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Friday Night Sew Along: A night of backs (+ Winner)

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I made a huge amount of progress last night and finished two backs for two of my quilts. Do you every think your backs could be quilts on their own and its sad that folks don’t get to see them as much.

I feel that way about both of these finishes. First up, the back of the “Neighbourhood” quilt is complete. It was made with the Oakshott cottons scraps from the front and Dottie, Cotton and Steel. Each of the blocks in the middle are 5″x 7″, so they are small.

Neighbourhood Backing

I think it complements the front well.
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The second back, is for Bjorn the Bear. It uses another of Juliet’s (from Tartankiwi) patterns, an Angled Bear Paw Print. I loved the Feather River Bear print and so totally want to use it on the back, and thought it would look great with the bear print in an off white and rust colored solids.

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I love it!! Here’s a reminder of the front. The pattern for this 30×30″ bear is now in Juliet’s Craftsy store.
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Both of these are on my must finish list this month, but again I will elect the Neighbourhood quilt as my A Lovely Year of Finishes for this month.

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Friday, and linking up for ALOYF (see button on the right).

Last bit of business….Thank you to everyone who left such wonderful comments and shared their projects on the Blogiversary post. I loved seeing them all. The winner of my Blogiversary giveaway is:
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who is…Kay..who is most proud of learning to put zips into things like cushions and bags, it has extended my repertoire of what I can happily make.

Congratulations, I will be sending you an email soon to get your mailing details!!

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Bjorn the Bear

The Norwegian word for a bear is “Bjorn”. What a perfect name for my new quilt top.

I had the great pleasure of testing this giant bear paper piecing pattern for Juliet over @ Tartankiwi. Once again she developed a wonderful pattern!!

UPDATE: Pattern is now available in Juliet’s shop on Craftsy.

BjornTheBear

Here are some more details…

Block Size: 30 x 30 ”
Technique: Paper Piecing
Fabric for Bear: Umbrella Prints
Fabric for Background: Netorious in Kerchief (Cotton and Steel), Collage Texture (Carrie Bloomston), and Full Circle in Egg Shell (Eloise Renouf)

When finished this will land up being a wall hanging for my friend Daisy (over @ Ants to Sugar), who is expecting a new arrival next month!! [Daisy, feel to rename the bear for when its in its new home :-)]

On another note, but still related…..Juliet @ Tartankiwi is running a fantastic challenge with her butterfly patterns. There are prizes (oakshott cottons!!). So,  check it out, have a go with her patterns – entries are open until 31st August.

The Tartankiwi

I am submitting the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies quilt, I made with her butterfly patterns….which details can be found here.
Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Just to inspire you/ challenge you all to join in….some close ups of the two bigger butterflies.

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Linking up with a few sites to celebrate that “bear” of a finish (hahaha)…

  • Sew Cute Tuesday – Guest post by Quiltineering (see button on right)
  • Let’s bee Social  – with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts (see button on right)
  • Finish it up Friday – with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts

Butterflies in my stomach

I have butterflies in my stomach….I am loving where the “Kaleidoscope of Butterflies” quilt has gone. Is it not totally satisfying when something in your head actually turns out how you image!!

Well, the quilt top is complete.

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies
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Can I just say, I got to use some of my favorite lines in here too, which makes me so happy. For the butterflies there is a little of:

  • Safari Moon (Frances Newcombe),
  • Alchemy (Amy Butler),
  • Tsuru (Rashida Coleman)
  • Tiled Flowers (Kaffe Fassett),
  • Comma (Zen Chic),
  • Briar Rose (Heather Ross),
  • Notting Hill (Joel Dewberry)

For the scrappy low-volume background I have included:

  • Architextures, Botanics (Carolyn Friedlander)
  • Sun Print Text, Sun Print Corsage Clover Sunshine, (Alison Glass),
  • Les Amis (Patty Sloniger),
  • Mormor (Lotta Jansdotter),
  • Bluebird Park (Kate and Birdie),
  • Bark and Birch (Eloise Renouf)

The patterns for the butterflies are by Juliet @ Tartan Kiwi. Her patterns are so easy to follow, they are definitely a favorite of mine. You can find the two patterns on Craftsy, here are the links:

I think each of the butterflies deserve a close up.

Large 10″ Butterfly
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Medium 8″ Butterfly8in_Butterfly

Small 5″ Butterflies5in_butterflies

 

The scrappy low-volume background was, definitely, what was in my head but I started to have doubts in the process of laying it out. I love that I posted on IG and instantaneously got feedback…love this community…and I kept moving along.

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The other question I was going back and forward with was if the cream/pink background (left) was to subtle (wishy-washy). I played around with adding a low-volume teal in the mix (right)….as you can see that is what I stayed with. I think it adds a depth and balance to the top.

Now onto basting, quilting and binding.

Don’t forget to go over and vote for the Bloggers quilt festival. There are some fantastic entries. Here were my two entries; A Fine Day and Hothouse Orchids.

I will be catching up on replying to comments today, I promise!! I am linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Butterfly Baby Quilt

Something is in the water for sure. I have several friends at the moment that are pregnant. Congratulations to all of them!! The first one that is due, is my hairdresser, who is having a girl in late June.

I have always loved Juliet @ Tartankiwi’s butterfly paper piecing patterns. It did not take me long to make a decision to make my hairdresser a quilt using these patterns. I am thinking of using a 5″, 8″ and 10″ butterfly, moving up the quilt and the background will be all improv. low volume fabrics.

The first one, the 5″ Butterfly is complete. The main fabric used in this block will driving the color combinations of the bigger butterflies.  I am loving the color combinations.SmallButterfly_5

The 10″ butterfly is 1/2 way through. I am keeping with the teal and pink theme.
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The last one, I am wanting to pull out that lime green that is scattered in the print, with orange and teal highlights.

If you are interested in Juliet’s patterns, they can be found in Craftsy:

I am hoping to have the quilt finished memorial day weekend…just in time for my last hair appointment before she leaves on maternity. Best news is…this is my May goal for ALYOF…and I have started!!

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on right) + Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on the right).

New Zealand Kowhai

One of New Zealand’s fantastic native trees is the Kowhai tree. It has the most wonderful colored flowers and fine delicate leaves.

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Image Source: Wikipedia

Once again, Juliet from Tartankiwi, came up with a fabulous paper-piecing pattern for this wonderful flower. I will definitely be including this in my New Zealand bird quilt.
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Check-out her other patterns here on Craftsy.com.

Block size: 8 x 8″ (finished)
Fabric: Brown – Les Amis, Bright yellow – True Colors/Joel Dewberry, Citron – Tula Pink, Grey – Chevron/Alice Kennedy

Linking up with sew cute Tuesday and Kristy @ Quiet Play Paper Piecing Party.
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Bits and bobs

I have a lot of things started and some of them progressing, some of them are just sitting pretty on my to do pile. I will say with my goals from this month, I am procrastinating but in a good way. I have been working on other WiPs on the list due later in the year…oops.

Tapa Star Block Patterns – I have made up at least 1/2 of the second block and expect to have it finished this week. Fabrics are Carolyn Friedlander Architextures and Robert Kaufman Kona’s (Wasabi, Chartreuse, Bonsai, and Clover). Due date for pattern: February
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Hexagon Quilt: I managed to spend some time on this lap quilt, this week while travelling to Ikea and stuck in bed. I have slowly made progress – each row now has about 60 hexagons and all hexagons are unique fabric prints (except for the grey). Due Date: December
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Kowhai paper piecing block: I am testing a block for Juliet @ Tartan Kiwi. Fabric chosen and sewing has begun. This should also be finished this week. Extra activity
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So, the stuff I am supposed to be working on, looks like this:

Riley Blake Challenge:  No progress
Stash Bee Block: Fabrics Chosen, tutorial printed and read.
Scrap-bee-licious Blocks: Not started
Book Review Tuesday: Book decided and fabrics selected for the project. Guest host for February lined up.

That’s the bits and bobs of this week. Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Bird, birds, birds + Winners

I have been doing some pattern testing for Juliet @ Tartankiwi of late and decided to make a quilt of the tiles with some of the other patterns that she has made available.

Here are some of the two I have completed:

New Zealand Bird Blocks

The third block is the New Zealand Silver Eye (or Wax eye). The wax eye is a New Zealand native bird that is protected. It has a beautiful ring of white/silver around the eye and a head of bright yellow feathers.

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Source: Wikipedia

The wax eye pattern by Juliet was a lot of fun to make. It had a great balance between joins of pieces and piecing. I might have gone a little too scrappy for this third block, but here is the finished test block at 10.5″.

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One more picture with a more natural setting for the birds 😉WaxEye_Outside_PaperPieced

All three blocks together….New Zealand Bird Blocks

I am planning to also do Juliet’s:

Juliet’s patterns can be found on Craftsy. Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and with Kristy @ Quiet Play for her paper piecing party.

Now, finally the winners for last week giveaway are below. I am sending each winner and email to get your postal addresses. Congratulations and thank you to all who participated.
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#68 is Carla G who wins Month of Sundays

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#25 is Making Mondays who wins Making an impression

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#14 is ShawnJ who wins the Curtis Stone cookbook.