Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Moovin' On Up

This is the second quilt I made for Sarah's Hands2Help charity quilt drive at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It's also my finished quilt for Roseanne's No Stress Sew Along at Home Sewn By Us. It's also on my Q3FAL list which is here!

The pattern is a free one off Sew Mama Sew and was one of Roseanne's three choices you could do for her SAL. It's designed by Alyssa of Pile o' Fabric. I had the flimsy done back in July, and the quilt in the first few days of August during my blog-cation.

This quilt sews up super-fast, much like my Plus Playtime quilt (I know, I know... the pattern should be published within the next week or two, some exciting stuff happening in that department). I used up the last of the Dot Crazy fabric and some turquoise Kona. Unfortunately I was short of turquoise Kona.  However, with some creative piecing, I had just enough, I mean just, to make a reverse image block, which you may notice in the lower right corner.  I thought with some creative quilting in rainbow colours, I could make it work with the 'arrows' or upward feel of the block.

I actually altered the size of the quilt to make 18" blocks rather than 24" ones, as I knew both the Kona and the scraps of Dot Crazy would be tight.
I used my Clover chalk rolling wheel marker to draw in the dot to dot idea I had to see how it looked. That photo shows, if you look closely, all the extra seams I had to get do to stretch this fabric! The quilting and then laundering hid it all though:

Wish the colours showed better on the photo. They really pop in real life.

Here's the entire quilt. It was freshly laundered here. I laid alternating blocks out in rainbow colour order. In row 1 it's the centre block, in row 2, it's the first and third blocks, etc.

I kept the quilting simple: ditch-stitched in all the vertical seams, and horizontally between the three rows. I then did an organic wavy line down the centre of each column. All that was done with a Coats and Clark turquoise rayon thread which sunk in nicely after washing and drying. This was when Avril was down for the count with her timing issue, so it was quilted on my Bernina.

Here's the entire back, two pieces of fabric. Why cows?
Why not?! I had a sizeable piece of Farm Chic by Windham Fabrics left from my aunt's "C'Boss!" quilt, and they just seemed whimsical with this bright front, and immediately "moo-vin'' popped in my head, a pun on Moving On Up, which is related to Up From Here, and so it just had to be. The turquoise is a piece I bought from a de-stashing friend that worked well with the turquoise on the front, also from her. Bright yellow polka-dot from the Dot Crazy line, left over from the original Plus Playtime quilt that was in Modern by the Yard, January issue, made a bright binding. This quilt went to the Sexual Assault Centre in Windsor for a child or young adult, so I wanted it bright and fun as well as cuddly.

I actually remembered my satin label before applying the binding, LOL. I wrote the name of the quilt on the back of it.

There's the lower corner reverse-block, Essential 100% cotton threads from Connecting Threads.
One last shot:
Bright sun made for not the greatest quilt texture shots, but you get the idea!
Quilt Stats
Pattern: Up From Here
Size: 54" square
Fabric: Kona turquoise and scraps of Dot Crazy by Contempt for Benartex
Batting: a no-name flat polyester
Backing: stash
Quilted: on my Bernina, FMQ, ruler work, and walking foot
Threads:  pieced with 100% cotton Gütermann and Mettler on my Bernina; quilted with Coats and Clark rayon and Essential cotton 50 wt

Linking up
Cooking Up Quilts
My Quilt Infatuation
Quilt Fabrication
Dizzy Quilts for the Q3FAL


  1. A great looking quilt. Certainly is bright and the pattern and quilting enhance it beautifully.

  2. Fantastic finish; I love the ghosted shapes quilted in the lower right hand corner. The colors really glow together.

  3. That is such a fun quilt, Sandra - pretty colors! I really liked your idea for the reverse block!

  4. I have this pattern on my to make list. Love how bright and colourful this is.

  5. A nice finish, Sandra! Love that blue background. I haven't started mine yet, but I have ideas at least (that's a start, right?). Love the cows in the backing!

  6. What a wonderful finish. I love the bright colors and some child in need will too. This is on my list of quilts to make when time allows. Still amazed at how well you quilt on a domestic!!

  7. Mooo-ve over, there's a clever girl in town! I love how you made the amount of fabric you had work. And the cows on the back just make me smile :)

  8. This is so pretty with the blue background and bright pops of color.

  9. I love a surprise backing, and those cows are sure to delight the recipient! I love the bright happy geometry of this piece, too. Great finish! :)

  10. Love this quilt, makes me want to make another one with the Dot Crazy bundle I won and then someone sent me more, that person is such an mmm-nabler. The colors are awesome and the quilting is just too cool, definitely will bring some happiness to the lucky recipient.

  11. Hi Sandra! First of all, thanks for all the shout outs. Now to more important things - WOWEEEEEEE. I knew how fabulous it was, because we've been seeing peeks for two months. But NOW we finally know the story behind that right corner. Aha! Then, you just calmly mention how used you Clover tool to mark out potential quilting patterns. What?? Hold the presses - is that a fabulous idea and I never, ever would have thought to do that. Brilliant. I do need to do an update soon, and I'm going to encourage everyone who reads it to pop over and see your whole post and great tip! So beautiful! Hmm, now which picture should I share?! ~smile~ Roseanne

  12. Great finish! I really like the design and how you added that special quilting in the corner.

  13. It's beautiful - so bright and cheerful!!!

  14. Love the turquoise background. Congrats on a bright and fun finish!

  15. Love it and the ghost triangles in the bottom corner. Such a bright happy quilt.

  16. What a striking quilt. I love the blue background!

  17. When I first saw the entry, I thought it was another plus playtime quilt - but not. It is of course wonderful - those fabrics are stellar and look terrific in this quilt too. Great idea on the way to accomodate the lack of fabric - gosh - it seems to happen more often than not to me.

  18. I love it. The reverse block was a clever way to solve a problem and looks cool, too.

  19. Awesome! I love how you quilted the reverse block. (And how you made the fabric you had work.)

  20. This quilt is so colorful and your binding frames the quilt nicely. Love seeing your small label, too.