Sunday, 24 April 2016

Online Quilt Group - Mini Quilt BOM

This year I'm participating in a mini quilt block of the month, one of the many free patterns included with Online Quilt Guild membership. Three blocks are available so far, each one three inches square. This month's block is a log cabin:


I'm using mostly Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. It's all scraps left over from this quilt and the backing of this quilt. I'm adding in other fabrics where I need to, such as for the dark blues in the log cabin block. Here are all my blocks to date:


This is a very manageable BOM. The little blocks don't take long to make and store easily with the scraps I'm using. It's fun! There is another BOM going on at the Online Quilt Guild too, but I think one at a time is enough for me. :)

Have you heard of the Online Quilt Guild? It's like a regular quilt guild, but all online. There's a Facebook Group for chatting and sharing photos, lots of patterns, and a friendly community. 


There are also patterns from a different guest designer each month. This month is Kristin of Cute Quilt Patterns. She makes adorable baby quilts with dimensional elements. I'm the guest designer for July. I really encourage you to check it out.

Tell me, have you participated in a block of the month before? What did you make? I'd love to have a look. :)

Bye for now,

Hope x 

Friday, 8 April 2016

A 'Hearty' PB&J Pillow

In my last post I promised a look at the first version of my Heart Spin Mini Quilt, which I was making into a cushion cover. This version was my test piece, where I made sure the pattern came together well and experimented with seam pressing. Here it is:



The design has quite a different look in these PB&J fabrics by Basic Grey, don't you think? I mean, it's obviously the same pattern, but isn't so... sweet?

I opted for an all-over meander in a variegated thread. I planned from the first to make it a cushion cover and I think an all-over design in a smallish scale is a good way to add a bit of stability to the patchwork, which will get pulled around a bit with use. I added some feature stitching on the hearts and around the edges of the background too.



Though I am very happy with how this cushion cover turned out, I'm not pleased at all with how long it took me. I changed my mind about how I was going to make the cushion cover twice - after I'd already started it! So I unpicked, then sewed, then changed my mind, and unpicked and sewed... and finally ended up going with my initial plan. So silly!

Here is the quilt 'pre-cushion', so you can see it flat:



I think this is my favourite version of the quilt so far. Basic Grey are one of my favourite fabric designers - I just love the slightly worn and comfortable look their fabrics have.

Do you have a favourite fabric designer? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now x