Lucky

Life in Southern Alberta is often windy.  I don’t usually mind the wind, granted I’ve remembered to put my hair in a ponytail that day, but it does make it difficult to take nice quilt photos.  Today however, there is virtually no wind and the sun is out.  And my husband is home to hold up quilts for me.  A perfect combination!  So we went outside and took pictures of three tops and two completed quilts.  So I have some blog fodder now!  I’ll start with the oldest completed quilt that I haven’t blogged about yet.  Presenting Lucky!

Lucky

Last year in May, I went to a sew day where everyone used the same fabric to make the same quilt. Now ordinarily that might be boring, but when the fabric is Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille, it’s just so pretty that you don’t care that you’re actually following a pattern for the first time in 6 years.

Lucky

This is a new corner of my yard that I’m trying out for pictures. It was a fenced off dog area for a long time, but now it’s been converted to grass. It’s full sun, which really makes the colours shine. All the quilts I shot looked amazing in the full sun in this corner.

Lucky

I pieced the back using fat quarters from other Bonnie and Camille collections, and I also used up some test blocks that I had made awhile back. The blue triangle on the bottom corner is the label.

Lucky

This is how photo shoots go around here. Working around children who are intentionally photobombing everything.

Lucky

This is the first large quilt that I quilted on my new Juki machine. It’s fairly large. roughly 60×80 I think, and the size was not as issue for the machine at all. The stitches are lovely and the tension was not a problem. And with a better machine, I’ve realized that I’m better at free motion quilting than I thought I was, which is a nice thing to discover.

Lucky
Lucky

Lucky has been residing on the couch in my living room since it was done. It is so wonderfully snuggly.  And I can tell from my green grass and the tiny buds on the tree that Spring is nearly here.  The quilt isn’t the only lucky thing around.

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Lucky

2.5 weeks ago, (already!) I was at a sew day.  We came not knowing what pattern we would be making or what fabric we were making it with.  I was very excited when I showed up and saw that we were using Bonnie and Camille’s fabric, Scrumptious, and making their pattern, Lucky.  I have only recently started to love Bonnie and Camille’s fabric, so the timing was fabulous.  My favourite prints in this line are the bias stripes and the ones that look like flowers made of dots.  The colours are soft and yet saturated enough at the same time; the perfect balance.

Lucky - Bonnie and Camille pattern

At the end of the sew day, I had 6 blocks done. During the next week, I made the other blocks and then sashed them, and completed the quilt exactly a week after I had started it.

Lucky - Bonnie and Camille pattern

Thing 1 helped me mark triangles with my new Frixion pen. I received it at the sew day. I had been looking for one locally for awhile, but Staples, my local office supply store, doesn’t carry them, and I hadn’t ordered any online, though I was tempted to. It worked wonderfully, and Thing 1 thought it was awesome how the marks disappeared with the iron.

Lucky - Bonnie and Camille pattern

Both my girls wanted a picture of them beside the quilt, so I obliged them. It is one the more girly quilts I have made recently, so I can understand why they are drawn to it, since they both like feminine things.

Lucky - Bonnie and Camille pattern

This is my favourite block out of all of them. It has that bias stripe that I love, and also the zing of the solid apple green. So pretty.

Lucky - Bonnie and Camille pattern

 

I wasn’t sure if this picture worked out, being mottled in the sunshine, but it was a cool effect.  I was hesitant to take a picture of this top in the ash tree, since it’s so white and it had rained recently.  I didn’t want to quilt a dirty top, and I didn’t want to wash it to quilt it either.  So, I’ll have to wait with the ash tree shot for this one.  But she’s Lucky, so it shouldn’t be a problem.