Completed: Stitch & Flip for Lette

Last year I made a quilt for my nephew and of course his little sister should get one too! I used the stitch and flip triangle technique from the book “Quilting modern” by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson. Each square got two triangles on opposite corners.

I started with the light grey background and used scraps for the triangles. When I ran out of the light grey I added the black and at some point also started to cut triangles from yardage, fat quarters and layer cakes because I wanted a different fabric for each triangle and not all of my scraps were large enough anymore. I even unpicked a couple of squares when I realised I had duplicates. When I ran out of black background I switched to neon green. I also made some pink squares but liked the overall look better without the pink. The blocks finish at 4 ¾’’.

The squares were rearranged on my design wall until I found a layout I liked and pieced together into the top. Then it took a very long time before I knew what I wanted to do with the back. For her brother I had included his name on the back and I thought it would be nice to also do that for this quilt but I just couldn’t decide on which fabrics to use. The solution came when I started to play with solids.

The batting is Hobbs Tuscany cotton wool, which remains my favourite. For the quilting I did a walking foot orange peel design that I found in Jacquie Gering’s book “Walk”. A book I can recommend to anyone who wants to get a bit more adventurous with their walking foot. To stabilize everything and get rid of most of the basting pins I first did some stitch in the ditch quilting using white Aurifil 50wt thread. For the orange peels I used 28wt Gutermann Sulky thread in 6 different colours. I only marked dots using a template and stitched from fabric intersection to dot to fabric intersection. This worked well and quilting went a lot quicker than I had expected. The curves aren’t exactly identical for every peel, but that’s ok. This curvy design adds a lot more to the quilt than a straight line cross hatch would have done.

The binding was the next hurdle. I always wonder how some people can already pick a binding fabric at the start of the project. I don’t even try anymore, probably because my quilts develop organically and I don’t always know at the start what it’ll look like in the end. A fabric that I think will work at the start nearly always doesn’t. Anyway, I thought I’d figured something out that would work, cut out strips from several solid fabrics but when I draped them around the quilt, it was just “meh”. Then I ordered some fabric but it turned out way too dark. However, it looked absolutely great with the top I had up on my design wall so unexpectedly I had suddenly solved another back problem. Still no binding for this quilt though. I proceeded by holding up lots and lots of different fabrics from my stash until I found the fabric that you now see. This is the aqua crosses fabric from the Safari life line from Stacy Iest Hsu. Only problem, I had maybe half a jelly roll strip left so that was not going to cut it. Luckily, I found a fabric store in the Netherlands that still had enough of this fabric in stock and all was well in the end. This fabric works with both front and back of the quilt.

In total I used 175 different fabrics in this quilt, 3, background fabrics, 160 triangles, 11 fabrics on the back and 1 binding. I think this is a record for me. I finished the quilt just in time to gift it on my nieces 1st birthday. If hope she’ll enjoy using it for a very long time.

F2F: September blocks

Sometimes you make something and just know that what you made is good, that it works. That’s what happened to me when I made Sue’s blocks. Her colour scheme was white, black and a bright colour of our choice. These blocks were a joy to create, they made me happy, they put a smile on my face when I looked at them. They belong together. I love them so much that my boyfriend asked me several times whether I wouldn’t regret mailing them off to someone I never even met in person. I do somewhat.

Next to eachother on my design wall.

Next to eachother on my design wall.

What I love about these blocks is that they look modern and vibrant. I believe I managed to dose the bright colours enough to make them pop. I love these blocks even more when they are put next to each other as I think they truly are a set.

I started by picking three bright colours that I liked together and combined them with several white, black and white/black fabrics.

For my first block I was inspired by this string pincushion from V&Co and the fractured quilt from the book Quilting Modern by Katie Pedersen and Jacquie Gering, two quilters that I greatly admire. Katie mostly for her use of colour and Jacquie for her bold, well thought out designs.

Fractured Quilt from Quilting Modern by Katie Pedersen and Jacqui Gehring.

Fractured Quilt picture taken from “Quilting Modern” by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen.

To me the wonkiness in this block results in a suggestion of movement. It was foundation paper pieced and I took pictures while I constructed it, so if anyone is interested I could do a quick tutorial.

F2F_September1For my second block I was inspired by a mini quilt from the book Scrap Quilt Sensation by Katharine Guerrier, although I decided to not make my block wonky.

Picture taken from

Picture taken from “Scrap Quilt Sensation” by Katharine Guerrier.

I created four log cabins that were connected by a single cross and then sashed these in more white. The white (and some of the black) fabrics read like solids from a distance, but when you get closer you’ll see that they’re very subtle prints.

F2F_September2For my third block I thought it would be nice to incorporate details from the other two blocks to create a coherent set. I used the narrow strips from both blocks, the wonkiness from the first block and the log cabin from the second block. The entire block is created as a wonky log cabin, but in such a way that you can follow either the black or white strips in a spiral from the centre to the outer edge of the block like a labyrinth or maze. One of the white/black fabrics was used as black and another one was used as white to create additional interest. The yellow fabric was also used as white.

F2F_September3As always, the blocks created by the other participants can be viewed on the F2F page.