SewYellow's Adventures in Quilting Land

Rainbow Star and Stripes Baby Quilt June 27 2016

Another week another quilt idea.

I'm slightly obsessed with all things rainbow related so whilst re-arranging my fabric in to colour wheel order (sad I know), I couldn't help but put the rainbow colours on the cutting table. This one is nice and bright but also relatively easy to make. The quilt just uses Half Square Triangles (HST's) and plain squares. I'm a big fan of a HST the combinations you can achieve by simply turning them around are great and once you've got the hang of them they are pretty easy to do. Here is the initial layout design I went for, originally it was a smaller star, but I decided it needed to be a bit bigger so added some extra squares. 

 

After laying it out on the floor, whilst fending off the cat who likes to jump and slide all over them I had all of my squares in order. It takes a while to get all of your HST's sewn up but once you start putting the rows together it happens fairly quickly. Here is a photo of the finished quilt:

I always struggle with deciding how to quilt it, I'm not really very confident with free hand quilting so I tend to prefer a straight line approach. For this one I decided that echoing the star might work well, it also meant I could line up the edge of my sewing foot with the edge of the star and then keep doing this. I perhaps should have made the gaps a bit wider as it seemed to take forever, a lesson for next time perhaps! Perhaps it was worth the effort though as the back really does show the lines well, excuse the photo though a bit more of an iron was needed. 

            


Cotton Candy Quilt Pattern Out Now May 29 2016

Well I've had lots of fun making up the Cotton Candy Expanding Squares Quilt and the feedback has been great; so much so I've written a pattern.

I was so in love with the Cotton Candy Collection when it arrived in store I just had to have a go and with 4 distinct bright fabrics and 4 with white backgrounds it seemed the perfect combination for HSTs. Here are a few early layout photos, notice the changing layout and the post it notes on the large one where I decided I wanted the flowers to face a different way. I also had one of the yellow squares the wrong way up too DOH!