Monday, February 27, 2017

2016 Aurifil Quilt Completed!

Finally my sampler quilt from the 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month is finished. It was taken out for the photo shoot in the snow. During the shoot is started with sleet/rain, and this can actually be seen if you click on the picture to enlarge it.

I chose to make my version in blues, just like the 12 designers did. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Testing, Testing...

Earlier this month I was lucky to be accepted as a pattern tester for Happy Sew Lucky for a paper-pieced pattern. She was looking for intermediate level paper-piecers, and I had the courage to jump in with both feet...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Pattern Testing

Earlier this month I was  lucky to be chosen to be a pattern tester for this quilt block. The designer is Krystal from @sewshaped on Instagram.

The block was fast and easy to make, and Krystal provided excellent instructions. The pattern will soon be available at her shop as the Square One Quilt.

The pattern is perfect for strips of leftover fabric. I whipped up three more blocks when I was at it, and you can see they work well together. I will probably make more blocks at least to make a baby quilt, maybe a lap one. I have more than enough fabric...

Keep on quilting!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Another Table Runner Made

There's quite a lot of specialty rulers available for quilters, and I wonder how many un-used ones are lying around. For my own sake I have had the Mini Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful for a fairly long while, and it wasn't before it was demonstrated at my quilt guild that I "dared" to start using it myself.

I started with the pattern that was included with the ruler, just to get the hang of it. I used fabrics from Connecting Threads; Birchtree Lane in brown and green, and Heather's Garden as the background print.

My frozen deck is a good background for the table runner.

The cutting of the curves was absolutely no problem, but it was kind of intimidating to get all the points to match. Next time I use it I have to try to be more accurate in the cutting/assembling process.

Nevertheless, I don't think there's anybody but me that can see the small "beauty spots" in the runner.
The birch tree outside the fence is fitting very nicely with the fabric line.

The quilt that was shown at the quilt guild meeting was beautifully quilted on a long arm, but I wanted to quilt the runner myself on my domestic machine.

I have done spiral quilting once before, on this baby quilt , and I thought that would be perfect for the inner circles. The "leaves " in green and dark brown were free motion quilted. The background outside the leaves were quilted with dense stippling such that the leaves would "pop" out to a certain extent.

The fabric on the back of the runner is the least busy of the fabrics in the Birchtree Lane line, and this one shows off the quilting very well. The picture was taken before the binding was attached, but you can see the binding fabric on the outside of the runner.

I am very pleased with my quilting on this one, and it gives me more incentive to try out even more quilting designs in the future!

Keep on quilting!

Friday, February 3, 2017

More Folded Hexagon Coasters

In December 2015 I made my first set of  Folded Hexagon Coasters. These are being used daily and are very practical in size, and they look good, too!

There was a need for a new set, but this time in a different colorway. I used six fabrics from Birchtree Lane by Connecting Fabrics.

Blue/green is my all-time favorite color combination, and the browns were added to make the colors pop. The coasters are a perfect size for any cups and glasses, as my favorite mug shows.

I used another fabric from my stash on the backside. As these coasters are made from so many layers of fabric, there is no need for batting to protect any table surface against hot or cold fluids.

An icy picnic table may not be the right place to utilize the coasters, though. This is just to get perfect outdoor pictures.

Keep on quilting!