I love English Paper Piecing, but I’ve only used hexagon templates. So when I heard about Tales of Cloth’s Ice Cream Soda block of the month club I thought this was a chance to try putting some more shapes together.
Ice Cream Soda photo from talesofcloth.com
Kerry of Very Kerry Berry spoke at the South West Modern Quilt Guild last week about choosing fabrics for a quilt, so I’m using her excellent advice to help with my fabric selection.
I started with my ‘hero’ fabric, which is Kaffe Fasset’s Millefiore in orange (top photo). It has lots of colours in it which can inspire other fabrics choices. The next step could be to buy other fabrics in the same collection, but I like my quilts to have a scrappy look. So I went to my stash of scraps and smaller pieces.
These are the golds and oranges, with some mustards coming in too.
Kerry suggested using some of these added fabrics as inspiration to lead to other colours. The flower print (bottom left) has the gold, but also grey and black, so I added some of those.
Then I put a black and white filter on this photo of my whole selection to check the contrast.
I’d like some more dark fabric. There is a burgundy in the Kaffe Fasset that I don’t have. Also some more pale blue and paler neutrals.
One of the things I really like about the Ice Cream Soda quilt is that you can make a few flowers and see how they work together. I plan to use the fabrics I already have for the first couple of months. Although I do have a shopping trip planned with my very talented friend Nicola, and it would be rude not to buy any fabric then, wouldn’t it?!
After deciding last week to make my sampler quilt bigger, I’ve been searching out some new block designs and making a few.
First is the Polk Block by Carolyn Friedlander (you can find it on CreativeBug). It took me several hours to make with all those little pieces, but I love the result and I’ve used up some teeny scraps. Always enjoy being thrifty!
Next I used Red Pepper Quilts tutorial for the Economy Block
A Double Pinwheel
Finally, this stripey one from Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine (issue 42)
And that brings me to the Readly app, which I discovered this week and is my new favourite thing. The app gives you access to lots of different magazines (back issues too).
I stopped buying magazines a few months ago because I found I only enjoyed one or two articles in an issue. Then they just sat on the coffee table like a reproach, taking up room. I have been happily whizzing through these electronic versions, bookmarking knitting patterns, quilting blocks and sewing ideas, and reading the articles that interest me.
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Thanks for reading – I’m planning some garment sewing for next week. If you would like to keep in touch, I’m dottie_doodle on Instagram.
My original plan for this quilt was a lap quilt to keep me cozy when I’m hand sewing. Then Kerry published an extra tutorial for partial seam sashing, which I love and it fits in with the scrappy look of my quilt very well.
Partial seam sashing increases the size of the quilt though, and as you can see above, it’s getting close to double bed size.
I noticed when I laid all the blocks out that I’ve used far more neutral colours than I originally thought I would. It’s funny how the look of the quilt has evolved naturally as I’ve gone along. And this means it looks good in the guest bedroom. It brightens the cream, green, gold and grey colour scheme without overpowering it. I like the quirky edge it gives – we were getting a little bit too tasteful in there!
My plan now is to make another eight blocks. I don’t want to repeat any blocks, so I’m on the look out for ideas.
So far I’ve made Anna Maria Horner’s Folk Flower and Whippersnapper blocks, both from CreativeBug.
If you’ve got any ideas of blocks I could make, do let me know in the comments!
My blog post talking about the Corfu inspiration for my quilt
Simple Sampler quilt along
My Mum loves purple. I don’t – or didn’t. After making this quilt, I’m coming around to the idea!
It was truly a pleasure choosing the fabrics to make a lap quilt for her birthday, and I love the way they work together. I added in some pink from my stash, but everything else was bought for this project.
The pattern is adapted from the Day to Night Quilt from Quick and Easy Quilts by Lynne Goldsworthy. It’s a great book, because it combines some more tricky techniques with simpler ones, making the quilts relatively quick to make, but still being interesting to look at.
The triangle/pinwheel centre took some time, but the brick pattern around the outside was very quick.
I backed it with some daisy print cotton in grey/blue, made wider with a line of colourful bricks.
And finally, some scrappy binding!
Quick and Easy Quilts by Lynne Goldsworthy
Purple fabrics from Sew Hot
I finished my first quilt! Very very happy with it, and I loved the whole process.
The pattern is the Union Jack Quilt from Hexa-go-go by Tacha Bruecher. I especially like the combination of hand sewn hexis (sewn in the evening mainly, in front of the TV) and machine sewn borders (because there came a point when I just wanted to get it done!).
I bought most of the cream fabric and three FQs of blue, but everything else is made from scraps or small stash pieces. I was able to include plenty of the vintage scraps I’ve been hording, including some seventies Laura Ashley.
The back is made from two large pieces of batik (intended for a dress, but it was too heavy) with a strip of blue squares down the middle.
I had no idea how to make a large quilt when I started, so I broke the process into sections and learned each one as I went.
I was most intimidated by the quilting, and how to handle the bulk of the quilt on my machine. I watched a Creative Bug class on machine quilting basics which was brilliant. Much easier than I thought it would be. I quilted three lines across the cross and diagonal lines, with some triangles on the blue sections.
For the binding, I cut alternating strips of vintage Laura Ashley sprig and some modern quilting fabric and used Kerry’s tips from the Simple Sampler QAL. Very pleased with my mitred corners – and they weren’t difficult.
Hexagogo is a lovely book, with lots of ideas for combining hand and machine sewing. I will certainly make another of the quilts one day, but my next project is the Simple Sampler QAL. If you’d like to keep up with my progress, I am dottie_doodle on Instagram.
I was on holiday in Corfu when Fiona announced the Sewing Directory Simple Sampler Quilt-Along. I love the sampler quilt look and there are some interesting techniques I haven’t tried before.
Colour inspiration was all around me.
Blues, greens, sun bleached stone, bright pink flowers, and some sparkle.
I’m also including the amazing teal/sea green I see when I’m swimming in the sea – bit difficult to get a picture of that!
I love scrappy quilts (and I’ve got a lot of scraps to use up!), so I’ve pulled out some smaller pieces from the big bag in the cupboard. Liberty Lifestyle, Amy Butler, screenprints from Umbrella prints and some scraps of pink Gypsy Bandanna from around 6 years ago.
Metallic Essex linen for the golden light and sparkly sea. Pictured with Moda Mixologie green and stone scraps.
These are bigger pieces. The blue floral is Liberty City Poplin (from a dress which didn’t suit me), chambray left over from a skirt, Rifle Paper Co Rosa Floral and Rhoda Ruth Starry Sky in teal and shadow.
I’m looking forward to taking part, and seeing all the other lovely colour combinations.
Link to the Simple Sampler Quilt-A-Long
I’ve started my quilt! I don’t usually show you works in progress, but I’m so excited about this one. Plus, it’s going to take months to finish, and I can’t keep it quiet that long.
Mr D was working on Saturday, and I took Hetty to a dog show in the morning. So I had quiet time in the afternoon to sort fabrics while the pooped pup slept it off behind the sofa.
It is so satisfying to turn piles of unused fabric (some of which I’ve had for years) into hexagons ready for stitching.
I bought three blue fat quarters for a bit more variety, and the two Moda Comma cream and black prints are new. Everything else is scrap/stash. I’m planning a simple square patchwork for the back, and I’ll have enough fabric left for at least part of that.
This is the centre –
And you can begin to see how the lines and colours are forming here –
The book gives very clear instructions on how to sew the flag in sections and then piece it together. I haven’t been following this as I wanted to get an idea of how it would look. But I’m getting in a bit of a muddle now, so will be following the pattern more closely!
Here is the finished quilt in Hexa-go-go.