Productive Quilting

You will know from my previous posts I have been following Pat Sloans Solstice Challenge, a block a week for 25 weeks from the Winter Solstice through to Summer Solstice. 

Well I managed to keep up and finally finished piecing it all together, made entirely from my stash it’s come together quite well. Some of the blocks were challenging and thanks to Pat’s tips I think I’ve got the colour balance right.  It’s certainly going to be a big quilt! 

In between making Solstice I also dabbled a bit with mini quilts which are very satisfying to put together as they are quick to do and great for practicing free motion quilting as you haven’t got the challenge of fitting large bulks of material through the throat of the sewing machine. Here’s two I made, both pattern’s are by Pat Sloan.

The butterfly’s pattern can be found in Moda’s Mini Marvels book and the sewing machine is called Let’s Go Sew and is available as a digital  download on Pat’s website.

My next challenge is to quilt the Solstice top! Not too sure how I’m going to manage that one on my machine, wishing i’d done a quilt as you go! 

My first Quilt

My first Quilt

Inspired by some lovely fabric from Patchwork Paradise and my husbands childhood hobby of collecting stamps I have made a start on making my first quilt. The design kind of evolved as I went along and I’ve learnt a lot about cutting the patches out. I’ve since invested in a cutting board and rotary cutter which works much better than being let loose with the scissors!

Originally I had planned to use the blue ditsy heart fabric for another project but the stamps were getting lost and I needed something to lift them out from the gold Tilda fabric. Its not quite finished as I’ve ordered some blue and white flowered material to make a border all round then I plan to bind the edges with blue ditsy. I’m a little nervous at basting having only just recently learnt what it is! There’s a good tutorial I found here.

I’m going to call it a lap quilt for summer evenings on the decking when it’s starting to cool down but you really don’t want to go back inside! I fancy making a matching foot rest or maybe just a cushion next!