Poinsettia Finished

Writing seems so hard these days. Sewing I can do, but lately when the time comes to write about it it’s another matter. I seem to have lost my writing mojo, and I think part of the problem is that I don’t read as many blogs as I used to. In the past I used my commute time to get online and do some reading but now my train time is all about EPP and, as the colder winter slowly makes an appearance, some knitting too. As a result I don’t seem to read as many blogs as I used and consequently, I think, don’t write as much. As the colder weather arrives, so too do the first snows. We’ve only had a little dusting at home, much to the boys’ disappointment, but the hills are a different matter. They have seen a little bit more and we hope this is just the start of a good winter to come. Myself and the boys took advantage of a free weekend to escape to the hills over the weekend and I finally got an opportunity to photograph the Poinsettia quilt that I finished a few weeks ago.

Zweisimmen in Switzerland | Mud, Pies and PinsYou may remember from my previous post that this quilt was made using the Poinsettia pattern that I had pattern tested for Alyce over at Blossom Heart Quilts and that the main stumbling block to my final finish of it was the quilting of the central square. Well in the end I decided to just keep going with the organic pebbling I had started there, and I was glad that I did. They give the quilt a lovely and sparkly, thanks to the Aurifil Brillo I used, central focal point and I think that it has finished off the floral center perfectly.

Pebbling with Aurifil Brillo | Mud, Pies and PinsThe quilt was finished during a late night binding session and has sat patiently on the back of the sofa, waiting for me to get it photographed ever since. With its wool batting I knew it was going to be the prefect quilt to bring with on our trip to the hills, when every little bit of extra warmth is much appreciated at night, and so I packed it up along with my camera so I could finally get it photographed.

Our initial efforts were none too successful as it was just the wrong time of day to get any photos with the view that I wanted. While we did get a few fun pictures, they don’t really show off the quilt in the best light as much of the detail is overshadowed (or should that be under-shadowed?) by the outline of my brother, who very kindly offered to do some quilt holding for me.Poinsettia Quilt| Mud, Pies and PinsI then decided to throw the quilt in the car and bring it with us as we headed out any about on our various errands and I was glad I did as in between visits to the local Christmas craft market, the ski rental store and the supermarket we managed to snap a few shots at the playground.

Poinsettia Quilt| Mud, Pies and PinsSo there is in all its glory. The original pattern by Blossom Heart Quilts was for a 52” square single block quilt. I added 10” borders all round so the quilt has finished up at 72” square, which is just perfect for myself or the boys to use as an extra layer at night. I love the finished quilt and I definitely think that this is a design I will have to revisit again some-time in the future.

Poinsettia Quilt| Mud, Pies and Pins

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.