Round Robin 2

The second round has been completed! Check out what everyone has done! Sorry for the photo quality – these were all taken while at a family party 🙂

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A little robin was added in the centre square at the top of this quilt!

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This block is to be added to the shirt block – the hearts are made from ties. This quilt is especially meaningful to the Quiltuplets since it’s made from old shirts from my grandfather, who died in 2011 (mentioned in Michèle’s post from 2014).

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I love how everyone added their own personality to the starting blocks. What will the next additions look like?

 

Round Robin

It’s been quite a few months since the last post (almost 8!). We’ve all been pretty busy with quilty and non-quilty things, but I have a few posts ready for the next few days. Today’s post is long overdue since it’s about a project we started in late 2015: a round robin. Each of the six quiltuplets prepared a block as the start of a new quilt which was passed on to the next person in the group. At each stage, we all add a bit to the quilt we’ve received with fabrics from the original block and pull some more from our own stashes (if needed). Everyone has a different style, so I can’t wait to see the end results!

Here is what we started with:

Check back later to see what happens after the first swap!

Getting back into the swing of things

After welcoming a new baby, it’s taken awhile to have enough time to sit down, sew and blog about it! I have about 10-15 projects on the go right now, but none are all that close to completion. I do have quick project to share: ankle bands to keep baby feet in the legs of their sleepers.

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Little Lizzie kicks a lot and her feet have a tendency to find their way into the body of her sleepers. She gets very frustrated when the movement of her legs is restricted, so I come up with a solution to this problem! I used coordinating strips of fabric and a bit of velcro to make these little bands to keep her feet happy.

She likes to raise her feet in the air, which is great to show off her ankle bands!

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She also likes to spend time on the floor on her new quilt, a special gift from the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild.

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I’ve started having more of a daily schedule now, so I hope to post project updates soon! Until then,

Emily

Mini quilt challenge

My local modern quilt guild recently held a mini quilt challenge. Everyone got a magazine and had to make a quilt inspired from page 25, with the final quilt perimeter measuring 48-60 inches.

We recently moved, and in the upheaval I lost my page. I took the closest magazine handy and tore out page 25, which turned out to be about an upcoming museum exhibit on Pompeii. It’s mostly text. I decided to use my new found love of curves (ha!) to make an image to represent the eruption of Vesuvius.

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I have one process picture:

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I made a lot of little circles in different shades of grey for the smoke from the eruption. I sequentially sewn in a circle, then cut out space for the next circle.

The final quilt:

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I cut out the bottom of the mountain to look like people to be like the cavities they found left behind in the ash. I made it so these ‘cavities’ are looming over the unsuspecting city below. I have to say – cutting out those people and sewing along the edge was a pain. I started regretting it about a quarter of the way in. I am happy with the result though, now that it’s done!

I used quilting to emphasize the turbulence of the eruption as well as lines straight down the mountain to represent the pyroclastic surges thought to be responsible for most of the deaths.

The back is a print of boats to show the people who tried to help the inhabitants of Pompeii.

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I didn’t win, but I had a lot of fun trying to come up with ideas and making the quilt! I’m definitely up for the next challenge!

-Emily

Expecting a new quiltuplet!

We’re expecting a new quiltuplet in July! Of course it needs a quilt! Just in time for my baby shower, the remaining quiltuplets made a beautiful ‘I Spy’ quilt as a gift.

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I am amazed at the collection of different fabrics they were able to pull together. Animals, food, cartoon characters… there seems to be one of everything!

The back is cozy flannel owl print with a personalized label.

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And it looks great in the nursery!

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A cotton version of the owl print made an appearance in a Christmas gift from Michele.

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I know there will be many happy memories with this quilt! Thank you Quiltuplets!

-Emily

Spring quilting day!

It’s been awhile since the last post! I think we’ve all been busy, so it was nice to finally sit down together and get some sewing done. We all have our own WIPs, although some of us have been more productive than others (but we’ll see the results soon in later posts!). For my part, I’ve barely sewn a stitch in several months and I have a million projects on the go. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I do tend to start many projects and take awhile to finish.

Here is a project I started about 6 months ago when I decided to design a pattern with curves:

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I started with two layer cakes of Kate Spain’s Sunnyside fabric. I’ve made some progress on putting it together, but I’m learning very quickly that curves can be tedious!

There are many WIPs on the go, so I’ll do a quick tour:

Natalie was paper piecing a warm batik design.

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Michèle was working on a geometric design for an art quilt to submit for to an upcoming quilt show. The story behind this one is quite interesting, so I look forward to seeing it complete in an upcoming post!

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She was also making cupcakes for a special birthday we celebrated later that day.IMG_3158

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Lise and Suzanne have also given their own twist on the same pattern.

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I love seeing how different two quilts turn out when done using different colour schemes. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

Lise was busy preparing her finished quilts for entry into the quilt show.

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She is now the most productive member of our little group! Each of these quilts will be featured in later posts, along with the other quilts she is working on.

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She used to help everyone else on their quilts, but it hasn’t really been until the last year that she started to make her own and now she is probably responsible for half of our total output!

We had a great afternoon of chatting, sewing, cutting fabric, snacking and baking. In the end, the only finished project was the cupcakes.

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-Emily

 

 

Even more baby time!

I posted a few months ago about two babies quilts that I was working on, and a way to speed up the time it takes to set up the long-arm machine. Unfortunately, the binding still takes just as long so it’s taken awhile to get the projects finished. The quilts are finally complete, photographed and passed along to two very special babies!

Here are the front and back of the first quilt:

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I used Bottom Line thread in light blue for both quilts, following a pantograph pattern of swirls for the quilting. I thought this would soften the straight edges of the geometric patchwork patterns.

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Here are the front and back of the second quilt:

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I bound both quilts with a striped fabric – I really like the effect around the edges!BabyQuiltChair2

Details of the front and back show the swirly quilting:

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I love making baby quilts! It’s a great opportunity to use bright colours and experiment with new ideas with a smaller quilt size!

 

Happy quilting!
Emily