Joining the Fair Isle Quilt Along

So I’m a bit late, but I’m going to be joining in with Freshly Pieced’s Fair Isle Quilt Along. I’m 90% of the way there with cutting (I’ve cut the cream background, bright red and green – just to cut the pink and the skull fabric I’m using. I’m making some changes to it – my boyfriend said the design reminded him of the line of Christmas jumpers Slayer did a few years back so I’m sort of riffing on that.

Here’s the fabric I’m using:

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Naturally George decided to help.

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In his defence, I was paying attention to the fabric instead of him, a terrible crime.

I’m planning to do a little bit of paper piecing for the one of the stripes across the middle – I’m out of town for the next week and I’ll be bringing it with me to see if I can finish it all by hand. I took Lee’s advice and separated all of my work out by type of block:

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I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep the same schedule as the rest of the quilt along (especially as I’m leaving town for the next week) but I’ll update with my progress and try to keep up as best I can. Oh! Finally, I found a great new use for the shot glasses I got free for being such a booze hag when I came through duty free last time. I’m not really a shots kind person, but they are the perfect size to top up my iron when I’m steaming stuff.

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Indigo Pinwheels

I’ve been making slow but steady progress on my latest quilt top. As of tonight I have to piece six more blocks, and then the pressening can commence (and I can sew them together into a finished top.) I cut my fabrics into 6″ squares, then grouped them roughly into lighter and darker fabrics so that I can make pinwheels from them. I paired them off and ruled a line diagonally along one from corner to coner, then sewed with a 1/4″ hem along both sides of the line so that once I cut them free I had two matching 6″ squares made from triangles. Minimal cutting, minimal pinning. Perfectly lazy.

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As you can see, I’m still cutting everything out on my lounge room floor because I hate my knees. Down with knees. Boo hiss.

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Visible in the top right-ish of this picture is the feverish 3am maths I did to figure out how much fabric I needed for my next quilting endeavour (more on that later in the post.)

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Once I’d cut everything I then matched all the squares up so that they were in sets of four where all the 6″ squares had one fabric in common and the rest different (you’ll see what I mean in the first completed square below.) It took a while. It took a lot of swapping. George, naturally, helped a lot.

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Only 29 more to go. I actually lucked out and bought some cheap batting off Amazon (Warm Company Batting 90-Inch by 96-Inch Warm and White Cotton Batting, Full) and was so delighted that it shipped to NZ that I ordered two, which should serve to bat (is that the verb form?) this quilt, and the next two baby quilts I make AND have enough left over for me to make some little coasters or something using a cathedral window design.

Oh yes! Baby quilts. I’m making two baby quilts in two different colourways for a pal who is pregnant with her second child. One for the new baby and one for her toddler, because, speaking as an eldest child, things are rough when the baby starts getting all the gifts. I’m using Kelby Sews’ Chevron Tutorial and can’t wait to get started. I think I’m going to be doing 5.5″ and 3″ squares, so the finished quilts should be ~110cm x 150cm. I bought an extra fabric in the yellow/orange colour scheme because I’m not 100% sure on the foxes fabric (I put together a beautifully crafted collage of the fabrics below. I hope your like MS Paint) and how it’ll mesh with the others. If it isn’t a total goer then I’ll just add it to my stash.

Chevron quilt fabrics

Also, I finally got the good news I hinted at a few posts ago. I got accepted into a PhD program. In three-four years that’ll be Doctor Wonky Curved Seams to you.

 

New Digs

I made a thing! A virtual thing, not a fabric thing. Keep up. A website. I mean, I hit a button and WordPress did most of the work, but I’ll take the credit. I’ve been very naughty and haven’t updated in what feels like aeons. I have some things to share, but all my good cameras are at the other end of the country. I’ve been staying with my Grandma and brought what was a quilt-in-bits with me, and I’m leaving with a quilt completed. It’s for a couple of friends – it was to welcome their new baby, but bubs is now five months old, so I’m more than a little behind. Still, it’s cute as heck and nice and bright so hopefully it’s well received. Have a couple of photos of it in various stages of done-ness.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a post from me without a picture of George helping.

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I’m trying to recall everything I’ve done since I last updated. I’ve changed jobs, and my boyfriend has moved in (so the quilt for his bed has become the quilt for our bed). I’ve travelled a lot (including to Western Samoa, but that’s another post and another set of photos of the beautiful fabrics I picked up there) and I’ve been talking to a friend who runs a collective studio about renting a workspace where I could have a real table to do my sewing at, and the ability to leave my projects set up. I also have to move out of my house while it gets brought up to the new building code to make it earthquake-safe and it would be nice not to have to put my sewing on hold while that happens.

And of course I’ve moved here! FuKiTu, in case you’re wondering, is a shortened version of ‘Fluffy Kitten Tummies’ kind of a running joke about my cat obsession taken a little too seriously.