Monday, January 16, 2017

2016 Aurifil Quilt Top

This must be some kind of a record for me, it is only the middle of January and already I have completed the quilt top for the 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month!

The completed top was taken out for a photo shoot in the snow. The light is a little bleak, though, but the blues and the pops of color in the sashing brightens up the scene. I chose to make all my blocks in blues and white, as what the 12 different designers did.

The blocks laid out before assembling.

Grey sashing and black cornerstones added in between the blocks before auditioning borders. I chose light grey solid as the main border color, with pops of bright colors as extension of the sashing. None of the borders are the same width. I borrowed this idea from @kupitis on Instagram, and I like the modern feeling it gives to the quilt.

A detail of the quilt top.

Another picture of the top taken outside in the snow.

I will now take a little break to think about how to quilt this beauty. In the mean time there are other projects to be worked on...

Keep on quilting!

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 Finish A Long - Goals Q1

Another year, another time to list goals for completing my projects this quarter. The list is a great incentive and motivation to finish items that have been waiting to be finished a longer or shorter time. For the first quarter I have chosen to list projects where the blocks were finished in the last months of 2016.

My first goal is to assemble the 24 blocks of the Modern HST Sampler, add sashing and quilt it.

The second goal is to do the same with the 2016 Aurifil blocks. This will be a little smaller quilt, only 12 blocks here.

Last year I joined a Quilting Bee, and these are the resulting bee blocks I have for my quilt. I will make a few more Houndstooth Blocks to make a decent quilt size. The backing fabric is already chosen, and I look forward to finishing the quilt. This is my third goal.

The fourth and last goal on my Q1 list is this table runner. The top is pieced, and it only needs batting, backing and quilting.

Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Super Cute Pincushions

My first post in 2017 is a cute one; on New Year's Eve I discovered a Pincushion SewAlong on Instagram. This is hosted by @zeriano and Sew Illustrated. The patterns were free until January 1st, so I hurried to download them.

Each pincushion is 3" x 3" inches finished. I am mostly using scraps of Liberty prints.

I just had to make this as the first one. The orange batik cat is a tribute to my late cat. He passed away two years ago at the mature age of 16 1/2 years.

The second one us appliquéd using two Liberty prints, and I used both machine and hand stitching.

These tiny projects are so cute and rewarding, I am using up the smallest scraps I have. For the back of the pincushions I am using my smallest floral prints.

In this bowl there is room for several more, just stay tuned to my blog!

Happy sewing!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mother of Pearl

Yesterday I witnessed an amazing weather phenomenon: It was a stormy afternoon and I looked out of my window and saw this amazing cloud in between the dark, lower clouds. Later I found out that it is called a Mother-of-Pearl cloud (or Nacreous cloud).

It had the most fantastic shifting iridescent colors and I ran to get my phone and camera to capture pictures of it.

The two photos above are taken with my Canon through the window.

For the two last pictures I went out on my porch in the strong wind. It was an amazing weather phenomenon where the cloud was blazing with the shifting colors. A few minutes later it was gone...

Remark: None of these photos are filtered, this is actual footage!

I am so happy I managed to catch it on camera, it was a live show I will never forget. I beats the fireworks on New Year's Eve!

Edit: This morning I caught another view of the same type of clouds, not obstructed by trees this time: Beatuful, vivid colors! And you have to be quick to catch it, it disappears in minutes.

With this post I wish you all a Happy New Year in 2017 !

Thursday, December 22, 2016

This Year's Last Bee Block(s)

This year I have very much enjoyed being a part of one of the BeeHive groups organized by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. Our group, the Beehiveinterquiltinentials, with members from three continents have had a fun time making blocks for each other.

My month was September, and I received a bunch of blocks as decribed in this post . I will have to make a few more blocks to make a decent size quilt, but I haven't had the time to do it yet. My problem is that I committed to way too many projects and BOMs during the year. My first priority for 2017 is to complete this quilt.

For the month of December, Ileana chose the Wanta Fanta block in off white and dusty blue tones, florals or geometric prints. I had several prints of the right colors, so I went straight to work and made her block. When I had made one, I couldn't stop, and had to make another one. Below you can see the two blocks.

I know that Ileana is going to assemble these blocks into a beautiful quilt!

Keep on quilting!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December's Charity Quilt

The last charity quilt I completed was in November/October this year, and that one has already been donated to the hospital.

One and a half weeks ago I got the sewing mojo again to make another one. I have a few packs from my quilting guild with coordinating fabrics to make charity quilts from. After looking through the selection I chose the one with farm animals and coordinating prints.

The Debbie Mumm panel was way too pretty to cut apart, so I let that be the focal point of the quilt and started building up the design around it.

I used the fabrics that were available to me and added some borders and squares, in what could look like Christmas colors. To make the quilt a little longer, I added a few pinwheels on top, plus an additional green border. The picture above shows the quilt prior to quilting.

Then I took the quilt outside to catch the last daylight of the day. This picture is taken around noon, and as you can see the light is very bleak; no filter here. The snow left us a few days ago, so everything is pretty dark. In a short while the days will be getting longer and I am really looking forward to that!

The quilt is approximately 37" x 58" after wash and dryer cycle.

Any small child could make up lots of stories with all the animals in this panel; Debbie Mumm's style is so perfect!

There was also a panel with "ordinary" farm animals in the bundle, and I couldn't cut that apart, either. So that one ended up on the back together with a green print.

I quilted it with loops and big stippling, using a green thread.

Here is a detail from the panel on the back, a happy farm, indeed!

This is my fourteenth charity quilt to the children's ward at the hospital, and I hope to make several quilts for them in the coming year. They are in great need for quilts to the long-term sick children. I hope the quilt will bring comfort and joy, and keep the illness at a distance for a while.

Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2016 Aurifil December Block

The December block is designed by Amanda Herring, and is a beautiful  12" paper-pieced Flower Block.

Keep on quilting!