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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!


Friday, April 30, 2021

Boats and Whales

 

Nothing is better than taking a break from more challenging quilt projects and making a quick charity quilt. The fabrics gathered for this one were three Grunge's and a couple of novelty prints. 

Sometimes you shouldn't cut the blocks too small, this will be a great quilt for a young boy with the boat & whales theme.


 Finished size for the quilt is 35"x50". Quilted with a simple cross hatch.

 

Look at those cute sheep on the back, I want to start counting them!

This is my fourth charity quilt for the year 2021, and number 68 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

 

 

 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Pacific Sun

 

This is my version of the PacificSun quilt, a striking wallhanging. I finished it after a two-week quilt along hosted by the designer Donna of XOXSEW. The mini measures 21"x 22", and is one of the few all-solids quilt I have made. 

The gentle curves made it easy to get a perfect result. The mini is quilted with horizontal lines 3/8" apart in a steel grey thread that matches the background. The quilt is finished off with a faced binding.

I had lots of fun with this pattern, and I would love to make more of this in different color schemes.

 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Seasonal Runner

This is the latest table runner I have made, the pattern is Seasonal Runner, a free pattern from Art Gallery Fabrics.

 I used fabrics from Island Batik for the top. The cool blues and greens look great towards the solid grey background.


 A progress shot with all the blocks cut and HSTs assembled, with details of the first block.


The runner is quilted with straight lines, using the walking foot in the background and ruler work for the blue/green blocks.

 The binding is a blue batik from Island Batik. Finished size for the runner is 18"x45".

 

Keep on quilting!

 



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!