Friday, 24 October 2014

Quilt Market = Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry 2: Mini Quilt


I was torn when it came to deciding on my second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival this fall.  I thought about entering Woven - my textile art quilt but I've made the choice and gone with my Hand Tied Flannel Snuggly.

What made me uncertain about entering this is that I've only just posted about it so apologies to those who are seeing it again so quickly but for everyone else there's lots more photos and quilt details here in my original blog post.


I made this snuggly quilt for my first grandchild, Oliver, born (almost) 5 weeks ago.  I took it over to him in Seville, Spain and am thrilled that it's already a firm favourite.  Just look at the pic my DIL, Ana, sent me this week, he's giving her a cheeky peek-a-boo smile on her birthday!!!


I've entered my Hand Tied Flannel Snuggly in the Mini Quilt category (quilts measuring no more than 80" around), which is perfect as it's a 20" square.


From 1 November through to 7 November you can cast your votes and the winners are announced on 8 November.

Once voting opens to place a vote click through here to the category, locate the white heart in the top right corner of the pic of the quilt you want to vote for; click on it so it turns red; you've placed your vote.


I hope you'll drop by and cast your favourite quilt vote from the 1st :D


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Quilt Market = Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry 1: Original Design Quilts

It's that time of year again and this is my first entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival held twice a year over at Amy's Creative Side as a companion event to Quilt Market.  


My first entry is my Remains Of The Day quilt - made as a sample for Melanie Testa's booth at the last Quilt Market using her Meadowlark collection for Windham Fabrics.  It's the first, and to date only, circular quilt I've made with a rolled self bound edge and matchstick quilting.

Lots more photos and a full explanation of the quilt name, my process and pics from Quilt Market here in my original blog post.


I really want to share with you this pic of me (on the left) with Meadowlark fabric designer Melanie at our July NYC MOD Quilt Guild meeting.  I loooove this pic so much.


I've entered Remains Of The Day in 


From 1 November through to 7 November you can cast your votes and the winners are announced on 8 November.

Once voting opens to place a vote click through here to the category, locate the white heart in the top right corner of the pic of the quilt you want to vote for; click on it so it turns red; you've placed your vote.


I hope you'll drop by and cast your favourite quilt vote from the 1st :D


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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cloud9 Fabrics Cirrus Solids HST Block Challenge


Remember the Cloud9 Fabrics Baby Quilt Challenge I took part in with my NYC Mod Quilt Guild back in June when I made this Foxy Circle Quilt?  


Well Michelle Engel Bencsko, Co-Founder, Design & Marketing Director at Cloud9 Fabrics set our Guild another challenge to introduce Cloud9's new range of Cirrus Solids.


There's 21 colours in the Cirrus Solids range - chambray weight crossweaves and 100% certified organic cottton.

Our current challenge to create an 8.5" x 8.5" block comprising of only HSTs in a layout similar to the examples in the given black and white diagram below.


There's three given colour groups with different rules for each group - I chose two packs, Combo 2 - Invigorating and Combo 3 - Soothing 


Although I've not put this post together as a tute I've included my design notes for both blocks so you make them too.   Both blocks are quite simple - 16 half square triangles (HSTs) joined together to form rows that are then sewn with nested seams to make the final block.  I've written tutes for both of these processes before and here's links to those if you need them.


The blocks are made up of 16 x 3.5" squares which are joined as HSTs and trimmed down to 2.5" blocks, joined in rows of 4 to produce an 8.5" block including seam allowance.


 HST Block Challenge: Combo 2 - Invigorating


Above are the Cirrus Solids fabrics supplied by Cloud9, aren't they gorgeous?  

Rules from left to right: first two fabrics must be used in any amount as a positive, the third fabric must be used in every HST as a negative and then use one colour only in any amount as a positive from the remaining five fabrics supplied.


My design and chosen fabrics.

Here's the cut 3.5" squares:
2 x Coral, 4 x Lava, 8 x Ash, 2 x Iris


HSTs sewn, trimmed and laid out in rows as shown in design.


My finished Combo 2 - Invigorating Block



Here's a close up of the fabrics - I want to try to share the texture with you, it's a really great crossweave.



HST Block Challenge: Combo 3 - Soothing


The next group of Cirrus Solids fabrics supplied by Cloud9, I love these even more than the first group if that's possible!  

Rules from left to right: first two fabrics must be used in any amount as a positive, the third fabric must be used in any amount as a negative and then, from the remaining five fabrics supplied, use one colour only as a positive for a maximum of 2 HSTs which must touch within the finished block.


My second block design and chosen fabrics.

Here's the cut 3.5" squares:
1 x Turquoise, 6 x Rain, 8 x Sand, 1 x Fuschia


HSTs sewn, trimmed and laid out in rows as shown in design.


My finished Combo 3 - Soothing Block



Another close up of the crossweave fabric.


And the two blocks together.


Michelle will be judging the finished blocks and a 'best block' winner from each of the three colour groups will receive a Fat Eighth bundle of all 21 Cirrus Solids colours.  The finished blocks will be made into a Cloud9 Fabrics marketing sample quilt and after it's made its rounds it'll be auctionned.

You can see all the blocks here on the NYC Mod Quilt Guild website.   

I really enjoyed working with the fabrics, I was nervous that the weave would fray easily but it didn't and it also held its shape well when cut on the bias without needing to use starch.  I was impressed that it didn't shrink when I water sprayed it before pressing - don't know if you've ever noticed but some fabrics do?!!!  It's soft yet has a great weight and I like the look and feel of the texture.  I'm enjoying that there's so many more solids and particularly solids with texture available across the fabric companies these days rather than always turning to Kona (though I do love them!), still it's really refreshing.

Have you tried Cirrus Solids yet - what do you think of them?



 
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