is already 40 inches across.

Of course, I had to invest in a couple of project pouches from my good friend Sarah Ashford to hold all the pieces!

Warm hearted quilt in the snow

Warm hearted quilt in the snow

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Regular readers will know I’m on a stashbusting mission this year.  When I saw Tales of Cloth’s Warmhearted quilt in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine I thought it looked like the perfect home for a pile of orange, green, teal and navy scraps.

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It was so much fun to make.  The hearts are two jewel shapes sewn together, and then attached in long lines.

And then it snowed again – perfect!  Snow does bring out the colours beautifully.

Hetty enjoyed the snow very much, although she managed to make snowballs with her fur.  They took ages to remove!

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Superhero triangle quilt

Superhero triangle quilt

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After the prettiness of Small Niece’s quilt, I decided to make a Superhero quilt for her brother, who is nine.  I chose Wake, a pattern from Modern Triangle Quilts by Rebecca Bryan.  I didn’t stick to the block placement, instead going with whatever fitted the fussy cut superheros.

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The other fabrics are a variety of cityscapes, graphic designs and space images, with Moda grunge for the plain triangles.

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The back is pieced from the larger pieces of fabric I had left over.  I found out half way through making the quilt that my nephew’s favourite colour is turquoise, so I bound it in turquoise to bring out that colour.

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Modern Triangle Quilts is a great book.  The block instructions are clear, with a good mix of foundation and regular piecing and there are lots of ideas on putting the blocks together into different designs.

I didn’t manage to get a good picture of my nephew with his quilt, but my sister says he is enjoying snuggling up under it and reading his books.

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Nani Iro triangle quilt

Nani Iro triangle quilt

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I’ve had some pieces of Nani Iro double gauze in my stash for a while, and wasn’t sure what to do with them.  I thought about a camisole, but no piece was big enough, so a quilt seemed the way to go.

It’s fragile, stretchy stuff, so I didn’t know if a quilt would work.  I could have ended up with a costly pile of scraps!  I made up a simple layout of half square and quarter square triangle blocks.  The diagonal seams helped to stabilize the fabric.

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I didn’t want to weaken the fabric by unpicking, so if the points didn’t match I planned to leave them.  Then I saw Anne using Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Circles for one of her beautiful quilts, which inspired me to make some circles.  I’ve added these randomly, diagonally across the quilt.  They cover any dodgy bits, add colour and texture, and use up scraps too.

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The finished quilt is 45″ square – ideal for winter TV watching and hand sewing.

If you’re interested in Nani Iro double gauze, you can see a lovely selection at Miss Matatabi.

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This is my second make from my Finish-A-Long list for this quarter – you can see my list here.