Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Works in Progress ....

A  mini quilt for the Quilter's Guild Modern Group challenge - equilateral triangles surprisingly enough!  Just need to cut to size, add a small border, quilt and bind .... don't you love the way I say 'just'?!
 



Last week I saw a lovely quilt over at mary emmens and I immediately knew which fabric from my shelves I would use to make one up.  These were the first fat 1/4s I ever purchased.  I was living in New Zealand at the time and we've been back in the UK nearly 3 years now so that gives you some idea of how long they have been on my shelf!  The problem, of course, is a NZ Christmas is warm and these colours are perfect but not quite so good for an English Christmas.  I knew I had no fabric suitable for the sashing to pull them all together so I went looking.  Whilst I liked the green it was too cold for this country and then luckily the lady in the shop pulled out the red one - perfect!  Going to make it up to this pattern from Moda Bakeshop.



And then there's my Dog Gone Cute project!  Did you know the Quilt-Along is in it's final week?  Where has September gone .....  This week's free patterns can be find over here at Sew Fresh Quilts.  I finally got going on this properly at the weekend.  It's for my daughter's birthday so I have to keep it secret, which is no mean feat when you home educate aswell and want to steal away and do some sewing!  My studio has the door closed and is out of bounds which feels weird but hopefully I'll get to the stage where I can fold it up and out of the way soon.  In fact who am I kidding it has to be finished soon in time for her birthday.


I have to lay out each one before I start sewing to ensure that I have all the pieces - there certainly are a lot of pieces!


I marvel every time when all those little pieces come together just right - well maybe after a little unpicking by me - user error certainly no fault of the pattern!


In  a bid to speed up the process I was trying to be organised and have everything cut and ready to sew.  However, then I would get confused and still like to finish one block at a time.


There's going to be 11 dog blocks, a name, some hearts, some borders ..... well that's the plan at the moment.


Here are four little pups that I made on Sunday. x


I will be linking up to Let's Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

16 comments:

  1. That's interesting that you say that the colors were not right for an English Christmas... many Germans have a very specific idea that using a deep red and a dark green are the ONLY colors that can be used for Christmas. The irony of it is that I come from the land of color-explosions-without-limits, but I much prefer a very simple and tradtional type tree and decorating. These will be some really nice fabrics to work with.

    I like the blue backgrounds for these puppies... very nice contrast choice!

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  2. I do love a triangle quilt and this one is fantastic! And those dogs are all paws-atively adorable! Love the layout you have planned, Abigail.

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  3. Those triangles are JUST beautiful!!! ;) And you pack of puppies are too darn cute.

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  4. Your triangles are looking great - what a simple but clever idea. I also very much like your decision to use blue fabric for the background on your dogs - I've only seen them on pale colours up till now, but this is really effective.

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  5. I also really like your triangle quilt. That is a great way to use up odds and ends. Your puppies are cute too!

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  6. I really like the layout of your triangle quilt! :)

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  7. I love your triangles and your dogs are adorable! :)

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  8. Such a cool idea for those triangles. And those pups are super cute.

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  9. I LOVE those triangles!! The colors are perfect against the white background. The puppies are adorable, too :)

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  10. I love those graduated size triangles. What a clever twist! And wouldn't ya know it? I have that very same Christmas fabric waiting to be incorporated in a quilt. I like the dashes of pink and lime and aqua added to the traditional Christmas palette. Good choice on the red background - it has much more punch than the minty green. Aww those dogs are so cute.. puppy love at first sight. Sometimes chain piecing puts me in factory mode rather than relishing-every-moment mode. There is no shame, but rather joy, in doing one block at a time.

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  11. Great fabric choices for the puppies. Your triangle quilt is fantastic!

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  12. I love the triangle quilt! And your daughter's quilt IS sew dog gone cute!! :)

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  13. I love what you're doing on the mini - diamond shapes have caught my fancy lately. And thanks for reminding me that I have some wicked cool Christmas fabrics I need to use...I'm gonna add that to my list...

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  14. Your mini is divine and your pups are perfect! I'm visiting from Let's Bee Social! You are welcome at my spot any time.

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  15. Hey! Very nice triangle play for the challenge project. :)

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  16. Can not wait to see your mini finished! Love the bright fun colors. Your pups are coming alone and super cute too! Thanks for sharing.

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