Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Modern Buzz Saw blocks coming along

Last night I finished the blocks for my Modern Buzz Saw quilt, and ended up with this layout. The 3x4 block layout will be a great size for a charity quilt.

All the fabrics are from stash/scraps, and lots of them are recycled shirts. It is a great feeling not to buy anything new for this quilt, but I don't really see much "shrinkage" in my stash, either.

I think I will add a border to make the quilt a little bit bigger when it is assembled. Will it be a scrappy one, or a solid? Time will show.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Quilt Doodle BOM 2015 - August's Block

I didn't think that August's block would be so appropriate that it turned out to be, one week ago it was cold and rainy weather, but with the latest heat wave Flip Flops are the only footwear I would like to use! With temperatures around 80 F we are experiencing the hottest weather for the summer!

I wanted to praise the summer with the flower fabric from Ikea (2010) that I had a remnant of. The aqua solid for the toe straps and the yellow flower makes the Flip Flops perfect! Putting the footwear on a fabric that resembles sand on a beach makes me wish that I just kicked these off my feet and went for a swim in the ocean; it is that hot!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Progress on Blocks

This month has not had any finished projects, yet, just added blocks to my pile. First there are the tiny log cabin blocks, looks just like a rainbow in the late evening sun on my porch. A nice selection of scraps in these blocks; just 4.5" square! The Bitty Blocks are looking gorgeous!

The Buzz Saw blocks are also coming along, I am over half way on these. The remaining "saw blades" are cut, just a few background pieces left. Then it will be chain-piecing (!) the blocks, and maybe by the weekend the top will be finished!

I don't have to complete this charity quilt very fast, because the last few days we have had gorgeous summer weather with blue sky, blazing sun and a warm breeze. And the forecast is promising lovely summer temperatures at least one week ahead, and we really need that, because earlier on we have had rain and cold weather. We need to stack up on Vitamin D! No need for warm quilts at this time!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Back on track with Bitty Blocks

Well, this is not completely true... I took a break for a few months, but when I saw this month's block I just had to start over.

These little log cabin blocks will measure 4" square when done. I have decided to go for the smallest version of the quilt, a wall hanging of 30" x 37". That will be a nice addition to the wall on my sewing room. Now I just have to make a few more log cabin blocks, and decide which of the other blocks I am going to add to the display.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ALYoF Goal for August

The goal for August is to make my own version of the Modern Geometrics table runner (picture below) designed by Laura Jane Taylor.

This will be a late wedding gift (lots of weddings, lately) for a niece of mine who secretly, and suddenly, got married a month ago. I will use some great looking geometric prints to make it real modern.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Charity quilt blocks

This is the beginning of my latest charity quilt for the children's ward at my local hospital. Actually, the third block is almost done, it just needs to be assembled.

The modern Buzz Saw blocks are fun to make, and the construction is a fast one; I started out with four squares of 8.5", and that yields a finished block of 15" square. There are several tutorials out on how to make them, for instance this.

I only use scraps, recycled shirts and stash for this quilt. My plan is to use a 3 by 4 block layout for the assembly. In the end this will become a colorful quilt. But, being a mother of two boys, I try to stay away from typically "girlish" color combinations.

I will also use pure white as background in several of the blocks, because that really makes the colors "pop", and creates a more interesting quilt.

Keep on quilting!

Linked to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced, Let's Bee Social and Oh Scrap!.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Optical Illusion Quilt is Finished

The quilt I made from the book Optical Illusions, by Kansas City Star Quilts, is completed, and ready for gifting at the wedding in a week's time.

Here is the quilt Blurred Vision in all its glory in the late summer afternoon sun. DS1 is the quilt holder this time. The lilacs gives a nice backdrop to the quilt in the photo session.

The quilt is designed by Penny Layman. Its dimensions is 64" x 80" before the wash and dry cycle. This is my first two-colored quilt, ever. I used solids in teal and light aqua.

The quilt is constructed with 4 1/2" squares offset a little bit from each other, creating a "dizzy" feeling. This type of optical illusion grabs your attention because of its simplicity, boldness and effectiveness.

Although all the rows are the same width from one edge to the other, they appear to be smaller on one edge and larger on the other edge. The quilting design adds to this effect, it is done in wedges; they follow the width of the quilt in each horizontal row to accent the illusion that the rows are narrower on one end than the other.

A detailed picture of the quilting after wash shows this effect. I did all the quilting freehand on my domestic sewing machine with a small throat space. One row is filled with wavy lines widely spaced, and the other is filled with wavy lines with a higher frequency. After washing and drying the quilt gets a crinkled and cozy look.

The quilt back was pieced together with the main fabric being Britten Nummer by Ikea. The bride and groom will be able to keep count of the years they have been married by looking at the back. I added a few teal/blue fabrics to get the backing wide enough, and put in the pieced initials of the happy couple with a cute pink heart in between.

I added a hand embroidered label with the name of the bride and groom, in addition to the wedding date, August 1st.

It is easy to see the quilting on the back side of the quilt.

The newly weds will enjoy cuddling under their new quilt for years to come!

This is my ALYoF goal for July, and also my second goal for the 2015 Finish Along for Q3.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Linked up to Needle and Thread Thursday and TGIFF.