Tuesday Treat-Another UFO in the 'Finished' Category

It is April 2014 and I made only 1 New Year’s Resolution on New year’s Day. I wanted to finish one UFO each month during 2014.

My finished UFO for April 2014 is the Aurifil 2012 Designer Block of the Month quilting.

Finally Quilted Aurifil 2012 BOM

Finally Quilted Aurifil 2012 BOM

It has taken me a while to actually do the quilting as the top was traveling with Jenny on several ‘guest speaker’ engagements and it also was displayed at the AQM last November.

Then…there was the dilemma of ‘how to quilt it’.

Jenny uses a lovely flower pattern when quilting using her Gammill Classic at Always Quilting. I practiced for days on my domestic machine until I was happy with the flow of the design.

I have quilted my free flowing flowers using Free Motion Quilting (FMQ). I think it complements the June block.

June BOM designed by Miss PamKitty Morning

June BOM designed by Miss PamKitty Morning

An Aurifil blogger, Lori Kennedy, has a wonderful site with many FMQ tutorials. I have used her pattern The Square Flower for the border blocks.

Lori Kennedy A Square Flower tutorial

Lori Kennedy The Square Flower tutorial

It is definitely a TREAT to finish another UFO. It is never too late to start your version of these embroidery blocks. They are still available from AURIbuzz ‘Meet the 2012 Aurifil Designers‘.



Globe Trotting with Passionate Pat

Pat Sloan has a passion for all things patchwork and Aurifil thread. She has a radio show, patterns and books, her own line of fabric and her favourite Aurifil Thread boxed collection.  Her passion for quilty things is contagious! This year, Pat has offered her blog readers a Mystery BOM (block of the month). It is called, Globetrotting and she is making the quilt in 2 colour ways.

The first block ‘visits’ Washington, DC and since I grew up in this part of the world, I HAD to join in the fun.

Fabrics from my stash and Aurifil thread

Fabrics from my stash and Aurifil thread

I want to use only fabric from my stash for this project. The colours I have chosen can be added to easily as the quilt progresses. The neutral linen dot looks good with brown, aqua and purple. There is also a touch of grey and black in the centre print.

Block 1 Washington, D.C.

Block 1
Washington, D.C.

The second city we have ‘visited’ is Venice in Italy. Like Pat Sloan, I have never visited Venice but it is on my bucket list.

Block 2 Venice

Block 2

I look forward to my next destination during the first week of March. I have my passport (fabric stash) all ready.

What ignites your passion for a new project? We would love to know.

Last But Not Least

Here we are at the end of our Block of the Month Journey.

A Modern Welcome Finished size 20x24

A Modern Welcome
Finished size 20×24

We chose our charm squares; cut and sewed; layered and quilted: and now it is time to complete the finishing touches and enjoy our creations.

Last month, after our quilting was finished, we trimmed the excess backing even with the top.

Binding cut and trimmed ready for pressing

Binding cut and trimmed ready for pressing

These pieces are carefully cut to 2 “widths and all 4 pieces (one from each side) are sewn together creating the binding. The 2” binding is pressed in half and applied in the normal way, creating a mitre at the corners. I stitch my binding down to the back of the piece by hand using Aurifil 40wt Cotton Mako. Jane Wickell has a great tutorial on making and applying bindings.

You will want to show off your new creation and a hanging sleeve can be made for easy display. Have a look at Susan Brubakers Knap’s instructions and Nancy Zieman demonstrates how to make a rod pocket for a show quilt.

The label is the last and most important item on your quilt.I have decided to use a pre-printed label.

Label for my BOM

Label for my BOM

We have some lovely quilt hangers in the shop and our labels come in many designs.

Each label has suggestions for the items to be included for future reference.

Information for a label

Information for a label

I hope you have enjoyed making your Modern Welcome BOM.

A Modern Welcome BOM-Creating the Backing Fabric

 I hope your Modern Welcome BOM quilt top is nearing completion.

Many quilts have a whole piece of fabric for the backs of their quilts.  Our Modern Welcome quilt has a pieced back.

If you remember at the start of our BOM, the entire project only needed 1/2 metre of background fabric and a charm pack of 5″ blocks.

My Charm Pack by Malka Dubrawsky A STITCH IN COLOR

My Charm Pack by Malka Dubrawsky

Gather any charm squares and pieces set aside from the construction of your pieced blocks.

Left over blocks and fabric pieces

Left over blocks and fabric pieces

This month you will be constructing the backing for your quilt.

Using your quilt top’s measurements as your guide,

sew pieces together into a rectangular shape at least 2 1/2″ larger than the quilt top on each side.

I use Aurifil Cotton Mako 40wt thread for my machine piecing.

Cotton Mako' 40 is the best choice for piecing patchwork blocks

Cotton Mako’ 40 is the best choice for piecing patchwork blocks

Create an arrangement that pleases you.

Left over pieces make a Modern Backing Fabric

Left over pieces make a Modern Backing Fabric

Next month….the quilting begins.

Tuesday Treats: The W.I.P.S are starting to appear

I received a great email from Eva last week.

She said that she had been following the progress of our Quilt Welcome BOM for some time and had recently decided to join in the fun.

Eva's wall hanging, a work in progress

Eva’s wall hanging, a work in progress

As you can see she hasn’t wasted any time in catching up, and it will take her no time at all to finish piecing the top together be ready to add the embroidery this month.

PS: Judysew4th will be posting the instructions for adding the embroidery to the centre block at the end of this week.

If you haven’t been following the progress of Judysew4th’s quilt you will find a link to each post below:

Month One: The introduction to the Block of the Month

Month Two: Making Four Patches

Month Three: Using Half Square Triangles

Month Four: Combining Half Square triangles and Four Patches

Month Five: making Flying Geese

Month Six: Adding borders

Months seven through ten will add embroidery, plan the quilting, add bindings, labels & hanging sleeves until you end up with a small wall hanging quilt (24″ x 20″ finished) in time for Christmas, and our next photo competition.

If you have been procrastinating, get out some fabrics and get started now.

A finish in time for Spring

I was pleased to finally complete my ” A Modern Welcome ” Block of the Month we have been doing on the Always Playing with Thread blog. Judy has been posting the instructions each month, and I have been trying to keep up with each step. It has been fun, and although I consider myself to be an experienced quilter, I have enjoyed following her instructions on how to make flying geese or four patches or half square triangles.

I designed a different centre block and have worked with a completely different set of charm squares I was given by Judy.

Ladybirdee's feathered friend applique design

Ladybirdee’s feathered friend applique design

I’ve added another vine, leaves and berries in the right hand side of the block instead of doing some extra embroidery. Here Ne12 Cotton Mako was used.

closeup centre

For the backing I used some of the remaining charm squares and some of the white fabric I used for the front of the quilt.


This modern quilt was sewn in Ne 40 weight Cotton Mako – and was minimally quilted in the same weight of thread. I used 2021 (white), 1125 (blue) and 2524 (violet) – these threads are always a dream to use and I never have problems with them.


I decided to use a different material for the binding than the remainder of the charm squares – I think the Kaffe Fassett fabric cut on the bias picks up the colours of the quilt quite well.
closeup binding

My garden has some beautiful camellias in flower at the moment, and so I couldn’t resist picking two to complement the colours of the quilt.


When I finished my quilt someone said how spring like it looked. As I don’t have anything for the “spring season” I am happy it looks fresh and light.

Complete quilt

2012 Calendar Quilt finally finished

You may remember us posting stories about the 2012 Aurifil embroidery block of the month…. Judysew4th made her quilt using Cotton Mako’ 12 and a lovely linen fabric.  Her quilt was finished months ago.

I, on the other hand, used Lana 12, and a softly felted wool fabric,   and only finished my quilt recently.

My 2012 embroidered quilt is finally finished

My 2012 embroidered quilt is finally finished

In fact, it really isn’t quite finished as it still needs some quilting in the borders.   I had an incentive to get it to this point so I rushed the “finishing” to have the blocks together for a trade show in June.

As the wool fabric made the blocks bulkier than the original plan I decided to keep the piecing simple. I put a frame around each and then sashed them altogether with a setting stone in the corners.

the blocks were framed, then set with sashes and cornerstones

The blocks were framed, then set with sashes and cornerstones

The woollen fabrics used for the frames have been sourced from my stash of “recyclables’.  I can see two old skirts from seventies, pieces gifted to me when friends have been cleaning out their cupboards and even a piece from my husband’s old dressing gown.

The blocks were framed with recycled wools

The blocks were framed with recycled wools

Talking of husbands,  I had a light bulb moment when he asked why I had stitched the word “Summer” with a wool thread. When I explained that the blocks made up a northern hemisphere calendar he wanted to know why I hadn’t made it a southern hemisphere calendar.  Duh!

I had already changed the embroidery medium that had been used by the designers of this quilt. Why didn’t I think to re-arrange the blocks into a southern hemisphere calendar?

Well I don’t plan to unpick the quilt (it took me long enough to make one quilt!! I don’t plan to make it a second time.) but I thought that I could re-arrange the blocks in a photo-montage.

Here, the blocks are re-arranged to make a southern hemisphere calendar with winter in the middle of the year

Here, the blocks are re-arranged to make a southern hemisphere calendar with winter in the middle of the year

If you didn’t collect the patterns last year, they are still available on the website for free download.

Both the Lana threads and the Cotton Mako’ 12 threads are available for purchase from our online store.

It is never too late to start a new project, and this calendar is not date specific so it can be stitched at any time regardless of whether you are in the northern or southern hemisphere.