I've been on quite a finishing binge lately. I've got quite a few half-finished quilts floating around which I want to get finished so I can start on some more new projects. I'm dreaming up new patterns to write as well as wanting to make some patterns I bought during May is for Makers.
The two I've been working on this week are both for the small children, who are rapidly becoming bigger children!
Bright Sky - Blossom Hearts Quilts
Little Boy loves Thomas the Tank Engine. A number of years ago I bought a half yard bundle of Thomas-themed fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop and when Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts released her Bright Sky pattern last year, I knew it would be perfect for those fabrics.
I've finished piecing the sections and will now quilt them then join them using the QAYG method.
Alyce's pattern is perfect for showcasing your favourite prints; you need at least fat quarter sized pieces (I had half yards) of each print. It comes together very quickly and is great for practising QAYG. You do have to watch your seams as you'll be working with bias edges a lot. I would definitely recommend using starch or Best Press.
E is for Me
I bought this panel - also a few years ago - from The Oz Material Girls. I didn't really know how I was going to quilt it but 'had' to have it. My daughter's name starts with E and she has a couple of toy elephants so it was perfect for her.
Recently, after many years of vowing I would never try hand quilting, I decided it was time to give it a go. I really love the look of chunky hand quilting so I bought some Perle 5 threads and away I went. After a few hitches trying to find a suitable needle, I went with Clover Sashiko needles and they work a treat. I've finished the elephant and am making my way around the flowers. It's a long term project but I do hope to finish it before Christmas 2016.
In other news, Moira of Quilt Talking recently posted a photo of a quilt which was hanging on a photography frame. I found it on EBay for under $50 so my quilt photos from now on should look much nicer, and more professional. I'll be hiring it out to Canberran quilters too so drop me a line if you're interested in hiring it for a day or a weekend.
I'm off to write up some Project48Quilt blocks; until next time - happy quilting! 🙂
I'm linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday over at Blossom Heart Quilts.