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Monday, May 9, 2022

Morning Star

 


 My latest finish is this baby quilt for a little girl. Amy Smart of @diaryofaquilter designed this, and the tutorial can be found on her blog.

Finished size is 40" square. A colorful, scrappy quilt.

Keep on quilting!

 

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Wild Fish

 The start of this quilt was all the 153 bonus 2.5" squares cut from the Twister Table Topper  project. Cutting a few more squares resulted in 16-patch blocks.

 

Together with the aquarium fish fabric this charity quilt turned out pretty "wild".


Then it's good to have a more calm fabric on the back. With this one the child can cuddle up and count sheep before falling asleep.

 

This is my fourth charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 83 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

 


Saturday, April 9, 2022

Baby Quilt

We've had lots of snow this winter, but finally there was a bright day to show off the latest baby quilt on the wall of my deck.


 This quilt is destined for a little baby girl. I searched my stash for good looking fussy cuts, and here I have assembled 16 of them cut to 2.5" squares. Solid frames in bright colors were added around the animals and teddy bears, and in the end the frames were surrounded with a soft flannel fabric.



 The main quilting was done with the walking foot, a fancy zig-zag and straight lines. The backing is a cute double gauze with lots of bunnies.

 


 There are many recognizable animals and other objects in the squares. I also added some hand quilting around the fussy cuts.



 Fussy cuts are fun, what about a zebra in a suit?

All fabrics in this quilt is from my stash and scraps, that's a win-win situation.


Keep on quilting!

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Ballerina Star

 


 Meet my latest charity quilt, the Ballerina Star!

 

It started with the ballerina fabric to the left. Tiny ballerinas in colorful tutus dancing all over the stars. Not enough of this fabric made it necessary to add the  matching moon/stars fabric to the right. Sawtooth stars were made from these fabrics, there were enough for nine ballerina stars and six moon stars.

I added squares of a dusty purple speckled with tiny hearts to separate the stars. All fabrics were from my stash.
 


 I decided to do some all-over free motion quilting on this quilt, it was a great practice! I chose the design Mod Clamshell by Angela Walters. The quilting was done with Aurifil thread #3660 Bubblegum.

 


 Here's another detailed picture of the quilting.

 

The finished quilt laid out on my deck. Finished size is 40" x 48", this will be a great quilt for a little girl.
 

This is my third charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 82 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

 

 

Monday, March 7, 2022

Twister Table Topper

 

I have had the Lil' Twister ruler in my drawers for a long time without using it. Now I needed a new table topper for my living room, and that was a great chance to use the ruler. 

I jumped in with both my feet using quilt math to get the twister part the right size for my project.


Here's a progress picture of the process. Starting with making a patchwork piece consisting of 5" squares with a light border around. Using the ruler to cut out the pieces and assembling them in the correct order and sewing the rows together.

As you can see the project shrinks a lot, the resulting Twister piece is approx. 67% of the original patchwork piece.



I was able to cut 153 bonus 2.5" squares from the leftover fabric, and as you can see there were only slivers left after cutting.


 After putting borders around the Twister piece I did free motion quilting in each pinwheel. I also did some hand quilting where the contrast between pinwheel/border fabric wasn't strong enough.

 

The resulting table topper laid out on my deck in natural light.

153 Lil' Twister pinwheels, finished size of the entire quilt is 39" x 63"


Keep on quilting!





 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Durable Potholders

 


I needed a set of new, durable pot holders since my old ones are showing signs of heavy use. Why not use repurposed jeans? Using the best parts from three different jeans, and then freshening the project up a bit with fitting selvedges. 

There's one layer of cotton batting plus a layer of Insul-Bright in the quilting sandwich. Straight line quilting with Aurifil 50wt in variegated thread #4669. Backing is also jean fabric. The binding is a colorful one.

Keep on quilting!