Wednesday, 27 June 2012

WiP Wednesday – a quilt top and some blocks

How’s that for an original blog post title? Yeah I’m feeling the creativity today! Yes, total sarcasm. I have yet to do much in the way of creativity today. Although I did flip through my copy of Shape Workshop for Quilters. Does that count?

So let’s revisit some old friends who have progressed somewhat since last they cameo-ed (Is that even a word? I seem to make up words as fits anyways) here on my blog.

First up is the quilt top for a collaboration project. I talked Fiona (of Finding FIfth) into joining me in making something fabulous for Collaborate for a Cause. It’s all about handmade businesses on FB coming together to collaborate on something fun, then auctioning it off to raise money for a charity. We are hoping to raise oodles of dollars for Angels for the Forgotten.

C4AC 1

So here’s my part so far! A quilt top. We decided to base it on the Zakka quilt, but sized it up a bit to use charm squares. Rainbow and grey – doesn’t it work beautifully?

My resident Chief Quilt Inspector provided a quality control check. Happy to say it passed her stringent criteria (it made her point and say “oooh” in delighted tones – I think that makes it a winner).

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We used a mix of fun I-Spy fabrics with some great dots and stripes. You can pop over to Finding Fifth to see Fiona’s contribution – a fab pieced backing with some awesome I-Spy blocks mixed in. So it’s going to be like two quilts in one – bonus!

The backing is on its way to me now and I’m going to put it altogether, quilt it (straight lines will be the order of the day!) and bind it, ready for the big auction next month!

I have also finally gotten around to making the June Craftsy blocks! I have really lost motivation to continue. I couldn’t figure out why it’s not really doing it for me, until Jane at Quilt group pointed out that I’m a finisher, not a WiPer hence BoMs are not fun for me. They make me crazy because I can’t just whip them through and move onto another project. Thank goodness for my support group on FB otherwise I would have abandoned ship long ago! Right, enough blathering, more photos.



I have to say – they really were very quick to make. I think I spent more time choosing fabrics than actually sewing them. This line of fabric is Moroccan Mirage btw – isn’t it gorgeous? Even the orange is nice!

And here are my blocks together:

Blocks together

Why yes, there are two blocks missing. I skipped Hexagon month as I hate hand sewing. Oh and please excuse the large expanse of floor showing in my photo. New computer, new programs and I’m still trying to figure out how to edit and resize photos.

One more block for the road. This one I loved making! Lara (from LuellaBella) is Queen Bee for July (that’s right – I’m early!) and is making a gorgeous reverse rainbow star quilt, just like this one designed by another member of our Quilt Club Australia – Kat from Mumma’s Time to Create! I had the light green block. Lots of fun pulling out light green fabrics! I tend to have a few as green is a fave colour of mine. Can’t wait to see all the blocks together – it’s going to be a stunning quilt!

July block

As for Peacocks in the Garden, it still looks like this. That’s right. Zero progress. Maybe today.

Cuzco fence

And that’s all folks! Enough wip to keep me going while I decide on what to work on next! ;)



  1. You know, that makes a lot of sense: think about what kind of person you are before deciding what online quilty things to jump into. I'm not sure I know enough about myself as a sewer yet to judge, but it definitely makes sense that a BoM is more fun for some, and a swap more fun for others.

    I love that rainbow star block. I'll bet that's a beautiful quilt!

  2. Greatest post title ever!! As I write chapters for my thesis my supervisor often tells me sternly (but tactfully bless her) - just write your titles in plain English Megan!
    Your projects look great. I told my friend who is new to quilting to check out your blog, she is in love with Peacocks in the Garden :-)

  3. The rainbow and grey IS a great combo.

  4. You have been busy! Love them all but the starry block appeals to me the most

  5. Yay for getting those Craftsy Blocks out of the way, and getting ahead with your Bee block! There is a very different pace to BOM's isn't there? I can understand why it works for some and not for others. Being a bit of a butterfly myself, I can only look on in envy with your rate of finishes :)

  6. A post full of lovelies :)

  7. Wow! You've got quite a list of WIP going on. I love the Peacock piece. I can't wait to see some of these all finished.

  8. Ooooh, I love the green star block, the squares look tiny! Actually, I love all the blocks, you've been very busy!

  9. What lovely projects you've got on the go! I love rainbow+grey so that Zakka-inspired quilt is right up my alley!

    Have a wonderful week and thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

  10. Ah the title made me laugh!
    The quilt top looks great, way to change up the zakka style version! loving those bee blocks =D

  11. Everything is looking the quilt...and your blocks are very pretty...

  12. Love how you churn this projects out... beautiful green star block... the greens blend so well together. And Peacocks in garden quilt is beautiful!

  13. Loving that Rainbow/grey combo for your beautiful quilt top!
    Also the green (my fav color) star block :)

  14. I love the updated photos of the Zakka Rainbow top...even in a low-volume week you still manage to get a lot done...I likey that reverse star block a lot too!


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