Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Quilt Top Progress : :

Over the weekend I shared a couple of photos on my Instagram and Facebook page of my Hello, Ollie Hourglass quilt top all finished! Full of elegant swans, sweet birds, and delicate garden blooms -- this quilt top is up there with the prettiest I've ever made. The combination of these colors & print designs makes it both completely adorable, but equally sophisticated, Haila & I may have to share this one! I can already picture it, one of us at each end of the couch with this beautiful quilt draped over us!

Hello, Ollie Quilt Top

In an effort to keep up momentum and with the pace I was able to create my Hello, Ollie quilt top, I immediately made plans for the newest bundle to arrive at my door, April Rhodes' Observer collection due in stores early this month!

Observer Quilt Plans

I wanted this quilt plan to be just as enjoyable as the hourglass blocks I had just been working on, something uncomplicated and fun! I decided on large half square triangle units, measuring 8" each, pieced to showcase the four main colors that make up this collection -- khaki, mustard, dusty blue, and dark navy, arranged in a pattern that would highlight the shibori, hand-dyed look of this gorgeous collection!

Observer Zigzag Pattern

I used the HST method for making eight at a time, providing plenty enough for a generous throw size quilt top, with a pile of trimmed Observer HSTs to spare for pillow making!

Observer HSTs

Observer Quilt Top WIP

Today's sewing time is going to be spend sewing the rest of this Observer top together. Two newly complete quilt tops in just one week, after a Summer of backpack & pillow making feels pretty great!

How about you, what are you working on these days?

♡ Maureen  

26 comments:

  1. this is beautiful--I have my name on the notification list for this fabric!!
    I read your post and comments about the lack of blogging posts--I have also noticed this happening. Fewer and fewer postings. I don't do facebk, Twitter, instagram etc etc--none of them...and I love to read and write. So, for me, blogging is the way to go.
    FYI: Your herringbone quilt pattern will be my next project as soon as my "quilter's block" vanishes-- I get tired sometimes......love how you show your process...hugs, Julierose

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  2. AHHHH!!!! I love them BOTH! Can't wait to see them completed :)

    I still have my Quick-Quilt-As-You-Go Nordic Diamond Strings Quilt Top to finish up (major stall after moving this summer) and am starting on a smaller pillow project to get the juices flowing again to ramp up for it. I will also be using the tips and tricks learned in you Craftsy class for those pillows ;) Doing a large Diamond Strings and a Herringbone similar to the one "Sew Caroline" created with her collection :) Can't wait to share!

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  3. How big is the Observer quilt, it's awesome!

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  4. Really gorgeous. I'm new to quilting and easily confused, were your squares 8 inches before you cut them??
    I'm looking forward to Nightfall arriving in the UK x

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    1. For this quilt I used two 18" squares of contrasting fabrics and the "magic 8 method" to produce 8 - 8" HSTs (half square triangles)after trimming them up. You can see a how-to in my free Diamond Weave quilt block pattern on the Janome website here -- http://janome.com/en/inspire/projects/quilting/diamond-weave-quilt-block/

      I hope that helps! Feel free to ask any questions here on the blog anytime!

      -M

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  5. Question! Unrelated to this post actually... When you do your pillows, do you back the pieces with muslin or some other fabric? Or do you leave the batting open? Was thinking I would baste to muslin or plan cotton fabric before sewing the pillow pieces together.

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    1. I used to back the messy side in a fabric I had lots of on hand and I have used muslin in the past, as well. I have mostly gotten out of that habit. I kind of think it's a waste of fabric! Haha!

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    2. That's totally my problem! lol!!! Sewing/Quilting is my most expensive hobby and don't want to waste the good stuff, but want my pillows to have stability too. Thanks for the input :)

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  6. Beautiful! Your quilts are inspiring!! I'm so happy I bought the Hello Ollie!!

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  7. beautiful projects! I prefer the second one! Thank you for the tip (HST)

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  8. I really like the Observer triangle quilt top fabric. Great tip for HST! When will this fabric be available?

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    1. This month, I believe as soon as next week it will start shipping to stores that have placed an order for it. My Nightfall collection is due in stores this month, too, my bolts just arrived at my house!! Yay!

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  9. Oh, I'm looking forward to seeing this quilt finished. I think the design is lovely; it's simple but with a little twist, and the subtle colours make it interesting.

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  11. Love both of the quilts and looking forward to seeing them when you are done. I just finished a HST 4 patch and now am working a bit at a time on a candy pinwheels (also HST). Then I will be done with HST for awhile!

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  12. Oh my, I love both of them but the top one is my favorite. I am amazed at how you girls take fabric that I can't see as going together, and making the most beautiful quilts out of them. I am going to have to push myself out of my comfort zone for color and design.

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  13. I love the second one, The Observer pattern, fabric combination. The smoothness of the color combination is appealing to me.

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  14. I love the second one, The Observer pattern, fabric combination. The smoothness of the color combination is appealing to me.

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