Monday, 29 February 2016

OMG - February Finish

I was so excited about finishing the Estonian Flag Quilt that I almost forgot about my February quilting goal.  Fortunately I'd thought small for this month and was able to squeak it in.

This quilt is a mini; made from a circa 1934 charm pack along with a fat quarter for the binding.  I started making miniature quilts ages ago as a way to practice machine quilting - it was the only way I moved beyond stitch in the ditch and stippling.  While I'm felling more comfortable with my quilting skills these days, these little quilts are wonderful to play with and test out new ideas.

Lately, I've been playing with HSTs (Half-Square Triangles), there are so many patterns you can create from such a simple block.  This one was an experiment with colour.  Conventional wisdom says colour doesn't matter and you need to pay attention to value.  However with this quilt, I made red and black zig-zags and many of the red and black triangles are light in value compared to the background triangles.  I was curious if the zig-zags would still show up even though I broke the value rule.

Here is the back of the quilt.  To give you an idea of the scale of this quilt - it is pieced from whole charm squares (leftovers) that weren't needed for the front.  I love that little typewriter in the middle square and spent way too long trying to figure out how to make it work for the front.

And a close-up of the quilting...  While I've done lots of pebbling, I'd never tried just a row before - It's been such a cool element on so many quilts I've admired.  I hoped it would help emphasize the zig-zags.

To see how everyone else did with their OMG goals, check out Red Letter Quilts OMG - February Finish link up.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Estonian Flag Quilt

is done!

Here it is in all it's quilted glory.  The biggest piece in this top finishes at 1" x 2.5".

And here is the back.  For the binding I matched the binding colour to the top so that the front looks like it isn't bound at all.

For each of the stripes, I chose a different quilting pattern just to add more texture to the quilt.  For the blue, I did big daisy type flowers.

For the black, I chose wavy stripes.

And for the white a chrysanthemum looking pattern.

Finished!  And just in time too.
I managed to get the quilt finished, photos taken, and wrapped with 30 minutes to spare.

There is something to being a pack-rat, my grandmother gave me this ribbon many many years ago and it was perfect to wrap the quit in.

I'm happy to report, the recipient liked it.

Linked up with The Needle and Thread Network - WIP Wednesday and Sew Fresh Quilts - Let's Bee Social.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

After a short break to play work on a few other projects, it's time to get back to the Estonian Flag Quilt. 

When I was considering what to do for the quilt back I took a look at the three stripes of the flag and immediately thought of a rail fence quilt.  Plus the idea of all of these mini flags multiplying just appealed. )

Here is the back, ready for basting.

And a little refresher on what the front.

And here are the enders and leaders that came along for the ride...

I've figured out how I want to quilt it, plus there is a deadline for this quilt; so I'm hopeful this one won't get stuck at this step.  (The most common place my quilts get stuck at). 

Do you have a place your quilts typically rest at?

Linked up with The Needle and Thread Network - WIP Wednesday and Sew Fresh Quilts - Let's Bee Social.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

OMG - February

Well, January's goal proved to be a little time consuming and I do have another quilt to finish this month; so I went with something a little smaller for February's goal.

Once again, my goal for the month is to have this project quilted and bound.

To see what everyone else is up to, check out the OMG goals for February.