Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blocks, Blocks and More Blocks

This is the year for blocks, and I have joined 4 different "BOMs" with a bigger or lesser workload.

The Splendid Sampler comes out with free blocks  twice a week, and when we are finished we will have made 100 6 1/2" blocks unfinished. Above are blocks 30 - 37, in a wide range from simple piecing, intricate embroidery, applique, curved piecing and English Paper Piecing. We get to practice a lot of techniques!

The 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month June block is Modern Delft II by Jacquelynne Steves. She designed two different versions of the block, where #1 had stitchery in the center block as well as in the four white corner blocks. I chose to make the alternative version of this 12 1/2" unfinished block.

Maybe I will prepare the stitchery project to bring with me on summer vacation, since I won't have access to a sewing machine.

The June block in the Sugar Block Club is Maple Stack, a modern version of the classic Maple Leaf block. I love the boldness of these blocks, and for this particular one I am very pleased with the blueberry fabric! These blocks are the same size as the Aurifil blocks.

I am also making blocks for my Modern HST Sampler, but that will be shown in a separate post. Enough blocks for now...

Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Opposites Attract - Blog Hop (and giveaway!)

  Wednesday it's time for the blog hop Opposites Attract hosted by Marian of Seams To Be Sew.

For this blog hop we were to make a small project using maximum 3 colors (or fabrics). Good contrast between the colors would be optimal, for example green/red or blue/orange in the color wheel above are good examples of opposite (or complementary) colors.

 I chose to make a table runner from the book Lines by Design Quilts by Debbie Grifka. A couple of months ago I won this book myself in a blog hop. There are 17 wonderful modern quilting projects in the book. Of course the selection was kind of limited since there was a size limit for the chosen project.

I chose the table runner Watermark, with a finished size of 13 1/2" x 30". My three colors are black, white and coral.

The background fabric is a black and white print, the accent color is a coral print, and the contrast are white circles. The circles remind me of the marks a water glass leaves on a wooden table.

The table runner has a masculine feel to it, and it would fit in well next to an open fire.

I used the Basted Bias method to create the circles, and it is the first time I have used that method. I think the result is pretty good. Watermark is quilted with circles echoing the applique.

You can see the quilting more clearly on the back. I stuck to my three colors also on the back, with Britten Nummer by Ikea. The binding is a coral solid. There was a pretty powerful breeze during the photo shoot, that explains my fingers holding down the corner of the runner.

I wanted to make a few extra small projects for the hop, and when Make Modern came up with the #MMminimini challenge on Instagram, I knew I had to make a few.

Above are the first three I made, in three colors each. The first one is 5" x 5", the second (tulip) is 2 3/4" x 4 1/2", and the last triangle is 3" on each side.

Now for the giveaway:

The Fat Quarter Shop is generously sponsoring the event,
with a gift card of $25 each day of the hop.

Giveaway  for June 1:

a Rafflecopter giveaway.

This is the entire schedule for the blog hop:

June 1

June 2

June 3

June 6

June 7
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Neglected Sugar Block Club...

Well, that is not completely true. The three blocks for March, April and May were made in their respective months, but I have not shown them off on my blog.

Here they are in chronological order, all designed by Amy Gibson.

March: Orange Peel, a combination of piecing and applique.

April: Ohio Star.

May: Morning Star, paper pieced.

The last block  consists of a purple solid that doesn't photograph well, and Texture Spectrum from Robert Kaufman in the star points as the focal points.

Apart from creating multiple blocks for various QALs, I have also completed my project for the Opposites Attracts blog hop hosted by Marian of Seams to be Sew. The blog hop starts on Wednesday, June 1. I hope you will join me, there will be giveaways!

Coming June 1
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Keep on quilting!

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.

Coming Soon
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Sponsored By The Fat Quarter Shop

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...