Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Modern building blocks by Moda is now a brick short!

I will admit it, I jumped on the Moda Modern Building Blocks pattern like a pattern crazed, fabric hoarder when it came onto my quilty radar (months after everyone else had bought and started making theirs!) 

Lovely blog readers I paid £14 for a pattern, made one block out of it and stalled.
I do love the idea of this pattern so much and have loved watching all the progress photos popping up allover the internet. 
My problem has been...I really don't get on with that kelly green fabric!
 It has been a total revelation that one colour, in a project, can put my sewing mojo on hold to the point that I have to stop and re-evaluate the whole thing. So executive decisions were made, Issabella was consulted, and I have chosen to make the block into a "stand alone" baby quilt. To be fair its big enough, 36" square makes for a good sized baby/lap quilt so all hasn't been lost. It even managed a mix of machine & hand quilting And a funky backing fabric, I can't remember its name but I'm pretty sure its by Jay McCarroll. (I just know my bolt of britten nummer is in a huff)

So I'm now left wondering where I should place Modern building blocks on my list of "Must make quilts" It's quite a large list. so large in fact I'm thinking of giving it its own page on the blog...

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Scrappy postage stamp quilt

This quilt started, unbeknownst to me, when my Sizzix arrived. I had ordered the dies I thought I would get the most use out of a 2.5" square and a 4.5" square (The collection has since grown!) and merrily and mostly without a clue what I was going to make with them started chopping up my scrap bin into useful shapes.

While the scrap cull was happening Heather of .House. of A La Mode popped a # up on instagram #scrappypostagestampQAL

The rest as they say was history, and several cups of tea.

Finished quilt details 
*It measures 43" x 43"
*Each square is 1.75" because I goofed up my 1/4" seam on the first few blocks and couldn't face unpicking!
*I backed it in Nummer by Ikea as I could't face piecing a backing together after I'd made the top (quilting truth)

It is now sitting happily in my shop waiting to go to it's new home.

If you would like to know what I'm making a little more frequently than my sporadic blogging allows I do tend to post to instagram a couple of times a week.