Time for a catch up... I have been busy making and it would be wrong not to document everything here. This is a round up of some of the recent projects I've demonstrated on Sewing Quarter, I'm starting small and working up to the big quilts!

This block was made using Jo Avery's fabulous Compass Spin pattern, a combination of foundation paper piecing and sewing curves. It's a great project for playing with fabric value.

foundation paper pieced quilt black compass star

Spider Web blocks are quickly becoming a favourite of mine and I created this simple cushion using the Creative Grids Spider Web & Kaleidoscope Ruler - which makes it so easy and accurate. The pink and red combination is lovely for spring! 

Spider Web block quilt pillow

Another cushion, this one from the book Quilt Petite by Sedef Imer. This is such a sweet design and I really loved making this, with so many different techniques in one cushion it was a fun sew.

Bonjour cushion Quilt Petite book patchwork free motion embroidery

All the little details are so cute and it was nice to do a bit of hand stitching. I did forget to trace the text before backing with fusible fleece though, so had to freehand 'Bonjour!' but it turned out ok!

embroidery detail lazy daisies text

rabbit applique free motion embroidery

I used a couple of strands of different coloured threads for the bow, I've never thought to embellish a project with bows like this but it looks adorable. I used a surgeon's knot to keep it secure. Now I want to add bows to everything! Click below to watch me demonstrate making the cushion:

Then I had some fun making a block keeper from quilt as you go pre-printed wadding. This is am easy project and would make a lovely quilters gift. I loved cutting the Anna Maria Horner fabric, it looked especially cool on the 'spine'. Totally forgot to take photos of the finished project though, so you'll have to make do with some stills of it on the show!

quilt as you go block anna maria horner fabric

On to the quilts...

First I made a smaller version of the Seventh Heaven pattern from the book Dessert Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. A lovely one to sit and chain piece, then rearrange the blocks to create that random look!

Seventh Heaven quilt Pam and Nicky Lintott dessert roll quilts

A reminder to be mindful when adding borders, I was so 'in the zone' I completely missed noticing my upside border until I was already half way through quilting it! Thankfully it still sort of worked so I decided not to unpick.

quilt mistake border

Finally my Forest Mountain quilt, I designed this one to make with the Creative Grids 60° ruler. It's pretty large at 74" and it was fun to just use solids and one simple shape. It was a fairly dull day when we took these pictures, right before all that hot weather, the colours are far more vibrant in real life and the greys at the top are actually a little more subtle. I think this has a nice whimsical feel, a sense of the great outdoors in a modern quilt interpretation!

Forest Mountain triangle quilt solids free motion quilting

I wanted to do some free motion quilting but kept it fairly simple (in part due to the size but also deadlines!). I quilted a rough tree / branch shape on the background triangles to give some texture and organic lines and curves in the sky to represent clouds. The back gives off a sort of Blair Witch vibe, glad I used yellow or it would be creepy.

back of quilt

From the front I think the texture looks good and my son was completely in love with this design. He wants it for his room, which is a huge compliment. I still have a work in progress bee quilt for him that I know he'll love too and that's also a tree / triangle theme so he knows what he likes!

triangle solids quilt Forest Mountain free motion quilting

Happy hump day everyone! I hope you're having a great week and your projects are going well!