Oliver’s Super Nine: progress report.

The final selection of fabrics for baby Oliver's quilt.

The final selection of fabrics for baby Oliver’s quilt.

It would seem that the chevron with the green (Riley Blake C2923) in it really got to me because I decided to use it after all.  I had intended that to stick to the orange/aqua palette, but I think green can make an excellent ‘popper’, as it enhances a lot of other colours.  With this in mind, I also added the spotty fabric, (Riley Blake C2952) which I bought a while ago and was itching to use.   The final selection is, from top to bottom:

1.  DC5390 from ‘Lush’ by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics.

2.  ‘Sage’ from the Kona solids range.

3.  PWAT 76 Chevron from Westminster Fabrics.  (the blue chevron that I had to leave behind was from the same range)

4.  C2952 from the ‘Puppy Park’ range from Riley Blake

5.  CX-4834 Tiny Gingham in Aqua from Michael Miller Fabrics

6.  35371-1 from the ‘Glimma’ range by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

7.  I have no idea! There wasn’t enough selvage to tell and I didn’t pay attention in the shop. 😦

8.  35377 from the ‘Glimma’ range by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

9.  C2923 From ‘Dress up days’ by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake

I think the aquas are taking a backseat to the oranges and the coloured fabrics, but that’s ok.  I knew I was going to do some sort of nine patch, but some playing about convinced me that white sashing would show off the fabrics nicely:

I was just taking a photo to show you all the fabrics properly when I took this, but it convinced me to go with white sashing.

I was just taking a photo to show you all the fabrics properly when I took this, but it convinced me to go with white sashing.

Here's a finished block.  Five down, three to go.

Here’s a finished block. Five down, three to go.

So, all I have to do now is decide how I’m going to arrange the blocks and what I’m going to to for backing, then it’s quilting time!

Hope you’re all having a great weekend.


P.S. WordPress is being very badly behaved today, and won’t do what it’s told at all!


Oliver’s quilt, part one.

Obviously, the first and most logical thing to do when in the process of a sewing room revamp is to …. go and buy some delicious fabric!

orange and aqua stack

This was the final pick, after much umming and erring, from today’s trip to the shop. I had to leave a blue chevron and an amazing red/orange circle fabric behind. 😦 The multicoloured chevron was a last minute pick up at the counter, where they have baskets of fat quarters to make impulse purchases that much easier! These fabrics are destined to be part of a quilt for my brand new nephew, Oliver, who was born yesterday at the same time as I was umming and erring. Of course, now that I’ve got my precious fabrics home, I’ve completely changed my mind about the design of the quilt and I’m going to have to raid my (limited) stash to find some more coordinates. (I feel like a proper quilter!). I’m itching to get started.


red scatter squares

Red Scatter Squares is finished! Well, apart from a run through the washing machine and the tumble dryer. There will be some shrinkage, which is fine, but I am slightly worried. I think I should have washed it before I put the binding on. What way round do people normally do it? :-/ I want the soft, crinkly antique look, but I don’t want to sacrifice crisp edges and corners to get it. It’s too late for this one, but next time I think I’ll wash first. Apart from that, I’m pretty pleased with it. It’s not perfect, but I improved a lot and learned a lot through making it. Besides, finished is better than perfect anyway. Here’s the back:

Red scatter squares reverseI didn’t want a plain backing, but I’m not ready to do a pieced back, although I love the way they look. This quilt is about 45 inches square (final measurements when it comes out of the drier!) and is destined to be a gift for my friend Carole’s little girl, who is due any day now. I like the distribution of colour, and I think I will try this again with a braver palette. I’ve been playing around with building palettes lately, it’s great fun and a fine way to waste time, so I’ve got a couple of ideas.

Next week, I have to get my sewing room in order. At the moment, it is more of an office I set my sewing machine up in, but I’m going to change it round to more sewing space first and office second. There was a catalyst for the rearrangement, but I’m keeping it a secret for a little bit longer. What’s your sewing space like?

Update: The quilt came out of the dryer just fine. The binding is nicely crinkled, but it isn’t distorting the quilt any! 🙂

Have a great day!

P.S. Comments are always welcome. 😀