Saturday, January 25, 2020

Charity Quilt in the Snow

This quilt is made from a tutorial by A Bright Corner . This Strip Tube Quilt method is very much fun and fast in making blocks.

I used scraps and stash for the "tents" in addition to a white background. The tents stand out strong against the fresh and bright snow.

The quilt is free-motion quilted with a 'swirl and loop' pattern, and the binding is a fun striped one. Finished quilt size is 43" x 64".

This is my second charity quilt for the year, and number 46 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Project Quilting 11.2 - Team Colors

I didn't participate in this season's first challenge of Project Quilting - Notably Numeric, but I am jumping in on the second challenge - Team Colors.

The only slight problem is that I don't really have a TEAM that I support. I kept wondering what I could make for this challenge. The University I attended many moons ago didn't have any specific colors or big teams at the time.

But, I had joined the student theater where I made costumes for different shows for a couple of years. I have always loved to sew, so this was the perfect place for me when I had to get some time away from the books. I had a great time those years, so I guess that group of people were my TEAM in that respect.

I made a lot of different costumes, from cavemen outfits in fake fur, to ballroom dresses, and I even participated in making a dress of fiber glass!

The costumes were made in so many different colors, so I couldn't choose a set color combination for this project. That's why I settled on the colorful background for my final project.

I included four items in my project, three were appliqued and one stitched.

The first one is a theater mask, only a smiling one because student theater shows are mostly plain fun, not many tragedies there.

The silver needle has to have a dominant spot, because isn't sewing what most of us here are doing all the time?

The banana "ribbon/medal" I have to explain a little bit. In one of the bigger shows where I participated in making costumes there was to be a carnival scene where a banana skirt was an important outfit. All of us joined in and cut out bananas from a yellow foam mattress. A lot of bananas had to be made, that was a real team effort! Together with a cerise ribbon the miniature "play dough" banana made a great ribbon for the opening night of the show!

The last item on my mini quilt is dedicated to my sons and their University. The team colors of that one was Crimson & Cream, and I tried to recreate it in the "sport shirt" in the lower right corner. Unfortunately I didn't have a fabric with only those two colors, you just have to ignore the green in the shirt.

As a finish, the starry binding compliments the mini quilt. Finished size: 7" x 9.5".

I had lots of fun planning an making this one, and look forward to the next challenge.

Thanks to Kim of Persimon Dreams for hosting these fun challenges!

Friday, January 17, 2020

First Finish of the Year

This year I have joined Persimon Dreams Scrappy Nine Patch Challenge, and have already completed my first quilt!

The aim of this challenge is to make a scrap quilt comprised mainly of nine-patch blocks. Finished size should be minimum 45" x 60".

My quilt is put together from scraps of different sizes. I started cutting blocks of 4.5" square, and then went over to cutting 2.5" squares from my smaller scrap pieces. Some of the smaller clocks were fussy cut (gnomes and mushrooms).

From narrower scraps I cut blocks of 2.5" x 4.5" to make a not-so-traditional nine-patch block. The picture above shows the three different blocks the quilt is comprised of.

The winter is strange here where I live, all the snow has melted on my deck, and that gives me a chance to display quilts in daylight. Finished size for my quilt is 48" x 60".

I used a fun raspberry print for the back, it matches some of the blocks on the front.

On the picture above you can see some of the fussy cut blocks of mushrooms and gnomes, in additon to the fun striped binding. The quilting is done in a traditional cross hatch pattern.

This is my first charity quilt for the year, and number 45 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.