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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Homespun Quilt

 

  My finished Homespun Quilt out on a photo shoot against a dramatic sky. This quilt designed by @modernlymorgan was begun by me in a quilt-along, but it is a very fast quilt to piece, so I finished it long before the QAL was to end.

This is a great scrap buster, I gathered scraps to make a quilt fit for an adolescent boy. The last picture in this blog post shows off the warm, subtle colors of the quilt. The white background is a great contrast to the colorful fabrics. The stars in the design is a nice detail.

I like taking pictures outdoors in nice surroundings, and especially with my trustworthy quilt holder.
 

 

My Homespun quilt is 48" x 64", which is a size I very often make for a charity quilt. It is a good size for the oldest kids in the children's ward at my local hospital.

The quilting is wavy lines made with the walking foot. Backing is a charcoal gingham. 

This is my third charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 67 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

 

 

 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Ab Intra - Project Quilting 12.6

 

This is my entry for the last challenge of Project Quilting this season. Ab Intra is Latin and means "from within".

More details from my Instagram post,  here .

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sunny Tablerunner

 

 

I got a request for a tablerunner that was quite unusal for me; she wanted a yellow fabric on one side and a leafy green on the other side. I have never made a wholecloth quilt before, this was my first time. 

I had a nice piece of a sunny fabric from Island Batik from my time as an ambassador for them. The print has a lot of swirls in orange on warm yellow background. The fabric just begged for a modern quilt design using the walking foot. I quilted straight lines one inch apart. The thread used is Aurifil 50wt in color #5015. I used Thermore batting from Hobbs Batting in the quilt sandwich, that is the thinnest batting I know, and is perfect for tablerunners. Even though the batting is thin, it can do a great deal for definition!

The backside is a leafy green print also from Island Batik. The binding is another green print that works well with the spring feel of the tablerunner. I used Aurifil 50wt in color #2843 for hand stitching binding to the back.

The yellow side is perfect for Easter, and the green side is more neutral and great for spring.

Keep on quilting!


 

Friday, March 5, 2021

Economy Quilt for Charity

 

 

As for most quilters my scrap bins are overflowing. I wanted to do something about it and decided on an Economy Block Quilt. 

Through my quilt guild I have access to plenty scraps, and together with my own stash this ought to become an interesting collection of fabrics. Thanks to my Accuquilt Go cutter the pieces for the Economy blocks were cut in (almost) no time.  


Each finished block is 8" square . The finished quilt is 48" x 64", a great size for a young person.

 


It is quilted with straight lines with the walking foot, and used a variegated red/white/blue thread from Aurifil for the quilting (#3852). With all the different colored fabrics this worked out pretty well.

This is my second charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 66 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

 


 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Crazy Butterfly - Project Quilting 12.5

 

My entry for Project Quilting Challenge 12.5 - You're Crazy is the Crazy Butterfly.

A single pink butterfly with gold trimmed wings is surrounded by crazy patchwork. Several of the fabrics have lots of gold in them, that add to the luxury feel of this pot holder.

It is machine quilted with decorative stitches, and hand embroidered elements are added.


Keep on quilting!


Friday, February 26, 2021

Forget Me Not Quilt

 

 

I present to you: My version of the Forget Me Not Quilt top designed by Erin and Sarah of Quilts For Good. 

 

 

The Forget Me Not has been my favorite flower for as long as I can remember. When spring and summer comes these beautiful blue flowers grow like weeds in my garden. The flowers may be tiny, but if you look closely they are lovely works of art.

 

 I long to see flowers like these in my garden, soon!


 

The quilt is constructed as a pixel quilt. The above picture shows the construction process of one of the blocks. The smallest pieces are cut 2" square for the quilt size I chose to make. Finished size for the block is 12" square.

The different blues I used are high quality batiks from Island Batik, these are remnants from my two year period as an ambassador for the company.


 

The finished quilt top is 48.5" x 66.5". It was a joy to piece the top together. The pattern is very well written, and it is to be released March 19th. 

Keep on quilting!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Chase Winter Away - Project Quilting 12.4


My entry for the Project Quilting Challenge 12.4 - Snail's Trail is my hope to chase this long, cold winter away.

My scrappy mug rug/coaster started with the green fabric. I long for spring here in the snow covered landscape. Spring greens will bring with them yellow, orange and red red flowers. The swirl of warm colors will heat up the place, but as you can see in the binding it will take a while before the snow has disappeared from the shaded areas.

 Happy quilting!

Friday, February 19, 2021

Endless Summer Runners in Full Winter

 


 It is good to work on somewhat smaller projects from time to time, here are my Endless Summer table runners out on a snow covered park bench.


It started with the need for a couple of table runners for gifts. I looked through my collection of patterns and found this sweet runner by Sharon Holland Designs. The best thing is that it is a free pattern in case you want to make your own.



 I made the pink version first. I hardly ever make the same pattern twice, but this one was so much fun that I searched my stash to find another good color combination.


Here's an in-progress picture of #2. These are more my colors.

This table runner was quilted with Aurifil thread in white and army green.
 


 The quilting shows off well in this picture. I love how different the runners look while still made from the same pattern!

Keep on quilting!

Monday, February 8, 2021

Dreaming of Greece - Project Quilting 12.3


 My entry for the Project Quilting Challenge 12.3 - Virtual Vacation is my dream of Greece. I normally go there every year, but now I haven't been there since 2019. Hope to go there soon.

I entered this little mug rug of 5" square from my Instagram account before the deadline yesterday, but decided to put it on my blog, also. 

It is always fun to work on small, fast projects in between the larger ones.

Keep on quilting!

 



Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Purple Charity Quilt

 

My first charity quilt for the year was very fast to make. I "inherited" lots of fabrics from a guild member who has given up quilting. Among the fabric was this purple panel with houses and trees. If you don't look closely you can be fooled to think it is machine appliquéd. I added a purple solid border around the panel.

I had a cute paisley print that I used for backing, and quilted with lavender colored thread in a cross hatch design.


The finished quilt is 32.5" x 48.5". From this picture in the snow you can see that the paisley print on the back matches the print on some of the different "fabrics" in the "patchwork" panel on the front

This is my first charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 65 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

 


 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Joyful Meadows

 My first finish of the year is this beautiful baby quilt. At the end of last year I learned that some friends of mine were expecting their third baby. I have made quilts for their first two kids, so naturally I had to make another one for their latest.

 I was lucky enough to win this Joyful Meadows pattern by Happy Cloud Creations at the right time I was searching for a pattern. The pattern comes in five different sizes, from Baby to King. I made the baby size of 48" x 48".

The finished quilt was taken out in the forest for a photo shoot. I we were lucky that sun gave us beautiful photo light after the snow showers.

 

I used my (almost never ending) stash of Birchtree Lane fabrics from Connecting Threads for this quilt, with solid white for background. These are the prints I chose, the feather print is my absolute favorite.

 

The pattern is very well written, and the quilt top came together quickly .

I quilted it on my domestic machine with loops and swirls in white thread. The quilt got a great texture. The pine was a good quilt holder.



My first finish for the year looks good in the winter snow.

Keep on quilting!

 


 

Friday, January 22, 2021

Hearts On Fire Blog Hop - My Day

 

 Welcome to the fifth and last day of the Hearts on Fire blog hop hosted by Carol of JustLetMeQuilt .

The rules were:
'Make something with a heart in any color, BUT NOT RED...get creative!'
 
 

Due to a time consuming  project I started towards the end of last year, I only had time to make a couple of small projects for this blog hop. But, anyway, here's my entry: a pouch and a pincushion.


For this blog hop I searched through my stash for suitable fabrics, and I found these two with heart print and absolutely no red. In addition I added a sturdy fabric for the bottom of the pouch. I quilted the pouch with straight lines in a neutral color, and then used raw edge applique to add the three small hearts to the pouch.

I used a recycled zipper, and made my own zipper pull with a little heart attached.


 

Who has got enough pincushions? At least I needed a new one to keep next to my sewing machine. The back of the pincushion is the other heart print.

 

 

Last but not least I have to show an oldie but goodie: A couple of years ago I made this tote with rainbow hearts. This is bag I use often, it has a recessed zipper and is very practical. The tote is colorful and bright against the fresh fallen snow.

 

Here's the full schedule of the blog hop, go check out the projects from the other participants!


January 18


Creatin' in the Sticks


Life in the Scrapatch


Freckled Fox Quiltery


All Thingz Sewn


Den Syende Himmel


That Fabric Feeling


 

January 19


MooseStashQuilting


Websterquilt


Words & Stitches


Vroomans Quilts


Quilt Schmilt


Cynthia's Creating Ark


Songbird Designs


 

January 20


Selina Quilts


Stitchin At Home


Samelia's Mum


Just Sew Quilter


Scrapdash


Karrin’s Crazy World


The Darling Dogwood


 

January 21


Quilt Fabrication


Ms P Designs USA


Beaquilter


Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel


Ridge Top Quilt


For The Love Of Geese


Sew Many Yarns


Quilting Gail


 

January 22


Just Let Me Quilt


Karen's Korner


Elizabeth Coughlin Designs


Quilt In A Not-Shell


Storied Quilts


Kathy's Kwilts and More


Homespun Hannah's Blog




 Thanks to Carol for organizing another great blog hop!