Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hopping Along in March

Another glorious month of sewing! Love these cool winter days when I can warm up in my sewing room, jumping from project to project, starting a few new ones, and finishing a few old ones. Apparently Spring is on its way, but I think I'll continue my winter routine until the birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming! To put me in the Spring mood, I did make a little bunny quilt, using a mish mash of bright fat quarters from my stash. 


These were so much fun to make, each bunny coming together with its own little personality. 


I really enjoyed the quilting, with straight lines for the backgrounds and a medium meandering for the bunnies.



The backing is a cozy dotted flannel and I used a pieced border to finish it off. The pattern is called Everybunny by Diane Harris and is in Quiltmaker March/April '16, No. 168. I adapted it a bit by choosing not to use sashing or a border. By doing this, I kept the quilt at a size that was easy to handle for machine quilting. The quilt finishes at 34" x 50".

I finished my Quilt of Valour and have sent it off to our Provincial Rep for distribution.  It's such a wonderful feeling to make a quilt for this organization and know that it will go to a very deserving member of the Canadian Armed Forces who has been injured during or after service. 


I chose to do an edge to edge meandering pattern for the quilt which finishes at about 50" x 70". You can read more about the pattern and designer on a previous post HERE.


I finished piecing a UFO which also prepares me for Spring! The quilt is called Spring is Sprung and is designed by Pamela Morgan and published in Quilting Quickly April 2017.


This one may have to wait 'till Summer for the quilting. It is a little larger than I usually quilt myself, finishing at about 60" x 80". What was I thinking? Another quilt to lay out on my narrow kitchen floor between fridge and cupboards!



This is what I am working on today...straight stitch quilting on Fly Home by Jeni Baker. The free pattern is available HERE.


I adore these Amy Butler fabrics, a combination from several of her lines from a few years back. The flying geese are 4" x 8" finished so the quilt actually came together fairly quickly when I used the No Waste Method of making flying geese. Just Google and you'll find many tutorials and YouTube videos on how to make them. 



I decided to keep sewing with these fun fabrics and made a tote to match the quilt! 


I adapted several patterns for the bag to make it the size I wanted, using extra geese blocks from my quilt. It finishes at about 16" x 20". I was able to put a large pocket and a smaller zippered pocket inside, along with hardware to hold some keys. Works for me! 

It's a great day for quilting!

10 comments:

  1. You have a lot of great quilts finished and in process. LOVE those bunnies!

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  2. What gorgeous quilts! I love the bunnies in the bright colors. The flying geese quilt and tote are great. Spring may be here but it doesn't feel like it so I keep sewing too. ~Jeanne

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  3. So many lovelies in this post! The bunnies are so sweet. Just in time for Easter around these parts. At least we think it might be Easter...it might just be an April Fool’s joke. Your Quilt of Valour is always a joy to see. I’m sure it is a treasured quilt. Looking at your Spring Is Sprung quilt makes me feel like Spring really has Sprung...on my screen anyway...I’m still feeling winter cold. Fly Home looks awesome. I love the fabrics and colors. And what a great tote from the extra pieces! I’m looking at your sidebar there...I must be your only quilting blogger that’s hung up on paper crafts! LOL. I did dust off my machine to take in the outdated wide legs on a pair of jeans yesterday. It took me weeks to talk myself into doing it. I hate doing clothing alterations.

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  4. Love your bunnies and looks like spring has sprung at your sewing room....there is always new projects to start and love all the new ones coming out.

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  5. Wow. You've been busy. Love the bunnies. Is that applique?

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  6. You have definitely tipped the scale toward Spring in this post!! They are all very happy, but the flowers with the one patch blocks is my fave.
    Great job on the Quilt of Valor, too. That is a beauty!

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  7. Lovely work Lesley. The Quilt of Valour has turned out really beautiful. I love Spring is Sprung and also the flying geese. The bag is a great make. xx

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  8. Looks like spring has sprung in your neck of the woods! Great projects :)

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  9. Those bunnies are super cute. You have been a busy beaver.

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