Saturday, 3 December 2016

Winter Project Link Party - December

It is time for the December Winter Project Link Party, hosted by Jennifer. It is a monthly highlight for me and I have been looking forward to this day. My crafting is quite limited at the moment, mostly because there is no space in the house (I am counting the days). Last weekend I went to the Stitchery for Sunday sewing. It is just so nice to see old friends, to sew and to chat.







I was working on Sam's quilt. I showed you the quilt top last time, today I am showing you the quilt's back. I was determined to use up as much of the fabric I had left after finishing the quilt top and I decided to make a stripy stripe across the narrower length of the back. It looks a bit like a colourful road crossing a grey landscape. I can't remember the exact dimensions of the stripes at the top of my head. Sewing the back was most enjoyable, I just love playing with colours. I didn't plan the order of the fabrics, just closed my eyes and picked another pre-cut piece. The background fabric is a grey flat sheet from Ikea. You cannae beat Ikea for good value solid coloured 'quilt' fabric! Their flat sheets come in many colours but I wanted a grey one to make the colours of the top stand out.

Both top and back have been washed and are waiting to be pressed. I have ordered batting and grey hand quilting thread. The dog chewed up the spool I had. Jack has also chewed up my second last pair of reading glasses. I swear he has a preference for my glasses. He finds them when nobody else can and he is able to destroy a pair in a minute flat. I should probably put a few on my Christmas wishlist!

I'll have to be patient now, there is just no floor space to sandwich all together.

In the meantime, I have washed and pressed all of Annie's quilt fabric. She has decided on equilateral triangles with seven inch sides. I splashed out on a triangle template to make cutting easier. I find that accurate cutting makes assembly easier and neater. I have already practised piecing a few triangles using some scrap fabric, it seems fairly straightforward.

Have you got a project you are working on? Be sure to link up with Jennifer if you have. It is inspirational to see so many talented crafters showcasing their work.

Wishing you a lovely Sunday. xx

18 comments:

  1. Brave and talented quilting, Christina...just randomly picking the next color fabric! Thanks for the tip about IKEA sheets, and thanks for sharing your latest crafting. I am encouraged by your post, and am cheering you on your way :) xx

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  2. Fantastic fabrics, they look lovely against the grey. I've backed my latest quilt with grey as well, it's lovely to see the contrast with the patterns. Wishing you a good Sunday. CJ xx

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  3. It's looking good. Just imagine how you'll feel when you have space to lay it out. Oh for an IKEA you lucky thing. I'll have to wait for my next trip to France or the uk. Like the sound of Annie's quilt. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. B X

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  4. You are on a roll my friend. I think the back of the quilt is spectacular. I love the way you randomly picked the fabrics, it ended up looking perfect. My reading glasses always break, and my dog has nothing to do with it. Maybe the ones I buy are to cheap?
    Hugs to you,
    M

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  5. Great looking quilt back, very manly! We use to have a cat with a penchant for destroying my eye wear, lost my contacts and chewed a groove into my regular glasses one day and I have such a hellish prescription that it takes forever to get new ones made, not the contacts, but the regulars.

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  6. I love the beautiful array of colour next to the grey. I must check out ikea next time I visit my daughter, there isn't one locally for flat sheets.

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  7. Those colours really pop against the grey. It is going to be a beauty when it's all finished.

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  8. What a beautiful quilt! Looking forward to seeing Annie's. I hope all is going well with the extension work, have been out of action a while but trying to catch up with everyone :) xx

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  9. I gave my daughter a quilt nearly ten years ago - not quite done with so much care and love as yours, although I did choose the fabrics before I gave it to a man in a little shop in China to sew!!! You see how I'm impressed with you going all the way. Just in case your dog has chewed more of your glasses I can tell you, yours is looking lovely, great colours :)
    Have a great week Christina
    Wren x

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  10. Gorgeous Christina, I bet Sam is really looking forward to using it. A wonderful idea about the Ikea sheets, I will pay more interest on my next visit x

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  11. I just LOVE the pattern and fabrics you have used for Sam's quilt top and the backing! I had to pop back to see the fabrics for Annie's quilt too ... so pretty :) I have learned to enjoy the differences between my daughter and me when it comes to colours ... I like more earthy tones, she likes the pastels. It broadens the 'playing field' when making things for her. Best of luck in finishing these off for Christmas! I've not bought sheets from Ikea before as I thought they were a bit thin. Will have to check that out again, maybe things have changed since I've looked at them years ago. Enjoy your week!
    Wendy

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  12. That's a clever way of using leftover fabrics from the quilt top. I love the mix of colours. Hope you get your sewing space back soon! x

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  13. Sam's quilt is coming on a treat, it looks fab. Shame about your specs. I need a new pair, too, though I can't blame the dog for the breakage as I sat on them (again). Need the damn things welding to my head.

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  14. It is looking really good.I use sheets from IKEA because they are cheaper than buying fabric (if that makes sense!) I have not worked on my pinwheels much - too much faulty IT to sort out but I have got some winter projects to share so I will do that tomorrow with Jen. Jo x

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  15. Hi Christina, thanks for joining in with my link party! I love this idea, it's going to make the back of your quilt as interesting as the front. I've always used sheets for the backs of my bed-sized quilts too. The baby quilts were small enough to use regular fabric off the bolt, but the quilt backing fabrics for big quilts can be so expensive. Beautiful work!

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  16. I love those colours. I hope you get your floor space back soon so you can finish. I haven't been to ikea for years but I suddenly feel a need to go ;) I'd love to make a quilt one day.

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  17. The colours stand out so well against that shade of grey. I haven't yet been brave enough to try my hand at quilting, one day soon I will... thank you for the inspiration. :)

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