Monday, July 16, 2012

Quilted Bag

A few months ago, a fellow Genesis Contemporary Patchwork group member Tracy purchased a quilt panel which had various phrases about quilters and their fabric stash etc.
The panel was divided up and each Genesis member got 2 panels each. As part of a Genesis challenge, we were each supposed to make something out of the panel. None of the group have had a chance to get this done up till now, because of our upcoming Festival of Quilts group project and there was no date set to finish it anyways!

I finished my Festival of Quilts group quilt entry a few weekends ago (only had to add the label this weekend) so I decided I'd get all my outstanding quilting obligations and deadlines out of the way. Finished my Landmarks quilt for the International Quilt Challenge on Friday night and decided to get something done with the panels as well.

Have to say that I wasn't gone on the quilt panel pictures themselves, but a challenge is a challenge! I made a bag, using a panel on each side, using the quilt-as-you go method.

I've had the gold/lemon coloured bag handles for a few years now, and they were the perfect colour to use on this bag.

Landmarks Challenge - Burren Walls

My landmarks challenge for the International Quilt Challenge is based on the stone walls in the Burren.

I've recently finished making a quilt which is part of a group entry for this year's Festival of Quilts. After cutting my FoQ quilt to size I had a good few pieces of quilted fabric left-over, so I decided to incorporate them into my landmarks challenge (waste not, want not!)

The left-over strips were satin-stitched together and I added a very thin binding to finish off the quilt.

Monday, July 2, 2012

On a Whim Quilt Blocks

 I purchased the "On a Whim" quilt pattern last month and have been waiting for the chance to try out the block. Over the weekend, I decided to try out a test block of the pattern. For my test block I used Christmas fabrics, reasoning that if I didn't like the block or pattern, at least I'd have a block made that could be used to make a Christmas cushion etc.
As it turns out I really enjoyed making the block, and found it a lot faster to put together than the "Swoon" block. 

10 fat quarters are needed for the middle section of the blocks; I had a fat quarter pack of Denyse Schmidt fabrics that I was waiting to use, so that fabric is now in the process of being chopped up to make more blocks. I really like the Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy fabric, so much so that I'm after ordering another fat quarter set and a few more yards of fabric!