Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fabric Diet... what diet?

The end of the month and time to link up with the other fabriholics at our monthly support group.

April hasn't been exactly the greatest of months... the "necessity" fabric package from Fabricworm here, the "need it to finish" fabric for the butterfly quilt... and the "look we're driving past" fabric from the weekend.

But on a positive note, I've just finished the machine part of the binding of TWO quilts!  Woot!

First up, The Butterfly Baby Quilt.  Free pattern from Cloud 9 fabrics.  Fabric mostly almost entirely from stash... but a bit of additional white was required for the wonky sashing - 48" x 36".  This is the same binding fabric that I used for Dylan's bed quilt, made 2007 - so it does pay to put the leftover fabrics into the stash - you never know when it is going to be exactly the right colour and size, there was only 2" left over of my binding strip!  This quilt wasn't on the WIP list... but was requested by the husband for an acquaintance... so what's a girl to do?  Plus, I desperately wanted to make this quilt block!


The meander quilting was done with a white Aurifil 50wt thread.  The meander pattern helps to hide all those pesky seams and perfect for a quilt that will get lots of washing and love - I won't ever have to worry about any seams coming apart on this one.


Second up, The Reunion Playground quilt... pattern by Camille Roskelley, with additional blocks to make it queen sized.  Grey background Spotlight Homespun, Red binding fabric... Moda Bella Solids.


And once again, Aurifil thread comes to the rescue... mid grey this time in an orange peel pattern across the blocks.  I absolutely love the secondary pattern, and even though it's not a tiny pattern... you still get lots of quilty texture.  This quilt was on the WIP list... and I think that makes 4 quilts hitting the finished** list so far this year.


 Now about that fabric.  We headed down to Auckland on Saturday without our children!  It was bliss... so quiet.  As we whizzed through Kaiwaka, The Apple Basket patchwork shop just happened to have it's open sign out, and these fabrics just happened to jump into my bag (well, after paying for them of course).


And check out this button!  No idea what I'm going to do with it... but I love it!


Won't it be interesting to see what May brings?
Also linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

** Finished in the broad sense of the word... hand stitching of the binding still required :0)

15 comments:

  1. I think you can justify a few fabric purchases if you are actually making and finishing things. It's when you are whipping out your wallet and the pile o'fabric just gets higher and higher without any dents being made that you have a problem.
    I think both bindings are perfect colour choices BTW.

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  2. Four for four! Great job Suz! You are on a roll now! That fabric addition is just reward for all the finishing!

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  3. Those butterflies are fabulous! Are you going to join the finish party at TGIFF this friday? It's at my blog - quokka quilts :)

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  4. The butterfly quilt is great! Going to have to put that one on my list! Your meander quilting is perfect! I have that problem at quilt shops too, fabrics just seem to jump right in those bags ;)

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  5. Well done - 4 finishes for the year so far is pretty impressive!!

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  6. I love your butterfly quilt! Just the thing for a spring day!!! I found your at WIP linky today and added myself as a GFC follower! I'm Val...stop by! I have a fun linky going on right now...it's called TUesday Archives...and you link up OLD posts according to the given theme! It's been fun! I hope ya like what ya see and GFC follow too! :) Nice to meet ya! :) myplvl.blogspot.com

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  7. The butterflies are adorable. My little girl would definitely want that on her bed!

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  8. Those butterflies are just wonderful. So bright and cheery.

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  9. Diet or not.. You did good :)

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  10. I love these butterfies. The idea of the fabrics jumping into the bag is great. It happens to me very often :)

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  11. Your butterfly quilt is so cute! and I think the orange peel quilting is just perfect, you can really see the added texture! L

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  12. Your butterfly quilt is adorable. The block and layout is great.

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  13. i love orange peel quilting! gorgeous

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  14. I loved hearing about your process and how you got started quilting on Ms. Lottie's podcast. I love the butterfly quilt. Very fun.
    Jaye
    artquiltmaker.com/blog

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  15. I do love those butterflies. Might have to consider that for a baby quilt in the future... waiting for the next niece or nephew to have a bub. And as to your fabric diet... hmmm .... yes. Those fabrics can be very sneaky can't they. I am trying very hard to NOT buy any fabric without having a specific project in mind for it. Mostly being strong.

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