Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Green Charity Quilt

Back in March I won a giveaway from Kawaii Fabric on Instagram. There were three novelty fabrics that were perfect for a charity quilt for small children, all from Michael Miller Fabrics. One was a "fairy tale" print with Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Little Pigs. With fairly busy prints on the green fabrics, I added solid charcoal squares to "calm down" the design of the quilt.

I cut 5" squares and laid them out in a traditional patchwork design, 99 squares all together. The charcoal works well with the busy green prints.

The quilting is a simple crosshatch design done with the walking foot. The simplest is often the best, and I didn't want the quilting to attract the attention away from the detailed novelty fabrics. The backing fabric is the well known raspberry fabric from Ikea that I often use for charity quilts. (I have a lot of it in my stash).

This was a fast and fun quilt to make, it took me approximately 36 hours from I started cutting the squares until the last stitch on the binding was done. In that time period I also managed to get my 8 hours of sleep...

The quilting is done with a green thread that works well with both the front and back of the quilt. After a wash and dry cycle, the quilt is ready to be donated to the children's ward at my local hospital.

This concludes my charity quilt number 16 to the hospital, and the second so far this year. My goal of six charity quilts this year seems to be in reach...

Keep on quilting!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

More Pattern Testing

Back in February this year I started pattern testing for Berene of Happy Sew Lucky. This lady is productive, and already in April I have completed testing of my third pattern for her.

This is her third pattern of the Tattoo Series, the first one is LOVE (which I haven't tested,  yet). COURAGE is tested by me here .

I am definitely not an expert in foundation paper piecing, actually the first time I paper pieced a block was during the Splendid Sampler quilt along last year. Since then paper piecing has become one of my favorites.

Berene's patterns are easy to follow, the instructions are very clear, even Y-seams are no problem anymore.

I love this shot of my blue swallows on my deck with my purple  Little Birdy pincushion keeping it in place in the wind.

The latest pattern is FURY, and above are my fabric choices. I had the perfect orange and yellow fabric, Marblehead by Ro Gregg for Paintbrush studios, the two leftmost fabrics. There's a lot of life in this fabric, especially the orange one.

The first item I did was the text banner. Here is an in-progress shot of the heart with the banner. The heart fabric is also perfect, the golden lines and the darker red patches give a lot of life to the heart.

Here all the flame pieces are done and ready to be assembled. The ruler I received as a gift from Berene has come in very handy working with paper piecing.

The flames are slowly coming together. You can almost feel the heat!

...and the flames are done! There's so much life in this picture!

And here the quilt top is all assembled. The burning heart on the cold, almost snowy background.

This is how the backside looks before the paper is removed, lots of tiny pieces!

The FURY is burning in the sunlight!

Thanks to Berene of Happy Sew Lucky for letting me test her patterns, this is a real skill builder for me!

Keep on sewing and paper piecing!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 Finish A Long - Goals for Second Quarter

Today is the last day to link up goals for 2017 FAL Q2. Last quarter I finished 2 projects on my list out of four, a 50% completion rate is not too bad! There are always popping up other projects that pushes their way through!

For this quarter I will continue trying to finish the last two projects on my list from Q1 and add a few more.

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

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 second goal.

My third goal is to assemble all the blocks I made for the Splendid Sampler into one (or two) quilts. The picture shows my first 65 blocks, more blocks have been made. 

The fourth and last goal on my Q2 list is this skinny/table runner. This is a project from the Moda All Stars All in a Row book, and the row is designed by Brenda Riddle. The row is actually too long to fit on my table, so I think it will end up as a skinny on the wall.

My proposed goals are linked up to one the official 2017 FAL host blogs here .

Keep on quilting!

Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 Auril BOM Block for March

This is my version of the block Scraptastic Stars designed by Melissa Corry. I dug into my scrap bins of green and blue, and that resulted in this beauty of a 12.5" unfinished block.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Simply Helixed Table Runner

This turned out to be a perfect Stained Glass Window photo shoot of the Simply Helixed Table Runner designed by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts. The binding was not completely stitched on to the back, but the sun was low and shone in the correct angle so I got my husband to

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hexie Tote for Spring

During the last few months I have taken a hand-sewing project with me to quilt guild meetings. I have only sewn on this English Paper Piecing hexagon project during these meetings.

These 2 inch hexies are made from leftover strips of fabric. I didn't have a specific plan when I started, but when five were done I decided to make a spring bag out of them. I appliqued the hexies on linen and started looking for a bag pattern. I chose a tutorial from Jedi Craft Girl, and modified it a little bit.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

SquareOne Quilt in Sun and Snow

This spring I have been fortunate to be able to test patterns for two talented designers, and I have posted about the process in earlier blog posts, like this from Happy Sew Lucky.

The first one I tested for was Krystal from @sewshaped on Instagram.

Now I have completed all my 20 blocks of glorious scrappyness, assembled them into a

Monday, February 27, 2017

2016 Aurifil Quilt Completed!

Finally my sampler quilt from the 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month is finished. It was taken out for the photo shoot in the snow. During the shoot is started with sleet/rain, and this can actually be seen if you click on the picture to enlarge it.

I chose to make my version in blues, just like the 12 designers did. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Testing, Testing...

Earlier this month I was lucky to be accepted as a pattern tester for Happy Sew Lucky for a paper-pieced pattern. She was looking for intermediate level paper-piecers, and I had the courage to jump in with both feet...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Pattern Testing

Earlier this month I was  lucky to be chosen to be a pattern tester for this quilt block. The designer is Krystal from @sewshaped on Instagram.

The block was fast and easy to make, and Krystal provided excellent instructions. The pattern will soon be available at her shop as the Square One Quilt.

The pattern is perfect for strips of leftover fabric. I whipped up three more blocks when I was at it, and you can see they work well together. I will probably make more blocks at least to make a baby quilt, maybe a lap one. I have more than enough fabric...

Keep on quilting!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Another Table Runner Made

There's quite a lot of specialty rulers available for quilters, and I wonder how many un-used ones are lying around. For my own sake I have had the Mini Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful for a fairly long while, and it wasn't before it was demonstrated at my quilt guild that I "dared" to start using it myself.

I started with the pattern that was included with the ruler, just to get the hang of it. I used fabrics from Connecting Threads; Birchtree Lane in brown and green, and Heather's Garden as the background print.

My frozen deck is a good background for the table runner.

The cutting of the curves was absolutely no problem, but it was kind of intimidating to get all the points to match. Next time I use it I have to try to be more accurate in the cutting/assembling process.

Nevertheless, I don't think there's anybody but me that can see the small "beauty spots" in the runner.
The birch tree outside the fence is fitting very nicely with the fabric line.

The quilt that was shown at the quilt guild meeting was beautifully quilted on a long arm, but I wanted to quilt the runner myself on my domestic machine.

I have done spiral quilting once before, on this baby quilt , and I thought that would be perfect for the inner circles. The "leaves " in green and dark brown were free motion quilted. The background outside the leaves were quilted with dense stippling such that the leaves would "pop" out to a certain extent.

The fabric on the back of the runner is the least busy of the fabrics in the Birchtree Lane line, and this one shows off the quilting very well. The picture was taken before the binding was attached, but you can see the binding fabric on the outside of the runner.

I am very pleased with my quilting on this one, and it gives me more incentive to try out even more quilting designs in the future!

Keep on quilting!

Friday, February 3, 2017

More Folded Hexagon Coasters

In December 2015 I made my first set of  Folded Hexagon Coasters. These are being used daily and are very practical in size, and they look good, too!

There was a need for a new set, but this time in a different colorway. I used six fabrics from Birchtree Lane by Connecting Fabrics.

Blue/green is my all-time favorite color combination, and the browns were added to make the colors pop. The coasters are a perfect size for any cups and glasses, as my favorite mug shows.

I used another fabric from my stash on the backside. As these coasters are made from so many layers of fabric, there is no need for batting to protect any table surface against hot or cold fluids.

An icy picnic table may not be the right place to utilize the coasters, though. This is just to get perfect outdoor pictures.

Keep on quilting!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Scrappy Debbie Mumm Beauty

My previous charity quilt made last December, shown here , used a panel from Debbie Mumm. I had another one, this time showing portraits of nine cute teddy bears, and that one also had to be the focal point of a children's quilt.

I also had a lot of novelty prints that were perfect to surround the panel.

The panel was not completely square, so I added 3" cream colored strips around it and then squared it up so I could add the squares of the novelty prints around without any construction problems.

The quilt all spread out on my porch. It measures approximately 36" x 54", and is a good-sized children's quilt. All the fun novelty prints will make it a favorite to snug under for a child.

I added a black border, and quilted a free motion design of loops and stars that fitted the fabrics well. My go-to binding for the charity quilts, an orange and multi-colored striped fabric, completed the quilt.

The playground picture shows a glimpse of the Ikea raspberry backing that I often use for the charity quilts.

A close-up of the fabrics and quilting. This completes my charity quilt number 15 to the children's ward at my local hospital. My goal for 2017 is to make a total of 6 charity quilts, I have more than enough fabrics for that!

Keep on quilting!

Monday, January 23, 2017

First Finish in 2017

This table runner has the honor of being my first finish this year. It is made completely from my stash. The fall colors of the runner matches the bare branches of my berry bush.

It is a very strange winter, 5-6 days ago we had a huge snowfall and now (almost) all of it is rained away! The very mild climate is not how it is supposed to be at this time. The only advantage is that I can use my porch and yard as a photo studio.

The back of the runner is a graphic print from Ikea.

The table runner photographed against the last pile of snow.

This is my first finish of the 2017 Finish-A-Long.

Keep on quilting!