Swaps & minis

I keep swearing off swaps and then turning right back around and signing up again.  I guess I just love making mini quilts.

Over the last couple of months I have taken part in the #cottonandsteelminiquiltswap (who doesn't love C+S!) and a private swap with a lovely IG friend.  The mini's were (predictably) geese based.

My Cotton + Steel swap partner liked an un-fussy mini and so I came up with Goose Chase.....

 I quilted 1/2" straightlines (of the organic kind) in both directions using Aurifil #2026, which blended in perfectly with the Essex linen.

For the backing and binding I manned up and cut into my precious Viewfinders, it was well worth the sacrifice.

And because I cannot resist shrinking any Goose block, I made a pincushion as an extra....

My second swap was for a lovely on line friend, who wanted a Goosey mini for her sewing room and I knew exactly what I wanted to make her. 

 I stash dived and picked out these fabrics...

and designed Triple Goosed......

because why make one circle of geese, when you can have three! ;-)  I quilted a wide(ish) crosshatch using #Aurifil 2600 (my favourite grey thread) and bound the mini in Architextures Crosshatch in black.  This mini has made it across the pond and I am happy to say that Jessica loves it.

My obsession with all things goosey does not seem to be waning, although I appear to have run out of names!  If you fancy having a go at either of these patterns, you can find them in my Craftsy store or my Payhip store for EU buyers.  I am having a 20% off summer sale on all of my patterns at the minute as well :).


Bloggers quilt festival - Spring 2015

spring 2015 BQF Button 

I love participating in the Bloggers quilt festival, so I have dusted off my blog writing skills and am entering my Tissue Box quilt in the Mini category.

This mini was inspired by a design on a box of tissues I picked up in my local Supermarket.  I have a real thing about bright geometric designs at the minute, I like the challenge of trying to work out how to piece it.

I like to make life easy for myself and wanted to piece the block with as few pieces and weird angles as possible and this is what I came up with...

I split the block down into 10 foundation paper pieced blocks and out came my Trust Kona card for the fabric selections.  That little 15" block contains 35 different colours!

IG overgramming mosaic!

The mini was originally being made for a swap I was participating in, but I just couldn't part company with it. 
Quilt stats:
Design:My own
Fabrics: Kona solids
Binding & Backing:Kona Charcoal and Alison Glass Sunprint
Quilting:Straight lines using walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in medium grey (50wt #2605)
Size: 20" square

I am now off to check out all the pretties in the festival.  Thanks for visiting!


Tissue box mini quilt!

Shortly after I finished the IKEA quilt, I found this tissue box in my local supermarket....

I thought it would make an amazing mini, I just had to work out how to do it.  After a few computer designs and one failed attempt at paper piecing them, I had a workable pattern.  I cannot tell you how happy I was when it finally worked -  patience is not my strong point!  

I do love mosaic!

I was originally making this for my #rainbowminiswap partner, but made the mistake of holding it up against my grey wall......  yep, that's where it's staying!

So I made another, this time with prints...

I used 40wt Aurifil in #2600 for the quilting - blended perfectly across the colours.

After a lot of Instagram encouragement I also wrote a pattern for it, which was tested by some very lovely friends of mine.  Their versions show just how different this pattern can look, depending on what fabrics you use.

Karen used her gorgeous printed fabrics and made this beauty....

photo credit - Karenlewistextiles
 Karie created this stunner using a mix of Alison Glass and Cotton+Steel fabrics...

and my lovely friend Tarra used a mix of solids and tone on tone to make this gorgeous version..

The pattern includes instructions and paper pieced templates to make a 20" finished mini.  If you fancy making a mini of your own, you can find the pattern in my Payhip shop now.


Mustang plus quilt - {Bloggers quilt festival entry 2}

'I love a plus quilt' could possibly be the understatement of the year for me, but I do!  So when it came to deciding what I was going to do with the huge pile of Cotton + Steel fabrics I had accumulated, it was a no brainer really.

I downloaded all the fabrics from the Cotton + Steel site in to my EQ7 and made myself a little plan (which I then ignored!).  I did all the boring cutting etc at the 'tendo guild, mainly so I could make Pennie and Amy help me lay it all out ;-).
I overgrammed my progress on IG

I quilted wonky wavy lines because a. I'm a lazy quilter and b. they look really good on a plus quilt.  Aurifil grey (#2605) was my thread of choice as it blends in perfectly with all the colours. I backed and bound the quilt with the last of my stash of Architextures crosshatch in black, the perfect choice to balance out all the colours imo.
It is a little bit on the large size for a lap quilt although I suppose it's coming up to winter and you could wrap yourself up like a sausage in it! ;-)

Quilt stats:
Design: it's a plus quilt, not rocket science ;-)
Fabrics: Mix of Melody Miller Mustang fabrics and Cotton + Steel basics
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in  black
Quilting:Wonky wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in medium grey (50wt #2605)
Size: Approx.67" x 81"

This is my second quilt entry for the Bloggers quilt festival and I am entering it in to the large quilt category.  Thanks to visitors new and old for visiting my blog, I am off to have a look at the beautiful quilts that have been linked up.


Bloggers quilt festival - Postcards from Sweden

It's that time of year again and this time I didn't really need to think about what quilt to enter for the...


My Postcards from Sweden quilt (aka #ikeahstquilt), which I spent an obsessive couple of weeks making back in June.  I am entering this quilt in to the ROYGIBV category of the festival.

Those that follow me know the story of this quilt, because I wasn't shy about posting about it on my social media.  It started when I was spending one of my frequent visits to Ikea back in April to buy backing fabric and these postcards (designed by Tom Fraizer) caught my eye on the way to the checkout. Err hello pretty quilt design!!

Ikea postcards - designed by Tom Fraizer
They were crying out to be made in to a quilt, but I hate making HSTs with a passion so I sat on the idea for a while.  One Friday night I sat down with the top right postcard, my Kona card and my solids stash and made myself a plan and the #ikeahstquilt pattern was the result.  I turned the postcard upside down because I preferred the colour flow that way.

 By Saturday morning, I had a 36 Kona solids picked out and gigantic printed quilt plan!  What followed was two weeks of obsessive military style quilting.....
With such a riot of colours I chose a medium grey 50wt Aurifil thread (#2605) for both the piecing and quilting and it blended beautifully.

 I wanted the binding to frame the quilt, so chose the Architextures crosshatch in black and used the grey crosshatch for the backing.

For someone who has a large dislike for making HSTs, I loved every part of making this quilt.  I even made a free pattern for it which can be found in my Craftsy store here.

Thanks for stopping by!
Quilt Stats:
Design: Inspired by IKEA Kort Art cards by Tom Frazier.
Fabrics: 36 Kona cotton solids (full list can be seen in the free pattern here)
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in grey & black
Quilting:Wonky wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in medium grey (50wt #2605)
Size: Approx. 48" x 60"


IGminiswap - A goosey finish....

Instagram is to blame for the tumble weed blowing through my blog these days, I am ridiculously addicted to it!  It's also to blame for me signing up to another mini quilt swap, despite having a a thousand Christmas presents to make this year.  

The #IGminiswap was organised by Sandy aka Curlyboy (@curly_boy1 on IG) and in true 'go big or go home' style, has over 500 quilters participating!
Oh look I chose a rainbow of fabrics - shocker!!
I stalked my partner and saw that they had similar tastes to mine (thankfully!).  My design was heavily inspired by this nested churn dash beauty that I Flickr fave'd last year from Debbie and Karie's churn dash quilts, which I adore.  Of course I had to add some geese in there as well, the result was Goose dash!

The size limit for the mini is 24", so that was what I started with and then scaled my other templates down to fit into this, so they nested.
I need a geese intervention!
 For the quilting, I used my trusty Hera marker to mark out a very curvy wave, quilting with #Aurifil grey (2600).  The grey blended perfectly with the Architextures crosshatch, giving the mini a lovely texture which wasn't too fussy. 

Wavy wonky quilting

I finished the mini off with matchy matchy Architextures binding....

I'm not going to lie, I really really don't want to give this away.  At least I get to look at it every day for the next two months until I have to send it to my partner.

Mini quilt stats:
Design: My own (inspired by mini's made by Debbie and Karie)
Fabrics: Various prints from stash and Architextures Crosshatch in black and grey
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in grey & black
Quilting: wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in grey (50wt #2600)
Size: Approx. 24" square

If you fancy making your own Goose dash block, the templates are available in my Craftsy store here.

Goose dash block


Around the world blog hop....

I was asked by the lovely Moira to join in on the Around the World blog hop and as she is so lovely, who was I to refuse.....

So I'm going to start by admitting that I always find it really awkward answering questions like these.  I try to leave the brain burning stuff for the days I'm getting paid for it at work, so I am going to keep it short and sweet ;-)

  • What am I working on?
I have a few projects on the go at the minute, the first is my mini for the IGmini swap...

I was admiring Karie's churn dashes and had an urge to make a goosey version, as you do!  I'm currently contemplating my quilting options.

The second project is a plus quilt packed full of Cotton + Steel fabrics....

I only finished piecing it yesterday, so haven't thought about backing fabric and quilting yet.

  • How does my work differ from others in it's genre? 
Well unless you count my obsessive need to include geese and rainbows in every project, I don't think it does!?   I don't want to be a trend setter and I don't mind being part of a crowd.  I make what I make, because it makes me happy.

  • Why do I write/create what I do?
 I think I probably answered this with my last sentence above.  A lot of my projects lately have been challenges to myself to see if I could make it.  I like to shrink blocks to stupid sizes just to see if I can put them together without them looking like a dogs dinner.  I would say I am successful about 50% of the time and I'm good with that.

My tiny #goosedash pincushion - because I have to try and shrink every block I make!

 My geese patterns came about because I love geese circles, but I hate piecing curves.  I wanted a lazy girl way of doing it.  In general what I create will always depend on how hard it is and how long it will take.  I go for the easy option, well almost always, the Ikea quilt being the exception with it's trillions of HSTs! ;-)

  • How does my creative process work?
 It's organised!  I like to plan my projects out, either on EQ7 or paper, there is no random in this house and certainly no improv.  I am a self-confessed #analquilter and proud!

I have asked the lovely Amy to take part in the blog hop next week.  I love her work and am lucky enough to include her as a real life good friend.