Friday, January 30, 2015

Six-Pointed Stars :: Quilt Top {Finished}

Another finished...I have been working on this top quite intensively this past week, I added two more rows so it should be long enough now. I am very pleased with the result and I hope the recipient will like it as much as I do. I must say I am always anxious to give a quilt, I can't help it. 

 For the main fabric, I chose Handcrafted by Alison Glass, I was looking for fabrics with jewel tones that weren't too girly. This is such a beautiful collection. I made good use of the bundle and used almost all of it. I also used  some Shot Cotton which changes tone slightly depending on the viewing angle because it has different color warp and weft threads.

I might keep the border as it is, at first I was thinking to cut it straight but then I had a second thought.  I am still deliberating on that...

I believe it's a Six Pointed Star (please correct me if I am wrong), it is made with equilateral triangles. It was first design on my design wall then sew the triangles into rows and then the rows together. 
You can read the story behind this quilt here.

Now waiting on the backing and then off to be quilted. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Linking up with:

Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Fiber Of All Sorts for A Lovely Year of Finishes

Hug a Bit Quilts for Monday Makers

That's What {Che} Said... for Monday Funday

Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday

My Quilt Infatuation for NTT

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WIP {Stars and Clamshells}

As soon as I took the grannies of the wall, I started this quilt. 

It's a six-pointed star made with equilateral triangles. 
  I have been cutting a lot of triangles this past week and this is what I have done so far. The recipient is quite tall and I will probably need to add some kind of border or maybe a couple rows. We'll see... 

This is the first time I've worked with equilateral triangles and I have been looking at a few tutorials and this one from Lorna was quite helpful and gave me a good start.

I am making this quilt for a dear friend of us that has leukemia. He and his wife are one of the nicest couples we know. He believes he was born under A Lucky Star {The Star of David}… He is quite lucky as a matter of fact. Although we thought, more stars wouldn't hurt...:-)

He likes bright colors and his favorite color is red. Their TV room are decorated with jewel tones. And, of course, it had to be a star...This gives me good material to work with...
I chose Handcrafted by Alison Glass.

On a different note, my iron quit on me last weekend and the new one should be delivered late this afternoon. While waiting for it, I have been preparing templates and cutting clamshells. Almost at the same time yesterday afternoon, Rachel at Stitched In Color announced a Clambake Quilt-AlongI had not planned to be part of a quilt-along this year because there is so much I want to do already, but clamshell was on my list...I Might as well be part of it since I am making it anyway. So far, I don't really have a plan except to go through scraps first and I'll go from there. 

 That's all for now, enjoy the rest of your week!

Best, Maryse

I am linking up with:

Freshly Pieced   Sew Fresh Quilts 
My Quilt Infatuation

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Not Quite A Granny Square {quilt top finished}

I love to cuddle under a blanket while watching a movie, we all do around here... So this year, among others, I want to make a few warm lap quilts for our TV room. It's time to say goodbye to those knotted fleece blanket I made a gazillion years ago.   

I've noticed this gate by the nature trail last year and thought this could be a good spot for a photo shoot eventually. In need of a place to take a picture of my quilt, I decided to head that way
yesterday ... Let's say it was a quick photo shoot, I kept hearing noises coming from the wooded area and that,  made me a bit nervous...

This is a no sashing version of the traditional granny square.

Once I designed the layout, the squares were sewn together into rows and then,  the rows together. I decided on three solid square between each "blocks" to keep the same ratio between the "blocks" than the classic sashed version.

On the above picture, you can see a plaid print between the blocks, they were finally discarded as it looked too traditional. I had in mind a more contemporary version.

I used different fabrics from Juliana Horner and a bit of Kaffe Fassett's shot cotton in Prune (for the center square). I love how it turned out and I am quite excited about it. Don't you love that purple square in the middle of each block?
The background is Essex Linen in Indigo, I bought this piece of fabric last year, it was one of those impulse purchase and it sat there for a while not knowing what I would do with it.

I love this quilt and this one is for "moi" and I have in mind warm and heavy.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


I am linking up to:

Freshly Pieced    Sew Fresh Quilts   My Quilt Infatuation  Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 - Finish Along Q1

I am emerging briefly to post my goals for the 2015-Finish Along Q1. 

 This past week, I have been cleaning and rearranging my sewing place, I just can't seem to find the perfect arrangement yet... And I am also working on new projects. So here is what my list looks like for this first quarter:

1 - Granny Square {my way}

A warm and heavy lap size quilt for the TV room in the basement.

2 - Star Quilt

This is a very special quilt for one of our friend. I made a couple sketches last year, but I haven't decided on the final design yet... More on that soon. 

3 - Man Quilt no.2

I started to cut these triangles last fall to make another quilt for the boat, an extra quilt that could be use by a visitor. I'm still not sure of the final design. All I know is that I wanted to use elongated triangles and I am hoping to use all the fabric left from the Man Quilt I made last year. (I bought way too much fabric and these don't mix well with my fabric stash).

4 - Oceanside Pants.

I bought some beige linen fabric last year to make a drawstring pair of pants and found this PDF pattern from Blank Slate Patterns. I love linen pants and I wear them all the time. They are light and very comfortable, I could sleep with them...

5- AMH Nine Patch

 It is unlikely that I will be able to finish this one by the end of this quarter, I haven't found the backing yet and the hand quilting will be time-consuming but who knows?

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!
Best, Maryse


I am linking up to Adrianne at On The Windy Side for the 
2015 - Finish Along Q1

Also linking up to Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts