Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Planning Annie's quilt











I am still working on Sam's quilt and will do for a while but I am keen to get started on Annie's quilt before Christmas. She spent a good while looking at fabrics on Etsy and has chosen this beautiful collection by Sara Lawson. She knows what she likes! I am not a pastel kind of person but the quilt is Annie's. It is good to have different tastes. I found the whole collection on Etsy from a fabric store in NewYork and was lucky with the customs and tax charges - none. A total bargain, I was lucky!

Annie was quite sure that she wanted to have a quilt made out of squares. That's fine in principal but I was hoping to stretch my quilt sewing skills to something a little more challenging. We discussed stripes, triangles and more. Annie is really keen to have whole unicorns on her quilt so large pieces are necessary. I was using Dr Google for some inspiration from the internet and found a few interesting designs, including this one made with the very same fabric.

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We also found this pattern:

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And this one here

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Annie quite fancies the pattern with the rhombi but I am not sure if I am that keen, I would feel inhibited by the template and probably just copy the one seen. I am not sure if I can do the accurate  cutting required, it looks a bit demanding. Also, the pattern suggests to make the quilt bigger and square it off by cutting it to size. This sounds a bit wasteful and it must be possible to work with half blocks or something.

Visually, I like all three. Which one do you like most? I am not sure which pattern Annie will choose in the end. Maybe the squares will prevail but I hope not.

It is sunny but windy in Glasgow once more and the sun warming my back through the windows. James is off with a hacking cough and I am working in the living room. It is a bit noisy, builders singing and hammering but it all fades into the background if I concentrate on work (or on this blog).

Wishing you all lovely day. May the sun shine where you live! xx

20 comments:

  1. They are all beautiful and would be perfect for Annie. Although I like the first and third one the most, it is up to Annie and not me. Which will she pick?

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  2. Stunning choice of fabric. I loved the first one. It will be interesting to see which Annie chooses.

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  3. I'm smiling because those of us that love to craft all seem to fall prey to the siren call of a new project, long before the previous ones are finished. :-)

    The choices are all lovely, and the fabric is beautiful and unique. I'm sure whichever one Annie chooses it will be lovely.

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  4. I like the first one....

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  5. I like the first one best. Pretty colors, I'm not much on pastels to wear, but do like them in things I make.

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  6. I really like the big diamonds on the first one, but as you say, it will be Annie's choice. Whatever she chooses I'm sure it will be delightful

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  7. Pretty fabric and very girly. I love the diamonds too although they look quite tricky. I love the way you have all these projects waiting in the wings :) B x

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  8. Unicorns! My daughter would love this. Definitely the first one (with the diamonds and white borders). Good luck :-) I had my first sewing bee lesson this morning and I made the bag bit of a bag! I am so chuffed. I was very embarrassed by how dusty my sewing machine was – the tutor suggested it might be a good idea to get it serviced but she was very kind. It was lovely having two hours sewing, chatting and creating. I can understand how you get hooked. S x

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  9. Gorgeous fabric, good choice Annie. I love the first quilt too, the diamonds. I shall look forward to seeing which one Annie decides on. CJ xx

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  10. Oh Annie has fantastic taste! I love all the fabrics she's chosen. And my favourite of the three patterns is the first one. I've just added patchwork quilt to one of my projects-to-make list! x

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  11. Gorgeous fabric, and unicorns....wow. I like the first one and the way they have some big squares where you can show off the unicorn fabric.

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  12. What beautiful and fanciful fabric choices. I love the first one, each diamond setting off a different unicorn pattern. Good Luck! Jo x

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  13. I like the first one best, but any one that doesn't involve chopping up a unicorn would be my preference :-) xx

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  14. Love that fabric and well done avoiding customs/tax charges, they can be astronomical (as I discovered last week). Have to admit my choice would be squares, allowing the fabric to really shine, but enjoy all the making, whichever design your girl plumps for.

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  15. It is a pretty palette for a girl her age. I love the little mushroom print. I am partial to the top diamond pattern - the middle one is a bit too busy for my eyes.

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  16. unicorns! wow, love them. I like the first one, which would be easy to make too, it just looks like four squares set on point. x

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  17. My favourite is the top one and I think it is an excellent idea to start planning the next quilt while hand quilting the current one - which as we know is a long, painstaking but satisfyingly fun task. As the proud owner/maker of two full-size and one baby quilt over the last three years I can feel the yearning to start a new one.

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  18. I like the rhombi one too, maybe you could just do part of that towards the centre if she likes it then border it with squares, rectangles or strips? xx

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  19. I really, really like the top and bottom choices, but I think the triangles do it for me. I applaud her colour palate, although I can see how they are quite different to yours! I always want to make a quilt after I've visited your blog Christina.... xx

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