Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Heather Bailey Charm Swap

The designer of my 3rd charm swap with the MsMidge Aussie Charm Swap is Heather Bailey. Most of the fabrics are soft colours, with the occasional pop of stronger colours. As with  all of the charm swaps, the fabrics all work so well together. So many inspirational quilts have been made by a talented group of swappers.

My effort was inspired by a Big Bear Paw bee block on Terri's Notebook  I auditioned many solid colours, and much to my surprise the hot pink came out the winner. This colour is way out of my comfort zone, but once decided I went with it.  It is always  good to be challenged , whether it be by colour or by the design.
These blocks are big at 28 1/2 inches each, so only 4 were needed to make a throw.
The finished size is 67 inches by 67.

Because of the Big Bear paw I named it Ursa Major. My daughter loves astronomy and this quilt is destined for her, so the name is very apt.

I am linking to Ms Midges blog for the roll call of Heather Bailey Charm Swap Quilts

The label is a reverse Bear Paw block.

Hillside Houses- A Finish

For several weeks over May and June I joined in with the Hillside Houses Quilt Along with Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts. I love this quilt and have enjoyed every moment of making it.
I finished my version today.

The quilting is just wavy lines running horizontally across the quilt. I think modern quilts often lend themselves to simple quilting.
Thanks so much to Cristina for sharing her lovely patterns and for hosting the Quilt Along.
The patterns are still available on her blog at the time of posting this.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Quiet Play Zoo Animals- Macaw

I am late with Junes Zoo Animal  in the Quiet Play BOM. Knowing how bright the blue a Hyacinth Macaw is, I looked for the brightest blue in my stash. I think I did pretty well with the colour.
This went together really well. There were a lot of pieces in the eye section, but we are used to that now.  The animals are getting more complex as we go, with only 3 remaining in the  set. The July Pattern for the Koala has been posted so that may be tomorrows sewing.

Linking to the Quiet Play blog.