Vintage Improv Quilt


By Judith on November 3, 2017
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Hello my friends!

 

Happy November to you all!  Aren’t the weeks just flying in!

 

There have been a few exciting developments in the Hollies Household, which I will be able to tell you all about in 2 weeks time (can’t wait!!).

 

In the meantime, I can tell you about a quilt I made earlier in the year, which was featured in the September issue of Quilt Now (apologies for the late posting).

 

Vintage Improv Quilt (Quilt Now September17)

 

This is another scrap-busting project, using medium to low volume prints which have a ‘vintagey’ vibe (‘volume’ refers to the ‘loudness’ or brightness of the fabric).

 

I had a ball dipping in and out of my scraps drawers, using wee pieces, leftover jelly roll strips and scraps of vintage sheets.

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

And if you look closely, you’ll discover little snippets of vintage embroidery, lace and trim!

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

This improvisational style of piecing is quite addictive!  You just start with a few small pieces, keep adding and trimming as you go, and before you know it, your scraps have grown into a sizeable panel.

 

 

I got so carried away that I made too many sections!  Not wanting to waste them, I sewed them altogether and used them as a central panel in the back, pieced between 2 vintage sheets!

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

Even the binding is another vintage sheet!

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

I appreciate that maintaining a healthy ‘scrap stash’ takes organisation and space, but here are a few advantages you get from it:

  • You can make an entire quilt using just scraps!
  • Make your scraps go further using yardage for the background.
  • Enjoy the satisfaction & frugality of turning leftovers into many wonderful and new projects.
  • Put them to good use in charity bee blocks, like Bee Blessed.
  • Use scraps to ‘test’ blocks or measurements when resizing a block

I’m sure you can think of lots more advantages to keeping your fabric leftovers. And you can be even more creative thinking up genius ways to store them!

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

Despite this being a sizeable quilt (72″ x 82.5″) I wish I could tell you I made a significant dent in my scraps stash making it!!

 

But that just means I have lots of lovely gems waiting for another chance to be transformed!

 

I wonder what my next scrappy project will be?

 

Happy scrapping!

 

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Autumn Boho Quilt


By Judith on September 1, 2017
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Happy first of September!

 

I’m always a little conflicted when we enter a new season and a new term.  I love the colours and smells of Autumn, a feast for the senses, but I always grieve a little for the ending of another brief summer.

 

So continuing the Autumnal theme, I can show you my Autumn Boho Quilt.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

This is a bigger quilt than I usually make, at 72″ x 89.5″.

 

For a while now I’ve been wanting to use my stash of large scale prints. I have a number of fat quarters and half metres from wonderful designers like Sandi Henderson, Anna-Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Amy Butler to name a few.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

What these designers have in common is their courage to use colour and pattern, even when it ‘clashes’.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

So I kept the design large and simple – 17″ half square triangles with navy feature diamonds.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

This is a great beginner friendly project.  You can work from 20 fat quarters and a little yardage for the contrasting diamonds.  The diamonds are important as it gives the eye somewhere to land among the busyness of the prints.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

If you are a regular visitor to my blog then you will know how much I love scrappy quilts.  I appreciate they are not to everyone’s taste, but if you like using up fabric, then why not have a go!

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)
The back, pieced using more fat quarters and leftovers

 

My advice is to be brave.  Don’t worry when you look at a couple of fabrics together and think ‘they don’t go’.  If you can push pass the ‘over-thinking’ & ‘trying to match fabrics’ stage you won’t be disappointed – the magic happens when you step back and look at the finished quilt.  I even use fabrics that I’ve fallen out of love with!

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

I totally love the ‘boho vibe’ these loud and crazy fabrics give the quilt!

 

And you can find it in the September issue of British Patchwork & Quilting.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)
Photo courtesy of BPQ magazine

Happy quilting!

 

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Irish Chain Reversed


By Judith on August 26, 2017
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Hello everyone!

 

Firstly a big THANK YOU to the brilliant response I’ve had to my shout out for help in my last post.  I knew this amazing community of sewers wouldn’t let me down!

 

 

Thank you for offering to make Syringe Driver Bags for Macmillan Cancer Support.  If you missed the post and would like to be involved in this worthy cause, you can read more about it here.

 

If you are noticing the evenings getting shorter, you’re not alone!  Sadly, summer seems to be waning and the first signs of Autumn are sneaking in.

 

Especially when the ‘Autumn’ issues of quilting magazines are already hitting the shops!

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)

 

 

This is my ‘reverse’ Autumn Irish Chain quilt on the front cover of the September issue of Pretty Patches.

 

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)
62″ x 74″

 

 

Scrappy quilts are my favourite kind to make.  I wanted to stick to autumnal shades but thought I could switch things up a little.  So I flipped a traditional Irish chain around, making the large negative spaces the colourful feature of the design.

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)
The quilt back

 

Deep purples and aubergine tones are my favourite autumnal colours. They remind me of blackberry picking and harvest time! In fact I’ve got blackberry bushes in my new house producing fruit right now!

 

I went with a soft grey dotty background, and of course we can’t have autumn without the warm yellows and oranges of crisp falling leaves.

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)

 

This pattern is perfect for beginner quilters, basically you are just sewing squares together in a particular order, or for folks like me with a overflowing healthy scrap stash!

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)

 

I hope you like my first quilty step into Autumn.  I love the season of Autumn, but I’m not quite ready to give up on summer just yet!

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

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Sun, Sea & Sky Quilt


By Judith on August 15, 2017
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Hello there!

 

I’m getting a little behind schedule in showing you my recent magazine commissions.

 

The September issue of Quilt Now will be released very soon, but first I need to show you what made front cover of their August issue.

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)

 

This is my Sun, Sea and Sky scrap buster quilt.  I had so much fun making this, and rummaging through scraps and fat quarters to get a colour scheme that evoked the warm aquas and teals of the summer sea and sky, with little hits of bright sunshiney yellow!

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)

 

I designed a pieced block, which would give me a connecting secondary pattern (not unlike my daughter’s Around the World quilt).

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine August17)

 

If you look closely, you will see an alternating colour pattern, between the placement of the aqua and teal fabrics in each block, rather like the way the sea reflects the sky and vice versa.

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine August17)

 

Small scale prints or tone-on-tone fabrics will work best here. That meant I had to discount one or two of my scraps and ‘borrow’ a couple from a fellow fabric addict quilter!

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine August17)

 

I decided on organic wavy lines for the quilting, to create some movement through the blocks and maintain a fluid theme.

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine August17)

 

The quilt finishes at 61″ x 73″ and is backed with a fresh aqua polka dot. A blue and white striped binding finished off the coastal feel.

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)
Photo courtesy of Quilt Now

 

So that finishes my July round up of magazine commissions.  The September issues are being released in the next week or so and I will have 3 more exciting quilts to show you!

 

In the meantime, my sewing room is almost finished, so I might actually be able to show you some photos soon!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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