Malcolm’s Dragons, a finished quilt

Or dinosaurs, or Godzilla if you’re quite particular. I doubt a newborn baby will be huffy about dragons vs dinosaurs (or even know about Godzilla) at this point.

This quilt was joyous to make and I’m just so thrilled with the results. I hope the new parents like it even half as much as I do.

My theme for this quilt was “navy blue and dragons” which was an excellent starting place.

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For the back I used some of my entire bolt of slightly irregular Dr Seuss stripes.

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This bit’s for my own interest. In a 30″ square quilt with only nine blocks how many fabrics did I use? Every single bit was scraps or stash, including the batting, backing, and binding. So where did it all come from?

  • guild challenge fabric (from the brand new MQG Riley Blake challenge): 2
  • free from a friend: 1
  • from the scraps of famous quilters: 4 fabrics (from two quilters)
  • birthday fabrics from my sister last year: 2
  • bought new but randomly, ie for no purpose at some point in the past: 3
  • purchased scraps: 3
  • leftovers from previous quilts I made: 12 different quilts!
  • leftovers from previous projects: 4

 

A thoughtful touch in the centre block: the baby’s initials, fussy cut from an alphabet fabric. The multi coloured dot below it was the lining for my nearly eleven year old’s first coat, made way back in 2008.

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Quilt Stats:

Title: Dragons for Malcom

Lifetime quilt no.: 74

Started: February 22, 2018

Finished: March 2, 2018

Size: 30″x30″

Pattern used: inspired by this pattern from Latifah Saafir (among many other improv log cabins)

Number of pieces: 119

Quilting: straight line walking foot quilting with blue and orange Bottom Line thread from Superior, and a variegated blue 30wt from Sulky in a sort of randomish but totally planned irregular grid.

Binding: sewn to the BACK, then brought to the front and stitched with a 12wt yellow/orange/white/red variegated Aurifil I’ve had forrrrevvvver. Used Cheryl Arkison’s mitred corners technique which is newish to me but I am becoming a convert.

 

Front of the quilt on the left, back of the quilt with awesome stitching in the ditch on the right.

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This was a fast project and was only blogged once during the process.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday, Sew Fresh Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation! Happy weekend everyone.

 

 

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MQG Mini swap, a completed quilt

This has been received and appreciated so I can finally share with all of you.

I’ll give you a quick little photo tour of the progress shots but first here is my mini quilt I sent off to Albuquerque NM to a lovely and very accomplished quilter named Jan.

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Jan likes water and mountains and hand-dyed fabrics and I was stumped. I had some triangles in solid fabrics leftover from an abandoned project and wondered if I could put them to use.

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A preliminary fabric pull.

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An expanded fabric pull, taking into account Jan’s hand-dyed colour ombré works.IMG_5146

Skip a few steps along to here:

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I quilted the ombré bars first in an orange (top) and a purple thread (bottom). Yes, the bottom thread is purple. A weird, mauve-ish purple that looks brown and purple and blue.

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I quilted each triangle differently in matching threads and did straightline quilting in the black bars and pebbles in the centre background.

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Don’t look too closely at the binding. Actually, the binding is awesome, as are three fourths of the corners. That last damn corner annoys me because I totally fluffed it.

My absolute fave part is the back. I remember when I bought this fabric the store owner said to me “you certainly aren’t afraid of colour.” No Penny, I am NOT afraid of colour.

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Orange thread in the bobbin because I always use different threads top and bottom.

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Quilt Stats:

Title: MQG Mini Swap, Desert Mtns for Jan

Lifetime quilt no.: 72

Started: February 2, 2018

Finished: February 12, 2018

Size: 15″x21″

Number of pieces: lots and lots and lots

Quilting: detailed above

Fabric: solids of various brands and Brandon Mably “Casbah” print

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and this was also on my Q1 Finish Along list.

Maple Spirit, a finished quilt

The long promised, much vaunted quilt I designed for my guild’s QuiltCon charity challenge.

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We named the quilt “Maple Spirit.” The inspiration for this quilt came from an excellent conversation I had with a quilty friend: we talked about gingerbread houses, the Canadian Coast Guard, the parameters of this challenge (theme was Modern Traditionalism and a specific colour palette), Canada’s Sesquicentennial, and more.

This idea came to me fully intact and the only change I made was to adjust the placement of the maple leaf.

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Blocks from the guild members. We used white tone on tone fabrics for the maple leaves and white solid fabric for the background. I knew the variations in whites would give us lovely depth and variation for the background.

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The most awesome maple leaf you’ve ever seen.

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The texture on this quilt is phenomenal. Each of the three parts (or colours) has a different texture: the background has a back and forth water-ish quilting pattern, the maple leaf has veins quilted in a not very dense pattern, and the leaf shadow has matchstick quilting.

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We agonized over which colour to use for binding but ultimately decided to include a fifth colour from the colour palette. Fussy cut binding (to add emphasis) for the win!

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Previous blog posts about this quilt are here, here, here, and here.

Quilt Stats:

Title: Maple Spirit

Lifetime quilt no.: 72

Started: I agreed to take on the project Sept 21, 2017

Finished: quilt finished (labelled and with hanging sleeve) January 20, 2018

Size: ~72×90

Number of pieces: 1,364, plus however many are in the red strip sets

Quilting: detailed above, but longarmed with Wonderfil and Invisifil threads

Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.