Sunday, November 27, 2016

Status On The Splendid Sampler Blocks

The whole year I have been making the Splendid Sampler blocks. The event is organized by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, and two new  blocks are posted each week. I kept up with the schedule until I went on vacation in July when I didn't have access to my sewing machine.

I have been trying to catch up lately, and today I appliqued 4 blocks that I prepared last night.

I am still behind, as for now there are 82 blocks released. I have completed 65, and I am working hard to reduce the gap.

My blocks are mainly made from scraps.

Keep on quilting!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

2016 Aurifil November Block

This month's Aurifil block is designed by  Kim Niedzwiecki and it is called Geese Tracks.

This is the first quilt I am making that is mainly in two colors. Now there is only one block left to make before we get the block setting layout.

I laid out the blocks on my porch on this cold November day to get some rather poor daylight for the photo session. Thankfully there is no snow yet.

Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November Crafting

When I saw Heidi Staples' tutorial for the Trinket Case on her blog FabricMutt, I knew I had to make it.  I am working a lot in 3D, 2D projects are more my kind of work. But, I have to challenge myself from time to time, so this was the right project. With an excellent tutorial, this turned out to be a piece of cake!

Here are the side panels, I used a mini charm pack of Daysail by Bonnie & Camille. In addition I used Chambray for the exterior.

For the lining I used a fun print that I bought at Hancock's Fabric a few years back.

Here is the finished Trinket case.

It is nice to make small items once in a while, so I decided to make a pair of potholders for my son's apartment. I am trying to keep the colors in the masculine range, and what is more natural than blue and green? (That's by the way my favorite color combination). I used (big) scraps in this crazy log cabin/improv-style set of potholders.

The back is also masculine, like a lumber-jack's shirt. The quilting in the ditch shows off well on the back.

It is very fulfilling to finish quick projects, I have to do that more often!

Keep on quilting!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Prairie Flowers Going South

A table runner was needed as a gift for friends, and I chose the classic block Prairie Flower. Here the runner is resting on an art-sofa looking like polished rocks. (I can assure you it is better to look at than to sit in!)

Taped to the brick wall. (Seconds later the office tape gave in and the runner ended up on the floor...)

Outside on an overcast day.

A park bench is a good place to stay, the corner had to be tucked in due to a windy day.

The backside of the runner is a print I found in my stash, an Ikea print from 2008 according to the selvage.

I needed an artistic rolled-up picture...

And why not one to show off the beautiful landscape around?!

The last picture shows the fabrics and the quilting. I used batiks for the flowers and the corner stones. Quilted with large stippling. The fall colored binding makes the table runner perfect.

Keep on quilting!