Diamond Value Quilt






Oh, I do love this quilt so!  It's directly inspired from this one, by WiseCraftQuilts.  It's been on my list of quilt to make for a long time.  I didn't make it very large, it's a small lap size.

The backing is a voile, which is of course so silky and puffy.  I'm not exactly sure what it is about this design that works so well, but I can see myself making another one like it in the future.  (I think I cut the squares to 3")

Scrappy Mountain Majesties







I've always admired this pattern.  It's so simple, yet striking.  Here's the first one I've made, but likely not the last.  It's a great scrappy quilt, using either value or color to show off the pattern.

It's basically just a big half square triangle, which you then cut into four strips, rearrange, and sew back together.

Tutorial right here.


High Five Quilt in Pastels






I haven't been quilting much the last couple of months, but I still have a backlog of quilts to show you from earlier in the winter.  Might as well start back in with my favorite.

I used a pattern called High Five from the book Sunday Morning Quilts.  I love this book as it is full of scrap quilts that are simple and not many 'traditional' blocks.  I have contemplated quilting through this book and making every quilt.  I actually have made a few of them already in the past. 

Anyways, this quilt.  So fun to put together.  And the final colors are so 'me'.  Actually the whole quilt is so 'me-ish', it couldn't get any closer.  I'm keeping this one, that's for sure.  I doubt anyone else would like it as much as I do! 

My only regret is the backing choice, which is a soft cozy flannel, but definitely girly, and also I think it's a bit bright and busy and takes away from the front just a bit...oh well, I find it hard to envision how the backing is really going to mesh with the front until it is quilted and washed.  Something about that final texture that makes it all look different than when it's just flat pieces of fabric.

FootHills Quilt - Beginning





I stumbled upon this quiltalong, and was instantly interested.  It's taking an antique quilt and remaking it, which I always love the concept of.  Go here and here to read all the details. 

Here's the great thing about this quilt.  I had already decided to make this quilt, but hadn't read any details about it.  It struck me as interesting that it was called the FootHills quilt.  I live 1 1/2 hours from the Rocky Mountains in Central Alberta, and the area between our prairies and these mountains is known as the Foothills.  I figured  that 'foothills' is maybe a common name for this type of country.  And then reading into it, I realized that this quilt actually is from Alberta!  The maker and exact location is unknown, so that means it could have been sewn in any old farmhouse I see around me as I drive down the road!  This is quite thrilling to me, as the quilt history in this part of the world is not very plentiful. 

So it seems I for sure must make a quilt like this:)  I've started in, and feel a bit stalled.  Not just loving my blocks... my idea immediately is that I wanted to emphasize the geese blocks going up and down so they would be mostly dark values, and the remaining pieces would all be medium to light values.  I'm hoping once I get a few more blocks made, and add the sashing, it will all come together.