Sunday, November 29, 2015

Nail Polish Colors My Yard

Being the mother of two boys, a nail polish quilt was the last thing I thought I would make!

I spotted this mini made by Lori Holt last year when she made her own version of a mini that Fat Quarter Shop designed. The original only has one nail polish bottle, but Lori's has six (!), that's a win-win situation in my book.

I think this is the best picture of the bunch, it is kind of difficult to catch the daylight in late November.

For this one I went on a treasure hunt in my scraps for the best colors for the polish.

The mini will be gifted to a teenage girl, and I am sure she will appreciate this wall hanging.

It is always fun to find unexpected places for the photo shoot.

I did a dense cross hatch quilting on the mini, using a parchment colored thread.

The size of the mini is approximately 20" x 19". The binding is a grey/black print that gives a nice frame to the quilt.

In the last picture you can clearly see all the tiny apples that are left on the apple tree. Most of the leaves are gone due to the freeze we had a few days ago, but we never picked the apples this fall. Spring came very late this year, and the summer was cold, and even though the fall was warm the apples never ripened properly.

The apples will become food for the deer that arrive later in the winter when the snow is deep in the forest nearby.

Keep on quilting!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November ALYoF goal achieved!

The little November house is completed, now there's only one month left of this BOM! The completed quilt is going to look lovely!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Outdoor Pictures are Always the Best

Just a few pictures in natural light during the weekend of my Scrappy Summer 2015 quilt. This photo is taken around noon after the first snowfall of the season.

Here you can see the backing clearly . Big HUGE raspberries gives a cheerful backside, and it is almost as colorful as the front!

The pictures were taken yesterday, and it has been snowing all day today. I wonder how much snow there will be tomorrow morning when I have to go to work again?!

This quilt will be donated, and is my 10th charity quilt to the children's ward at my local hospital.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Scrappy Summer 2015

The Scrappy Summer 2015 quilt got its green print binding hand stitched on last night, so now I can cross another project off the list. The quilt consists of 96 squares of a large variety of fabrics and the same number of four patches consisting of white and another solid.

The block setting is rather random, but I think it looks good the way it turned out in the end.The design is from Cluck Cluck Sew. The quilt is 48" x 64", which is a good size for a charity quilt. I bought he backing fabric at Ikea where they had a sale on it late summer/early fall for about 1 dollar a yard (!). The big raspberry print is perfect for backing for charity quilts for the children's ward at the hospital, it is cute and cheery to look at, and it was wide enough for not having to piece the back. The fabric was obviously a limited edition for the summer of 2015, and now I have enough of it for a few more quilts.

The quilting was a rather simple one: straight lines cross hatching the quilt. This simple quilting design looks good here, since the amount of different scraps made the quilt top look quite busy. I chose to quilt it with green thread both at top and in the bobbin, and I think that gives a great dimension to the back as well, with those giant raspberries. The green print binding completes the quilt in a nice way.

Most of the prints for the blocks were not pre-washed, but I don't fear for washing the quilt before I donate it. I have had good results using a couple of color catchers when washing quilts. Last time it was actually the green binding that had a bleeding issue, but the color catcher sheets caught everything.

I am sorry that I don't have any outdoor pictures of this quilt, yet, but it is dark outside both when I leave for work in the morning and when I arrive home late afternoon. The weekend will be good for pictures in natural light.

This was my ALYoF goal for November, and is also my third accomplished goal for 2015 Finish Along List over at Adrianne at On the Windy Side.

Linked up to Needle and Thread Thursday .

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Monday, November 16, 2015

What I am working on

This weekend I managed to piece my Scrappy Summer quilt and pin baste it. This week will be dedicated to machine quilting. The quilt is a really colorful one, but just wait until you see the back!

Another one I am working on is this English Paper Pieced project. It will become a small baby blanket when it is finished. This is my first real EPP project, and I just love working with it, it is so relaxing!

But, this is not enough, I also cut the pieces for a small, secret project I have not had a chance to make earlier, but now the opportunity emerged. More about this later!

Keep on quilting!

Linked up to Oh Scrap! .

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WIP Wednesday

The blocks for my scrappy charity quilt is coming along. While making the four-patches I start assembling blocks. This will be a happy, scrappy quilt. I use lots of scrap, both "ugly" and cherished. There's even an old, pink cell phone in this picture!

The assembly line is not working full speed, I only have limited sewing time after work, but the number of blocks are growing at a steady pace!

Keep on quilting!

Linked up to Let's Bee Social , WIP Wednesday and  NTT  .

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Progress on my EPP Project

I was at my local quilt guild meeting last night, and made good progress on my hand sewing project, a small English Paper Piecing (EPP) baby quilt.

I tried to avoid the temptation of shopping the gorgeous fabrics and books that were for sale from my LQS, and concentrated on the hand piecing of my project. The pattern is a freebie from Lynette Anderson, and I am using fabrics from the Birchtree Lane line from Connecting Threads.

It is so relaxing to work with this hand-sewing project, this is something I really enjoy! There is no rush to finish this one, no deadline in the near future...

Linked up to WIP Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday.

Monday, November 2, 2015

ALYoF Goal for November

My goal for November is to make this pile of 96 scrappy squares together with the same number of four-patches into a quilt similar to Cluck Cluck Sew's Scrappy Summer, see below.

This will be my 10th charity quilt for the children's ward at my local hospital.

Linked up to November's Goal Party over at Sew BitterSweet Designs .

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Quilt Doodle BOM 2015 - October's Block

This is my version of the October cat designed by Cindy. He is a tribute to my orange tiger-striped cat that died a year ago at the mature age of 16+ years. My cat is all dressed up for Halloween, and I managed to finish the block just in time yesterday before the trick-or-treat'ers started ringing the door bell.

This is the favorite picture of my cat, taken a few years back. I love the way he looks so relaxed and superior; like he has full control over the world! I will always remember him, he was a good companion and comfort to everyone in the family his whole life.