Wednesday 10 August 2011

WIP Wednesday - Log Cabin Progress

Much progress had been made on the sewing goats log cabin blocks - I've finished 15 of the 20 blocks and have the fabric cut for the final 5.   I fear it will take me a long time to decide on a final layout, plus when I just spread the blocks on the bed to photograph them, I realised that I used the same yellow and white stripe on the outside of several blocks and didn't repeat any other fabrics as often, so I may go back and change one or two of those.  Also, I have absolutely no idea how I want to quilt this one...any ideas?  

I only noticed after finishing the block that the small orange floral print matches the jacket on the dress form almost exactly!

After tossing her off the bed several times while trying to shoot the blocks, I finally gave in and let Luna have a lounge on the fabric.  She was in another room sleeping soundly before I started.  Seriously, fabric is like kitty crack, and quilts are even worse!

I am linking up to Works in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced - go check out everyone's progress this week.

Tuesday 9 August 2011

Baby Lovie Blanket

I finished up my first project for the baby last week.  I made a lovie with two fat quarters of Japanese fabric - a super soft linen and cotton stripe with cherries and strawberries and a sweet hedgehog and squirrel print on the back.  I added fabric tags on all four sides and then sewed them closed, as they would have been large enough to entangle tiny arms and legs.  Rather than quilt the blanket, I've tacked it down using the decorative heart stitch on my machine and then top stitched around the edges.  Fast, easy and cute - I'm really pleased with the result!

I am linking up to Fabric Tuesday - check out everyone's projects...

Friday 5 August 2011

Sewing Goats

I am seriously loving these log cabin blocks - they are so much fun to put together.  I'm halfway through with the green blocks and then on to the blue and beige blocks...  As the center squares have so much character, I have been trying to use more discreet fabrics for the logs.  I am also using several different shades of Robert Kaufman Essex Linen and strips of the goat fabric in contrasting colors in an effort to keep the main focus on the center of the blocks.

Wednesday 3 August 2011

WIP Wednesday - pigs, goats and sushi

With the new addition to our family arriving in December, I am obsessing about baby many ideas and plans but never enough time! 

With my husband out of town last weekend, I was able to start two new quilt projects.  It is my turn to send out fabric for the Blockheadz bee group, and I am requesting a basic star block using Cluck Cluck Sew's excellent tutorial.  I cut the fabric for 16 different star centers with coordinating points and am using Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in natural for the background.  After piecing two blocks myself to double check that I cut enough fabric before sending it off and to make sure I was happy with the design, I have decided to add borders to each block once they are returned to me using the same fabrics as the stars.  I even managed to get a head start and cut all of the border strips, which should make the quilt top assembly pretty quick when the blocks are sent back in September.

I broke down and used some of my fiercely hoarded and precious Heather Ross Munki Munki sushi fabric.  My sister sent me a leg panel a while back, and I just love it so much that it hurts to cut into it. 

The fantastic Japanese fabric in this block is a fun stripe which I found at Super Buzzy - they have so many pig weakness!

My second start this week is on these little sewing goats.  I fussy cut twenty 5 inch squares of the various scenes on these fabrics in green, blue and beige.  I also have this print in a bright pink color way, but I figured that would probably result in a slightly too girly quilt for a little boy.  As you can see, the fabric is a thicker cotton/linen blend.  My plan is to use the squares as the center of log cabin blocks - I'll keep you updated on the progress!

I am linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced - pop over and have a look.