Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Colorful Quilt History

 I started quilting in 2011, but I have been sewing as long as I can remember. In addition I have been knitting, crocheting and doing all kinds of crafts all my life. Right now quilting is my main activity.

 For the "10 Year Anniversary" I decided to make a quilt that represents fabrics from my whole quilt career.

As for most quilters I get quite a lot of scraps after my many projects. I have severe problems in throwing away scraps, and my scrap bins are overflowing.

I got inspired to make curvy log cabins, using only fabrics from my stash and scraps. The neutral strips are cut 1" wide, and the colored strips are cut 1.5" wide. 

I tried to make each curvy log cabin "ball" different, and kept matching colors within each ball. Novelty fabrics were used as much as possible, and otherwise bright colored fabrics were put in to make the balls perfect. There are lots of animals and other fun stuff in this quilt!

 The first layout attempt was carefully stepped on by the cat.


 I wonder whether this layout is perfect? 


My scrap bins provided fabrics for all blocks except for one, the aqua block, which is made from Island Batik fabrics as a tribute to my two years as an ambassador for them.

  Here is the finished top laid out on my deck, a colorful and happy quilt top. There is a black fabric which is remnants from a party clutch I made in 2011, and an apple fabric in the peach ball that I bought this September.

 My whole quilting career is represented!


 I love taking outdoor pictures of my quilts, and for this one it was perfect to show off the bright colors together with the fall surroundings.

The quilt is about 47" x 57" after the spiral quilting with Aurifil 50wt Dove.


 The quilt also brightens up a new apartment complex.

  The railing on my deck is always a good spot for quilts.


 The apple tree in the background is also a good backdrop. All the apples were picked before the photo session.

This quilt will be donated, and it is my eleventh charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 75 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.


Keep on quilting!



Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Forget Me Not


 This is the Forget Me Not quilt which I pattern tested in February this year for Erin & Sarah of Quilts For Good. I was finally able to quilt it during the last days of September.

The dense crosshatch quilting gives a crisp design and complements the pixel pattern.

The photo session took place early in the morning on my deck catching the sunrise. The gentle breeze helped getting the "dramatic" picture.

 Most of the fabrics used in the quilt are remnants from my two years as an Island Batik ambassador. It is no secret that I have a soft spot for blues.

The pattern features a pixel design of Forget Me Not flowers. These flowers are tiny in real life, often considered as weeds. Actually they are my favorite flowers.

This was my first pixel quilt, the smallest squares were cut to 2.0", finished size 1.5".


The texture of the quilt is brilliant with those densely spaced quilt lines. They were all done using the walking foot.

The finished size of the quilt is 48" x 66".


This quilt was pin basted for a long time, but then I needed the pins for another quilt, and so I was "forced" to finish this Forget Me Not quilt. The pixel quilt begged to get quilted in a dense crosshatch design.

The quilting lines are approximately 1" apart, and were marked with a hera marker. The thread used for quilting is Aurifil 50wt white #2024. 


Keep on quilting!


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Curvy Log Cabin

As for most of us quilters there is always an abundance of scraps after finishing projects. I have a problem with throwing away fabrics, so my scrap bins are always overflowing.

I was inspired to make a scrappy, curvy log cabin quilt. I dug into my scrap bins and started cutting 1.5" colored strips and 1" of the neutrals.


I'm trying to make a couple of these 10.5" square blocks a day. I always knew that my scraps would come in handy one day!

Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

512 - A Valued Scrap Quilt

 I love making scrap quilts! It feels so good utilizing every little piece of my leftover fabrics. I can't get myself to throw away fabric, that's why my scrap bins overfloweth!

When Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting came out with the tutorial for the #valuedscrapquilt I just had to try making one.


This is the result. The tutorial called for a 60" x 72" finished size, that's 720 pieces of fabric scraps cut to 2.5" x 3.5", but I went for a smaller size; 48" x 64" which is a perfect size for a charity quilt.


This is early in the designing process, testing out the placement of the blocks.


 During the photo shoot of the finished quilt I tested out this amazing tree as a quilt holder. I have never seen any tree like this in my corner of the world, I hope it will stay there forever!


A closer look of the finished quilt on my deck shows the complete design. A total of 512 scrap blocks cut to 2.5" x 3.5", laid out in a pleasing design of 16 x 32 blocks.

Even though a lot of scraps were used to make this quilt, there is still an abundance of fabrics in my scrap bins...

A black and white version of the previous picture shows that there is good color value gradation in the quilt.

I used this fun print from Ikea (2015) for the backing.

This is my tenth charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 74 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!



Saturday, September 4, 2021

Propeller Quilt

 In January this year I was fortunate enough to get to test @mandipersell 's pattern the Propeller Quilt. I made the wall hanging size in all solids with a dark navy background. The finished top was just lying around for a long while, I wasn't really interested in hanging it on my wall.

A few days ago I took it out and decided to make a baby quilt from the top. I added a grey border around to get it to a 40" square. That really complemented the propeller design. I found a pink flannel from my stash to use as the backing, that will be very nice and cozy.

When it came to quilting I decided to use a decorative stitch on my domestic sewing machine, stitched with 50wt Aurifil thread #2452 Blush Rose. The binding has stripes in pink and light grey and is a perfect finish for the little quilt.

This is my ninth charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 73 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!



Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Enchanted Forest Quilt

At the last day of summer, according to the calendar, I am showing off the Enchanted Forest quilt with a picture taken in the glorious late afternoon sun. Tutorial from Stacey Day from @staceyinstitches .

The first block I made is shown below. This quilt is a real scrap buster, using lots of 2.5" strips. I also had a piece of the most perfect fabric for the diamonds in between the stripe blocks.

Big blocks of 16.5" square made a quick assembly of the quilt. There was not enough of the white star fabric to make the "advanced quilt"  with diamonds on the side, corners and in between the 16.5" blocks as Stacey describes in the tutorial, but I think it looks great anyway in the "beginner quilt" layout.


I used a lovely duvet cover for backing. The finished quilt measures 48" x 64", and is completely made from stash and scraps. The binding is also scrappy.

This is my eighth charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 72 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

Monday, August 30, 2021

Nurses to Comfort

 I found this panel containing "cartoons" of  hospital nurses in my stash, and I knew I had to make a charity quilt for the children's ward at my local hospital.


The panel contained six nurses, and I cut them up in equal sizes and added blocks of matching Jen Kingwell fabric in yellow, green and red in addition to a neutral letter fabric.


To get the right width of the quilt I added solid red strips in between the patchwork. The backing is a green print that matches the front, and the binding is a red and white print.

The quilt is 43" x 63", and it will be perfect for a child to always have nurses close by to wrap her/him-self in when comfort is needed.

This is my seventh charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 71 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Owls Among the Lilacs

A fat quarter of a cute owl fabric together with matching solids and prints made up this sweet charity quilt. Photographed in front of the blooming lilacs.

 Finished size of the quilt is 36" x 54". The binding is a cute blue fabric with yellow and black scotties.


Here's a detailed picture of the owl fabric and the surrounding prints and solids. Crosshatch quilting is perfect for this patchwork quilt.

This is my sixth charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 70 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!


Friday, June 4, 2021

Blue Patchwork

 My latest charity quilt is this simple patchwork in blue plus nativity fabric scraps.

 I took it out in the forest for a photo shoot in the beautiful summer day to my trusted quilt holder, the uprooted tree.

 Simple crosshatch quilting compliments the fun scrappy prints. This will be a great quilt for a small child. Finished size is 40" x 48".

This is my fifth charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 69 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!



Thursday, May 27, 2021

Summer Runner



My latest table runner is this one in nice summer colors. The Quatrefoil block is a quick one to make, and the runner looks great.

I quilted it with a crosshatch design, and the finished size is 18" x 44". After having made several table runners lately, all to be given away, the next project will be a bit bigger.

Keep on quilting!



Thursday, May 6, 2021

Which Direction in the City?

It shouldn't come as a surprise that I love the color blue. When I was an Island Batik ambassador in 2018 and 2019 I was fortunate enough to get to play with several blue collections. One of them was "London Calling". I have already made a big quilt with these batiks, but there was still more than enough to make a table runner from the beautiful fabric.

This is the pattern I chose; "Which Direction In the City?" by Michelle Marvig of Pieceville.

The design let me play with the whole range of 20+ fabrics in making the modern-looking table runner. I tweaked the design a little bit by making the runner wider and shorter than in the original pattern.

Finished size of the runner is 18" x 44 ". I took it out in the forest on a beautiful spring day for the photo shoot. We still have temperatures below freezing at night, so even in the middle of the day when the wind was blowing we had "sun with teeth" as my husband would say.


It was a fairly simple table runner to quilt, mostly echoing the design 1/4" from the piecing seams, but also on the diagonal and horizontal in some stripes.

What gives extra life to the quilting is that I raided my stash of blue Aurifil and used 6 different quilting threads in the stripes.

The runner was finished off with striped binding in navy and white.

Keep on quilting!