Category Archives: Quilts

Ponies! (Yes, it’s a quilt)

It’s nice to be able to do something different … I think because I make so many keepsake quilts from clothes, it gets lost sometimes that I’m more than happy to make bespoke quilts from regular fabrics as custom orders ….

And so it was that I was asked if I could make a ponies-themed quilt …. subtle greens, and not too girly or cartoony.

The first step is always to find the fabrics …. and it was surprisingly difficult to find pony fabric that wasn’t either ‘My Little Pony’ pink or very ‘lifelike’ illustrations. (Nothing wrong with either of those things, just not what we wanted for this quilt!)

But eventually we found this Wintery Horse embroidered panel (from NorthernRose on Etsy)

and this lovely lawn fabric called ‘Wild Horses’ by Bizzy  and Boo fabrics …. it’s a bit lightweight for quilting, but some light iron-on Vilene sorted that out ….

and then we tied them all together with this bundle of fat quarters from Bluenaboo

very pretty, and only the tiniest hint of a floral going on …

We kept the individual squares quite large, and mixed the greens in with the wild horses ….

It’s always a bit nerve wracking trying to colour match on the internet, as you’re never quite sure whether the colours you think will work together actually do …. but for the most part this was a success. There was only one – the solid green – that didn’t fit and luckily I had another green fat quarter in stash (as you do 😉 ) that worked very nicely ….

from there, backing, and a simple-looking (not so simple to execute!) spiral quilting pattern, and we were all done …

Where it hopefully made a smallish girl very happy at Christmas!

Work in Progress Wednesday

It’s all go round here … I seem to be in a phase where I have several projects of varying complexity on the go at any one time, so I thought I’d use the traditional medium of “Work in Progress Wednesday” to share some of them with you …

A couple of years ago, I made a wall-hanging wedding dress quilt for a customer who subsequently moved to the States …. sadly, her quilt was in the box that was lost in the move. The one good thing is that we had saved what remained of her dress, so I’m working now to recreate her quilt – with some tweaks to compensate for having so much less fabric to work with. This is the first half of it – I do love the deco feel to it …. and paper-piecing the whole business does mean that the satin is marginally less evil to work with!

wedding dress quilt epp

Running alongside this, I’m making a special quilt for a couple of friends …. they’ve been off travelling India, South East Asia and Australia (an awfully big adventure!) – and on their travels they collected fabric …. now it’s on me to put them all together to make a quilt. With so many different styles and colours, the layout was a bit tricky, but I’m really happy with this  – making half-square triangles with a plain ivory cotton, and then nesting them into concentric diamonds has worked out so well – nice separation of colours where it’s needed. and (I think) a modern, contemporary feel to it as well.

HST adventure quilt

I had some scraps to use up (shocker!), so I put together a little log-cabin cushion cover ….. a full size log cabin quilt is still on my to-do list, but I suspect that way insanity lies, so it will have to wait its turn!

quilted log cabin cushio

And on to the final one! This is a Christmas present commission … so ssssshhhhh, okay? I started this one last week when I was stricken by the zombie cold (you know the one – shivers, congestion, insomnia, blurry head) and incapable of complex thought – there’s something very soothing about stitching together 8″ squares!!! And, I have to say, it was really nice to be working on a custom piece using quilting cotton, with no interfacing or other compensating for differing fabric weights etc involved! It was good fun to just need to mix in a fat quarter bundle with the pony fabric we’d started from 🙂

pony quilt

Oh, and while we’re talking about Christmas, there’s a bit of a craze for these candle-wreaths going on at the moment, so of course I had to give it a go!! I had some christmas fabrics on hand (I can’t remember why, now) and thought this project would be a good way to use them up – but of course,I didn’t have quite enough, and they didn’t all work nicely together – so I had to get some more. And now I have more Christmas fabric than I did when I started. *sigh*

christmas origami candle wreath

 

Still, it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble!

I hope you’re all keeping warm – it’s definitely turned chilly here! (And, as the littlest nestling reminded me this very morning, it’s only 53 days to Christmas! Yikes!)

Until next time ….

Lucy x