Saturday, January 25, 2014

Turning Point - Modern Quilt Guild Challenge Quilt

Last year, I joined the Canberra Modern Quilt Guild. I have really enjoyed finding a group of like minded quilters and turning some online friends into real life friends. As members of the Canberra chapter, we are also members of the International Modern Quilt Guild. This year, they held their third fabric challenge in partnership with Riley Blake Designs as the sponsor. We were provided with 6 different fat 1/8ths, with the guidelines that it must be anything quilted!
As soon as I saw the fabrics, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Ever since I took Sarah Fielke's Craftsy Class - Big Techniques from Small Scraps I have been dying to make a dresden plate quilt. So I took this opportunity to make one! Using the provided fabrics and a few Riley Blakes I had in the stash I set to work. Making the dresden plate was pretty easy actually. I did run into trouble as my dresden wedge template wasn't big enough, however I just extended the length with some jatz cracker cardboard and it all worked out.
Once it was all sewn and ironed, it was pretty quick to hand stitch it together. If you follow me on instagram (@2littleausbirds) you probably saw a few progress shots? I just love the instagram community and speaking of it, did you take part in the #greataussiedestash? Oh, boy, wasn't that crazy! I sold a lot of bits and pieces, however, I probably bought a bit much! Oopsies...
Now, back to the quilt. I added the little circles afterwards, as I felt it needed something extra. I finished it off with some simple quilting, which I think looked pretty fab on the back too. I  popped that lovely black and white binding on to finish it off. I am pretty happy with the result and have even entered it in the Canberra Show for a bit of fun.

Well, what do you think? Have you tried anything new lately? I can't wait to get into my new 2014 projects with my lovely new to me Janome (thanks mum!).

Quilt Specifications:
Quilt name: Turning Point
Made for: Modern Quilt Guild Third Fabric Challenge
Finished size: 36 x 36 inches
Fabrics used: Riley Blake Basics (supplied by Riley Blake), chevrons and spots from the stash
Pattern: Based on Craftsy tutorial by Sarah Fielke
Quilting details: Straight line quilting with Aurifil variegated grey (from the Tula Pink pack)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tutorial: Mega orange peel improv block

This year I have joined my first bee. I am the queen bee for January and have been looking and looking for which block I would like to do. Then I landed on it and made it work for me. Inspired by Quilting Modern's pod block, I am very excited to share my mega orange peel improv block! If you would like more information on sewing a simple curved seam, have a look at my previous tutorial here.
Fabric requirements and cutting instructions:
  • Peels - cut four 2 1/2 inch x 8 inch rectangles from different bright fabrics of your choice.
  • Background - cut eight 3 inch x 11 inch rectangles from four different solid whites or white tone on tone fabrics.
  • Triangle corners - cut four 7 inch squares from different monochrome fabrics. Cut the squares in half to create 8 HSTs (half square triangles). 

Step one: Overlap half of the peel rectangle onto the white background right sides up. Free hand slice a gentle curve with your rotary cutter. Discard the smaller scraps. Sew the peel and background together, easing the seams into each other (this part feels unnatural because it seems back to front. Trust me it will work!). Press seams towards the peel.

Step two: Repeat step one on the other side; overlap the straight edge of the peel onto the second background rectangle, slice a gentle curve, sew and press the seams towards the peel.

Step three: Trim this piece to 3 x 10 inches, leaving at least 3/4 inch clear around the peel.

Step four: Sew the matching HSTs on either side of the peel block and press the seams towards the triangle.

Step five: Trim your block to 6 1/2 inches square. Make sure you keep at least 1/2 inch clear around the peel ends (so they don't get lost in the seams).

Step six: Arrange your blocks to form a cross and sew the four blocks together to complete the mega orange peel improv block. Don't worry about matching all those triangles together, the mismatched seams are part of the charm.

Well, what do you think? I really love it! Can't wait to see them all. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will be more than happy to help out :)

Crystal x