Showing posts with label Quilting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quilting. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Simple Baby Boy Cot Quilt


Finally, a new quilt is on its way - it's been a long time between quilts this year. But a request for a commission of a baby quilt from a friend finally got me moving again.

This quilt is a simple pattern of rectangles 9" x 11" in dimension. I'll do some basic straight line quilting and think an orange binding might look the best. I'd also love to find an orange spot for the backing, but will see what I come across!

I'm looking forward to making a few more quilts again now I've broken the drought!

Happy quilting!

Caity x

Monday, 6 May 2013

Make a Quilt Canvas for Mother's Day


Lately I’ve been trying to use up some of my pieces of material, and I’m not letting myself buy anything new until I've used most of it up!

I’ve always liked Caity’s Children’s Paper Quilt Art Project, and wanted to build on that to make something similar for Mother’s Day using my fabric scraps. So I came up with this Quilt Canvas idea.
It really was a very simple and quick project. You also won’t need many materials.

I purchased a small-ish canvas (one with the larger sides), and used my scrap fabric, glue and paint that I already had on hand. The colour of the paint is Dulux Red Alert.

The whole project took about an hour to complete.

Firstly I cut up some small squares of all the fabric that I wanted to use.

Then I squeezed out heaps of glue and spread it out with my finger all over the area where I wanted to place my squares.

Then I simply stuck each one on! I was careful to ensure the design is balanced.

I finished the design by painting the sides of the canvas, which has added extra colour without being “too much”. The Quilt Picture is quite busy, so if you try something like this yourself, make sure that you leave enough space around the fabric for the picture to breathe.

Happy crafting for Mother’s Day!


Thursday, 21 February 2013

Safari Life Quilt


I finally finished Thom's Safari Life quilt this week. I hadn't realised I had made it back in July last year until I went to write this post - time really flies!

I loved it even then hanging on the clothes line and blowing in the wind - see Safari Life quilt in progress and I love it even more now that Cheryl from Baci Quilts has done all the machine quilting for me!!! As usual she's done a brilliant job and if you have any quilts you want finished I recommend you contact her!

To back the quilt I pieced together a panel from the Happy Drawing series by Ed Emberly for Cloud Nine fabrics I had along with some left over scraps from making all the turning twenty blocks. I teemed it with a soft charcoal grey cotton to make the bright colours pop even more.

For the binding I used a simple black and white pin stripe which I like to think is adding a little bit of zebra to the quilt. Any you can see in the photo above the quilting pattern is of birds and clouds.

I couldn't be happier with this quilt and with the weather just starting to cool off the timing couldn't be better for Thom to have a proper quilt for his bed.

Happy quilting.

Caity x

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Simple Retro-Inspired Sailing Quilt


I'm sure you have all seen the news this week. We have just had a horrendous weekend of weather here in Queensland. Not sure I've seen so much constant rain fall for a long time - if ever!

But while I was house-bound it was the perfect excuse to just sit inside and sew. I found this gorgeous retro boats print fabric on sale at spotlight. The fabric was just so cute I didn't really want to cut it up.

Thom needed another quilt for his bed anyway so it was perfect to make up a simple alternating 4-patch quilt top for him. 

This took me all of one day to do. I already had the aqua and white in my cupboard so it also helped cut down my stash a little. 

The sail boat blocks are 10" square. To make the 4-patch i cut 5 1/4" strips of the aqua and white, sewing them together and then cut up 5 1/4 strips to quickly piece a 4-patch block. 

These blocks when sewn together make a 10" block so there shouldn't be any trimming down to do.

Then simply sew all the blocks together and now it's ready to quilt!

This quilt reminds me of the ferry races in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day.  

So I decided to name this quilt 'The Ferry Race'.

Only problem is going to get getting it off Thom's bed now - he loves it so much he won't let me have it back to quilt!

I also managed to have time to make up another little Ruby doll for a friend to give as a gift for a special little girl - she has cute little piggy tails which I just love!

Happy quilting!

Caity xx

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Baby Kisses Quilt is Finished!


Finally I have finished this quilt I posted back in June last year here - originally this was for a bub who arrived in June last year !! Poor bub ended up with another present instead and this has sat in my cupboard for ages begging to be finished!

So over the holidays I got a chance to get a bit of sewing done and did some basic machine quilting across the 'kisses' and then bound it in a  pale blue gingham.

Now I have a quilt in reserve for any friends who might have a little girl. Wonder what else might be sitting in my cupboards waiting to be finished.....

Happy quilting!

Caity x

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Modern Christmas Tree Quilt


This will be Thom’s 4th Christmas – each one gets more and more fun and I love how excited he gets. This year I wanted to make a Christmas quilt – one that we can bring out each Christmas, something special to add to our Christmas traditions.

This quilt is based on a simple xxx triangle pattern. The triangles are equilateral triangles with each side 11".

I used a mix of red, green, white and aqua to make a really modern design. I used the aqua spots for the background so that the red and green trees ‘pop’ out.

Just need to find the right backing and binding now and get it quilted before the big man comes in 6 weeks!

Happy quilting!

Caity x

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Red Toile Quilt


This week I finally managed to finish my part of my mum's 60th birthday quilt. It's a lovely french red toile print on a light weight linen, which I hope my mum will love!

I would be so incredibly impressed with myself except for the fact it was actually mum's 60th birthday LAST November!!! Yes, it's taken a while - lots of procrastinating on my behalf and for some crazy reason, a weekend of 32 degree heat for me to sit down and finish the quilting.

My aunty and I are making this quilt together - my role was the quilting and my auntie's is all the piecing, so this quilt is now off to my auntie's for its binding, but I thought I'd show you before then just in case I don't get a photo of the finished product!

Caity x

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Safari Life Quilt


I recently ordered a bundle of the Happy Drawing fabrics by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 fabrics. I wanted to make Thom a new quilt for his bed since I realised all his quilts where still cot size.

I wanted to choose a pattern that didn't cut into the great fabrics and found the really simple 'turning twenty' pattern. 

It's a really simple pattern that starts with a single square which you just cut into three pieces. For my quilt I started with 12" blocks which I cut into a 4" wide strip (see the giraffes above), next cut the remaining 4" x 12" block into a 8" square and a 4" x 8" strip.

It was so quick and easy I got the whole quilt top done in a single night.

Now just to get it quilted before winter is over!

Caity x

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Running Through the Heath Nine Patch Quilt


This week I managed to get this great quilt finished! I'm so happy with the result - I made the quilt top earlier in the year back here and finally got around to sending it to my quilting friend Cheryl at Baci Quilts so she could machine quilt it for me!

I chose a butterfly pattern to reflect my memories of Hampstead Heath in the summer time (which is why this quilt is named 'Running Through the Heath'....) 

I bound the quilt in a bright solid aqua a shade brighter than the aqua in the floral prints which helps frame the quilt beautifully.

I'll be sad to part with this quilt, but its heading to a good home - as Sarah and Dr P's belated wedding present. 

Caity x

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Baby Kisses Quilt


I had so much fun making this little quilt. Firstly because it was pink and i just don't make enough pink things and secondly because I'm hedging my bets on a friend due with her first bub soon that it's going to be a girl!!! 

This quilt is based on the traditional Kansas dugout pattern. I've made it a bit simpler though by just working off a simple 8 inch square. I then cut a 4 inch triangle off opposite ends of the square and replaced it with white triangles made by cutting 4 inch squares and then halving them.

It was lots of fun laying out the colours on my living room floor. I think it looks like little interlocking kisses. Hence its name - Baby Kisses.

I used a total of 5 different pinks to make this (all from my existing stash)... hopefully this weekend I will get around to quilting it as the bub is due in 3 weeks!!

Have a lovely weekend with whatever creative projects you are working on!

Caity x

Thursday, 31 May 2012

T2 Baby Quilt


This week I started AND finished a quilt - always a great achievement in my books. This quilt is for a colleague at work who has recently had a little boy named Thomas - hence its name T2. It's a very simple pattern of blue, green and white squares and I was lucky enough to be able to use more of the left overs from my zig-zag/chevron quilt I made back here.

I did have to add a couple more blues, but this quilt was still made completely from my existing stash of fabrics. Oh - I lie - I did have to buy some blue gingham for the binding....

This makes a great little baby present and all up took about 5 hours to complete over a couple days which is pretty good for me.

To quilt it I just did simple straight line quilting across the squares. I don't bother marking these on the quilt - I just it by using my eye to guide me from point to point of each square. 

I also pinned this quilt before quilting this time - it seemed to work a lot better for me than hand tacking or even spray basting (which I do love but is so messy) and took a lot less time.

Caity x

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Made in Cherry Quilt is Finished!


I'm excited I have finally managed to get my Made in Cherry quilt finished and I just love it!

This was my first quilt along - which I started back here and here ....mmm I must work on actually sticking to the quilt along steps next time I join to keep the momentum. 

But I'm mostly just ecstatic to finish a quilt and am not so worried about the 'how' or 'how long'...

I machine quilted this quilt as I want to use it in the living room for every day use. I quilted across each square and then did some basic sewing around the outside to reflect the star outline in the grey background.

I generally like to use what I have in the cupboard for quilt backings. Nice and simple and great way to use up some more of my stash!

I'm so in love with this quilt and I'm pleased to say that apart from the buying the wadding and the binding I used only fabrics I already had.

Right - now back to a little more hand quilting - but first here are a few 'action' shots which will explain why I always use the clothes line to show my finished quilts! - for some reason (read 'my two year old - Thom') they just won't stay flat on the bed!

Caity x
Note: Please don't Pin or use the image of Thom in any way - I'm more than happy for the other images to be used with appropriate recognition given.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Blue Hexagon Quilt


I have been working on this quilt since 2007 - I know - a long time - in that time I have got married, had a little boy and moved interstate and so much has been hectic - plus hand quilting this one has meant I'm not keen to do anything on it over the hot summer months here in Queensland.

But now that the weather has started to cool off a little again I pulled it out a few weeks ago and have been working feverishly on it so I could show you! I have a bit more to go but I'm really getting so close now!

I love how it's looking - the little 'stars' in each hexagon really give the quilt a great texture and I LOVE looking at all the blues  - I can't wait to snuggle up on the couch with this one!!!! 

Caity x

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Made in Cherry Quilt Progress


It's been a few weeks now since I joined the Made in Cherry Quilt Along hosted by Chelsea at Pins and Bobbins. I had all my little 3" squares lovingly laid out on the spare bed but then my mum came to stay - and while she loves quilting as much as I do, I don't think she would have appreciated the mess! So it was all packed away in the cupboard.

But this weekend I pulled them all out again and managed to get the quilt top sewn together. I used a dark charcoal grey for the background and I love how it makes the blues and greens 'pop'.

I have certainly been spurred on my admiring all the other Made in Cherry Quilts that have been popping up on flickr... I have so many favourites I'm not sure where to start - but take a look yourself - there are plenty to ogle!

Better get back to it...

Caity x