This quilt was made for my little buddy Isaac. His Dad has been a work colleague and friend for nearly 10 years, he’s a big fan of natural fibers and loves the beach and gardening, which inspired the colours and prints.
When I heard last year that a bubba was on the way I knew I had to make a quilt. I love plus blocks for baby quilts and tried sketching a few options before settling on this one and working out the dimensions. The quilt finishes at 40″ square with each block at 10″ square.
The fabrics, batting and even the thread are all 100% cotton. The blue and green are cross weaves that have a great shimmer from various angles. The sandy yellow has a grey metallic print with a botanical theme, similar to the multi colour on white. All of the fabrics and cotton batting were purchased from Spotlight.
I originally intended to create a crosshatch grid with the quilting but after completing the diagonal lines in one direction it was just so lovely and soft so I decided to leave it at that. I used my favourite Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in a medium grey (#1158) that sunk in and blended beautifully.
The binding was done by machine to withstand all the washing and dragging that baby quilts are subjected to, I’ve finally figured out just the right way to do it neatly, cutting the strips at 2 1/4″ and sewn to the back before folding over to the front and top stitching. The backing used left over strips from the front.
A little label to finish up and it’s now been gifted to Isaac with instructions to use it for picnics, cubbys, dragging around, and having lots of fun.
When you get a pair of pretty scissors, they really need a pretty pouch.
My friend Rachael from WMQG made one of these scissors cozys for our secret santa swap and I loved it so she shared the link with me to the tutorial on s.o.t.a.k handmade.
Shortly after I was lucky enough to get a pair of the gorgeous rainbow Tula Pink shears, but I didn’t want them clinking around with my other bits and pieces and getting scratched, so they haven’t left my sewing space.
It’s only taken 9 months to make a scissor cozy for them, using Tula Pink fabric of course! These are two of my favourites – Raccoons in Blueberry and Hummingbird in Dusk from the Acacia line – I knew they were a great combo when I bought them nearly 3 years ago! I quilted the outer panels with my walking foot using Aurifil 50wt in Violet (2520).
I’m going to have to make another soon, they’re a perfect fit for my Karen Kay Buckley scissors to!
The pouch should fit most standard size shears, but the template would be easily adjustable for different size scissors. Two thumbs up from me, and the raccoons (with their creepy little people hands).
This past weekend I was lucky to have a place in a 2 day workshop, hosted by the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild, we welcomed artist and quilter Karlee Porter to Wollongong for the final leg of her Australian tour. Karlee’s signature style is called Graffiti Quilting, an approach to free-motion quilting that builds up a design from layers of elements, some which have been inspired by street art, some using common quilting motifs in a modern way.
On the first morning Karlee took us through 20 or so designs and techniques which we practiced in our sketch books, and then started to combine.
After lunch we put those ideas onto fabric with no real plan and only gentle direction provided by Karlee. My free motion skills were a little rusty but I slowly found a rhythm. I’d do a little bit and then stop and think about the next element, trying to pick something to suit the space or contrast a geometric design with a soft and swirly one, the whole while referring back to my sketch book and the fun analogies about the different designs.
That evening we were joined by more WMQG members for a trunk show where Karlee spoke about her background and a selection of her quilts, explaining the progression of her work, the highs and lows of entering shows and different experiments along the way. I particularly enjoyed hearing about her collaborations with other artists, having their designs digitally printed on fabric which is then quilted. Of course, cheese and wine with guild members and our guests made for a really enjoyable evening.
On day two we spoke more about materials, threads, fabrics and battings that suit this style of quilting and what situations they suit best. Karlee also took us through different layout options and then suggestions on how certain elements go together. I chose to try quilting in rows with a common circular element up the middle.
For my sample piece I’ve used black solid from Spotlight with 2 layers of cotton batting. The thread is Aurifil 28wt in a magenta colour and then a soft medium pink, the next two colours will be a light grey and then finally white. I found I really liked the geometric elements, particularly the columns and my curves were definitely improving with practice.
All in all I had a great time and really learned a lot from Karlee, she’s fun and genuine with lots of tips and tricks for creating our own unique spin on Graffiti Quilting. I hope to practice more and put together some smaller pieces that can be used for pouch & bag panels, and will most definitely keep sketching and drawing, I found I really enjoyed that part! Here’s a start on something in my sketch book…