Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 Aurifil and Splendid Sampler Blocks

May's Aurifil block, Cups and Saucers is designed by Amy Friend. My version of the block is shown above. I am trying to stick to blue and white blocks for the whole quilt, and so far it looks good.

Like many others on the World Wide Web I am making my Splendid Sampler blocks, two blocks a week. This weekend I managed to get a picture of the 28 blocks made so far laid out on my porch. The breeze tried very hard to ruin my photo shoot,  but I managed to take the pictures before everything became a mess. All the blocks were then put safely back into the storage box.

Yesterday I completed block #29, Scrappy Happy Heart designed by Christa Watson, a lovely paper pieced heart.

Keep on quilting!

Friday, May 13, 2016

For a Newborn Baby Boy

I had great hopes of finishing this baby quilt before the little baby boy was due May 1st, but it was finished a little overdue. I don't think he would mind, though. I took the quilt with me for a photo shoot on an unusual location for me. It was a glorious day with sunshine making the sea glitter, but alas, a pretty heavy wind.

It was kind of difficult to get good pictures of the quilt on this playground since I didn't have any helpers with me.

The wind really "nailed" it to the net on the playground.

Indoor pictures with with lots of daylight from skylights.

This is the back of the quilt, I used the fabric Nattljus from Ikea, it gives a very nice optical illusion, and is kind of straining on the eyes if you look at it too long.

The quilt looks good both on rocks and grass.

A detail picture of the quilting. Straight line quilting with walking foot in the colored blocks, and I tried to make the grey blocks a little more interesting with changing directions of the lines. For the sashing I practiced my FMQ skills with strings of pearls.

The pattern didn't have sashing in-between the blocks, but I added a light print. When it came to the corner stones, I felt that the quilt didn't have enough color, so I added yellow fabric from an old shirt. It turned out to be a perfect "crayon box".

What better to end this long session with a picture from my neighborhood  playground?

(And yes, the quilt will be washed before it is gifted).

2016 FAL

This is my first finish for the 2016 Finish-A-Long for the second quarter of the year.. My original goal list is here .

Friday, May 6, 2016

2016 Aurifil April Block

Spring is always busy, but finally I was able to make the beautiful High Tide block designed by Kate Spain.

I have stuck to blue fabrics for this Designer of the Month blocks, and I think the ending quilt will look gorgeous in these cool tones. This block looks like a lagoon in a summer day.

Lately we have had great spring weather, sun and high temperatures bring promise of summer. Trees and bushes are getting green, and soon I can make rhubarb pie!

Keep on quilting!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

More Blocks and A Blog Hop in June

22 blocks of the Splendid Sampler are completed. Each block is only 6 1/2" square, but put all together they make an impressive mosaic. I am doing this QAL from scraps, so it will be a random, colorful look to the quilt when it is finished sometime next year. I like it so far!

I will show you details of the three last blocks.

Here is the most time consuming one, Nature's Walk by Vicki Tucek. It is all hand embroidered, and it took me more than two days to finish! This is the kind of embroidery I did when I was a young girl, with lots of satin stitching. It turned out lovely!

After the 20th block it was a blessing to do some simple piecing. This is Sweet Candy by Kris Thurgood. It is really sweet with the cute hearts and the tiny floral background against the black and white candy wrapper.

The latest block of the Splendid Sampler is Goose on the Loose by Amy Smart, a paper pieced block. This one was fun, but I have to admit that there were a few seams I had to unpick during the construction of the block. But, it is nice to be challenged and have to get out of your comfort zone!

I am also making progress on a second QAL, that is the Modern HST Sampler hosted by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. These blocks are 12 1/2" square, and are all about HSTs. These are the lastest three blocks that have been published. I am making my blocks from Good Neighbors fabric by Amanda Jean Nyberg, with a light aqua as the background. Eight blocks are made so far.

I am also up to date on my BeeHive blocks, but here I can't show this month's block, yet. It has a long way to travel to the other side of the world (almost), but I will show it when it has reached its destination.

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I have also joined a Blog Hop that will be launched in June, Opposites Attract, logo is on my sidebar. The blog hop is hosted by Marian of Seams to be Sew.

I am in the process of choosing fabrics and designs for my project(s), and I can promise it will be interesting! Will show you more later...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Steady Progress on the Splendid Sampler blocks

The first 18 Splendid Sampler blocks in a group picture.

If you want to join the fun, the link to the 20 blocks (published so far) can be found on  here. There are 80 more blocks to be published, twice a week. All details on the Splendid Sampler site.

The 6 1/2" blocks are by various designers, and lots of different techniques are used to make them.

Block 19, Measure Twice, Cut Once is designed by Jane Davidson. I can assure you that the hand embroidery on the measuring tape took a lot of time...

Block 20 is also an embroidery project, also a time consuming one, I guess it will take me 2 days to finish it by hand...

At least block 21 is a simple, pieced one! I enjoy the project, though, and it will become a great, scrappy quilt in the end!

Keep on quilting!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long - My List for Q2

For the first quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long I reached two of my four goals. This quarter I hope for at least one more.  Here are my four goals:

My first goal is to add a border to this baby quilt, quilt it and put a fancy binding on it. The baby in question is due May 1st, so I have to keep up speed to get it finished!

Goal #2 is to get this table runner, or skinny, quilted and bound. I pieced this one during the All-In-A-Row QAL hosted by Martingale earlier this spring. I never managed to get it quilted, though. Now is the time to finish this skinny designed by Barbara Brackman.

Goal #3 is to transform this jelly roll of Ambleside by Brenda Riddle into a stunning lap quilt using a tutorial by Stacey Day.

And again, I am putting up Love Squared as my 4th and last goal. I hope I will get time to complete the quilt this time, but I will be happy if I only get to piece the quilt top.

2016 FAL

See the lists for the other participants here.

Keep on quilting!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A New Charity Quilt Emerged

A couple of years ago I bought two fat quarters on sale that I thought could be used for something. It was not love at first sight, on the contrary the fabrics were not my cup of tea, at all.

The fat quarters were lying around for a long time, taking up shelf space. This week I wanted to do something about it, gathered matching solids and started cutting. Five inch squares were pieced together, and the Veggie Tales fabric and the blue long-legged birds were surrounded by colorful, matching solids.

I found a perfect spot for the photo shoot, an old, red abandoned farm shed. The snow has just melted, and the grass is dead and grey. The quilt is brightening up the location.

Weather-worn wood is a good backdrop for the little charity quilt.  It is approximately 40" by 50", and will suit a young child.

DS2 was my good quilt holder/assistant in the photo session.

This is my 12th charity quilt to the Children's Ward at my local hospital. It feels good to transfer "unwanted" fabric for me to a quilt that will be cherished and bring comfort to a sick child.

Tomatoes, cucumbers and blue birds with red legs and beaks  are looking good together with solid squares. The quilting is swirls and loops done in a rust-colored thread.  The backing is an Ikea fabric with big raspberries. I used an orange/multi-colored striped binding.

Keep on quilting, and Happy Easter!