Monday, October 15, 2018

Needle, Paper, Scissors Challenge

October's challenge was to complete a paper pieced project, foundation or English, that was up to us. The project could be of any size.

I am very fond of foundation paper piecing in spite of all the "waste" of fabric and removing paper from the back when the project is finished. I have done quite a lot of FPP, but never as small and detailed as this. The above picture shows all the pattern parts for the project I chose; the Bitty Eagle block, a free pattern by Quilt Art Designs. Everything fits in one A4 sheet of paper. The finished block is 5" square.

For the eagle I used solids in black, white and grey, and a couple of Batik Foundations. The strip set of Vintage Morris provided colors for the eyes and beak of the eagle.

Here is the resulting "portrait" of the Bald Eagle before the paper is removed. It is a bold and proud eagle; I managed to capture the perfect look in its face and eyes.

There were a lot of small pieces in this block, and it took quite a long time to make it look exactly how I wanted.

Since this is a fairly small block, I wanted to "frame" the eagle like it is hanging in a picture frame on the wall. First it got a frame of batik foundations - Bubbles Sahara all around.

I wanted to put the frame on a green wall of batik foundations Bubbles Sprout, and chose to add a shadow around the frame to enhance the eagle a little more.

I used Hobbs Thermore batting, and Aurifil thread for both piecing and quilting. The green background (or wall) is quilted with Aurifil 50 wt in 5016, and the frame with 5013 (see below). Aurifil 2370 was used in the bobbin.

I also wanted to add some thread painting to my piece, to spruce it up. Aurifil 40 wt in 2024, 2175 and 2600 was used for this. and This is the first time I have ever done thread painting. I think the eagle feather looks quite nice at the bottom of my piece.

The binding is Cherwell Copper Vintage, and it matches the fall leaves perfectly.

Here's a detailed picture of the feather, not bad for a first try of thread painting.

The finished size of my wallhanging is approx 12" x 15", and now I just have to find a place for it on my wall.

Thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil and Hobbs for providing fabric, thread and batting for this project.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Stash Buster Quilt

October is here, and the season has definitely changed to fall. We have had the first frost, but the last few days really want to hold on to warmer temperatures. What is better to show off the last quilt I made, there's a lot of fall colors here.

Actually, this is a quilt I started "backwards". I pieced the backing first, using a couple of Debbie Mumm prints I had in my stash to start with, and then adding other novelty prints to make a decent sized piece.

Then I cut a lot of 4.5" squares of mostly novelty prints. Some black/white four patches adds a little bit of life to the top, and two stripes of flannel print adds even more to the fall feeling.

For this charity quilt I chose to do simple crosshatch quilting in a brick color thread. The binding is made from a multi color orange striped cotton.

The quilt is fully reversible, and be used on any side depending on the mood of the day.

A lot of novelty prints was used for this quilt, and I am happy to clear away some scraps.

This is my eigth charity quilt for the year, and number 28 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Happy quilting!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Respect Testing

This is the latest pattern I have been testing for Berene of Happy Sew Lucky. The release date for the pattern is October 13.

RESPECT may be my absolute favorite from the tattoo quilt patterns by Berene. The Doe is such a beauty!

Look at those eyes! Adorable!

This is the tenth block of my tattoo quilt pattern testing project, only the big center block left. I am waiting patiently to complete my quilt top!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Autumn Geishas

Another charity quilt is made for the children's ward at the hospital. This time I took a panel with Japanese geishas, cut the panel apart and added sashing in between.

The red, shiny cotton looks like silk wallpaper, and makes the geishas stand out like paintings on a wall. 

I quilted the geishas with echo quilting in a neutral color. The "wallpaper" is echo quilted around the leaves with red thread color.

The finished size of the quilt is 41"x 62". The backing is a warm flannel and binding is a black solid.

This is my seventh charity quilt for the year, and number 27 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Lots of Stars for Maja

The years 2017 and 2018 have been a wonderful experience for me after I joined the Rakish Needle Round Robin. Six European ladies have contributed to each others quilts, and quilt projects have been going back and forth in the postal services between Germany, Great Britain, Poland and Norway.

This is the sixth and last quilt I received to work on. It belongs to Maja in Poland, and she wants a quilt full of stars. The picture above shows the starting point I received in May.

I have to admit it took quite some time before I started working on extending the quilt top.There were so many stars, how should I add more?

I finally decided to add a row on top and one at the bottom. The quilt top is really scrappy from before, and I can assure you that I added to the scrappyness.

I gathered lots of star fabrics I had in my stash, used extra stars that was left from the other participants, and made only two traditional stars and a wonky one that can be seen in the top row. 

The quilt top was packed and sent to Poland in August and Maja has already received it. Feedback from her is that she loves it in all its scrappyness.

It is exciting to wait for my own quilt which is currently in Germany. Don't stress Katrin, I have all the time in the world!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Starstruck with Island Batik

September in the Island Batik Ambassador Program is all about stars. You can see stars all over in the quilting world, both in traditional and modern versions. I have used them many times before, but this time I wanted to make something different.

The Ambassadors were free to make any kind of star project, any size. I searched the web and found this free paper pieced pattern of the Interwoven Star, finished size 6".

I used leftover fabrics from the April Challenge , Paisley Dot Brights including a neutral.

These stars seem to be spinning fast, and I decided to make four equal blocks and turn them 90 degrees off from each other to make a table runner or wall hanging. All the piecing was done with Aurifil 50wt in white, color 2024.

I cut 2" background strips for sashing and border. The quilt sandwich was made with Hobbs Thermore batting, and I decided to hand quilt this little project. I happened to have two spools of Aurifil 12wt, white 2024 and pink 2479. These are perfect for big stitch hand quilting. I also used a variegated Aurifil 50wt color 3852 for machine quilting the outline of the stars.

With the low rays of sun in September the hand quilting is clearly visible. I used white in the background and pink in the stars.

I also made two things I have never done before: A flanged binding, and a few prairie points in a matching color for extra interest.

The Starstruck project of September is completed, and time will show whether this one ends up on a table or on the wall.

Until then, keep on quilting!