28 September 2015

Globetrotter Quilt Complete

I am slowly stitching away at my unfinished tops. My latest finish is my Globetrotter quilt.  Originally blogged about here.  I also heavily Instagramed this quilt (sorry).  This quilt is was started back in 2014.  The blocks are from Pat Sloan's block of the month called Globetrotter.  I have added some flying geese myself and changed up the boarder a bit to make it my own. 


This quilt is approximately 57" square. I quilted it on my Juki TL-2200QVP using Glide and Prema Soft thread.   This quilt has two layers of batting 100% cotton and 50/50 both from Warm and Natural.  The quilting is free motion and ruler work. 

When it comes time to quilt tops this is when the stress starts.  I put so much pressure on myself to make it shine. I think I would cry if I ruined a quilt, even if it is just mine.  I know that it is not necessary since the tops are generally only for my family.  I do dream of one day to quilt for others, not sure if it ever will happen but I think dreaming is good.   

I thought I would share a bit about my approach to quilting. I start by printing a black and white photo of my quilt top. Then I take a piece of tracing paper or parchment paper what ever I have on hand and lay over top of the quilt.  Then I start doodling the first thing that comes to mind.  I find that the tracing paper/ parchment paper is much easier to erase then just drawing on the print out.  I originally was going to do swirls and dots in the outside boarder but it really did not seem to suit this quilt.  I try to go for designs that I can repeat through out the whole quilt as it feel that it helps tie everything together.

My four corner blocks and geese blocks are the same so I only had to come up with one design for each block and repeat on the others. I used three colours of thread for this quilt; white, dark grey and red.  I did a lot of straight lines with this top but I think that is what the blocks called for.  I did throw in a few curves to living it up a bit.  I think it makes a few of the blocks look a bit more like flowers.  Which I really like. 



I also use my rough plan for writing notes, some areas I will do in chunks and want to remember what I did the first time.  

Here are closeups of the individual blocks. Get ready for photo overload. 








I also designed a back that feel goes perfectly with the front I think.  Used the left over fabric from the front to create this. 


I really love how this quilt has turned out and it makes me very excited to load the next one.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting.  

Cheers, 
Abby 



25 September 2015

A Quilt Made by Friends (Round Robin Quilt Top)

Last week I received a wonderful package in the mail from America.

My Round Robin quilt has finally been finished being passed around America.  This was started back in April 2014.  I blogged about my starter section here. This Round Robin group was organised on Modern Quilting Facebook group page.  I was grouped with 8 lovely ladies who did such a wonderful job creating a quilt for me; it has finished in at 61" x 53". I will be making a improv back to go with the top, since I am on a bit of a improv kick at the moment.  

Thank you ladies for creating such a wonderful quilt for me.  Huge thank you for Royalee who forwarded it onto me in Australia.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

12 September 2015

Ikea Poang Chair Recover

I have been all over the board this week with sewing.  I have my Globetrotter quilt still on the frame not completed.  I have a couple small tops finished but I will have to save them for another post once I get some good pictures. Today I thought I would share my quick makeover for some Poang chairs from Ikea.  Yes, they are that boring. 


These chairs have gotten very dirty in the short nine months that we have been in Australia.  Boys are not the cleanest.  The product label says the covers are removable and washable. Did that and they did not wash up really that nice, not to mention it was a pain to wrestle them back onto the pads.  

Well fabric in Australia is costly so I decided to pick up a quilt cover at Ikea and went about making slip covers that are much easier to remove so they can be laundered on a more regular bases.  First I washed the quilt cover and pillow cases that comes with them.  Then I un-sewed the factory seams and then folded that fabric in half.  On the fold line I cut to get my two chair covers.  

I then folded one of the fabrics over and laid it on top of the chair pad like this. 



See there is plenty of overhang.  I made sure the fabric was touching the ground to be sure to cover with out being to snug.  The one said had about 4 inches of extra fabric and I thin the bottom had about 12 inches but can't remember for sure.  I played it on a flat surface and cut of the excess.   I sewed all the sides even the one on the fold just to make sure all my corners look the same.  I serged all the edges to give extra support to the seams and hopefully it will not unravel in the wash.  To be able to turn right side out I measured 21 inches up from the bottom and cut a slit in the fabric all the way across.  I double folded the edges of this opening and sewed to hide all the exposed seams. Turned it right side out and was able to slip my covers back on the cushions.  


This was such an easy project but I think they removed the blah factor the chairs had before. My husband said they are loud just because he just wanted a solid colour. (boring)

I also cut the pillow cases down that came with them to fit the pillows on the sofa.  This project cost $20 so I figured that is a win since new covers at Ikea cost $70 each. 


Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

05 September 2015

Some Improv Play

I checked out The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood from the library a few weeks ago and I will have to defiantly add it to my own library.  I love this book.  


It is not your normal quilting book.  It describes process not a step by step pattern to follow.  It is a great way to make it make your own unique quilt.  I love improv and feel it gives you freedom to play. 

So this month I have played.  I created this little wall hanging with some scraps with my Ruby Red Dots Quilt.  


I bordered it with Grey Essex Linen.  It measures 21" square.  

Can't wait to load it on the frame and play some more with the quilting.

I also did some improv circle blocks with some scrap squares.  I have not finished with this one yet but will share once I finish adding to it.  I stacked eight squares on each other and cut a free hand arch and then mixed them up and sewed them back together.  Then stacked them again and cut another free hand arch. 


I hope to revisit this project in the next couple weeks.  Excited to see how it all turns out.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

02 September 2015

Work in Progress

I thought today I would share a quilt that I have on the frame this week.  This is my quilt top from the Globetrotter Block of the Month by Pat Salon. I blogged about the completion of the top here.  


Here is the progress so far. 







Still have some threads to bury but I have reached the half way point and I hope to be finished quilting by the end of the week.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby