#Quilting progress.

#Quilting progress.

Tags: quilting

Gemstone quilt progress: Started quilting the gemstone quilt tonight, in the hour that I had for sewing time. I had marked out some radiating diagonal lines and quilted those first. Then I tackled sewing around the gemstones - something I have been nervous about, since I’ve not yet quilted anything circular like that. I used my walking foot and went slowly and it turned out okay!

Gemstone quilt progress: I finished the quilt top and back yesterday and I basted the layers together this morning. 

I decided on this layout that used some more of the Kona sea spectrum that I used for the gemstones, and added two grey Kona solids - shadow and iron. I offset the blocks a little so it wasn’t an even cross.

Now it’s all ready for quilting! 

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

A splurge:  I went to the Creative Stitches show in Edmonton yesterday and spent some money! I was so excited about some of my finds, including good prices on a big fat quarter pack of chevron basics, Moda charm packs, some sashimi supplies and thread.

I got my very first piece of Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric - in classic design by William Morris (I can’t bear to cut this and probably won’t for a long time!), bought from Hyggeligt Fabrics.

I also got a couple fat quarters of Hearty Good Wishes by Janet Clare - I have wanted to get these since I heard her on Pat Sloan’s podcast and referred to her whales as “slender.” They are so cute!

And then I found a charm pack (actually called a “Maple Squares”) of Cotton and Steel basics from Lori’s Country Cottage. I am thrilled with this one, actually! Was my first time seeing Cotton and Steel in real life! I can’t wait to make something with it.

Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild - Block of the Month progress: Finished my second version of the second Block of the Month for the guild. I’m glad that I’m making two of each block, I’m finding it fun to see how different a block can look just from the background colour (Kona Ash vs. Kona Charcoal). I’m also liking the modern look when I put the four blocks together!

Finally assembling the quilt top! Gemstone pattern by @nohatsquilts. 

Finally assembling the quilt top! Gemstone pattern by @nohatsquilts. 

Spent some time with my hexies this evening! 

Spent some time with my hexies this evening! 

Wow, won something at the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild meeting this evening! Everyone there is so lovely and friendly, so glad I joined.

Wow, won something at the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild meeting this evening! Everyone there is so lovely and friendly, so glad I joined.

Felt like drawing in my sketchbook yesterday and filled a bunch of pages, including this peony.

Felt like drawing in my sketchbook yesterday and filled a bunch of pages, including this peony.

Gemstone quilt progress: After learning how to foundation paper piece and how to sew curves, I’ve finally pieced the gemstones into the background fabric. They aren’t perfect (especially the bottom one - some of the angles don’t meet, I trimmed blocks too much, whoops!), but I feel pretty relieved that this part is done! The rest of the quilt top will be easy from here… once I figure out what design I want to use!

Improvisational foundation paper piecing: I have accumulated a lot of scraps in making my diamond quilt - more than I have for any other piecing, actually. I think for a beginner like me, foundation paper piecing might have this side effect. All the scraps are weird, uneven, small triangular shapes. I decided the only thing to do was to foundation paper piece them together - but this time, just improvise without a pattern.

I sewed scrap after scrap onto pieces of plain paper and it was really fun! Once trimmed, they look pretty good, I think. I have a few blocks so far and I think I’ll make some more. I’m always happy when I’m able to make something with scraps that might otherwise go to waste.

Finished quilt top: This morning I finished the quilt top I started last weekend. I’m pretty happy with it! (never mind my flannel pyjama pants :) ) I’m thinking of this as a “man quilt” maybe, or something for more modern decor.

There are actually two shades of black in the quilt - one is a print, sketch in black, and the other is a solid Kona black. I kind of like the subtle difference.

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.