Poinsettia Pattern Testing

A couple of weeks ago Alyce over at Blossom Heart Quilts released Poinsettia, the latest pattern in her Making Merry series. I should have posted this then, but my slowly aging computer decided to become unworkable around that time and it has taken one quick rebuild and a full slow reinstall to get me back on track again. Anyway enough about computer problems and back to Poinsettia and how I got on with pattern testing this fun design.poinsettia-51inchI was delighted to be lucky enough to get to pattern test this latest design from Blossom Heart Quilts and I have to say that I am totally in love with it. The pattern is for a single block quilt as it comes with directions on how to make up the block in sizes ranging from 6” to 51” square it can be used for anything from a mug-rug to a lap quilt or baby quilt.

I tested the 51” block and it came together quickly and easily. The design is primarily composed of half square triangles (HSTs) and having invested in a Bloc Loc ruler earlier in the year I found these came together quickly and easily. Alyce provides instructions for making multiple HSTs at once in her pattern so it really couldn’t be quicker or easier to make.

There is no doubt that the finished block would have made a fabulous lap quilt but I already have quite a number of these, and, as a result, I decided to add 10” borders all round to bring the quilt up to 71” square which would allow me to still use it as a sofa throw but would also make it more practical as a bed quilt.

quilt-with-bordersI decided to mirror the outer leaves of the poinsettia with a larger flying goose centrally set in each border and I love how this focuses the view back into the central design. The quilt made its way to Patchwork in the Peaks with me recently where I got to play with Suki the Juki, a Juki QVP 2200 sit down long arm machine, and I used the opportunity to practice some stippling and to try my hand a ruler work. ruler-work

I also started to pebble the central section but I’m not sure if I’m happy with that decision so I haven’t yet completed it (or ripped it out to try something else).stippling

Although most of the quilting is finished the quilt is not yet finished, it’s the autumn school holidays here and between those, and time spent sorting out my computer, there has not been too much machine stitching over the past couple of weeks.

quilting Hopefully this week will see me finally decide how to finish the center of the poinsettia and then it’s just the small matter of binding the quilt, possibly my favourite part of the whole quilt making process, and burying the last of the threads. Here’s hoping there are no more distractions to keep me out of my sewing room!

If you too would like to try your hand at making a Poinsettia quilt, large or small, then you can now find the pattern over in Alyce’s shop along with the other great patterns in the Making Merry series.

Good Fortune Strings: WiP Wednesday

June is coming to an end and with it the Kate Spain blog hop  being hosted by Alyce over at Blossom Heart Quilts. The grand finale of the blog hop will be a link up part of all of the projects created with Kate Spain fabrics during the blog hop.


Some weeks ago I pieced together some strings of Good Fortune with the intention, at the time, of making a mini quilt similar to my Through Leaded Panes mini quilt.


Last week, while playing around with some designing I came up with a paper pieced pattern for Star Wheels, and I trialed that out with some more Good Fortune fabric, purely because that was what was sitting in front of me at the time.

This week has seen a flurry of activity with my Good Fortune pieces as I aim to have something completed by the 28th so I can link it up at the end of the blog hop. Star Wheels has been stitched:


There are some chevrons:


Pin wheels are appearing:


With only 2 days left to go I still have a lot of work to do but I am confident I can manage to finish this project in time.

Of course no Work in Progress Wednesday post would be complete without a link up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced. Hope to see you there.

Strung Together

Rachel over at Stitched in Color is currently hosting the Festival of Strings and, although I had been following the build-up to the festival over the past month, I hadn’t intended to take part myself as until today I didn’t have a string quilt made, or in the making.However, all that has now changed. Last night as I was tidying up the scraps and leftovers from my Bug Picnic quilt I came across a little stack of strips leftover from my block cutting. Most were no longer than 7″ and approximately 2″ wide, and I almost put them in my scrap bag. Then I remembered the brilliant tutorial by Molli Sparkles on string piecing without a foundation that I’d read a couple of weeks ago. In no time at all I was rethreading my machine and following the tutorial I soon converted my strips, along with a few extras I quickly cut from my leftovers, into a couple of pieces of fabric I could work with.

Then it was all pretty much design-on-the-go time. Squares were cut; half square triangles sewn; a quick layout pieced together and finally, with the addition of some strips of navy solid, my mini quilt top was finished.The back quickly followed suit after a quick browse through my fabric stash. As the majority of the patterns fabrics I had originally used in the bug Picnic quilt were from the Rainforest Buzz line by Chrei Strole for Northcott Fabrics I opted to stick with that line and picked the stripe fabric for the back (doesn’t it look like strings?) and leaves on blue for the binding.

For the quilting I worked a couple of lines 1/4″ from the seams on each of the navy strips, and then for each square I randomly added lines following the angles within the square.

I have decided to call this mini quilt “Through Leaded Panes” as the sashing and border remind me of leaded windows. I love the bright colours in this quilt so much and had thought that it would make a lovely wall hanging in my boy’s room, or elsewhere in our house, but now I’m not so sure that this mini quilt will ever make it onto a wall.

If you’ve not already visited then pop on over to the Festival of Strings. There are plenty of magnificent quilts to be discovered.