I have been wanting to try an Amish inspired quilt for a long time. I just love the use of vibrant colours against the black. A little while ago I was scrolling through Pinterest when I came across Amish quilt front
I was determined to make one of these but wasn’t sure how it would be so, I decided it was time to try a miniature quilt. I visited a shop in Mt Waverley called Somerset Patchwork and they had some lovely Emma Louise Fabric so I purchased 1/2 metre of each fabric. Initially I was thinking I would make an Amish bar but decided I preferred this style more. I really wanted a different colour rather than producing an almost replica quilt. So I purchased 1/2 metre of Tangerine Emma Louise Fabric from Oz quilts one of my favourite online stores.
Then came the tough nutting out of making this miniature so armed with a pencil and a ruler I began to draw the design and workout the cutting measurements. This was then all placed away in a box ready for cutting. On hindsight I should have cut it out then and there as I would have remembered what was cutting size and what was my finished size. Yesterday I cut this out and went to my sewing group only to find out some of it I had cut to big so I needed to cut some of the fabric down and I needed my thinking brain in action. Fortunately I needed to cut it down and not add any.
I proceeded to sew and work on it and came home and finished it last night. I was so delighted that I placed this photo on facebook.
When I received a lovely message from a dear quilting friend who had noticed I had made a mistake, I ask you to look for it, even leave me a comment if you like. So this morning I set out and fixed the mistake.
Now for the backing I checked my fabric and I will make a backing in the style of an Amish or Welsh bar quilt, with the leftover fabrics from the front.
Plan for tomorrow it to baste the quilt after I have place my design on and start my hand quilting. Be sure to look out for coming posts on the quilting. This is certainly going to be a fun project. I am calling this quilt “Gelato”
Until next time have fun and enjoy life,
Well what a lot of fun I had entering the Pantone Colour of the year quilt challenge hosted by http://www.play-crafts.com/blog/ and http://thewindyside.blogspot.com.au
winners were announced and although I didn’t win I had enormous fun and challenged myself in the best use of the colour.
I would like to thank Origami Star and Cross for allowing the use of this block in this competition.
For this quilt the following fabrics were used:-
Kona Bay 2013 design shade 09
VIP Cranston Print Works ?Could Village 1 2011
VIP Cranston Snakeskin purple 2010
I had one very huge week completing this top for the competition, since last week lots has been happening and I will reveal new projects very soon, but if you would like to take a look at a few things check out the comings and goings over at Wehago Designs a few blocks for my new quilt
Anyway until next time
Recently one hot night, it was too hot to sew or do anything apart from see what was happening on Facebook. Whilst doing my usual look I found a post from other in a group called Nanny Swapz asking our admin when her birthday was. We knew it was in February but the date eluded us. After a few nudges our lovely lady gave us her birthday.
I began chatting with Ineke another friend from this group. One thing lead to another and I said I think I will send a real card for Nanny’s birthday and Ineke was feeling the same. We continued throwing ideas around and then decided we had to invite others to send her a card also, I suggested to Ineke that it would be fabulous if we could make a quick 9 patch block up to put within the card. we were both thinking quicker than our brains could keep up. Ineke said that she would try and msg these other group members if I could help her, I said no problem. We had decided we would try and get as many people to help make Nanny’s birthday as special as we could.
So the next morning when I awoke I realised the easiest way to get this happening was to make a new group on Facebook called Nanny’s birthday love, so I set to work making the group and then adding as many people I could to the group. Ineke came on board and added as many as she could and then we started messaging others to come on over and help Nanny celebrate. Our mission had begun.
I would like to explain a little about Nanny. Not only does she admin some pages and groups on facebook she co-ordinates fabric swaps between a couple of her groups. She also sews for charities and makes pillowcases for oncology wards for children, she also asks for help to make some of these to be given to the children to bring a bit of happiness to there lives. Recently she coordinated and called on our help to make blocks to make quilts for fire victims of New South Wales. This was a massive effort with her mailbox full often with items but never anything that she can keep for herself.
This all happened on a weekend, the first of the mail arrived in Nanny’s mailbox in the middle of the next week, her birthday was the following Sunday. Nanny has received almost 50 cards and blocks just for her. We have all tried to sign our blocks and write the date and surprise on each block. Nanny will be putting these blocks together to make a quilt for herself.
I am so thankful for chatting with Ineke on that hot Saturday night, I have gained a new friend and we have managed to unite a lot of like minded people to do a good deed for a very lovely lady