Friday 30 April 2021

Topsy Quilt by Sheila Christensen

I told you I got inspired at the Kapiti Quilt Show last week.  I saw Sheila Christensen's Topsy quilt on her stall, and I remembered that I had bought the pattern back in October at our own guild's exhibition. 

I had promised that I would make new quilts for the bedrooms when we had them painted four years ago, so I decided "this is it".  And I started cutting all my blue fabrics to make a quilt for the room with a blue feature wall.  

I'm making the Queen sized version of Sheila's Topsy pattern, and I can get the 12 triangles out of a fat quarter - provided there's no fussy cutting required for pattern direction.  

Here's my progress to date:

I've made all of these blocks from fabrics I already had on hand! Don't worry, blue is the biggest colour in my stash. But I weakened today and went shopping for a few more blues. 

Here's some links to Sheila's Topsy pattern if you're interested in making Topsy too:

Etsy for the physical pattern

PDF for downloads.

The pattern recommends the two triangle rulers above and I'm very glad I've got them.  I already had the one on the left, but I bought the one on the right and it makes cutting the segments so much easier. It's CGRT30 - Half Sixty by Creative Grids.   

There's usually a complication with my quilts, and this time I've decided to make the quilt bigger - more like a King size, but with the Queen sized blocks.  The advantage of this is that I can keep using up unloved fat quarters from my stash, but I do have to make a lot more blocks to keep the pattern nice at the edges and the top and bottom.  

So I'm plugging away here, churning out blocks and covering the lounge floor with them.  Soon it will be time to lay them out and start planning the assembly.  

I do love how quickly this quilt is coming together.  It's a big change from my usual style of quilting, but I'm enjoying it.  And to get this quilt ready for use this winter, I'm going to get it machine quilted.  I've got a backlog of quilts waiting for hand quilting, so I'll take the easier road with this one.

Now it's time for the Peacock Party - note I'm using my peacock colours above! What have you been up to this week? Feel free to link up a recent blog post below. 

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Gretchen Weaver said...

You are going to have a lovely quilt. No one is going to look at your quilt and think those are ugly fabrics, happy stitching!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Such beautiful blues!!! I love the look in shades of blue!

Vicki in MN said...

With all those blues you are going to have a very gorgeous quilt.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Such a beauty you are working on and looks like a lot of fun. Thank you so much for hosting the link party and happy quilting

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

Beautiful design. How large is each completed hexie? I like the idea of getting it quilted so you can use it this winter, which must be coming at the speed of lightening down there! And yeah to fabric shopping, stash and otherwise!

Anonymous said...

Your Topsy quilt is going to be gorgeous! And of course you needed more blues.


Sue said...

A great idea Wendy! I might have to get the patter, and use up some older fat quarters. Your blues look great!