Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Thread Catcher

I needed a little traveling thread catcher and found a cute one at .
After the machine sewing was finished it looked like this.

Then it needed some relaxing hand stitching to get to the finish line.

This will be a great little one to bring with me when traveling.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Soft and Cuddly Quilt

My latest charity quilt turned out to be an exercise in free motion quilting. The top was pieced in one day, using as big blocks of the cat fabric as possible, and adding four-patches in matching colors.

The earth tone colors look good together with the patches with cats on white background.

The chocolate brown flannel used for borders and backing was donated by Siw from Quiltegården.

I added some leftover fabrics to make the backing big enough. The end result is a quilt of 45" x 55", perfect for a child.

I am really pleased with the free motion quilting of an all-over swirl design. I struggled a bit with some tension problems, but finally got them sorted out in some mysterious way, don't ask me how. The binding was made from the last pieces of the green fabric from the four-patches.

This is my third charity quilt for the year, and number 23 all time for the children's ward at my local hospital.

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations

April is here, and the Island Batik challenge for the month is: Looking back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations.

Star quilts have always been one of my biggest inspirations, here's a picture I found of a gorgeous antique one made sometime in the 1800's. Look at that amazing collection of scrappy fabrics!

The starting point for my quilt was in the more brighter color range, I used the stack of 10" precuts of Paisley Dot that was given to me by Island Batik, together with coordinating yardage in Blueberry color.

I went looking for a design that could be used for 10" squares. I found a design on Moda Bake Shop by SpazzyCat that is striking and economical, no waste here!

Four blocks cut in a jiffy, this is definitely made for chain piecing!

There are unlimited design possibilities with these blocks.

I laid out blocks on the floor as I made them, seeing if the very modern looked good with  the amount of fabrics available to me.

In the end I decided on this layout, here is the completed quilt top. There are stars all over!

I decided to use a modern quilting design, I used the walking foot and quilted it in a spiral using Aurifil 50wt 1128 on top and 2024 in the bobbin. I used Hobbs Tuscany 100% Unbleached Cotton batting for the quilt.

I used a fun black and white print for the backing, and it looks like stained glass with the sun shining through.

A modern version of a classic quilt, spread over my vintage sofa. Could it be better?!

The quilt spread out on my sun deck to show off the colors in natural light.

Quilt stats
Size: 48" square
Fabric: Island Batik Paisley Dot
Thread: Aurifil 50wt, 2024 for piecing, 1128 for quilting and 2024 in the bobbin
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Collection, 100% Unbleached Cotton

The spiral quilting shows off very well in the above picture.

The backing complements the dizzy feel from the spiral quilting. I used Paisley Dot Sky for the binding.

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 Keep on quilting!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Modern Charity Quilt

Winter has taken a strong hold in my place of the world, and I really need spring colors!

I haven't made many modern quilts before, but I would love to design and make more. This is my own design, inspired by other quilts I have seen on the Internet.

The floral print is the main attraction.Yellow and green are spring colors for me, and absolutely necessary to make this quilt complete.

It is almost Easter, and the snow is still deep.

The quilt top was put together in one afternoon. The quilting and binding by machine was done the next day.

The quilt is 49" x 60", and will be donated to my local hospital.

The low sun in the morning helps showing off the quilting design. A modern quilt is often quilted with straight lines, and so is this one, with the addition of quilted circles in the yellow sections for extra interest.

The backing is a red print with pink polka dots. A strip of a text print is added for extra width.

This is my second charity quilt for 2018, and my number 22 to the hospital since I started quilting.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Try a Technique with Island Batik

The Island Batik ambassadors are presented a challenge each month of the year. The March challenge was to try a technique that we had never done before. I wondered what to make, and had really settled for reverse appliqué, but, then I spotted several posts on Instagram using the interesting Interleave technique. After a quick search I found this tutorial by Lorrie Cranor and decided to give it a try. Laura Piland, a fellow ambassador, made this beauty using the same technique in last year's ambassador program.

I chose fabrics from this bundle of stash builder rolls that was given to me from Island Batik. The rolls are 5" x width of fabric (WOF), and each roll has four strips. 

I decided to make a small quilt as a test for this technique, using the same modified method as Laura  used. I chose these colors from the 5" strips, cut 20" of each and sewed them into two different panels. The idea is to have good contrast between the strips.

After I sewed each panel into a tube, I drew a free-hand wave on freezer paper and ironed it on to one of the panels and traced the shape. I flipped the paper template onto the other tube and traced the wave onto that, too.

After cutting up the tube (with scissors!) the panels looked like this. The wave shifts the strips to make the interesting Interleave design.

I cut the white foundation fabric, a piece of cotton batting, and backing fabric a few inches wider and longer than the quilt panels. Following Lorrie's tutorial I marked lines 1/2" apart on the white fabric to keep the strips in line. The lines are very helpful in making sure that the strips don't shift. After making the striped foundation, the backing, cotton batting, and foundation fabric were pin basted.

I cut 1" strips from each panel alternately, and sewed through the layers with a 1/4"seam. Then the strips were pressed open. For this small quilt, and to keep everything in line since this was my first attempt with this technique, I found it helpful to cut one strip at a time and then sew it on the foundation. The stripes on the foundation were very helpful in keeping the strips spaced evenly as I kept sewing.

This is the result after sewing 40 strips together. I love the wave effect. A nice side effect using this method is that the quilt is already quilted!

Sometimes it is easier to see the wave effect by tilting the quilt a bit. 

I trimmed the quilt to size, it turned out to be 17.5" x 20". Then I had to decide on the binding. I wanted to use the leftovers from the stash builder strips to create an interesting effect to the wave. After laying out the strips I decided to skip the brown and use only four colors.

Here is the finished product, I call it "Fire and Ice".

The Interleave technique is very interesting and I learned a lot in the process. It is almost a surprise to see how the end result is so different from the starting panels. I had my doubts in the beginning concerning the small contrast between the two lighter blue colors on the right, but it really works out fine!

I used a cotton fabric for the backing, and added triangle pockets for easy hanging. This mini will be a jewel on my sewing room wall!

Friday, March 9, 2018

First Charity Quilt This Year

Last year I made 6 charity quilts to the children's ward at my local hospital. This year I am pretty relaxed  about making quilts for the hospital, I'll just make one when I get in the mood, no pressure concerning numbers.

I had quite a few novelty prints in my stash and decided to design a block to show off these fabrics. The block is 10.5" inch square unfinished.

 I decided that it would be too busy with only this kind of block in a quilt, so I added squares of another fabric in between.

This is the finished quilt. The near solid-looking blocks makes the design look calmer.

The backside of the quilt is pieced together from Debbie Mumm panels.

I quilted it with a free motion design of daisies and loops on my domestic sewing machine.

I made this quilt in seven days from start to finish, that's a pretty quick one.

The quilt is approximately 40"x50", and will be a great quilt for a small child. This is the 21st quilt I have donated to the hospital during my quilting career, and it will not be the last.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday .

Happy quilting!