Friday, March 23, 2012

Giant Star Quilt

(suggestions for quilting and finishing most welcome)

The four centre squares will yield a quilt center of 74 in square.

Option 1. I'm thinking of using the charm squares to surrond them (will finish at 4.5in), then adding another plain grey border around that. If I use the same width as the charms then the quilt will end up at 94 in square. I'd make a scrappy binding.

Option 2. Instead of the grey outer border I could use the charms to sash between the four blocks and around the outside and it would end up 88 in square. I'd use the grey for binding.

Option 3. Scrap the queen size quilt and make the stars into four baby-size play quilts or two single bed quilts.

The whole ide of this quilt was to use some stash and to create something simple to practice some free-motion quilting on. I was planning on some free-motion design in the stars, a grid in the grey and cables in the border or grid/lines in the stars and free-motion in the grey.

What do you think?

(I have two charm packs and 9 layer cake squares to use)

Happy smurf and grumpy smurf

Can you tell them apart?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saturday Star and Sunday Star

Yep - I've been seeing stars again - very, very big ones...

Friday, March 2, 2012

Angelina Ballerina

The doll quilt has been delivered - and stashed for a certain little girl's birthday in a few weeks.
Perfect timing.

So here it is...

The lovely little ballerina mouse is adapted from a very cute quilt I saw on Flikr some time ago.

I drew my own version of her mouse, and used backstitch rather than running stitch, and appliqued the bodice-part of the tutu in place. A scrap of favourite lace was used to make the 3D skirt.

I used a photo of the completed top as the label, edited in Publisher to add the details, and printed on Matilda's Own printable fabric.

The quilt has hanging corners on the back in case the new owner wants to put it on the wall, but I also made a little pillow out of scraps so it can make a bed for a special doll. (I do hope it gets cuddled and snuggled and well-worn).

The whole thing is a stash-busting project...I didn't have to buy a thing! I need a few more of these projects to clear out the stash.