Blogger's Quilt Festival - Amish with a twist II

Hello there, welcome!

This is my first time linking up to Amy's marvelous Blogger's Quilt Festival, I have always enjoyed browsing through the wonderful entries but never quite got round to entering a quilt myself - until now!

This is my entry to the large quilt category:

Amish with a twist II


Please excuse the various bike parts and extension cables that made it into shot, it was hard to find enough space to take a shot of the whole thing!

This quilt was made as a block of the month which I started in April 2013, the pattern is by Nancy Rink. My version finished up at 2.5m square (100").


You can see other posts relating to this quilt here, including the inevitable moment when my enthusiasm left me in the face of all those log cabin blocks.


in situ

I am really pleased with this quilt, I like fact that it is a sampler quilt, but that it also has a cohesive design. It makes me smile when I make the bed each morning, which is no bad thing!


Size: 100" x 100"

Fabrics: Marcus Brothers Centennial Solids, backed with Moda Bella extra-wide in red

Wadding: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20

Quilting: By Janette of J-Quilts. The design is "paisley playtime" and the thread colour is "slate" a slightly purplish grey.

Thanks for visiting, I'm off to see the rest of the festival... bye for now!

A Quick check-in to say... Amish with a Twist II is finished!



Better photos to follow... it is enormous (about 2.5m square) so I think I will need some help to photograph the whole thing!

I am linking up to the slow bloggers linky over at Catherine's...

Knotted Cotton

Binding this quilt really was a slow process as I kept falling asleep underneath it! It is definately a cosy quilt!

I will write a bit more when I have some decent pictures to show, I am just happy to be able to share a finish for now :)

Oh dear... over four months since I last posted (hangs head in shame).

And I don't even have that much to show for it!

Here's a little update:

Swoon Quilt.

My lovely backing fabric arrived (Joel Dewberry- Modern Meadow- Flower Fields in Lake) and I got busy basting and marking out my quilting design.  I happily began quilting a baptist fan pattern, but did not get all that far before realising I would not be able to reach all the way across the quilt and have the fan pattern the same way up across the entire quilt (which was what I had envisaged originally). It was at this point I decided to get a professional in!  I went to see Jeanette of J-Quilts who did a beautiful job of quilting it for me with a lovely pantograph design called "grapevine".  Unfortunately, I did not get time to go and collect it until the monday before Christmas, which meant that I spent all my free time on Christmas eve attaching the binding, washing and tumble drying the finished quilt ready to give to my parents the next day.  By the time I had finished it was totally dark, so no pictures!  I had intended to snap a few shots of it at mum and dads house, but time got away from me and it was too dark again.  I am really happy with the way it turned out and will take some decent pics another time!

Amish with a twist II.

Hmm... it was as I had feared... 32 log cabin blocks to make as the August installment!  I think this is what threw the blog off the rails!  They did not get done until September. I had to psych myself up a bit to tackle the cutting, but once that was done they went together quickly.


I assembled the blocks for the centre of the quilt in October, there was quite a bit of easing, trimming and fudging as the first months blocks were a little bit undersize as I had followed the method in the instructions, which was clearly not "my way"!


I then pondered for a while about the borders.  I knew that 105" square would swamp my bed, the quilt that is on there at the moment is 90" x 100" so I decide to work towards 100" square.  The centre of my quilt had finished up 1" smaller than it should have done, I added a 1.5" (finished) border, then a border made up of 2" squares, I just used the medium value colours here rather than a mix of everything. I then resized the final navy border to 7".


I have to confess that I did not even contemplate quilting this myself! I left it with Jeanette when I collected the Swoon on monday.

We went on holiday in October and had a lovely relaxing week, walking and picnicing and playing monopoly when it rained. 


I "thought" it would be nice to take some knitting, but unfortunately when I stopped to actually look at what I had produced it was more the size of a ten-year-old than a womans' size ten! I am beginning to think I should just stick to knitting small stuff!

 I will try not to leave it so long until my next post!

Amish with a twist II - months 2 and 3

I am grouping these together in one post as I recieved both the May and June packages within a few days of each other at the beginning of this month.
These are the blocks for May...
...rolling stone...
...mosaic star...
...and churn dash (which should have been a bowtie block, but I didn't like the look of it!).
Junes blocks, some big and some small...
...shoo fly...
...birds in flight...
...and double x.  Whew! I have a feeling there is still a lot more to come in the next three months as there are still 39 blocks to make and borders to add!

Amish with a twist II - month 1

A while back I stumbled upon this quilt on The Quilt Room website, I quickly succumbed and signed up to the Block of the Month program.  The first package arrived a few weeks ago with 13 blocks to make, I finished up the final one of these today.


The tiny flying geese blocks for the stars were a bit of a fiddle to make, but once they were done the rest came together pretty quickly.


The next installment should arrive quite soon, I wonder what it will hold in store?