AHQ: back in action

I have been unable to withstand temptation any longer.

Out came the Moda jelly roll I have been hoarding. Pre-cuts make life much easier when you’re not operating at full efficiency. I contacted Aussie Hero Quilts for a new mission, and have been given the ideal task: a quilt for a Leading Aircraftwoman who has left the colour and theme entirely up to the quilt-maker. So I’m going totally girly, as an antidote to the large quantities of neutrals she’ll be encountering in her working and living environment.

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How’s this for an antidote to grey?

In case you’re interested, this range is Scrumptious, by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. I’m going to be joining the strips horizontally in the order you see them, then slicing through the lot vertically about 2/3 of the way across, inverting the narrower section and inserting a white sashing strip between the two sections and a white border round the outside. I shall have to see what I have for backing, and there’s plenty of colour choices to pick from for the binding.

What I’m going to do for quilting is still an inscrutable mystery, but I expect it’ll reveal itself soon. Whatever it is, it’ll be done by machine as I have a time deadline to meet which doesn’t allow for hand quilting.

But before I start, I have a lot of fairly tedious but very necessary pressing to do, o joy.

16 thoughts on “AHQ: back in action

  1. I love those colours and patterns… that’s going to be a really beautiful quilt and a genuine antidote to grey!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s going to be sweet and pretty and fresh and definitely not camouflage or regulation anything! And it should be nice and quick to get me back into the swing of things.

  2. Carole says:

    Oh that’s going to be so pretty. I bet she’ll love it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hope so! I love the fabrics myself, but let’s face it, I can surround myself with all sorts of colours and patterns, and she can’t, so I reckon she deserves them more!

  3. tialys says:

    I do love a pre-cut! I was at my friend’s house yesterday and she wants to make a baby quilt and produced tons of fabric from her stash as she wanted advice on colour matching. I put together some fabrics and now I appear to have the task of cutting 96×5 inch squares as she is ‘scared’ of the rotary cutter and I can’t bear to think of her cutting out all those squares with a pair of scissors.
    I really love the colours in your jelly roll – she will love it to death unless she is completely mad.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, that’s very naughty, you’re too kindhearted for your own good. I’d recommend taking a small ‘payment’ in odd bits of her nice fabrics, since you now have the task of cutting it up anyway!
      I’m absolutely loving the oranges in this range, which is kind of weird because normally I wouldn’t look twice at orange. Ah well, it’s going to someone who deserves it…

  4. anne54 says:

    These all go just perfectly! What a wonderful project 🙂

  5. I have a soft spot for Bonnie and Camille fabrics too. That will be a pleasant change from grey and navy for her!

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s what I thought. And it’s such fun to work with bright, pretty colours instead of the darks you normally need for AHQ jobs. I’d say 80% of the quilts we do for service people need to be dark blue, maroon, black, purple, etc, or footy team colours. So this is quite a departure!

  6. A simple but effective way of using a jellyroll.

    • katechiconi says:

      … and best of all, quick! Like all the AHQ quilts, there’s a deadline for getting them sent off so they can go with the service person onto active duty. This is a bit of a last minute one, so it’s fortunate I had the fabric and, at last, a little time!

  7. Kirsten says:

    I love these colours and patterns – so pretty. Definitely an antidote to all the greys and browns and greens.

  8. Aha – I wondered if you’d used a jelly roll or if you had an amazing stash and infinite patience to cut strips! I too am using a Moda jelly roll and am following a pattern.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have an amazing stash, and cutting loads of strips isn’t hard, you just stack the fabrics, but jelly rolls take some of the labour out of it, plus you know the fabrics will work together. I don’t follow quilt patterns much, generally I first buy some fabric, then have the idea, need to buy more fabric, draw the plan, realise I need more fabric, etc… By now it should be obvious I have a bad fabric buying problem!

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