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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In progress, a baby quilt

Friends who are also neighbours of my sister, and whom I’ve known long enough to be casual friends? good acquaintances? had a baby last week. I knew the baby was coming (because really, who is surprised by a baby’s arrival?!) but I procrastinate and I’m busy but I finally got down to it. My sister said I didn’t need to make them a quilt but I was all “pshaw, I’m a quilter and that’s what I do, so step off!*”

I asked for details in the casual way quilters have, and was told:

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I have this fabric, given to me by my sister. It was the best of the bunch she gave me for my birthday last year.

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These are dragon-esque right?

I did a preliminary fabric pull which was so exciting. I love fabric! All the fabric!

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But I calmed down and refined my pull. It is just a baby quilt after all, not a king size quilt.

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I started five blocks and was unsure of how to proceed. I love having digital cameras handy to evaluate options.

Option 1 on the left with nine blocks and option 2 on the right, five blocks with rail fence blocks as spacers. 

I had Sunday off so I made four more blocks and was able to complete the top, baste and quilt it. Now I need to do the binding, label it and mail it!

Since this is all scraps, I’m linking up with Quilting is More Fun than Housework!  

 

*I totally love my sister. I think she was trying to save me some work. I’m excited about having a reason to make a quilt. I hope one day she’ll understand.

Scrappy Irish Chain, a finished quilt

My 2017 summer mental health quilt is ta-done, finished, and gifted!

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This quilt was fun from start to finish. The entire top came from stash and was a fun, mindless project late this summer. The 2.5″ squares were all from swaps and gifts, the 4″ beige squares I cut from larger pieces.

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The backing was half from stash with only the background striped fabric purchased. September was my month to use my longarm (I share it with another quilter if you’re new around here) so I loaded this up to hopefully quilt it during a few sessions over the course of the month.

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One relatively short afternoon later, I was done the quilting. The classic wishbones were easy to do and suited both the front and the back of the quilt. And might I brag just a bit about that most excellent pattern matching seen above? I couldn’t have done that if I tried!

I had a bit of a close call when I was trying to find a suitable fabric for the black border. I knew I had a black with orange-purple-green?-yellow stars (kind of a Hallowe’en palette) but couldn’t find it. Must have sold it. Found instead this black with a rainbow of coloured stars which I truly have no memory of acquiring. But it wasn’t enough! What to do now. I struggled mightily between buying new fabric for the border or…wait for it…switching fabric halfway through. You can see below what I chose to do.

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This is the first time I have ever done that in my decade of quilting. Are you proud of me? I am.

I mentioned this has been gifted already. I left it outside a friend’s house this week. She has a cottage on a lake which has been in her family since they built it in the 1930s. My oldest and her daughter have birthdays only eight days apart and they are truly bosom buddies, a la Anne and Diana. There were many trips back and forth to their cottage this summer and this quilt kept reminding me of that vintage, eclectic, still in great shape cottage. So I kept sewing, thinking about the cottage and friends and all sorts of things so I kind of wound up making this for my friend and just kept crossing my fingers that she would maybe like it a bit and not mind being gifted a quilt.

Well. The exuberant phone call I received convinced me I had gotten it right. They are thrilled to have been chosen as the benefactors. But I win because I got to make another quilt!

Previous posts about this quilt are HERE and HERE.

Quilt Stats:

Title: Scrappy Irish Chain

Lifetime quilt no.: 66

Started: August 2, 2017

Finished: September 27, 2017 (a mere eight weeks later!)

Size: 76.5″x76.5″

Number of pieces: 1,058 which includes the 20 pieces in the backing. Total fabric used was 7.6m from stash and 2m purchased specially.

Quilting: wishbones, done on longarm

Ta-done! Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, Sew Fresh Quilts, Busy Hands Quilts, TGIFF @ Anja Quilts, and a couple of celebratory scrappy linkups too.

And once more for awesomeness.

Have a most excellent weekend everyone and a happy Thanksgiving to you!