Tuesday, June 25, 2013

First hexies assembled

I couldn't wait, just had to start sewing my hexies together last night.

Here is my first block, I think this is a nice design. Now I have to start prepping a lot of new ones, because this is addicting!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Prepping hexies

I am getting ready for summer vacation, and preparing some hand-sewing work for my flights.

I have jumped on the hexie train, and will enjoy putting these together to start forming a new quilt project. This will not be my first priority in quilting, but an enjoyment sitting together with my family watching a movie, or, when traveling.

3/4" hexies will not make a very big quilt, for me, anyway, but maybe a cute table runner!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Quilt for DS2 is finally finished

Since DS1 got his quilt in December, DS2 has really longed for his own. Finally, after 6 months, it is finally finished!

The design is Sunny Skies Quilt from Missouri Quilt Co.  I made it into a twin size, 68" x 92"; used scraps or the 16-patches, and added yardage of white and dark grey solids for contrast.

Love the way the secondary star pattern pop up in-between the colorful patches. The late evening sunrays give a sparkle to the quilt!

DS2 agreed to accompany me out on the photo shoot in the forest next to our home. Doesn't he look good dressed in his own quilt? I think the colors are perfect for a young man!

As you might see, there is going to be lots of wild blueberries this year!

This is my special quilt-display tree in the forest, a great pine tree with a perfect, almost horizontal branch.

I used my walking foot for the straight-line quilting. The backing is made from an IKEA duvet cover, and the binding is a light grey solid.

DS2 is pleased with my work, and agrees that this quilt will brighten up the room and keep him warm during the fall and winter!

Linked up to Richard and Tanya Quilts 'Link a Finish Friday #72'

Thursday, June 20, 2013

New pillow for my couch

I started a little clean-up in my orphan quilt blocks. It is always fun to try out a design, but very often it is enough to make just one block. That was the case with the Card Trick block. The single block is now made into a cute pillow; here on display in my vintage sofa.

There are more orphans that deserve to come out in the open, this story is to be continued...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Granny Gone Wild

This is my contribution to the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge over at Ellison Lane Quilts.

My mini measures approx. 6" x 9", and is based on a Granny block, but with a little twist. Granny let her hair down and leaped out in the wild nature and turned a little wild herself loosing a square on the way.

This was a fun project to complete. The idea popped into my head at work today, a quick sketch was made, and Voilà!, a new mini quilt is born.

I have also linked this one up to

Monday, June 10, 2013

Quilting the Sunny Skies

I blogged about my version of the Sunny Skies Quilt earlier. It is twin size, and will keep DS2 warm when returning to college in the fall. Now I have started the quilting process. Straight line quilting using my walking foot fits this design well, in my mind. The size of the quilt is max. of what I can struggle through my domestic sewing machine. (I want a new machine with a bigger sewing space!)

It will take a few more evenings before this one is one is finished. Even though it is a tough struggle, I enjoy the process.

Speaking about Sunny Skies, when I was at Svalbard (Spitsbergen) at 78 degrees North, last October. I bought a calendar with beautiful pictures of the scenery and the wildlife. Now in June they have Midnight Sun where the sun never goes below the horizon.

My favorite picture from this calendar is this one; I have to smile at it every time I look at it where it hangs in the kitchen:

It is an arctic tern attacking an arctic fox. The bird is just protecting its chicks, and you can actually feel the pain of the fox through this amazing picture! A great job of the photographer!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

2013 Aurifil June block done

Here is my version of the 2013 Aurifil Designer of the Month June block, by the Norwegian designer Wenche Wolff Hatling from Northern Quilts .

This is the first time I have added another fabric to my chosen palette, but the fuzzy-cut star sky block in the center is very appropriate since the name of the block is 'Magic Star Block'.

A great block to make!

Monday, June 3, 2013

May's last finish

My version of  Lori Holt's Quilty Barn Along was finished late last week. Here my wall hanging is on display outside on my fence.

Three barns are just perfect for my wall. The first barn is a traditional red barn, but with a plaid roof. A smiling sun in the attic window gives it a spark.

Number two is made of green/gold wood-fabric. The corn fabric in the pinwheel and the black cat in the attic window gives this barn a touch of Halloween. I hand-quilted the "straw"-roof of this one.

The third barn has vines growing all over it, and the roof is machine quilted to look like shingles. The attic is full of butterflies!

The outer frame is quilted with loops and swirls, and the binding is orange with multi-colored stripes.

Then another one of my UFO's are done!