Monday, 6 April 2015

Plus one!

Happy Easter everyone. As if a few days off wasn't enough, we have also had some rainy days perfect for sewing and movie watching. So my Plus quilt is finished. I was down to using scraps of backing to get enough for the binding, and managed with about 2" to spare. It started out sunny and clear this morning, and then another lovely storm rolled in.....the perfect backdrop.

After some misgivings about the fabric, it has turned out softer with quilting. Have I mentioned before how much I love big stitch quilting? It has even found a home on someone's bed.......for now.

Next in the hoop is my nine patch swap quilt. Found a lovely soft flannel backing for it, just the right colour to complement the solid squares. Laid it all out ready to baste, and aargh, the backing wasn't quite big enough. I can only blame my own maths on this occasion. So I had a little tantrum about it and then remembered the unused nine patches.......problem solved. One strip of nine patches down the back......and not really as loose and rumpled as the basting looks. I did a lot of extra pinning in the hope that the quilting on the front will correspond with the blocks on the back. Thank you Cheryll for my WONDERFUL safety pinning tool. It got a real workout yesterday and saved my fingers.

I'm off to enjoy the last of the long weekend by putting a roast in the oven and stitch the afternoon away.

Happy stitching,
Susan x

19 comments:

  1. well done it looks wonderful.
    have fun with your new quilting project, can't wait to see a progress report.
    happy quilting.

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  2. Great work on the Plus quilt. So nice that it has found a home. Glad you could sort out the backing for your nine patch. Looking forward to seeing that one finished next. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend.

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  3. Your Plus quilt turned out beautifully - nice backdrop too!

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  4. Love how you dealt with the quilt backing shortfall. I'm itching to see your quilting progress on it. Your plus quilt is beautiful.... those angry storm clouds are a great backdrop. Hope your enjoyed your roast dinner.... sounds like a perfect day at your house. xxx

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  5. your quilt looks great.....love the plus quilt..........simple but effective...........we got a storm this arvo too............no power for a couple of hours and 7mls of rain.............

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  6. Two gorgeous quilts Susan - sounds like perfect weather for sewing

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  7. Could you give me a better definition of Big Stitch Quilting? Is it different for everyone? What would you guess the stitch size is? I am very interested. I think I would like to use this in a quilt sometime. So happy for your finished quilt. It looks great. I too have a special tool to place my basting pins on the quilt and use it for removing the pins as well. It is great.

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  8. Good save with using the 9-patches on the back of the quilt - I love it when the back is interesting too! Not sure what type of tool you used for your safety pins, but I use a grapefruit spoon I bought at the Dollar Store - works great!

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  9. You had a very productive weekend...your finishes look great!

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  10. Sounds like the perfect week end and a wonderful finish to your project !

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  11. What a great finish, cannot believe how quickly you quilted this one! Love the look of the nine patch just from the back...are you going to hand quilt this as well? Glad you got some rain, we had a bit, but hoping for more.

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  12. Beautiful finish! You are so clever with that backing xx

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  13. love your plus quilt and glad the 9 patches saved the day with the backing...
    Hugz

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  14. Perfect solution for the back! It really is annoying to find out that a backing is too small.:) Yay! for your beautiful finish too!

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  15. Sounds like a perfect weekend Susan and all topped off with a roast! Your backing looks great,,,thank goodness you had some spare blocks! Will have to check out this tool!

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  16. The Plus Quilt looks wonderful - love your handquilting. Great work with the nine patches.

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  17. Lovely result Susan, the big stitch quilting really suits the design. Well done on solving the your dilemma on the 9 patch quilt. It adds a little something extra to the quilt.

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  18. Great quilt...love the photo against the background of the storm rolling in...
    Well done on solving the oops too short dilemma...

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