Welcome to Day 3 of the Dust off a Quilt Book Bloghop, I hope you're enjoying the finished pieces everyone has been sharing. I love the idea of getting inspiration from and using what we have. One blogger has a project from a book dated 1977! Now there's a book that has been well-loved :) although not quite as well loved as me :P
Sometimes I need some extra motivation to finish - or start - a project. It seems that I love to collect patterns, techniques and tutorials...but I don't really use them! I have bought many digital patterns and they just sit on my drive, and I have several boxes of quilt magazines that sit in the shed. Needless to say, I also have a smaller collection of quilt books on my shelf. I have culled this collection to be only unique techniques or specifically complicated designs that I just can't give up. When I saw the sign-up call for the Dust off a Quilt Book Bloghop, I quickly entered my information!
I have been editing my craft room the past 3 years or so. I don't keep full magazines anymore, just the most interesting patterns or articles in 1 binder. My book collection has been reduced from 2 full boxes to only about a dozen...which actually made the selection of what to make for the bloghop much more difficult!
You see, I only kept the most difficult and intricate patterns, the ones that are truly worthy of a quilter's bucketlist. My favourite Judy Martin Log cabin book, Dear Jane, three-dimensional quilting, Creating an Heirloom Quilt....oh, the beauty! Unfortunately all those projects are also months long! I signed up in late November, had a busy Christmas order season then took a few weeks away from the machine in January to reboot. That gave me about a month to find a pattern and complete a project - NO PRESSURE :D
For Christmas a few years ago, I asked for the book 75 Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts by 14 popular designers. I had been (and continue today) following the blogger team of Jo and Kelli Kramer and they have a pattern featured in the book. Their pattern uses the churn dash block, and I didn't want to deal with HSTs this month, but I did find a great quilt called "Log Jam" by Kate Carlson Colleran that I could make using a jelly roll and charm squares - less cutting means quicker to finish, right? Well the cutting was done easily in an afternoon along with the cutting for another quilt I will post about very soon!
This pattern was designed for fat quarters, but since everything was based on the 2.5" strip, I figured a jelly roll would do the trick. Not quite. I had to find some close enough fabric matches in my bin to get all the bars. And the collection I chose didn't have a lights vs darks or even small vs large print to divide my bars into. Hmmmm, the pattern relies on 2 colours with the small neutral squares doing an Irish chain kind of look. I decided to throw caution to the wind and just sew a scrappy, unplanned bunch of strips and see what happened!
I have quite a collection of charm squares - I keep using them for those microwave bowl covers - so I figured I'd have lots of those in grey or blue to make the pieced diamonds at each intersecting block corner. Again, I failed to actually count what I had in the box so I had to pull fabric from yardage to build the right colours for the quilt. I varied from the pattern here as it called for 4.5" QST units but I wanted a fast and dirty solution, so just cut 5" charms in half as an HST and made a template to cut the corners off each block. Those offcut HSTs came in handy when I needed to lengthen the quilt, so I turned them into cute squares separated by white strips.
By now, I'd used up a lot of the month and only had 3 days to finish the quilt! So I went with a free motion flowing loop of about 12 inches wide repeated across the quilt.
I've had this purpley pink flannel sheet on my shelf for several years, and I figured since I was dusting off an old book, I could also use up some old fabric! I like the snuggly feel of the flannel in comparison to the smooth almost cool feeling of the cotton top. I used a pink floral from Connecting Threads as the binding. I totally love that I had everything I needed to make this quilt on my shelves. It's very rewarding for me to be able to know I can have an idea and find what I need in my room to make it happen!
This quilt finishes as a twin and I will be setting it aside for my booth at the local Spring Farmer's Market. With such pretty pinks and blues, I think it will make some girly girl's room complete :)
Please visit the other bloggers on this week's bloghop! They've all done a great job so far creating new projects and putting a twist on old favourites :)
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Thursday Feb 21st
Friday Feb 22nd
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.