'Postcard from Sweden' -aka the IKEA HST quilt

 Back in April I was doing my usual run to IKEA for a Britten Nummer's fabric stock up and I picked up these art cards on my way to the checkout.

IKEA Art cards by Tom Frazier

They were just meant to be made in to a quilt and despite the fact that I am not the biggest fan of making HST's, two weeks ago I stepped up to the challenge of doing just that using the top right card as my inspiration.

I spent a whole Friday evening with all my Kona cotton solids and my modified Kona card coming up with a plan.  By Saturday morning I had 36 Kona Cotton solids picked out from my stash, a number coded chart and the #militaryoperationquilting was born.

the abbreviated WIP picture collage

I loved every part of making this quilt, even the trimming of the HST wasn't really a chore thanks to the genius that is the Bloc-Loc ruler.

With such a riot of colours I chose a medium grey 50wt Aurifil thread (#2605) for both the piecing and quilting and it blended beautifully.

Surprisingly I didn't back the quilt with the IKEA Nummers fabric, I used my other staple favourite Architextures Crosshatch in grey and binding in black.

I posted pics of  every step of making this quilt on IG and had such amazing feedback that I decided that I should turn my scribblings in to a free pattern.  I uploaded the pattern to my Craftsy pattern store yesterday and you can find it here.

Justine at Simply Solids is  putting together a kit for this quilt to go with my free pattern, I will post on here when it is available.

This picture is for you  Little Island Quilting x

Quilt Stats:
Design: Inspired by IKEA Kort Art cards by Tom Frazier.
Fabrics: 36 Kona cotton solids (full list can be seen in the free pattern here)
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in grey & black
Quilting:Wonky wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in medium grey (50wt #2605)
Size: Approx. 48" x 60"


'Lucky' - Irish chain quilt

Today I am featuring over on The Daily stitch blog with my latest quilt tutorial for my Irish chain quilt.....
Love those frogs!
Every few months Annie sends me a beautiful bundle of fabrics, so I can make her a quilt for the shop window.  This months themes was beautiful greens and blues and I decided that an Irish chain design was the way to go.

I backed the quilt with Architextures crosshatch in grey and used the wonky wavy quilting design with Aurifil 50wt (#2021). It blended perfectly with both the Kona snow and the prints and gave the quilt a lovely texture.

Never work with kids or animals! ;-)
If you fancy making your own version, head over to The Daily Stitch for the tutorial.

Quilt stats:
Design:Well I designed the layout in EQ7 but it's not particularly original ;-)
Fabrics:Designer FQ bundle from The Village Haberdashery; Kona cotton in Bleached white.
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in grey.
Quilting:Wonky wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in off white (40wt & 50wt #2021)
Size: Approx. 56" x 67"