Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Finish - Charm Pack Cherry Sans Cherries!

It's Friday and I've got another finish... actually completed in 2015!
It's Charm Pack Cherry Sans Cherries... since there are no actual cherries in these prints! It's a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. It's easy, even if you have to make adaptations as I did (I only had one charm pack and it calls for two!)
This quilt is also my January goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes hosted by Fibre of All Sorts and Sew Bittersweet Designs. One down, eleven to go!
For the backing, I gathered up three chunks of Kona and pieced them together - Chartreuse, Snow, & Robin Egg. I knew I wouldn't be able to find any of the prints at my LQS, so Konas seemed like my best bet. It's quilted using a scallop stitch (#130) on my Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0.
After posting a question about colour options for the binding, Kona Nightfall was the resounding winner. Sorry, Salmon. Now what the heck am I going to do with that piece of Salmon?!
  I couldn't resist playing with this one out in the winter sunshine with snow sparkling all around.

The Deets 
Title: Charm Pack Cherry Sans Cherries 
Fabric Used: Charm pack of Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille for Moda 
Konas Used: Chartreuse, Nightfall, Robin Egg, Snow
Quilting: Vertical scallop stitch using Gutterman White (Colour - 20)
Binding:  Nightfall, Machine stitched with Gutterman (Colour - 260) 
Backing: Pieced using Chartreuse, Robin Egg, and Snow 
Favourite Part(s): Meeting my January goal for the Lovely Year of Finishes, using up a charm pack that I'd had around for a while

Read more about the process of making this quilt here & here!

I'm linking up with Finish Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, as well as with the January link-up for a Lovely Year of Finishes @ Fibre of All Sorts. My post was #129 on the Goal Setting post.

As long as I'm at it, I'm linking up with...

Tomorrow I'm off to the first MMQG Sew In of 2015! Here's hoping that the freezing rain forecasted for tomorrow doesn't throw a wrench in my plans. I'm looking forward to seeing my quilty pals and having an entire day of sewing! Woo hoo! And, on Sunday, I might even have a surprise for you Kona lovers out there! Stay tuned!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WiP Wednesday - Underwater

Apparently, January 2015 is the month of The List. This past week, I dove into my fourth project from it - Underwater. No, I wasn't sewing underwater. It's the name that this little piecing exercise gave to itself...

It's from an April 2013 workshop with Elaine Quehl. You can read about how I made those curves here.

I deliberated for a long time. To emphasize it's watery look, I wanted to create ripples of wave-y quilting. I also toyed with the idea of appliquéing a fish and some water grasses onto it. In the end, it seemed unlikely that I would be as satisfied with my appliqué results as my piecing results. And I couldn't think of a way to quilt the ripples without interfering with the appliqué. Did I ask you, dear readers? Nope. Didn't think of that at the time! ☺
So waves of quilting it is. First up, choosing the thread. Remember when I went all crazy buying thread for Honey? It really came in handy when I went to match these Konas!
To keep things straight (and avoid wasting precious quilting time), I opted to number my spools once I had matched the thread.
 Then I added painter's tape numbers to the edge of the project with the corresponding numbers.
Then I got down to the fun stuff! I opted for organic ripples of quilting. I didn't bother to FMQ these... the walking foot works well for this sort of thing. The lines of stitching cross over each other and the different colours of  stitching don't necessarily stay within the bands of colour on the quilt top.

I'm very pleased with the quilting so far. I might add a few more lines of darker stitching in the upper/lighter strata. Up next, binding....
I'm thinking of matching the binding to the layers of colour... dark at the bottom, working it's way to light at the top. It's gonna be fiddly as hell to match it up. What do you think? Someone please tell me there's an easy way to do this!

I'm linking up today with WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, as well as...
Sew Fresh Quilts

P.S. If you haven't had a chance, pop on over to Monday's post and enter my giveaway! You've got until midnight tonight!