Modern Roman Stripe Quilt, in Barn Raising Setting

A finished quilt.

My aunt is a wonderful stitcher, embroiderer, cook, teacher, and quilter too. She made Roman Stripe blocks in solids some years? decades? ago, and made a small quilt top.

We’re both in our local MQG and they’re doing a charity quilt drive right now. So Barbara pulled out this top and added some grey borders to make it a more useful size. I offered to longarm it for her and return it to her for binding.

The next day! she found another batch of these blocks and a number of waste triangles. Her first thought was to piece them into the backing which seemed like a waste of time since we were using a wideback. I asked her to consider adding them as another border, to again increase the size and to make it even more modern. She agreed and this is the final quilt top.

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I said already that she’s pretty good right? Check out this inset seam.

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When I grow up I want to have skills like this.

Here is the quilted, unbound quilt.

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I did a 3/4″ diagonal crosshatch in the navy/coloured blocks and FMQ swirls, pebbles, stars, spirals, and whatever else took my fancy in the grey. All of it was done on the longarm.

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It’s not perfect but it’s done. And was good practice.

The texture is soooo dreamy. This quilt will be going to a Canadian Armed Forces veteran with PTSD. I hope it brings some comfort.

My usual quilt stats are omitted as I did not make this quilt.

Linking up with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for the finish!

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Wonky Stars

A finished quilt.

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I collected these from the instagram wonky star swap earlier this year. Rather than let them languish I whipped up this quilt in just a week or two. Quilted it in under five hours. Trimmed and bound it just as quickly.

In fact I bound it the afternoon of quilt guild meeting. Didn’t notice that my sweater matched the binding!

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This block below is my favourite in the whole quilt. Orange and blue forever!

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A better look at the fabulous backing. I wish I had bolts and bolts of this. It’s super.

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**This quilt is for sale.** Email or message me.

Quilt Stats:

Title: Wonky Stars

Lifetime quilt no.: 76

Started: August 3, 2018

Finished: September 20, 2018

Size: 60″x80″

Number of pieces: loads.

Quilting: longarm pantograph. totally generic light grey poly? thread on top, generic sassy yellow thread in the bobbin.

Previous posts about this one are HERE in reverse chronological order.

This was on my 2018 Q3 FAL list, so yay! Also linking up with Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.

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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.

 

 

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.