Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Hexie Pillow

This past month I have been having fun making hexies!  I wanted a slow stitching project and hand stitched a hexie pouch.  That was a bit too slow of a project for me so then I bought the pattern for this cute pillow by Modern Handcraft.  I'm going to show you the results of the steps but not the details so if you want to make one please purchase the pattern from Modern Handcraft at this link.

I had Tim cut the 1" hexie papers on his laser cutter and then thought why can't he cut the fabric too!  I also had him cut a acrylic template for when I want to just cut a few from scrap or need to fussy cut an image out of the fabrics.

Here I am planning the colour layout after hand basting each hexie. I wanted to do the rainbow with light to dark values in each column.

I used my Hera marker to mark the quilting lines.  I quilted this on my domestic machine and really enjoyed the process.  Here is the first direction of quilting lines done.

And here is all three directions of quilting finished.

Love how this turned out.  I trimmed my pillow top down to 19" and sewed the two backing pieces on with a 1/2" seam allowance so it would fit snug in a 18" pillow form.

I can't remember if I shared a picture of my hand stitched hexie pouch on my blog so here is a peek at it.  I use it to hold all my paper hexies, scissors and needles for hand stitching.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Linen Baskets and Corduroy Compass Bags


I thought at the end of each month I would share what bags I have making.  This month I have been focused on the Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead.  I have been using cotton/linen blend for the body of the baskets and a linen/canvas print for the front pocket. I used Soft and Stable for the batting and it gives it great shape!  This basket also gave me an opportunity to use up all the short pieces of leather I had from making bag straps.

I used a deep red batik for the lining on this one to make the red blossoms.

I just purchased some grey linen and some fun kids prints that would look great in a nursery room so will share those next month!

I have also being busy making more Compass Bag but this time making them out of corduroy!  I now have a new obsession with corduroy as they look and feel so soft!

I like to make the bag linings interesting and its been fun to shop for fabrics I wouldn't normally by for quilting. 

I am still making the Cambridge bag in Waxed Canvas and have a few one hand.

I have been sharing all my resent makes on my Instragram page which is tamarackshack2.0 if your are interested in seeing more.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Counting Sheep Quilt

Kim made this sweet Counting Sheep quilt for her grandsons, pattern by Woolen Needle.  All the sheep are made from wool and she hand appliqued them down with a blanket stitch.  The backgrounds are a mix of wovens and cottons and the outer border is homespun.

Kim wanted curly quilting and we decided on Popcorn as I have done that design on other quilts for her grandsons.   I also think this is quilt is perfect for her grandsons as they call her Ba! 

I quilted it with a taupe So Fine thread and used Quilters Dream blend batting.


Sunday, January 28, 2024

Bonfire Sparks Quilt

Lucinda pieced this impressive Bonfire Sparks quilt, pattern by The Quilty Architect.  She used all Grunge fabrics to make the modern oversized Star blocks.

I quilted it with the Windswept pantograph, used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.


Friday, January 26, 2024

Smitten Quilt


Linda hand pieced this extraordinary 'Smitten' quilt, the pattern is by Lulu Well for Sunspell.   This is an English Paper Piecing technique pattern so all hand pieced. I was very impressed with her tiny hand stitches as I am trying to learn how to EPP myself.   Linda used straps from her stash and a friends stash to make this quilt. 

Linda asked for a pantograph design that is smooth with no points so we picked Ginger Snap!  I used a medium taupe So Fine thread and she brought a wool batting.

Linda did an amazing job picking fabrics for this quilt!

Monday, January 22, 2024

Stars on Ice Quilt


I have seen this quilt called Stars on Ice and it is made with the traditional 54-40 or Fight block turned on point.  Donna pieced this crisp and stunning quilt using white and navy batiks with snowflake motifs. So glad we have snow to photograph it in!

We thought about quilting it with snowflakes but then decide that Bora Bora would be the best design and it really worked well.  I used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

I had a white/grey Northcott Crackle wide cotton in my bolt collection and it worked perfect for the backing.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Triple Barnstar Quilt #2


This quilt pattern may look familiar as I just quilted the same one last week but it was made with different fabrics.  I love how the same pattern can look so different depending on the fabrics chosen.
This one is Gail's Triple Barnstar quilt and she chose the Limoncello fabric collection by Greta Lynn for Kanvas. She added a light yellow batik background and borders to make this a queen sized quilt.

The fabrics have quite a few butterfly prints so Gail suggested a butterfly pantograph.  I had the perfect once called Fanciful Flyers.  I used a light yellow So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Gail purchased the backing from me as I had a wide Northcott Stonehenge in grey that matched perfectly.

We have had a cold snap here but that means lovely blue skies!