My belated ‘ta-da’. I’ve finally managed to put together a group of photographs of the quilt I finished last week. It’s definitely a tricky time of year to get accurate colours in photos, what with the reduced hours of daylight, grey clouds and low level sun.
This morning there was a slither of an opening in the clouds, just above the horizon, so I wrapped up warm and took my quilt out into the garden for it’s 8.15am, rising sun, photo shoot!
This was my first EVER quilt, and I understood everything clearly. I don’t even know how to read a pattern and just sew “creatively.” I did learn that I need to be more careful when cutting my fabric because being off 1/8” can go wrong!
Thanks for this wonderful pattern!
Quilting fabrics available for UK purchasers – 20% off PLUS free postage!
Black Coffee in Bed was declared ‘finished’ a few weeks ago but didn’t get recorded here on the blog as the weather was all wrong for taking photos and then we went on holiday…
So, belated drum rolls…. The finished quilt unveiled:
Me and ‘Black Coffee in Bed’ have a story stretching over at least six years! There was a long period when the completed quilt top, pieced back and wadding all resided in the UFO Cupboard of Shame. A fear my quilting would spoil all the hard work that had gone into piecing the patchwork held me back. Anyhow, growing confidence thanks to a sewing machine upgrade and the determined subduing of a perfectionist mindset enabled me to drag the UFO out of the cupboard, back into daylight.
I made a label (see first photo above) before getting down to basting and quilting the caffeine monster. After a using a walking foot to stitch in the ditch around the blocks I switched to a free motion set up, quilting a meander pattern in the setting triangles before stitching a series of vertical waving lines with swirls (to represent the steam rising from a cup of freshly poured coffee) through the blocks; then back to the walking foot to stitch a broad twisted ribbon design through the piano key borders.
The coffee themed ‘Java’ fabrics were designed by Deb Strain for Moda. I think this may have been my first Jelly Roll quilt. The quilt measures 81″ x 64″ and is now available to buy from my Etsy Shop, AllisonsPatchworks.
Linking with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Michelle is doing a bit of that ‘Christmas in July’ thing and Alycia is making masks in readiness for College (or not!). Both link-ups provide lots of inspiration from quilters around the world 🙂
I-Spy quilts are such a fun idea! A quilt is a lovely gift for a child: a warm comforting wrap, a picnic blanket, a magic carpet, a den – a child’s imagination will take that quilt and make it more than the maker could ever have dreamed! An I-Spy quilt can be all those things and a ready-made game too. Novelty fabrics pieced together make a perfect, portable ‘board’ for playing games of ‘I-Spy with my little eye’. All the family can join in, honing observation skills, extending vocabulary and developing letter-sound recognition. Play on the sofa, on a bed, on the floor, in the garden or in a car.
Am I selling the notion of I-Spy quilts to you? 😀
I-Spy with my little eye…. something beginning with S:
Snail? Seahorse? See anymore? 😉
I designed the I-Spy Shadow Quilt with forty-two novelty squares seeming to float above the quilt casting shadows on the background. I love the illusion made by placement of light and dark fabrics across the quilt top. The pattern is available to purchase as a PDF download from my Etsy shop, AllisonsPatchworks.
The pattern uses strip-piecing to speed up the cutting and piecing of this quilt. If you are not familiar with strip-piecing, don’t worry it’s all explained in the pattern. With very few seams to match and no sashing strips to line-up, this quilt can be made by a patchwork quilter with basic skills: able to follow a pattern, use a rotary cutter and stitch consistent quarter inch seams.
And the quilt details:
The pattern requires 42 novelty fabric squares. It can take quite a lot of time and effort to source that many fabrics – ask me how I know 😉 A pack of 5″ novelty fabric squares would be handy wouldn’t it? Well! What-do-you-know? Take a look in my ETSY shop, AllisonPatchworks, and you’ll find packs of 21 or 42 novelty squares, sorted, cut and ready to piece. The packs of 21 squares include UK postage and cost £8.50 each. The packs of 42 squares include UK postage and cost £15 each.
Find the I-Spy Shadow Quilt Pattern and the novelty squares fabric packs at my ETSY Shop, AllisonsPatchworks.