Hello again, I decided to seize the fact that mojo was lurking in a corner and started on my wonky stars again. Stellar is the wonderful pattern some of the Sew Solids Crew Stash Club are using for the Sew Solids Quilt-Along. You can see the posts about my first stars here and here. Because I was lagging behind I had two colours to sew stars from, pink and blue. To be honest the most difficult part of this sew-along is pairing up the colours to get enough contrast between the star and the background.
Don’t look too closely please. The blocks have lots of stray threads hanging off them and my floor is…. let’s just say it needs a good clean. This quilt is definitely going to be colourful and I’m not sure how much I like it yet.
Something I love, however, is the fabric that arrived today from Simply Solids. I know a lot of people prefer prints to solids but I really enjoy working with solids.
Next month it’s my turn to be the Princess Bee of the Sew-Euro-Bee-ans. For a long time I didn’t know what to ask for but then I decided to go for colour rather than block. This means that my fellow bees are allowed to make any block they like, in any size they want to make (I’m sure I’ll regret that decision later) and with any extra scraps (solids or prints) they want/need. I’m only asking them to stick to this colour palette. I would like the blocks to be something they enjoy making and that, I suppose, therefore represents them. Now that the fabric has arrived I’m really excited about sending it out to everyone.
It’s good to have you back, mojo.
A little while ago Katy from Monkey Do posted a picture on Instagram of a flannel quilt she had “mindlessly” sewn in one morning. I commented on it and said that I had some flannel I had bought in Denmark lying around that I wanted to turn into a quilt and that maybe I should just sew it together “mindlessly” too. Katy encouraged me to do it, so I did. The flannel is by Leslie Grainger for Robert Kaufman and is called Pretty Paisley.
Sorry about the Instagram picture. I’ll get some better ones once Little Miss Bossy-Boots has opened her present and I’ve actually washed the quilt.
Oh my, I had so much fun chopping up fabric without a plan. I had to get the seam ripper out a couple of times but am so happy with the result. The finished quilt finishes at 39″ square, the perfect size for a small girl who likes to snuggle on the sofa with a good film.
The backing is a lovely Cloud 9 print from the My Happy Garden collection which I bought together with the flannels, although it didn’t occur to me at the time that they match beautifully. As I didn’t have a big enough piece of fabric in a colour that matched the flannels I decided to go with a scrappy binding rather than wait as this quilt is a Christmas gift for Little Miss Bossy-Boots.
The quilting was a quick affair, mostly because I had to get it finished before I picked up Little Miss Bossy-Boots from school on Friday. I basically quilted a circle and a square in each panel. At first I had thought of doing an all over design but decided against it as I wanted the quilt to be soft and snuggly.
Fabrics for the next quilt are already on the chopping block. The plan is to make a patchwork quilt in green and yellow with a little sprinkling of blue.