Showing posts with label simple quilts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label simple quilts. Show all posts

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, 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, 13 October 2011

The Odd Square Quilt


Odd Squares
This is just a simple little bub quilt for a friend’s bub (born last week - welcome Astar Cate!) - it’s made up of a single pack of charm squares of ‘Hoopla’ by Moda.

To try and break away from the standard square blocks I tried to make it a little more exciting by chopping of random sized corners of each coloured block.

A few close ups of the quilting

I just love all these bright colours.

For the quilting I machine quilted ¼ inch from each seam and also diagonally across the colours blocks. I love this quilt because it’s cute, bright and perfect for a little bub lie on the floor and discover all those lovely bright colours and prints!

For the binding I used a bright green and white spot (all my binding seems to be spots at the moment - but I love them as they really reflect the modern quilting style).

The backing for this quilt is just made up of a range of yellows I already had in my stash. It shows up the quilting pattern nicely.

Can you see the Ohio quilt pattern?

Finished Dimensions: 90cm x 90cm (36" x 36")

x Caity