Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Chicken Coop

Meet Chicken Coop, my latest charity quilt. Picture taken on a beautiful, sunny September afternoon, where even the apples match the quilt!

I made a simple patchwork design for this quilt, using a chicken print, lots of plaids and a few other matching prints and solids.There's a lot of the chicken print in the quilt, that is nice for a kid's quilt.

All the 120 squares were cut with my Accuquilt Go! cutter, which means that they were cut in a short time, with very little waste.

A cross hatch design is perfect for quilting this one, it gives an extra rustic feel to the quilt. The backing fabric is a double gauze which makes the quilt extra soft. The fun cat print gives an additional cozy feel. Binding is a red fabric with circles.

Finished size is approximately 40"x48".

This is my eleventh charity quilt for the year, and number 40 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

I've been on a roll this month, three quilts made for the hospital in September!

Keep on quilting!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Aurifil DOM blocks for July, August and September

I have made a few of the Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks over the years, and have completed several annual quilts. This year I started sewing in July, and my third block is now done.

The July block is designed by Carl Hentsch, and is paper pieced. This one was made when I was away on vacation.

The August block is designed by Karen Miller. It was real fun to make the 3D flowers, they look like carnations!

The September block is designed by Lissa Alexander. All the blocks are 12.5" unfinished.

Sewing these blocks in between other projects is very relaxing, and I enjoy it very much.

Keep sewing and quilting!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Plaid, Baby!

Meet 'Plaid, Baby!', my latest baby charity quilt.The starting point was all the plaids I had available, and no specific pattern in mind.

These are the first blocks that were made, improv cut&slice with a grey solid as contrast. Then I added a few fussy cut elephant- and bear blocks for the center panel. A green plaid border was the right thing outside the panel.

The size of the quilt was determined by the backing fabric I had available, the fun orange novelty print was perfect for this one. To get the right size I added a 6" border in light yellow and white plaid with cute pinwheels in the corners. Finally a red plaid 4" border to complete it. The binding is a fun orange striped fabric that I have used many times before.

The finished size is approximately 40" square.

Here is a detail picture of the quilting. I had fun doodling butterflies in the negative space!

This is my tenth charity quilt for the year, and 39th all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Surf and Sand - A Charity Quilt

My latest charity quilt is this Jelly Roll Race quilt, made using the tutorial from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Company.

The fabrics are not an actual jelly roll, but random blueish fabrics cut in 2.5" strips. The quilt top comes together super fast using Jenny's tutorial.

I opted for a fast and easy quilting design, using the walking foot making organic wavy lines in each strip.

The quilting is easily seen on the back. For the backing I used a sand-colored flannel that is super comfortable. To get the backing wide enough I had to add another piece of flannel, and also added a strip of leaf print cotton in fall colors. The same print is used for the binding, which creates a nice contrast on the front of the quilt.

Now I can finally cross the Jelly Roll Race quilt off my bucket list!

This is my ninth charity quilt for the year, and 38th all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Crossed Canoes and the Troll - A Fairytale

The Crossed Canoes and the Troll - A Fairytale

Once upon a time there was a quiltmaker who was going to make a quilt for the children's ward at her local hospital. She received fabrics, threads and batting from Island Batik, Aurifil and Hobbs in her Ambassador shipment.

In addition there was a big surprise in the box, a Crossed Canoes cutting die for the AccuQuilt fabric cutter.

The blocks were effectively cut out in a couple of hours.

The Crossed Canoes blocks were made in blues, greens, greys and blacks batik foundations, and they were happily floating around on the wooden floor. There was even room for a canoe block in bright and happy Check It Out batiks!

The canoes longed to be launched on the lake or the sea, because that's where they are supposed to be, right!

The quiltmaker didn't make a lake for them, she made a checkerboard of the neutrals Almond and Milk Shake to go in between the canoes. An almond-milkshake lake! Yummy!

Can you spot the block turned the wrong way? The quiltmaker didn't notice it before she had started quilting, but luckily she managed to turn it around before it was too late!

The quilting resembles a cascade or waterfall, where the energy of the water is high, and where the canoes may get into trouble.

The canoes were finally let outside, and loved the open air and the low sunlight. But, it would definitely be better to get on the water!

Aaah, horizontal at last! But, hey, are you going to take us to the lake, soon?

The quilt was made in a house that is pretty far away from the lake and sea, but close to the forest. So the quilt was taken on a tour in the wilderness.

The first stop was in a play area where the quilt wanted to become a tipi. Unfortunately it was a little bit too small to cover the whole structure, so the search for water continued.

The troll was very spooky, it grabbed the quilt and wouldn't let go! "Let us go, let us go!" cried the canoes. "We have to find the lake!"

The troll grumpily let the canoes loose. "Don't come back to this forest ever again!" said the troll.

The search for water continued, but the hike took them to higher grounds. "The roots of this fairytale tree must go down to water, but it is no way we could get down there", said the canoes. "Let's search the area!"

"No water here", said the canoes. "Just an old and dry dinosaur spine!"

The canoes got tired and discouraged by the futile search for water. On the way back to the house they took a rest on a fence.

But, hey, what's in the horizon?! The SEA! It is the fjord with plenty of water for canoes, yeah!

Zooming in, the canoes could see a ship! Hurray! Finally, the right element for the Crossed Canoes were found!

The End


The Crossed Canoes quilt will not end up in the fjord, but will be donated to the children's ward at the hospital. The hospital is almost visible behind the trees at the left of this picture. So the canoes will stay a lot closer to the sea, while they are comforting a sick child.

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The September challenge for the Island Batik ambassadors was the following: 

"Let your inner child come out to play!  Color, fun and playful are all for grabs this month! 
Make a quilt for a kid that you love or to donate to a kid that needs comfort. 
Clear out space for magic & whimsy when creating this month!"

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Quilt stats:
Size: 45" x 63"
Fabrics: Island Batik Foundations, Check It Out, Almond, Milk Shake
Binding: Solid black batik
Thread: Aurifil 50wt, #2024 (white) for piecing and #2843 (light grey green) for quilting
Batting: Hobbs Cotton batting
Crossed Canoes 9" die from AccuQuilt

This is my eighth charity quilt for the year, and 37th all time for the children's ward at the hospital.