Sunday, December 30, 2012

Easy Street Part 6

All the 128 Double Bricks are made, and 64 green quarter square triangles are cut.

Now Part 7 can just come, I'm ready!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter in the Southwestern US

On Christmas Morning we woke up to rain. The weather forecast had warned us of a blizzard, so we did not plan to go anywhere. During the day the temperature dropped and the rain created a glazed surface everywhere. Later, it started snowing, but not in the amount we were warned about. Anyway, a little snow in this area paralyzes the traffic, and there were reports of multiple car crashes and pile-ups on the highways. This picture shows the amount of snow that came down, and it is not much compared to what I am used to in Norway during the winter.

DH and I tried to take a walk in the neighborhood last night, but that was a treacherous experience. It was very slippery, and it is only thanks to the good winter boots I brought with me from home that I was able to stay on my feet. I think this day is also going to be an indoor day, it is freezing cold out there. This will be a good day for sewing!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Easy Street Part 5 is done

Today I finished all of my 64 sitting turkeys. Here they are in stacks of 4.

I really enjoy this mystery, and I am looking forward to the next step. Bonnie said that we are done with the turquoise fabric, so I wonder which fabrics will be used in the next step.

I have tried to play along with the blocks we have made this far to get alternative solutions to the Easy Street mystery. I have not been able to use all the blocks yet, but here are a few suggestions:

Alternative 1.

Alternative 2.

Alternative 3.

Alternative 4.

My alternatives are just small blocks, I do not have a specific idea of the final design. Time will show as we go further on; I am looking forward to the final result!

The progress of the other participants can be found here . MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Ornament

From the 2012 Aurifil Designers of the Month Blog Hop I chose to make Gail Pan's Christmas Ornament. It looks good.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Easy Street Part 4 - 64 Stacked Geese ready to fly

Here they are, in stacks of four.

Now I am cutting green squares for a later step, 145 all together. I am eager to see how the finished product will look in the end. I bet it will look fantastic!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My biggest quilt completed!

I finished sewing the binding on the quilt for DS1 last night. Today I took it out in the poor winter daylight for a photo shoot in the forest.

The quilt is twin-size, 70" x 90", and is the biggest one I have made so far. Hopefully it will keep DS1 warm for a long time.

The design is inspired by Radio Way by Jaybird Quilts. I chose to make a scrappy version of it, most of the fabrics are strips of recycled shirts. I used grey yardage for the contrasting color. The backing is made from a duvet cover, and the binding is a solid darker grey.

The quilting is simple, I used the walking foot and quilted straight lines parallel to the stripes, approximately 2" apart.

I often use the forest close to my home for photo shoots. Today was a very windy and cold day. The wind was desperately trying to ruin my photo session, but I managed to get a few OK pictures.

Thankfully, the snow was very dry and fine-grained, so it was very easy to shake it off the quilt when I got home.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Binding has started

In October I started making this quilt posted here . It is twin-size and made almost completely of strips of recycled shirts.

 As you can see, the process of binding has started. The quilt is 70" x 90". and it requires a long binding. This is the biggest quilt I have made so far. DS1 is the recipient.

I am planning to hand sew the binding on the back starting tonight. Hopefully I will show pictures of the completed quilt during the weekend. I want to finish it as soon as possible so I can start on Easy Street Part 4 tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Easy Street Part 3 completed!

This looks good, doesn't it? I completed all the 64 blocks today and put them together for the picture.

Now I have a couple of days to concentrate on quilting the twin size quilt for my son.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Started Easy Street Part 3

All the pieces are cut, and a few blocks are assembled. I hope I will have completed all 64 tomorrow. It is good to make colorful blocks!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Progress on Easy Street and BIMB Row Along

I have had a very productive weekend, and it is not even over yet!

The two first parts of Easy Street are completed, and Row#8 in Bee In My Bonnet Row Along is also done.

Easy Street: 128 flying geese and 192 4-patches

BIMB: All the 8 rows on my porch in poor winter daylight

BIMB: Left part of row#8

BIMB: Right part of row#8

The rest of the day will be dedicated to basting a twin sized quilt for my son, and maybe I will be able to just start on Part 3 of Bonnie's Mystery.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

5 pairs of mittens for row #8

Today I have worked on Lori Holt's Row Along row #8. Today's theme is mittens, and I made 5 pairs of them. Tomorrow I will show you the completed row, daylight makes wonders!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Easy Street Part 2

I completed Part 2 tonight before finishing Part 1. I have done about 70 4-patches of Part 1, and hope to complete the rest tomorrow. This is fun!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

One Christmas gift finished

In October I attended a class with Mrs Moen on the technique 'Layer upon layer', or 'Painting with fibre'. I am sorry to say that I have not completed any of the projects I started there. But, today I got the inspiration to try the technique on a design of my own. I needed to make a Christmas gift to a friend in Sweden, and it needs to be posted the coming weekend to reach her before Christmas Eve. Then I just had to sit down and get creative, and a mini quilt of approx. 6.5" x 8" is the result. It is a small wall hanging, and I am pretty pleased with the result.

No daylight available for picture taking, so my lamps would have to do. First the one without flash:

And the picture with flash:

Monday, December 3, 2012

I have started Easy Street

Yesterday I finally decided to start on Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt this year; Easy Street. This far I have made 70 4-patches and 8 flying geese. I do this in-between assembling a twin-sized quilt for my son. It will be a little back-and-forth between these projects.

For Easy Street I am using a grey "Christmas fabric" I bought last year on sale, it does not have very much design in it. I also got a some black and white Dr. Seuss fabric on sale. I still have a lot of 4-patches and geese to make.

This is a fun project to have joined, and it is my first Mystery. I look forward to the coming steps! Now I have to work on my other quilt project.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rowing along with 7 rows

Today I got good pictures of my rows in the Row Along. There is no snow on my porch, but it is freezing cold, around minus 8 degrees Celsius (~18 deg F). My porch is creaking like crazy!

Here is daylight picture of row #7:

And here are all the 7 rows made so far:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Delights

In a workshop with my job this afternoon/night we made these gorgeous marzipan goodies in addition to a great gourmet dinner. What a way to spend an afternoon!

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Row of Falling Leaves

Row #7 of Bee In My Bonnet Row Along is done, and I love the project more and more! Colorful, colorful!

The light was not ideal for a good picture, but I just had to take it tonight, anyway. I will try to get better pictures in daylight during the weekend.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Binding is on

Quilting of the Christmas Mystery Table Runner is done, and the binding is stitched on. Finished size is 14" x 36". The Christmas Mystery Runner is completed, and it is over one month until Christmas! I used a cute Christmas fabric for backing.