Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Finished March goal: Triangle Games

At the beginning of March I set my one goal for the month at Elm Street Quilts. Of course each month has several goals, but the OMG always has priority.

This month the priority is finishing my improv triangle quilt from the sew along hosted by Nicholas Ball (#quiltsfromtheattic) on Instagram  (#improvtrianglesewalong) .

 Progress quilting lines 0.5" apart on Friday morning.

For the first time I used the quilt tacking feature on my sewing machine when layering anything larger than a shopping bag, but not entirely successfully. This feature requires the fabric to be pulled through manually, the feed dogs being lowered, but I haven't mastered that fully it would seem, and the fabric bunched up a little. Not severely, so snipping the tacking thread here and there was enough to get the whole thing flat again.

Friday afternoon I finished quilting

and this time even remembered to attach a label before quilting:

There are no prizes for guessing the origin of the backing fabric!

Tuesday 24 March I finally finished sewing down the binding and the hanging sleeve.

Triangle Games
Measurements:  68 x 65 cm ( 26.5 x 25.5 in)

I'm linking to:
March OMG link-up is open!
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Happy sewing


Saturday, 14 March 2020

Green, Orange & Teal / Aqua

This month's colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is teal (and aqua). I was late deciding on a block, and have used the first three colours all in the same month.

My aim is to make four of these 8" square blocks in the colour of each month, except dark blue, brown and black, which won't show up well against the charcoal grey background. As it is, this month's dark and bright green is just about on the limit of contrast.
The coloured pieces are all from stash: the 2.5" squares from the scrap baskets, and the 4.5" squares mainly from fat quarters. The charcoal grey pieces are from 2.5" x WOF strips of yardage; one strip is exactly enough for two blocks.
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Thursday, 5 March 2020

Some teal and catching up with orange

This month's colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is teal, of which I have very little. I hope I'll get the chance to make more blocks later in the year.

For I have finally decided on a block for this year's challenge:

 These are 8" square and are very simple to make:
  • background: 
    • 2 strips  2.5" x 4.5"
    • 2 strips  2.5" x 6.5" (All the background fabric for two blocks can be cut from one 2.5" WOF strip.)
  • colour:
    • 2 squares 2.5"
    • 1 square 4.5"
If you want to make a whole bead quilt quickly, and not scrappy, Jordan Fabrics has a You-Tube video. The measurements are different and the method is phenomenally faster than mine - but mine is scrappy!

I also have some orange ones:

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Happy sewing


My goal for March

I'm goal setting each month over at Elm Street Quilts and each month I find myself wondering which of my many on-going projects can I designate as my goal this time. For me blocks of the month don't qualify because they come round every month regardless; I think my monthly goal should be something of a challenge, something that would otherwise become yet another UFO, but also achieving the goal should be feasible in a month.

This month's OMG has certainly been a challenge:

This is my result so far in the Improv triangle sew along hosted by Nick Ball on Instagram (@quiltsfromtheattic).

I'm not new to improv, but I'm finding putting this together really a task. The piece has got smaller  while I was sewing it together, so now I'm going to make a few more units to fill the awkward spaces and to make it more square.

Let's hope making this my goal will spur me to get to the finish.

I'm linking up to
March OMG link-up is open!

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Happy sewing