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Elephants baby quilt

Another one on the go, this time for my friend in work, who's baby is due early January.

I fell for this cute elephant print called Bungle Jungle by Tim and Beck for Moda at Ray Stitch recently and decided to follow Julie of Jaybird Quilts' pattern in her new book, Skip the Borders, which I treated myself to along with Angela walter's new quilting book..

Rather than cut these lovely characters up into 8in x 3.5in bricks, I decided to use plains and smaller prints for these, and keep as big a width of elephant print as possible.

Here's my stash, all ready to go…

And here we are several cuts later (I popped Downton Abbey on and cut these out infront of the TV - bliss!)

With The Husband working today, I plan to at least sew the bricks into neat rows - I think this is going to look very cute indeed.


A quilt in a day (well nearly)

It's a sunny Saturday today, and with the Husband having to work at the last minute, it was all systems go for me too. We've been invited to Baby-Jack-across-the-road's christening next weekend. Now I failed on making him a quilt for his arrival back in July so I decided that, if I chose something easy, I could make him a cot quilt.

So, still in my dressing gown, I raided my stash this morning and plumped for Caleb Gray's On the Road for Robert Kaufman in lime green, which I bought some time back from Clothkits. I then pulled out plains in duck egg, teal, yellow and orange, adding in white to keep things crisp.

When it came to size, I was limited by the number of sqaures I could cut from my hero fabric, so The On the Road squares are 8in, with the plain borders 2 1/4in. I made five with coloured borders and four with white. The gingham is Darla TW18 Green by Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit and I decided to use this for the sashing. When it came to backing fabric, I used Punctuation by Sandy Klop for Moda, which I'd bought for the Baby Flags Quilt (yes I know, that means I'll have to go shopping to finish this for October's LMQG challenge!!). To make the quilt top less square, I added a strip top and bottom of an orange houndstooth, which I picked up at Tricolett, which has unfortunately closed down.

Anyway, with the top done (will show tomorrow), and the sandwich pinned and ready for quilting, I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. Still a deadline of next Sunday means I'll have to keep the momentum going. I've named this cute quilt'Traffic Jam', as you can just imaging the cars, vans, lorries and buses all honking and tooting away as they go about their daily business.


Wedding Quilt... started

I've started another quilt (I know I seem to have several WIPs, but it's quite an eventful summer with babies, birthdays and the wedding of my stylist – and stylish – friend Emma).

I taught Emma to sew far too many years ago than either of us care to rememer, so it seems only right that I make something for her and husband-to-be Matthew's big day.

She's a bit of a vintage girl at heart, so when I saw Kate Spain's Good Fortune range as a layer cake at Tricolette after last month's LMQG meeting, I knew I'd found the right fabric collection.

I decided to follow a pattern from Moda Bakeshop by The Polka Dot Chair, which starts by divding your layer cake into five colour groups. With a bit of improvisation, I finally got the right number of fabrics in each pile. Then it was on to cutting three groups into strips of three and mixing them up before machine-stitching back together.

Then, armed with my rotary cutter, I got lots of cutting practice in as I trimmed my machine strips and the remaining squares to 9inches. Yet more scraps… I love the colour and pattern hit these give.

So I did what every quilter does, and popped the scraps in a zip-lock bag. I wonder if I can use them on the back of my wedding quilt, maybe to 'frame' the label, although I need to sort out a label (and blog header) design, which has been on my 'to do list' for months now.

Although I do like an empty Bon Maman jam jar, washed out with its cute gingham lid. I used one to fill up with haberdashery for our recent swap at the LMGQ meeting (oh great news, they've also found space at the John Lewis bistro on Oxford Street for all of our 'What modern quilting means to me' minis, so my little hexie one will be there!).


Must try harder

I've noticed a theme to my posts recently, that of buying fabric and not actually using it. Take our monthly meeting of the London Modern Quilt Guild two Sundays ago. Held at Tricolette just off Abbey Road, I managed to spend £38.40 before we even got started (thanks Michael for letting us meet there). Now, I missed last month's meeting due to essential DIY-ing in preparation for our living room shelves, so I didn't swap my bag of scraps, let alone make the wonky log cabin block (see what I mean about not actually sewing, just dreaming and spending!).

Oops, here's one of the purchases – a Kate Spain layer cake – just for a fabric hit in this post…

Anyway, with my fabric tucked away under my seat, the meeting started. Then lovely Pennie arrived with surprise guest Aneela Hoey, fabric designer and book author extraordinaire. Aneela was so generous with her advice as she told us how teamed up with Moda and how she transfers her designs from paper to screen. 

I left all geered up for next month's challenge, and as I'm off this week, I might just make it. We have to design a 12inch block that sums up modern quilting, with the best displayed at John Lewis on Oxford Street. Will keep you posted… although I am feeling the need to buy some plain grey fabric to sash my design!


Put the flags out

I thought I'd show you this year's first WIP, before I get carried away with my Sparkle Punch Quilt. I've had my eye on Moda's Flag Baby Quilt ever since I treated myself to their Fresh Fabric Treats book in September. I've lots of bright oranges, pinks, limes and purples in my stash (including a vintage piece from my own nursery when I was a baby and a few Amy Butler bits), which I knew would be perfect for this quilt as soon as I saw it. So, I spent an afternoon of my 'down time' between Christmas and New Year to machine stitch the semi circle flags. 

I used a slightly off-white/flax coloured backing as I didn't want a crisp white as thought it might be too harsh. I bought this on my pre-Christmas shopping trip to Ray Stitch on Essex Road, Islington, along with a fab orange stripe for the backing, which I'll show when I get to that stage!

So I began to roughly position the flags in place. As my backing fabric piece only measured 100cm x 100cm (I only bought 1m) and not the 43inch square piece the book said I needed, I was careful not to pin them too close to the edges (I ended up repositioning some of the flags since taking the photo below as I realised that you need them to line up to make it easier to stitch the 'string' in place). I also used 20 flags rather than the 22 as per the book.

So now I'm sewing the flags in place by hand, which is really nice to do on an evening after work as I'm not hunched over the sewing machine. Next step is to add the 'string' between the flags.