Saturday, December 30, 2017

Bonnie + Camille Scrap Challenge

Following on the footsteps of my previous post, is the second half of a challenge to sew with swapped fabrics sent from my friend, Maja.  She had purchased a scrap bag that contained a variety of Bonnie & Camille fabric scrappy cuts and she spilt it with me. Then we challenged each other to make whatever we wanted with those scraps and to share a finished project before the end of 2017!
 

Sewing with scraps is something I really enjoy - however the challenge for me in this swap was to come up with a way to use them in a more "controlled" scrappy design. 

Mini Nines to the rescue! This is a fun block to make with scraps and the pattern can be found in Amanda Jean Nyberg's book, No Scrap Left Behind.


Working with the scrap strips and pieces that Maja sent, I added in a few pieces from my scrap stash to complete the nine patch blocks - there wasn't enough in the swapped scraps for me to completely frame a nine patch, so I improvised! 


This sweet table runner is backed in a solid red that shows my loopy free motion quilting and then I bound it in a Bonnie & Camille fabric from my stash.


Once all the blocks were made and laid out, I decided to add more scraps to frame the ends (and add a little extra length to the table runner). 


It was a fun challenge and a happy finish!

Linking up my happy little finish with Amanda Jean and friends, at Crazy Mom Quilts, for Finish it up Friday!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Bountiful



Bountiful is the word that seems to sum up my year! Many wonderful opportunities and adventures made up my 2017.
 
The Sewcial Bee Sampler was one such opportunity and it also was a wonderful adventure! This virtual quilting sewalong was comprised of twenty five quilt blocks which were shared over the course of 25 weeks, for anyone willing to participate, to sew. This fun event was hosted by two lovely designers, Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell
 
The community of quilters sharing their makes on Instagram  while cheering each other on, made for a lively and delightful experience, I was glad to be a part of. If that wasn't enough - we also had weekly giveaways to enter from several generous sponsors. I happened to be among the prize winners over the course of the sewalong, when I won a pretty fat quarter bundle of ten fabrics from Sharon Holland's Bountiful fabric line, supplied by Brooke from Ladybelle Fabric.
 

Ten fat quarters of Bountiful designed by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics, which I won from Ladybelle Fabric this past summer.
 
I decided to split my winnings with my friend, Maja, and we came up with the idea that each could make whatever she wanted using Bountiful and keep it a surprise until the end of the year. Today's the day to share!
 
All ten Bountiful fabrics were used in my project - combined with several other designers prints.
 
I fell in love with sewing flying geese blocks during the sewalong and even though I sketched several other ideas for using my share of the Bountiful fabrics, this simple one won my heart.
 

I sewed nine flying geese blocks, paying attention to colour placement and arranged them to all point in one direction, bordering them with natural coloured linen. A simplistic design that lets the fabrics be the stars!


Long wavy lines of quilting, in Aurifil 50 weight (#2420) in a soft peach, happened to be the perfect complement and can be found in Maureen Cracknell's Bohemian Garden thread collection.

 
The back of the table runner is a combination of two fabrics from my stash that are from the same collection as the blue houndstooth print used for the binding.
 
 
If you are at all familiar with my sewing style, you will know that this is not my usual colour palette,  but I couldn't be happier with my table runner made from Bountiful fabrics!  I really wanted to do justice to the quiet beauty of Sharon's fabrics, so I am glad I took some time to work out a design that would let them shine!
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