Saturday 24 February 2024

One Monthly Goal Completed

My One Monthly Goal this month was to complete the “Betty Quilt” from Just Two Charm Pack Quilts by Meadow Mist Designs.  This has been part of a quilt along with the goal to have the quilt top completed by the end of February.  I wanted to go one step further and have it quilted and the binding done.  
I finished it this morning during a short Zoom session with the Chookshed Stitchers.
Ta da!
The pantograph is one I haven’t tried before. It is “Plumeria”, which is another of the freebies from Urban Elementz.  I really like it and the design flowed nicely as I went along.  I will definitely use it again.

Other than the half layer cake gifted to me, everything came from stash, which is always a bonus.

I’m really happy with how this quilt turned out and it came together so nice and quickly.  One of those maximum effect for minimum effort quilts, which are fun to make in between the more detailed ones.

I will be linking up with Stories from the Sewing Room for One Monthly Goal.  It is a great motivator.

Now, to decide which other project to work on next.

Thursday 22 February 2024

I’ve Finished the Sparkly Dragonfly Quilt

Finally, I have cleared off Monique and quilted the Sparkly Dragonfly Quilt, using the Scroll Work panto that I like.

Once it was quilted, it didn’t take long to add the binding and stand back and admire.  I think it is so very pretty.  I hope some little girl will like it.

It was fun looking for something suitable for the backing.  I had wanted to use a flannel, but didn’t really have one suitable, or if it was, there was insufficient.  I’m quite happy about that, as it turns out, as I then found the perfect fabric for the back.  I’ve had the paisley fabric in my stash for years, bought because it was pretty.  I still have some more, so can use it for another backing, or maybe a section as the centre of a quilt.  Who knows.  Time will tell.

There is still enough leftover fabric from the quilt front and binding to make yet another small quilt. It will have to be quite simple and scrappy.  I hope to do that before long, so that the tub is emptied and another project can be planned.

The best thing is that my Number 2 of the Chookshed Stitcher’s 2024 Challenge has been completed. I’ll be linking up over at Deana’s blog at the end of the month.

Monday 12 February 2024

So Much for Will Power…….

I was going to be so good this year and only use my stash.  Well that lasted for one whole month.  I suppose that is better than nothing.  Right?

So, I had to pop out to Spotty yesterday to buy some more thread, which is definitely allowed, and I just happened to see some new low volume fabrics that would work beautifully in scrappy backgrounds.  I have used quite a bit of my stash of that style of fabric, particularly with pink and blue, so I succumbed and bought some, as they were 40% off.  Otherwise they would have stayed on the shelf.  Sadly, they didn’t have any of the little heart design in blue, but you can’t win them all.  They will get used at some stage or other.

I also noticed this watery looking fabric, which will be perfect for the background for some of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge fish blocks.  Yes, I know, so much for only using stash.  At least it will be used, and not just added to the stash.  That’s my reasoning anyway.

Then these two batik fat quarter bundles jumped into my arms at 50% off.  Why?  I don’t sew with batiks.  Well, my brother loves his fishing and I reckon the fish quilt I am making would be ideal for him for Christmas, but not in the very bright colours I am using on my present version.  A more muted version in batiks would be more appropriate.  This wasn’t just something I thought of while in Spotty, but when I saw the bundles I decided to go ahead with my idea. 

I’ll probably need to add a few more colours into the mix for both the background and the fish, but I will try to still keep my batik fabrics to a bare minimum.

I think I will try to prep the fish appliqué for the first four months and then take them to Scrub Stitchin’ to do the actual stitching. Appliqué is such a good project to work on there.

I suppose after that little lot I had better get stitching.

Friday 9 February 2024

Fishy Happenings

Yesterday, the second block of Fishy Business was released and I was rather keen to add to the shoal.  I’m making these as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, using the month’s colour of red for the body of one fish and the details of the other.

It didn’t take too long to make them.

As I was stitching away I thought of the fish that Mick catches (if he’s lucky) called Redfin.  Then I was going to call the other one Red Emperor, after another species of fish, but Mick said it should be Blue Fin Tuna.  Whatever……it’s all a bit of fun.

Thursday 8 February 2024

Making Good Progress

Having set myself the goals to complete two quilts this month I made an early start.

Firstly, the Chookshed Stitchers' Challenge is to make the Sparkly Dragonfly Quilt.

I started off with these fabrics.

Before long, they turned into these strips.

The next day they turned into a quilt top.  It will be bound with the pink and white star fabric.  It looks rather washed out in this photo, due to poor light.  The colours in the top photos are much more accurate.  I'm  really happy with it, as it is so very pretty.  Next, I have to find a suitable fabric for the backing in the stash and get it quilted.  Watch this space.

As it turns out, there is still enough fabric left to make another small scrappy quilt.  I’ll have to work out how to make something pretty using the remaining fabric in the most efficient way.

Then it was on to the Just Two Charm Packs Quilt along, my One Monthly Goal.

After laying out the blocks to achieve a pleasing look, without overthinking it, I added the sashings and border.  Once again, other than the gifted half layer cake, everything is from stash.  Like the first quilt, the next step is to find a suitable fabric to use for the backing.  This will not be as easy, but I'm sure I will be able to find something that will work.

While I was stitching the two quilts I also pieced the red split nine patch Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for this month as a leader and ender, which was a bonus.

Now to get on with the next steps.