This week I had two finishes. Both are quite small. They are mini quilts, or little quilts, meant to go on a wall.
Above is my mini quilt that resulted from the Pack Patch Mini QAL led by Chase. It was a project that took shape over the course of several weeks and was great fun to work on.
And this is a quilt made following a pattern in the book Little Quilts by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger. This pattern is called Pretty Little Half Hex. The hexagons are completely machine sewn. It's a bit tricky but good fun if you use an accurate quarter inch seam throughout. Everything falls into place in the end!
The wall these quilts will be hung on is quite special because it will be the living room wall of our new home. Finally we found a place with enough space for all our wishes and a garden, and in a great location. We had been looking for more than five years... We'll become the owners in October and will hopefully move in February.
I was glad I could channel some of my bubbling decorating energy into these little quilts. I'm sure I'll make a few more of them, and maybe some larger projects too, before we move.
Here are some quilt blocks I made recently from tutorials that can be found on the world wide web. I thought I'd show you my versions and give you links to the tutorials, so you can make them too.
I made the Grandmother's Puzzle for Gina in Bee Europa. I think she picked lovely fabrics for this one. Here is the tutorial on Quilter's Cache.
Ladies' Aid block
These Ladies' Aid blocks were made for a do.Good Stitches charity quilt that Nicolette will finish. The tutorial for these blocks is on her blog here.
I made this Anchor block for the Boat and Beach quilt that Eva-Marie will finish for do.Good Stitches. Take a look at all the blocks that are being submitted in our Comfort circle Flickr group. The tutorial for the Anchor block is here.
And this is the Dutch windmill block that I made following a tutorial Eva-Marie made for our Double Dutch Random Sampler quiltalong. You can still quilt along if you want. You use blocks you already have and add blocks you like until you have a nice collection that could turn into a quilt. Details and inspiration are here.
I had fun putting some summer sweetness into this month's sugar block. It's called Serve.
I put in some orange. To match my February block a bit (in this post I talked about that one not matching the others), and to match the Dutch national football (soccer) team who wear orange and are on a winning streak at the World Cup. Hup Holland Hup!!
We started another round of the Cocorico bee, and the first month (two months really) was for Erin. Her theme was Sewing Machines. I chose to make a block portraying my own modern Janome machine.
I started by taking a photo of my machine, because it's easier to see something in 2D on a photo than in real life. I made a drawing of the machine leaving out most of the details, focusing on the big lines.
After that I put thin see (and sew) through paper (pattern paper) over my drawing and started copying the lines with a ruler, keeping sewing logic in mind.
Now to make useable pattern pieces I needed to turn my ruler drawing over and copy the pattern in mirror image. I did this bit by bit, doing some of the sewing in between. I did some more simplifying as you can probably see, replacing the tiny buttons with 'sweet' text fabric.
Eventually I ended up with the finished block. I think it turned out rather cute. And a bit vintage looking even though it portrays a modern machine. The block finishes at about 10.5 inches square.
I'm back in the Lovely Finishes game. I skipped a few months because I had no time or secret goals that I couldn't reveal beforehand. This month's goal is also a secret project, but I don't think the recipients read my blog, so I'm safe :-)
I want to finish the Charm Pack Cherry quilt that I started a while ago. The pattern was free from the Fat Quarter Shop (including a cute video). I was all uncreative and used the same fabrics as Kimberly in the video, but I loved the look so much. Also I thought the colors would fit my recipients and their "we don't want to know if we're having a boy or a girl"-situation/frame of mind.
I found the loveliest and best fitting backing for this quilt at the market in my town. It's from Stenzo, a Dutch brand of children's clothing fabric. The binding I still have to pick, but that's fun. First I need to baste the quilt sandwich, a hot job with the temperatures we're going to have in the coming days...
I'm linking to the June goal setting party of A Lovely Year of Finishes. I'm #100, cool!
Here is the tutorial for a 6" (finished) block to add to your collection of blocks. I named the block
(1) 1-7/8" square of fabric 1(the center of the block)
(2) 1-7/8" squares of fabric 2, cut once diagonally so you get 4 triangles
(1) 1-1/2" x 10" (or a little longer) of fabric 2
(1) 1-1/2" x 10" (or a little longer) of fabric 3
(4) 2-1/2" squares of fabric 3
Make the block like this:
Use 1/4" seams throughout. Sew two of the triangles to two opposite sides of the fabric 1 square. Press. Repeat with the other two triangles. Press. You should have a unit measuring 2-1/2" square now.
Sew the long fabric pieces together along the 10" sides. Press open. Now cut this strip into 4 2-1/2" squares.
Lay out the sewn units and fabric 3 squares in a 9 patch formation like on the photo above and sew them together to form the block. Press as you wish. Done!
I have made two of these blocks for my sampler. I repeated the color in center to create some unity in the quilt.
If you make the block and post a photo on Instagram please use #doubledutchqal so we can find it. You can tag me if you want, I'm @muriel14. Also, you can become a member of our Flickr group for this quiltalong and post your photos there.
Do you want to have a bit of quilty fun? Only using scraps? I 'm playing along with Chase of quarterinchmark in her Pack Patch Mini Quiltalong, and you can too. Each week Chase gives some fun instructions for which fabrics to choose from your scrap box, and with them you make the easiest, cutest little blocks, two every week.
We've had 6 weeks of the QAL now, but it's easy to catch up. There is a little break now, so get in there if you want! Here is the Flickr group with the weekly instructions. And this is Chase's blog post with the block instructions that are the same each week.
These are the 12 blocks I've made so far:
I love that quite a lot of people are doing this around the world. Quilting together, even though you are alone in your sewing room. You feel connected. Join us!