Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with QALs

One finish (of sorts): the Soroptimists Raffle Quilt!

Quilt for my mother's Soroptimists chapter to raffle off. Quilt stats: 76" square, fabric is Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott, pattern is Swell by Camille Roskelley.

I have backing, and now it's time to get it off to the quilter!



The Gothic Summer Sampler is three years old and still hasn’t been quilted. I’m over it now, the friend I was going to give it to has since “de facto’d” (legally not-married, as compared to being married or unmarried: cohabiting? IDEK what it’s called anymore) and her style/tastes have significantly changed, so I think I should make a new one for her and her partner and maybe give this to another friend who’s still in a gothic phase and seems less likely to move out of it.

All Around The World is one of the first quilts I made – I was in a bargello state of mind and would rather love to do it again, albeit with a very different fabric aesthetic! But this will make a wonderful floor covering, even if it’s not to my taste for a quilt.

And The Shattered Star is a quilt pattern by Penny Poppleton, that I tested a couple of years back and haven't yet gotten quilted. It's large. Very large. Which makes quilting it myself rather inconvenient.

Plain Jane Passacaglia

I have a bunch of rosette diamonds and small pentas cut from my selection of Reece Scannell shot cottons:

Reece Scannell shot cottons: my choice of fabric for the #plainjanepassacaglia

Now I need to baste them and sew them together!

1. need to find the E-star points! (unless I’ve run out of them, which is possible)
2. need to take the papers out of the blocks I’ve already finished and sewn together so I can reuse them...

SHIELD dress:

The pieces are cut out for this, and Saturday is the planned sewing day. It works, because otherwise I’m liable to discover I need something and not be able to buy it from the shops at a time when anything is open. However, I’m going to have to do the beading in my spare time while on holiday, I think…

I hope it fits. I hope it looks okay. I wish it was a more 1950s style, but the fitted bodice & flared skirt should be enough with the princess seams to give it a nice, fluid line.

Drawstring bag:

I need to work out what size I need to make this so I can make two, so one will go as a gift and I get to keep the other!

Gifts for trip:

One is easy; her quilt is done and just requires binding:

Quilted quilt: the USA Hurray quilt, a gift for a friend. Now to find binding...

One is relatively easy: my stepmother – she’s pretty easygoing, so making her a couple of 1-hour boxes will probably be fine.

One is a little tricky: friends I’m staying with in Chicago. They already have one of my quilts (although I’m trying to remember which one right now), so I could maybe make some bags/1-hour boxes, or possibly matching cushion covers from the scraps of the fabric I made the quilt from?

And the last is is really tricky: a guy I’m homestaying with in London. I’m thinking I might just buy him a bottle of Aussie wine on the way out of the country or something…

All those QALs

Yesterday, I posted about a bunch of QALs that have popped up in the last couple of weeks (at least to me) and then realised that at least one other has been going for a while: the Yuma QAL hosted at Gotham Quilts.

Now, when I first saw this quilt, what attracted me was what I thought were all the little white pieced triangles wandering across the quilt surface. Except they’re not pieced triangles at all – they’re one of those fabrics that’s deceptive and makes you think it’s actually pieced when it’s not. (Lying fabric that lies. Hates them we does, my preciouss…)

Feel my disappointment. SO MUCH DISAPPOINTMENT.

However, it occurs to me that the Yuma Quilt would do PERFECTLY for my HR Mendocino collection, with a few reads-as-solids fabric additions. And as I’ve been vacillating about what I should do with my HR Mendocino (apart from give it away) before the reprint comes out, this is perfect.

So now it’s on the list for when I get back!


Linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday post!


  1. Gosh you are busy and those quilt finishes are amazing! Can't wait to see your version of the Yuma! That Alison Glass fabric has been causing all sorts of trouble for people. It's a decent sized quilt too, so don't be fooled. Can't wait to see it!

  2. Love the raffle quilt, very colorful! Hope you make lots of progress on your other projects.

  3. Your raffle quilt is striking -- color, pattern, and fabric. They all work so well together. It is a pattern I have not seen before. I like seeing the large fabric squares.

  4. Love your raffle quilt, what a stunner!


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