Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The secret project is revealed!

I could not reveal pictures of the quilt I finished in July before now. The reason is that it was given as a wedding present last Saturday.

Here it is on my floor. The light was a little bit bleak, so the colors do not show off as bright as they really are.

This was a Blogger's BOM from 2012, with contribution from 13 different designers. The quilt is a lap size, perfect for the newly weds to cuddle under. If you click on the picture, you will be able to see the quilting. It consists of a combination of FMQ and straight lines using the walking foot.

Here is a close up of the quilting. I used the Dogwood design from Oh Fransson! , by Elizabeth Hartman inside the individual blocks, swirls in the sashing, and pebbles in the corner stones. After that I got so tired that I could only do straight line quilting outside the blocks and on the border.

The backing is a duvet cover, and the binding is a red fabric with darker red, green and white dots. I also made a label with the name of the happy couple and the wedding date, in case they forget it...

The couple also got the two Swoon pillows I recently made, so now they really can cuddle!

The two love-birds were very pleased with the gift, and that makes me happy!

And, in addition, I finished another UFO , so that one is crossed off the list.

Linked to Richard and Tanya's blog.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

2013 Aurifil August block

Here is my August block. Where is the orange? No, this block got a red, white and blue theme.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cat quilt

With the new sofa we got this week, and the combination of having a 15 year old cat, a cat quilt became a necessity. Our previous sofa was a leather one, but with the new in light grey fabric, a cat protection was needed.

Here he is on the quilt for the very first time. It was not love at first sight, because 20 seconds later he had jumped down on the floor. Later the same evening, though, he spent a couple of hours there, sleeping. So it is definitely cat approved.

Technically, this is not a quilt, since I omitted the batting. The top is made from recycled heavyweight cotton. Each square was cut to 5 1/2". The backing is also heavyweight cotton. The quilting was very simple, straight lines in dark grey a presser-foot's width away from the seams on both sides. I finished it off with a solid dark grey binding.

This project was completed in a few hours. Now my cat has a new, favorite spot on the couch. The sofa is protected with a good looking quilt, and everybody is happy!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Swoon Pillows completed

Here are the two finished pillows, they measure 20" x 20". Quilted with my walking foot. They look good in my new sofa!

The back is made of a fabric I bought at IKEA three years ago. Unfortunately they don't sell this fabric anymore...

The Swoons were fun to make, and I will probably make more of these. Or maybe I will try to make a Carpenter's Star, instead?

Linked up to Richard's and Tanya's blog.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Progress on Swoons

It has been a long time since my last blog post, but now I am back home, work has started. That's tough, I wish I had longer vacation!

I overcame the jet lag fast this time, and the last couple of days I have worked on my Swoons. One was already pieced and quilted when I went home. Yesterday I pieced the second one after work, and this evening it was quilted. Hope to finish the two pillows tomorrow.