Woohoo - I finally have a finished quilt to show you after what feels like quite a gap between finishes! I started this quilt at the very start of February (in a class with Kaffe Fassett!!!), and I've been working on it fairly steadily ever since.
Now that it's finished, I absolutely love it. This is a quilt where I really pushed myself with colour and fabric choices, and I'm truly happy with the outcome. The process has given me a boost of confidence and I feel like I'm a better quilter as a result.
The s-block is so simple, but has such a graphic quality, especially when you follow Kaffe's advice and ensure that there is a good amount of contrast between the two fabrics used in each block. I'm really pleased that I used fabrics that are representative of my stash, and there are lots and lots of favourites in there (including the border print, which I honestly wasn't expecting to use in a quilt - I thought I might use it for a bag!).
There are a few Kaffe Fassett prints in the quilt top, but the back is where his fabric really shines. This flower tile print has a paler version of each colour from the front of the quilt, which means it works perfectly as a backing. I'm also rather proud of the fact that I matched the print across the backing - yes, it is pieced, and I dare ya to find the seam.
Most of my recent quilts have used a single fabric for the binding. This quilt reminded me how fun a scrappy binding can be (and also I couldn't decide which colour to pull out of the quilt top to use for the binding).
With so much happening in the quilt top, this quilt really doesn't need fancy quilting. I went with my favourite diagonal crosshatch, in a variegated purple thread. This has given the quilt great texture without being too distracting (and also has the benefit of working well with my slightly dodgy piecing!).
So, if I could enter the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge, this would be my entry (even though the purples are not necessarily particularly close to radiant orchid). I'm really excited to see what everyone has been up to when Anne from Play Crafts and I open up the linky for entries in a week's time! Remember, entries are open until 11pm PST on 21 March 2014, so you still have time to make something (as well as quilts, we have categories for mini quilts and quilt tops). Click here for all the details, including the rules, our wonderful sponsors and our fantastic judges.
Quilt Stats Pattern: S-block quilt from Kaffe Fassett's books Country Garden Quilts and Kaffe Quilts Again Finished Size: approx 72" square
A couple of weeks ago I took a little road trip to the Craft and Quilt Fair in Palmerston North (about two hours drive from Wellington, for those outside New Zealand). I travelled with a friend and we decided to make a day of it, stopping at quilt shops in small towns on the way.
I ended up buying four fabrics, not all from the same place, which ended up sitting together and formed an unexpectedly charming combination. I'm pretty sure if someone told me they were putting together chartreuse, hot pink, plummy purple, greyed off brown and cream together in a quilt I would expect it to be a hot mess! Anyway, those four fabrics formed the basis for this bundle and I think it works surprisingly well.
It's coming into autumn here and the weather is already getting cooler. Most of our trees are evergreen so we don't get the spectacular scenes of turning leaves like in other parts of the world. I'm still noticing and enjoying the little changes though. I think one of the best things that quilting has done for me is make me more aware of the beauty in everyday things, and seek that out more often.
Anyway, enough with the smooshy stuff - I now have an even bigger pile of equilateral triangles cut and ready to piece. Yes, I'm making another equilateral triangle quilt - like the one for my brother, the layout is going to be fairly random. This is going to be the sample for the class I'm teaching at Nancy's in May.
One of the fabrics I'm including in this quilt is from the Beauty is You collection by Cori Dantini. It's getting a bit hard to find online now, so I was thrilled to find a few prints, including the large and small panels of ladies, at a local quilt shop this week. I think these girls will be right at home on the back of my quilt.
I've been meaning to show you these utterly gorgeous hand-knit socks that were made just for me by the amazing Kelsey from Everyday Fray. Back in August I had a hankering for some hand knitted socks, and after a pretty feeble attempt at knitting myself a scarf (lets just say I bought the yarn in August and I still haven't knitted more than a swatch), I realised that I'm not going to be knitting my own socks any time soon.
You should definitely check out Kelsey's blog post for all the deets on these socks. It turns out that Kelsey and I have nearly the same size feet, which was a bonus, and these socks fit me perfectly.
They are soft, they are squishy, the cabling is amazing, and you can probably tell from my latest quilting efforts that I'm definitely not over last year's purple kick!
I know that hand knit socks are a lot of work to make and are delicate, so I'm only planning to wear these indoors with my wool lined slippers, and I'll be taking extra care with washing them too. Autumn has just begun here and we had a couple of cool days. It's not quite wool sock weather yet, but I'm sure looking forward to getting to wear these beauties.
Opposable thumbs should always be busy knitting for those without. Whiskey
Yes Whiskey (the family dog) was wearing this jumper for warmth mid-summer and yes it is handmade *spoilt*. He may need it again this weekend looking at the forecast but it's good for those with indoor hobbies/Oscar nominated films to catch up on!