Thursday, January 2, 2014

Busy year!

It's been a big year for me in one way or another. Despite a busy teaching schedule of regular classes plus away-workshops I still found time for some sewing of my own.
In no particular order here are some finishes...
The Hatchet quilt - foundation pieced with some hand applique and lots and lots of diamonds.
I machine quilted this one myself on my good old Bernina 150.

I've called the one below All at Sea -  it's basically red, white and blue with a bit of cheddar thrown in and looks a bit nautical to me. Can you see the fish?
Haven't quilted this yet but it's next on the list for the holidays.

Asian Strings is at the quilter's now - just an all-over for this one which was a good scrap buster. Big 20" blocks so it came together quickly.

Love those oriental ladies.

Below is Broken Arrow. The centre came from an antique quilt and I jazzed it up a bit with modern fabrics and a wonky border. The photo looks a bit wonky too!
Red and turquoise look great together and grey is the "new black".
Still in the to-do pile.

Scrappy Windmills is waiting to be quilted too and it's my updated version of our Springwood Quilt Show raffle quilt which is in reproduction fabrics. The blocks are 22" square so it's a big quilt.

Can't wait to get it quilted!
This feathered star will be the centre of a "wonky" quilt and it's just percolating at the moment.
It was one of the workshops at our annual quilt camp and it's one of my classes at Hobbysew's summer school in a few weeks time.

Shocking photo but this looks amazing in real life. I've taught so many classes on the New York Beauty blocks that I've redrawn another for myself. 12" blocks this time and there are 20 different ones. It was a joy to make and such fun choosing the fabric combinations for each block.
I'm quilting this at the moment, doing all the ditching on a Janome 6600 then I'll go to town with free-motion on the Bernina.
Haven't got a name for this - any suggestions??
I drew a circle with scallops in EQ7 then elongated it to be an oval. The centre is 30" x 40" so it's quite a large medallion. I actually emailed the drawing to the copy shop and they printed it to size for me - too easy. I like the NYBs around the oval and the spiky border is really scrappy.

Snowball is quilted and bound and was another fun scrap buster. I seem to have been on that track lately but the pile doesn't seem to get any smaller!

Love that border fabric.

1800s Sunflower was a hand piecing project throughout the year and is with the quilter now.
Lots of repro scraps and  foundation pieced sashing.

EPP flowers which were then appliqued onto various background squares. A very enjoyable project for in front of the TV each night.
And this is my latest, finished last week. The block is from from an antique quilt and I drew it up to be foundation piecable (is there such a word?). Totally scrappy backgrounds for each 1/4 circle which meant lots of bias around the outside of each block.
The sashing fabric is vintage bought on etsy and was just perfect for this.

You can see the piecing better here and the border was a bit "wonky" too.
When you look at these quilts/tops it's not such a bad effort is it? Let's hope the creative juices keep flowing in 2014!!
Happy New Year to everyone who reads my ramblings - how about leaving a comment sometime!


  1. Happy New Year Chris, I love how your mind works :)

  2. What a fabulous array of inspiring quilts! 2013 was certainly a busy year. Hope 2014 is just as creative and fun.

  3. LOVE your quilts! They are amazing. I am drooling over them, but have miles to go before I can do something so intricate and well made. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

  4. Congratulations on a huge year Chris! your quilts are all so dynamic. All the best for more of the same in 2014 :)

  5. Lovely quilts Chris, wonderful effort for the year. Its great to list the finishes for the year otherwise we forget them and think we didn't get anything done. Helps to inspire for the next year. Looking forward to seeing what you do next. Happy new year

  6. I love your work Chris. The quilts are gorgeous. You are also the best teacher - ever.

  7. What an amazing year you've had! Here's to a productive 2014 too.

  8. You have had a busy year!! All your quilts are so beautiful!! Wishing you a wonderfully colourful 2014!

  9. You certainly have been busy this year! Love all your colour combos and love the hatchet quilt. Love looking at it at Hobbysew.

  10. Your quilts are so much fun! I live the scrappy look. You had a very productive year!