Friday, 10 April 2015

A Finish: Sapphire Mini Quilt

I made this mini as part of the #igminioz swap being run over on Instagram. The finished mini has a gemstone-like quality, so I have named it "Sapphire".

My partner said she liked (amongst other things) blue, orange and stars.. I think I ticked those boxes...

While scrolling through Pinterest waiting for inspiration to hit I stumbled across the Shoeman's Puzzle pattern. I was struck by the geometric design and the prismatic effect of the alternating light and dark colours. I couldn't find a pattern anywhere so I decided to draft up my own. I went down the paper piecing route as I find it gives me the best accuracy.

Originally I had planned to make the mini in light and dark blue, but then I played around with the idea of broadening the colours I used to try and get a gemstone effect. I love that look (especially this quilt). A quick bit of colouring with the kids' pencils and I had a plan.

When making this I realised I have a LOT of smaller pieces of fabric (smaller than a fat quarter). I had to use more prints than I had originally planned, but that worked out ok. I think it gives a bit more depth than all the same print. I also had loads of off cuts that were biggish and I hates the thought of wasting them.  They were all a bit random as the were just the trimmings, but I got my improv on and pieced them together into a largish mug rug (or smallish placemat, take your pick).

My first effort at improve. I just couldn't bear to throw away those scraps. It was quite liberating to just whack everything together and quilt random lines. I ended up quite loving the result, to my surprise.

The final package of goodies I sent off.

So here are the quilt stats.

Name: Sapphire
Dimensions: 24" x 24"
Inspiration: Shoeman's Puzzle by Denyse Schmidt
Method: paper piecing, self drafted templates
Fabric: various from my stash, Kona Snow for the background
Backing: Orange fabric from Spotlight
Binding: Dulcette in Bluestar from Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker (as an aside, can I just say how much I love this fabric as binding, I think it really makes the quilt pop).

This crosses one thing off my Q2 FAL list

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Q2 FAL goals

So it's time to set my goals for Q2 for the FAL. 

First off, here's what's left from Q1:
  • Alder skirt
  • Swoon quilt
  • Cargo Duffel
  • Lucy hobo

And then the new goals. I'm going to divide them up by category like I did before. 

Minis / swaps
  • IG mini oz swap
  • Aussie Tula Pink swap
  • AHBC April 
  • AHBC May
  • AHBC June

A Garment a Month

Realistically, I think that is plenty for the quarter. I am not signing up for any more swaps or bees for a little while as I really want to finish off some of the quilts for me! I think the second half will have a big quilt focus. 

Linking up with Adrianne for the FAL linky party

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Q1 2015 FAL Check in

Right....time to see how I have gone with my Q1 FAL list.

This quarter I finished:

(My rainbow mini all bundled up)

Not bad at all, me. That leaves the following goals to roll over into Q2: 
  • Alder skirt
  • Swoon quilt
  • Cargo Duffel
  • Lucy hobo
There will be some more to add to the list too, but I'll write up a proper post later.

Having a list is definitely helping me stay focused and get stuff done!