Friday, April 24, 2015

Moose Top Done + Progress on Table Runner

My Moose Top is done, here it is displayed this morning on my porch, with a light dust of snow! Look at the date, April 24, and winter is still here! It gives a nice backdrop for my quilt top, though. The top was finished two days ago, but there was a storm yesterday, and it was impossible to take the flimsy out for a photo shoot.

I finally decided on the border, after having auditioned several possibilities. The brown leaf fabric is the same as the one used in the log cabin blocks. That gives a nice finish to the top; I like it.

Tomorrow it will be pin basted and getting ready for quilting.

During the storm yesterday, I started piecing the table runner I cut the pieces to last week. The design is a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop, called Mini Charm Mix.  

I guess I will find some time to piece this one in between the quilting of the lap quilt. Right now the snow is coming down, so it might be indoor time tomorrow, perfect for sewing and quilting!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Moose in the Cabin + Modern Quilt Plans

My moose are not loose any longer, they are getting domesticated and put into limited squares.

The quilt top is getting close to finish, one more applique block to be added, and then a border. Six days to get this far must be a record for me. Hope to get the quilt top done by tomorrow. It is so satisfying to only use fabrics from my stash; I seem to have a lot of woodsy prints and fall colors! The pattern for this quilt is a freebie from Benartex, it is called Moose in the Cabin, and is lap size.

I have to finish this quilt as soon as possible, because I have a quilt to make for a wedding in August!

I am planning to make a modern quilt from the book Optical Illusions by Kansas City Star Books. I won this book in a blog hop last fall, and there are several gorgeous modern quilt designs to choose from. I have never made a quilt from solids only, before, so this will be a new experience!

Linked to Linky TuesdayWIP Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday ..

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Quilt Doodle BOM 2015 - April's Block

Here is my April block for the 2015 Quilt Doodle Design BOM. This time it is a birdhouse with a mama- and a baby-bird. Two lovely bluebirds!

The glitter fabric gives good life to the birds. The baby is so cute where he peeks out of the birdhouse waiting for mama.

The buttons will be sewn on the quilt when all the blocks are put together and the quilting has been done.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Building rows

I made an appliqué block for the masculine quilt, and I just had to assemble a row to see how it would look. I need a few more appliqué blocks before I can assemble the whole quilt. 

I have the perfect fabric for border and backing for the quilt, and I think there will be a lot of different trees scattered around.

For the photo shoot today, the weather was overcast with a lot better light for pictures. The wind was also cooperating, and it helped that the row is heavier than single blocks.

This will become a good looking quilt!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Distracted - again...

With all the pieces cut for the latest table runner (see my previous post) you should think that I would have been on a good way of finishing the top by now, but not... Instead I started gathering fabrics and started cutting pieces for a new one.

Here are my finished Log Cabin blocks made from 2 1/2" strips. The low sunlight on my porch does not give perfect credit to the colors, but you may get the picture. Seconds after the picture was taken the blocks were blown away with the wind, but I managed to rescue all of them.

This will become a masculine quilt, the design is a free pattern from Benartex; more will be revealed later.

Linked up to Needle and Thread Thursday.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP - Another Stash Busting Project

Yesterday I finished cutting the pieces for a new stash busting project, lots of 2 1/2" squares. Together with white rectangles these pieces will form a new table runner, a bit more modern than the previous one I made. This one will also be gifted. Updates will follow.

Linked up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social.

Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month - March Mini Quilt

In the previous 3 years I have made the Aurifil Designer of the Month quilts, where one block was made each month, and then all 12 blocks were assembled into a quilt in the end. In 2015 the designers are creating their own mini quilts. I didn't make the mini for the two first months of this year, but, for some reason the March design appealed to me. The finished mini looks gorgeous together with the crocuses in my yard. There are not many other flowers in my yard, yet, and 10 minutes after the pictures were taken we had a real snow storm, so spring has not come to stay quite yet.

The mini is 15 1/2" x 18 1/2", and is designed by Kimberly Jolly. The quilt is made of 5 different batiks, with a light neutral with lots of tiny leaves scattered all over as background. The binding is a purple/blue batik.

 I quilted it with straight lines using a light neutral cotton thread. The batting is cotton, which gives the mini some volume.

The back is an old curtain fabric. The quilting shows up very well on this side.

This is my second finish for the 2015 FAL. The original goal post can be found HERE.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

This is also my finish in April for ALYoF; I managed to make it fairly early this month.