Happy 2014!

I hope Christmas and New Year was a nice break for everyone! I have some great crafty plans this year but before we can get into those I have three quilt finished to share with you from last year (yes I’m a slack blogger!)

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This one was made for my lovely cousin Bec who was joking with me last Christmas about what a girl has to do to get a quilt. I made this one in secret and to be honest it is the first quilt that I have had soooooo much trouble giving away…It sat on my couch for a week before I attached the label. I thought maybe, just maybe I could keep it but no it was made especially for Bec and to be honest the look on her face when I gave it to her was worth it.Excited!

The pattern, Flock together is from Sarah Fielke’s Quilting from little things book. I had such fun with this pattern and I think down the track I will make another one for me. There are lots and lots of small triangles to cut out and sew together but it was an interesting pattern and a skill that I hadn’t tried before.  When I read the pattern first and how the block was constructed I found it confusing but when you are actually doing it the instructions are really clear and you can see why you leave some seems open.WIP

The main fabrics I used were Cosmo cricket – Cream numbers on Red, Bonnie and Camille – Ruby Red Floral, Sarah Watts – Fawn in Birch Blue, Modern Meadow Herringbone Pond. The cream fabrics were from my stash. The smaller coloured triangles I went stash diving for most and added some extras from a few charm packs I had on hand.

This is the first quilt I straight line quilted and I love the effect and how the quilting doesn’t take away from the fabric and pattern. But I would advise that you have a good couple of movies to watch while you straight line quilt because it takes FOREVER! (well it feels that way).

I loved these colours and overall it was a really enjoyable quilt to work on.

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Second finish is a quilt for the man! We have two quilts that we usually use on the couch but Bryce finds that his feet stick out the end and get cold (and the quilt he uses is a little girly) So we measured out how much longer and wider he wanted it and I went to work making a double hourglass quilt for him. I really love how this one turned out using Sweetwater’s Reunion fabric line.

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The backing was a mixture of Kaffe Aboriginal dots in grey, a few spare double hour glass blocks and some architexture trees print by Carolyn Friedlander.

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It now lives happily on the couch and has been getting used year round so far.

Lastly was a smaller quilt for a lovely friend at work who was pregnant with their first child. It provided another chance to experiment with a neutral quilt as they were not planning on finding out the sex of the baby. I chose to use the half square triangle block of the month patterns available on the In Color Order blog (http://www.incolororder.com/p/block-of-month.html)

The fabric was all pulled from my stash (Yay me!!) and I chose grey and yellows and oranges.IMG_0746

I kept the quilting simple with just my standard all over wondering and managed to get it finished right in time for the baby shower. IMG_0752

So that’s if from finished quilts in 2013.  Did you have a successful finish to your crafting plans from 2013?

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