Slightly out of season

We are big fans of Dr Seuss in our house and a while back, I bought some Dr Seuss panels of the Grinch who stole Christmas on sale. I have been thinking about how to use them in a child quilt in an original design. Here is my first attempt :

Grinch red and green Gringch red and green 2

The blocks contain each of the panels, lightly off-centered (2 inches on one side and 4 inches on the other). It does look a little too plain for  Dr Seuss quilt so I will play around with some sashing in between these blocks, using the stripey red and white or the red spots on white fabrics of the same collection. More soon…

And yes, I admit it, I started another quilt top without finishing the other 9 UFOs !

~ Catherine

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Bad stitches

I was happily quilting the third quilt in the Hearts on grey series when I ran out of filled bobbins. I dismantled everything to fill up a couple more, enough to finish this quilt. In doing so, I folded the quilt, exposing the back and horror ! This is what I saw :

Bad stitches

And it wasn’t just for a few centimetres, it was on about half the quilt ! Morale of the story : When quilting, check the back of your sandwich every few minutes to spot issues like that before you have to undo stippling on half a quilt… And even Daisy seems to say : I told you so !

Daisy on red heart~ Catherine

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Finish #3 – Blue Snowballs

The quilt top was finished over 2 years ago but I finally finished the quilt this week !

Blue snowballs - front

and here is the back :

blue snowballs - back

I love the combination of blue and cream in this quilt ! Available on my Etsy shop shortly.

~ Catherine

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Finish #2 – Pink Heart Quilt

Here is a pink variant of the Heart Quilt :

pink heart - front

And of course, Daisy is never too far away !

pink heart - back

One more colour variation on progress – red on grey !

~ Catherine

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Missed the boat… Finish #1

I had been planning on having this quilt ready in my shop on time for Valentine’s day but hey, I am only 2 weeks out….

Orange heart - finished

This a lovely child quilt or lap quilt. I tried taking shots of the process along the way but my little furry friend photobombed each shot…

It started with strips of orange fabrics.

Orange Heart - strips

Then the strips are cut into bars of squares and are assembled.

Orange Heart - Assembly

Onto the basting step, with Daisy doing a thorough inspection.

Orange Heart - QA1

And a final smooooothing of the top.

Orange Heart - QA2

I quilted this piece using some Sulky variegated thread (orange / yellow) and I love the results. The variegated thread adds a bit more interest. And the horizontal lines are growing on me too.

Orange Heart - thread

I love this little quilt. It is the first of a series, there is a pink one and a red one coming soon after it.

~ Catherine

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Quilting inspiration

The weather these last few weeks has been horrendous – storm after storm, floods, high winds…. Here is what it looked like :

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or like that :

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Aren’t these wind patterns beautiful ? Wouldn’t they make beautiful quilting lines ?

Check this link for a live animation ! Very hypnotic !

~ Catherine

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I am back !

I can’t believe I’ve been away from this blog for so long ! Maybe spending my days in front of a computer was enough for a while. But now I look back at 2013 and I can’t see what I have made during that time. I will have to try and catch up. That said though, I have not had many finishes. If anything, I have started more quilts… At the last count, I have 13 on the go : 2 quilted but not bound, 2 basted, 4 quilt tops without backs, 5 quilt tops in pieces…  And I have plenty of ideas of new quilts to make too !

My shop has been doing well during this year but it needs a revamp to freshen things up. This is why I have joined the Etsy School programme run by the Etsy Ireland team.

Etsy school logo

I have been paired up with the very nice Joanna of Gemsgallery and we have come up with a work plan for each of our shops. More soon on our progress.

Anyway, I am hoping not to make the same mistake again this year and to post regularly, at least one post a week. So I have a few posts to make up for and quick…


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New York, Baby… again !

I am in Brooklyn again for the second time in 2 months to come and meet my colleagues at Etsy.

Statue of Liberty

~ Catherine

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Zig Zag Custom quilt #2

Step 3 – Squaring up the blocks – 1.5 hours
Unless you can sew the perfect 1/4in seam allowance every time, your blocks are likely to be slightly wonky and may not assemble perfectly once you start forming your lines.
To ensure you have only perfectly formed squares measuring 7.5in x 7.5 in,  you will have to square up your blocks using a square ruler (a 9.5in x 9.5in one in this case).

Custom Zig Zag - Squaring upwtmk

And here is what is left at the end of this mind-numbing task :

Custom Zig Zag - Offcutswtmk

Step 4 – Assembling the blocks into lines and then into a single piece – 5 hours
Assemble 20 square of one colour into a line. Repeat with each of the other 4 colours.

Custom Zig Zag - First three bandswtmk

Then assemble the lines into the final quilt top in the following sequence : orange – grey – medium – grey – yellow to get the finished top :

Custom Zig Zag - Topwtmk

Et voilà !

~ Catherine

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Zig Zag Custom Quilt in progress #1

I was delighted to be contacted by Kirstin through my Etsy shop about making her a Zig Zag Quilt similar to this one. This post is a way of keeping her informed of my progress (I promised to deliver the quilt by end of April) and also to show a couple people out there who asked me for more info on how to make such a quilt. To that effect, I have also started measuring how much time I spent on each step of the process… I estimated about 40 hours to complete the quilt. How long will it actually take ? Watch this space !

Step 1 – Selecting and cutting fabric  - 3 hours
The finished quilt will measure 70in x 70in,  10 blocks x 10 blocks.
To obtain a square of the required final size of 7in, you need to cut it 8in x 8in. You will lose half an inch during the creation of the half-square triangles and half an inch when assembling the squares.

This quilt requires :
10 squares of assorted orange fabrics (preferably different prints)
10 squares of assorted mixed orange and yellow prints
10 squares of assorted yellow fabrics
20 squares of assorted grey fabrics
50 squares of white cotton for the background and this is what the stack looks like :

Custom Zig Zag - HST pilewtmk

Step 2 – Creating the half-square triangles – 3 hours
Take a white and a colour square, put one on top of the other, right side to right side. Trace a diagonal line on the top fabric using a sharp pencil and sew a straight line 1/4in on either side of that line.

Custom Zig Zag - Sewing acrosswtmkUsing a ruler and a rotary cutter, cut along the pencil line to separe the half-square triangles.

Custom Zig Zag - TriangleswtmkOpen up the squares and iron the seams flat.

Custom Zig Zag - HST ironed2wtmk

At this stage, you end up with 100 half-square triangles.

~ Catherine

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