Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
As you can see, I used muted tones and matching fabrics ... ;-) Ha!
Oh well, I like bright colours and it looks coordinated to me anyway. (... and I actually find the pictures make the quilt look more pale than it is in person)
I like to free-piece without a pattern because then I can make it up as I go along and throw in anything I want (also, mistakes can just be called design decisions instead, perfect!). Plus it gives me lots of opportunities to fussy cut, which I love. See my daughter and me up there in that tower? (It is amazing how much that little fabric girl looks like my daughter. Me? My fabric lady is more of a flattering approximation, but my daughter knows it represents me so that's what counts.)
The flags are the provincial flag of New Brunswick. I was able to cut them out of fabric that showed flags of all the Canadian provinces. I love, love them ... castles always have flags and we are proud New Brunswickers.
One of the first things I made for the quilt was the door. Those birds are of course another fussy cut, from some Jennifer Paganelli fabric. I just thought they looked regal and elegant. I was also able to use some of the same fabric for window trim which worked well.
The birds also guard the corners of the quilt. At first I made free-pieced princess crowns for the corners but it just didn't look right. The birds are way better.
The back of the quilt got the royal treatment with some Flea Market Fancy fabric. Most of the back is the yellow seeds fabric. The other portion shown in the photo is a strip down the back. I don't sign my quilts, but I use that I Love You fabric somewhere on the back of the kids' quilts. And see the fussy-cut me there again?
Blooper reel ... That's my husband under there. He rests the quilt on his head when his arms get tired and I am still insisting on more photos. It is to appease me as I am saying "Don't let it get on the ground!" You understand, right? I mean, it had even rained earlier ... the grass was still damp!
This quilt definitely had its frustrations, but was worth it. I am glad I stuck to my idea of making fabric bricks for the castle. I sewed strips, then sliced them up, then lined them back up in a staggered pattern, then sewed. It worked well! The trickiest thing was trying to get the whole castle and background neatly put together using the least amount of pieces and knowing I could only sew straight lines. Any angled pieces were big, big annoyances. I am still new at this (5 months since I got my first rotary cutter) so I figure I will eventually learn how to do angles easily ... or I hope so anyway.
The next most challenging thing was choosing fabrics. I rejected many of my early choices. Honest.
Speaking of fabrics, a few others that are in there include Michael Miller Speckled Bird for the fantastical bird-filled sky. Rainbow Print from The Rainbow Garden by Prints Charming was used for the mountains. Others are Kaffe Fassett Stencil Carnation, more Michael Miller, more Jennifer Paganelli, Bubblegum Basics flowers, Henry Glass Fandango in turquoise and magenta, a Moda fabric that looks like bricks for the front step ... and on and on. The binding is Woodgrain in pink by Joel Dewberry.
The quilting is a simple overall stipple done by long-arm at my local quilt store (Thanks Tina!). Thank goodness someone else did it as I would have been petrified to wreck it.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Hope you fancy some Flea Market Fancy, cause now you've got some coming to you!
I will be contacting Rayamashita by email.
I will definitely have to have another giveaway sometime. This has been great. Thanks again to everyone who entered and thanks to Sew Mama Sew for coordinating this!
Oh, and if you want, have a peek at the blog tomorrow to see my quilt for the Bloggers Quilt Festival. More online fun!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
The squares are just randomly placed in the pictures. The job of arranging them will come later. It is funny, as when I started making the blocks for this I envisioned it as a long-term project to just work on over the course of the year, but little did I know how easy and fun the blocks would be to make. No two are alike which should make for challenging games of I-Spy.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
... me! A little stash building fun was my Mother's Day treat courtesy of my husband and kids. Now, I must say to qualify: 1. I am still new at this and am just starting to build my stash. 2. That fabric is all liquidation priced which enabled a bit more shopping freedom. 3. I actually have plans for most of it.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Well, I'm pleased to announce it's not wrecked and I am really happy with it! I definitely need major practice with quilting, but at least it was a start. I will also say that I don't know if the foot on the machine ever went for a nice walk ... it was more like a saunter, then a crooked stagger, then a jog ... the stitch length on the quilting is as scrappy as the top itself! I did use a variegated thread which is lovely. I made an argyle pattern using diagonal stripes spaced 2.5 inches apart.