Next in the parade of finished quilts is my giant quarter log cabin quilt, I’ve always wanted to try and make one of these blown up block quilts and this is a block I really do enjoy making.
As you can see I used some of the pre quilted backing I’ve got in a grey lilac colour and wanted to keep my quilting quite simple, so I ran about 1/4 of an inch off each side of the seams then echoed it once. It stopped the back looking too busy and let the top speak for its self. (Yes I do think quilts speak!)
Then I dug into my Christmas fabrics. I went with whole cloth pretty much over piecing them.
I meandered along the sides and followed the pattern across the middle.
This one had me swearing like a trooper, if my thread snapped once it snapped 40 times! I have no idea why but it was seriously annoying.
So those are my finished 4, easy and quick to do 🙂
My WIP that I’m about to share is proof that linen diamonds are NOT a girls best friend. People the linen fairies came out when I wasn’t looking and stretched them making it totally impossible to get them to line up Grrr! Never mind though as I’m in love with the fabrics! My mum who I totally take after in this respect is for all intents and purposes rubbish at keeping Christmas gifts till Christmas. I regularly have had an early Christmas in October growing up and honestly I don’t know who has more fun with it me or her! Anyway she bought me a LOAD of Echino FQ’s!!!! I am Super duper happy!!!! (Hence my addiction to the exclamation mark) and had to make something for myself straight away, being fair here they were a Christmas gift so logically I needed to have made myself something before Christmas. Now those prints are big and when teamed up with Heather Ross’s FFA2 I needed BIG blocks So off to Kaffe Fassett’s books for inspiration I went, best to mention here I am genetically unable to follow a pattern without “tweaking” it. So Simple shapes held the answer, the bright colourful diamonds quilt grabbed my imagination and off I went chopping and changing and ending up with something that looks bugger all like Kaffe intended. I decided it wasn’t wide enough so added columns
Side note a fly has just landed in my coffee, be back in a moment.
So columns yes, then I didn’t like the look of the double sashing around each diamond so I scrapped it and only did one, I did it my way (theres a song in there somewhere) so that made getting them to line up harder and I still hadn’t quite got the trick for sewing diamonds so I will leave it to your imagination how it looked at this point and how much seam ripping I did. Once the top was as done as I can ever face doing I started the basting only to discover that yes Sarah if you change the size of the top the backing needs to grow too *D’oh!* insert more swearing at the quilt (I’d be bankrupted if I’d had a swear jar in the room while making this!) So pieced backing it was. After all of that all the poor thing needs is it’s binding put on but I think that’ll take some messing with too as I went for funky corners 😀
After all of that I really really like this quilt, heres a sneak peek at the top. All of the fabrics in the diamonds are from Kokka designers 😀
And one of the back
Once it’s all done I promise I’ll take proper photos.
As of right now some long awaited bee blocks are on my sewing table, I’m soooo behind, Sorry again girlies!
We are sewing machine shopping at the weekend so I’ll let you know how that goes, any tips for can’t be without freebies I should be asking the guys about?
Hope you’re having a fun week and getting time to sew!