Scrappy Mountain Majesties

I've always admired this pattern.  It's so simple, yet striking.  Here's the first one I've made, but likely not the last.  It's a great scrappy quilt, using either value or color to show off the pattern.

It's basically just a big half square triangle, which you then cut into four strips, rearrange, and sew back together.

Tutorial right here.

High Five Quilt in Pastels

I haven't been quilting much the last couple of months, but I still have a backlog of quilts to show you from earlier in the winter.  Might as well start back in with my favorite.

I used a pattern called High Five from the book Sunday Morning Quilts.  I love this book as it is full of scrap quilts that are simple and not many 'traditional' blocks.  I have contemplated quilting through this book and making every quilt.  I actually have made a few of them already in the past. 

Anyways, this quilt.  So fun to put together.  And the final colors are so 'me'.  Actually the whole quilt is so 'me-ish', it couldn't get any closer.  I'm keeping this one, that's for sure.  I doubt anyone else would like it as much as I do! 

My only regret is the backing choice, which is a soft cozy flannel, but definitely girly, and also I think it's a bit bright and busy and takes away from the front just a bit...oh well, I find it hard to envision how the backing is really going to mesh with the front until it is quilted and washed.  Something about that final texture that makes it all look different than when it's just flat pieces of fabric.

FootHills Quilt - Beginning

I stumbled upon this quiltalong, and was instantly interested.  It's taking an antique quilt and remaking it, which I always love the concept of.  Go here and here to read all the details. 

Here's the great thing about this quilt.  I had already decided to make this quilt, but hadn't read any details about it.  It struck me as interesting that it was called the FootHills quilt.  I live 1 1/2 hours from the Rocky Mountains in Central Alberta, and the area between our prairies and these mountains is known as the Foothills.  I figured  that 'foothills' is maybe a common name for this type of country.  And then reading into it, I realized that this quilt actually is from Alberta!  The maker and exact location is unknown, so that means it could have been sewn in any old farmhouse I see around me as I drive down the road!  This is quite thrilling to me, as the quilt history in this part of the world is not very plentiful. 

So it seems I for sure must make a quilt like this:)  I've started in, and feel a bit stalled.  Not just loving my blocks... my idea immediately is that I wanted to emphasize the geese blocks going up and down so they would be mostly dark values, and the remaining pieces would all be medium to light values.  I'm hoping once I get a few more blocks made, and add the sashing, it will all come together.

Purple Plus Quilt

Compared to the other colors in my fabric stash, my stack of purples is quite small.  I've often looked at it though, and thought it would make a fun quilt with all of them together.  Even though they're so varied in hue and saturation, I still thought they would play well together. 

I have also wanted to make another plus quilt like this one that I made a few years ago.  I really enjoyed making that one and liked how it turned out. 

So each of my purple prints are used at least once or twice in this little quilt.  It is a unique color scheme, but hopefully it works for someone out there!

I used a Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton on the back, and Liberty of London prints for the binding.  Both of these types of fabric are a slightly lighter, silkier feel than typical cotton and make a subtle difference in the drape and lightness of the finished quilt.  (I always am amazed how using a voile or lawn (like Liberty), or a Shot Cotton, on the back of the quilt makes it just a bit softer. 

I thought I'd add a little diagram of how I put this quilt together.  I find it easier to make an improv (ish)  quilt like this when I have sections to work in.  I can trim these sections to fit together so I don't end up with wrinkly wonkiness.  

I started out thinking I would just do horizontal rows, each a slightly different height.  But on my second row I ended up splitting section 3 and 4, which gives it less of a 'rows' look.  You could do this in any places you want to in your quilt.  If you're not used to piecing in this way, you might find it helpful to draw out a rough diagram like this, with approximate dimensions.  (you can always add or trim later!).