Saturday, January 25, 2020

Charity Quilt in the Snow

This quilt is made from a tutorial by A Bright Corner . This Strip Tube Quilt method is very much fun and fast in making blocks.

I used scraps and stash for the "tents" in addition to a white background. The tents stand out strong against the fresh and bright snow.

The quilt is free-motion quilted with a 'swirl and loop' pattern, and the binding is a fun striped one. Finished quilt size is 43" x 64".

This is my second charity quilt for the year, and number 46 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Project Quilting 11.2 - Team Colors

I didn't participate in this season's first challenge of Project Quilting - Notably Numeric, but I am jumping in on the second challenge - Team Colors.

The only slight problem is that I don't really have a TEAM that I support. I kept wondering what I could make for this challenge. The University I attended many moons ago didn't have any specific colors or big teams at the time.

But, I had joined the student theater where I made costumes for different shows for a couple of years. I have always loved to sew, so this was the perfect place for me when I had to get some time away from the books. I had a great time those years, so I guess that group of people were my TEAM in that respect.

I made a lot of different costumes, from cavemen outfits in fake fur, to ballroom dresses, and I even participated in making a dress of fiber glass!

The costumes were made in so many different colors, so I couldn't choose a set color combination for this project. That's why I settled on the colorful background for my final project.

I included four items in my project, three were appliqued and one stitched.

The first one is a theater mask, only a smiling one because student theater shows are mostly plain fun, not many tragedies there.

The silver needle has to have a dominant spot, because isn't sewing what most of us here are doing all the time?

The banana "ribbon/medal" I have to explain a little bit. In one of the bigger shows where I participated in making costumes there was to be a carnival scene where a banana skirt was an important outfit. All of us joined in and cut out bananas from a yellow foam mattress. A lot of bananas had to be made, that was a real team effort! Together with a cerise ribbon the miniature "play dough" banana made a great ribbon for the opening night of the show!

The last item on my mini quilt is dedicated to my sons and their University. The team colors of that one was Crimson & Cream, and I tried to recreate it in the "sport shirt" in the lower right corner. Unfortunately I didn't have a fabric with only those two colors, you just have to ignore the green in the shirt.

As a finish, the starry binding compliments the mini quilt. Finished size: 7" x 9.5".

I had lots of fun planning an making this one, and look forward to the next challenge.

Thanks to Kim of Persimon Dreams for hosting these fun challenges!

Friday, January 17, 2020

First Finish of the Year

This year I have joined Persimon Dreams Scrappy Nine Patch Challenge, and have already completed my first quilt!

The aim of this challenge is to make a scrap quilt comprised mainly of nine-patch blocks. Finished size should be minimum 45" x 60".

My quilt is put together from scraps of different sizes. I started cutting blocks of 4.5" square, and then went over to cutting 2.5" squares from my smaller scrap pieces. Some of the smaller clocks were fussy cut (gnomes and mushrooms).

From narrower scraps I cut blocks of 2.5" x 4.5" to make a not-so-traditional nine-patch block. The picture above shows the three different blocks the quilt is comprised of.

The winter is strange here where I live, all the snow has melted on my deck, and that gives me a chance to display quilts in daylight. Finished size for my quilt is 48" x 60".

I used a fun raspberry print for the back, it matches some of the blocks on the front.

On the picture above you can see some of the fussy cut blocks of mushrooms and gnomes, in additon to the fun striped binding. The quilting is done in a traditional cross hatch pattern.

This is my first charity quilt for the year, and number 45 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Charity Quilt for December

This fun quilt in a star pattern is made from a tutorial by Diary of a Quilter. The finished size is 40" square. It is freemotion quilted with a Stars and Loops design.

The backing is pieced from two 1 meter cuts; I cut a strip of 12.5" off the blue fabric, added a green 6.5" strip and sewed the strips together. Then I turned the fabric 90 degrees and did the same slice technique over again. This creates an interesting design on the back.

This is my charity quilt number fifteen for the year, and number 44 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Play Ball - Island Batik 3D Challenge

The December 2019 Island Batik challenge was to bring 3D into the project by any method of your choice, any size. Here is my Geometric Ball With Stars, a foundation paper pieced pattern designed by Quilt Art Design.

This challenge will be my last as an Island Batik ambassador. I have very much enjoyed my two years as an ambassador with all the fun projects we have been doing. I have learned a lot, and challenged myself several times. I decided not to reapply for 2020, I want to focus on my own projects for the coming years.

Thanks to Island Batik for all the wonderful fabrics I was able to play with, Aurifil for the great thread, Hobbs Batting for wonderful batting, and last but not least AccuQuilt for their awesome fabric cutter.

Several ideas popped into my head when I saw the 3D assignment in the beginning of this year, but when this pattern became available in September I knew I just had to make it.

Foundation paper piecing has become a favorite of mine, and I just love to see all the pieces come together to form the final product. This specific pattern really spoke out to me, and I knew I had the perfect fabric for it.

The blues are all leftovers from the London Calling collection from 2018. The different shades of the stars give life and depth to the ball. The white and grey solid batiks together with an intermediate neutral are perfect for creating an optical illusion of a round ball that you can almost pick up from the salmon colored background.

I knew that one layer of batting was not enough for me for this project, I had to add an extra layer. The bottom layer was Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting with Scrim, and on top I put Hobbs Tuscany 100% Wool. That gave an extra loft to the ball. My goal was to quilt a dense design in the salmon colored background, to make the ball really pop out.

I used the walking foot to quilt around the white and gray squares of the ball, using Aurifil 40wt Dove #2600. I wanted to let the squares shine as they were, with no extra quilting to flatten them.

In the picture above the stars are not quilted yet, but I decided to add hand quilting 12wt in Teal #2815 in all the stars.

The background was quilted by free motion in a dense geometrical pattern with Aurifil 28wt in Antique Rose #2430.

The quilt is 20" square, and I added hanging corners on the back. The backing fabric is a neutral batik that shows off the quilting in a nice way, both the one by hand and machine.

Aurifil 50wt White #2024 was used for piecing the quilt, and in the bobbin for all the quilting. One of the darker blues from the London Calling collection was used for the binding.

This concludes my two years as an Ambassador for Island Batik. I have had a great time and thanks for the opportunity!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Second Charity Quilt in November

I made a second charity quilt in November, this time I cut blocks using my AccuQuilt Go cutter. I also added solid blocks in a variegated fabric that almost looks like a summer sky. A fun blue print adds life and size to the quilt.

I used a grey solid for binding. The finished size of the quilt is 48" x 64".

This is my charity quilt number fourteen for the year, and number 43 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.