Sunday, 25 September 2011

Fat Stash Bee - October Block

Yes! I'm already done with my blocks for October in the Fat Stash Bee. October was April's month. She asked us to do a garden fence block following this tutorial. I love her fabric selection for her quilt.


Here is the ones I received. Both are linen/cotton blends. They have a really nice texture.

Fat Stash Bee - October 

The FQ is London Turquoise cotton/linen canvas from the Echino Nico 2011 collection by Etsuko Furuya for Kokka. LOVE it! We had to use her FQ as the center piece or the outer fabric, the sand strip for sashing and complete with fabric from our stash.

I think April's choice of block was a good one for her fabrics. The simple design will highlight the fabric prints. I dediced to continue in that direction by using her FQ as the center piece and using solid color Kona cottons as the outer fabric. I made two blocks, one in Purple and one in Pomagrante. These were the fabrics in my stash that best suited her FQ.

I had fun making those, chain piecing both blocks at once. They were quick and easy to do.

Fat Stash Bee - October


So here are here they are.
Fat Stash Bee - October 
I hope you like them April. My only regrets is that I won't have any blocks to do for the bee until November!

Friday, 23 September 2011

First Day of Fall

Birds Encyclopedia - Floor pillow covers


I finished up my large floor pillow covers today. Just in time for Fall. I realize that yesterday while working on assembling them. I had seen this beautiful wall quilt in the Fresh Modern Quilts group pool on Flickr earlier in the day. It's a quilt by Jolene Klassen from the Blue Elephant Stitches blog. By reading her blog post, I learned that she was participating to the Celebrate Color for Fall contest hosted by Rachel Hauser on her blog Stitched in Color.

Celebrate Color

So while sewing I had this on my mind, and I realize that my pillow colors were indeed fall colors. And  what a coincidence, I would be able to finish them up on the First Day of Fall! They were perfect for Rachel's contest.

I bought the main fabric, the one used for the center pieces and binding, last Fall. It's a Moda fabric from the Harvest collection by Blackbird Designs. I had a crush for it and tough it would be perfect for my living room which is all in soft colors. I wanted to had some colors, but nothing too saturated. So I found those greens, reds, yellows, browns and creams that fitted well with the birds fabric.

Birds Encyclopedia - Floor pillow covers

The pillow cover design is of my own. In fact, I'm currently working on writing a pattern. For those interested, I'll keep you updated once it's ready. I also made the design for the quilting which I transferred on the fabric using white Saral transfer paper. The white wasn't ideal for the cream fabric but great with the other colors. It did a fairly good job and it all went off after I washed the pillow covers. My only comment is that it does come off by rubbing. So moving the fabric around while quilting did make some lines partly disappear. Anyway, I was only using the design as a guideline. I preferred that over the Glad Press'n Seal technique which I had used for the table runner. It's a bit messy when you try to remove the film after the quilting is done.
Birds Encyclopedia - Floor pillow covers 
Birds Encyclopedia - Floor pillow covers


For the back, I used a home decor weight cotton in cream that I had in my stash. I finally decided to make an envelope closure.
Birds Encyclopedia - Floor pillow covers 

For stitching the binding, I tried Malka Dubrawsky's technique from stitch in dye. She top-stitches the binding in place using a zig zag stitch on her sewing machine. She shows this in different projects in her latest book Fresh Quilting. I like the result. But, I did have a bit of difficulty with the first corners.
Birds Encyclopedia - Floor pillow covers


I think my two little boys are going to like those pilllows. Particularly the younger one (21 months), which loves looking at the birds and singing "Tit-tit-tit-tit-tit" when he sees one on the electrical wires in the backyard. There is plenty of them because just behind our house there is a field (photo taken last fall).

Have a nice Fall everyone!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Fat Stash Bee - 1st Quilt Finished

I've completed my 1st quilt with some of the blocks I got from the Fat Stash Bee for my month. I'm pretty happy with the result.

Fat Stash Bee - 1st Quilt Finished

As I said in a earlier post, I used a meandering pattern for the quilting. I like the way it turned out. It was my first time at it. It took me about 4-5 hours to do it. The stitch length is not equal. But for a first time, I think it's not too bad.
Fat Stash Bee - 1st Quilt Finished

For the back, I used a black and white polka-dot flannel and for the binding, a Kona cotton in Tomato. I love the contrast it makes on both sides.
Fat Stash Bee - 1st Quilt Finished

I just washed the quilt and I like it even more like this, with its crinkled look.
Fat Stash Bee - 1st Quilt Finished

My only regret is the white solid cotton I've used for the sashing and borders. It is close to the Alexander Henry Starling fabric, but not the same. It is more blueish and depending on the light it shows. For the second quilt I'll make with the remaining of the blocks, I'll use a linen/cotton blend in natural. I think it will look better. Still, I think white was the best choice for this one with the B&W fabric I chose for the back. I just hope my friends won't be reluctant to use it with their little baby girl because it's white. I'll be sending them in the coming days. I hope they like it!

Fat Stash Bee - September Block

For the month of September, we were asked to do a block from the Freshly Peced blog: “Hexing Around Block”. It consists of an hexagon with four concentric rings. We were provided the center piece and were asked to do the rings in four complementing colors. We were also provided with an FQ of a solid color cotton for the background and two stripes for two of the rings. Here is what I've received for those:



Fat Stash Bee - September fabric

We had to complete with fabric from our stash. Here is the result.





Fat Stash Bee - September block 

These blocks were fun to do. My hexagons is a bit smaller than what is shown in the tutorial. I'm using my 1/4" seam foot from Janome, but I feel my seam allowance is a tiny bit larger than 1/4". I'll have to measure this!