Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Go-To Quilt

Oh, have you seen this lovely pattern by KatieDid? She calls it her "go-to" quilt and it is such a joy to make. Quick and easy, this quilt comes together in a fraction of the time it would take to make a pieced top, but has such a lovely look and feel that you'll never miss the myriad of fabrics that a pieced top has.

In my efforts to use up my stash and not buy new fabric for each project, the front is a baby blue sateen and the back is Kona Stone. I know that Kona is the gold standard for solids, but frankly, I don't get it. Yes, the colors are beautiful and plentiful and yes, the quality is good and I've never had a bleeding problem, but I wish I liked the feel of it more. It always feels so rough compared to something like gorgeous Moda fabrics. I really like how the sateen worked up in this quilt - it's so soft to begin with and the puckering made it even more silky.

I quilted in three colors - navy blue, a mid-range blue, and a vibrant grass green. I did end up having to buy the binding fabric - nothing in my stash was quite right. Because I ended up rounding the corners, the binding was cut on the bias. I'm a big fan of rounded corners in general, though I don't typically round them on my quilts. That said, I felt like such a simple little quilt needed the visual interest of a non-traditional corner.

Stripey binding was inspired by Elisabeth at Oh, Fransson! Do you follow her? If not, you really should. She's so creative and I am always learning from her. She makes beautiful things and readily shares her knowledge of everything quilting.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Paper Piecing

Jennifer asked for assorted flying geese for her month in our Quilting Bee. I have to say that I'd never done paper piecing and was a bit intimidated at the prospect. That said, I've been admiring the lovely Circle of Geese blocks that I've seen on Flickr and decided that this was as good a time as any to try it out. I used the pattern found here.

The Sometimes Crafter had a great step-by-step on how to piece this block together. I was a bit lost at first, but after putting the first quarter of it together, the other three pieced up in under 15 minutes each. The hardest part was working from the back of the pattern, but other than that, paper piecing was not as difficult as I feared it would be.

I do love this block - much more angular than is typically my style, but now I'm itching to create a quilt for myself using this pattern.