27 April 2014

quilting and cool quilters

over the last year i have discovered a whole world of fresh and funky quilters
who use great fabrics and have mad design skills

if you are a newbie quilter like me
here's a few that have completely blown me away
with their talent and skill

katy jonesmonkey do
katy hosts a quilting series called quilt monkey for QNNtv 
and does tonnes of other quilty stuff too
basically i think she is fab, cool and talented

jessie finchammessyjesse
jessie is a quilter
she is my absolute favourite for fabric and colour choices
she has an online shop called sew and quilt

rita hodgered pepper quilts
rita makes fabulous quilts
and she shares excellent quilting tutorials on her blog

amy sinibaldinanaCompany
amy designs embroidery and other crafty and quilty projects
she has great taste in fabric

camille roskelley - simplify
camille teams up with her mum to design fabric
she also designs some of the most loved quilt patterns out there

they have all been so valuable in my quilting journey
with their words of quilting wisdom and tutorials

i send a great big thank you to each of you

19 April 2014

paper plane quilt

it's finished, i like it and today it's off to it's new owner

i was really starting to hate this quilt top

not the paper plane piecing, i loved that part

i just thought it was too plain, too boring
maybe i just looked at it too long

i decided it was too big so i cut it down
partly because i wanted it to fit my backing fabric *lazy*
and partly because it's a baby quilt not a single bed quilt

my biggest hurdle - i didn't know how i was going to quilt it
i wanted something simple

i drew all over it, to see what looked good but didn't like anything
so i just stuck it in my machine and decided i'd think on the go
a bit risky for a beginner like me

it turned out the best decision
i did a straight subway tile pattern and i think it looks perfect

not great lighting for photos today
but at least you get the idea

i love the backing for this quilt
its  pretty special by faye burgos

i used a yellow gingham for the binding
unlucky for me, the joins in the binding ended up being right on the corners *argh*

if you're interested in trying a paper plane yourself
the pattern is by the very talented Kristy @ Quiet Play
you can find her patterns here
and here's a direct link to her paper plane pattern