Monday, July 17, 2017

First Finish From the Q3 List


This is the resulting table runner I made after having tested the Mod Citrus pattern for Sew Kind of Wonderful. Using the Quick Curve Ruler to make the orange peel blocks is a smart technique, avoiding doing them in applique.


I quilted the green leaves with my walking foot, and I love the echoing texture. The orange flower was free motion quilted with pebbles around the edges. The background has dense stippling to make the orange peel blocks stand out.

This is the first finish from my 2017 FAL Q3 list .


Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long :: Q3 List


Last quarter I only managed to finish one of the projects on my list. Let's see whether I can increase that number this time from my Q3 Finish-A-Long list.


My first goal is continued from the first quarter, and is to assemble the 24 blocks of the Modern HST Sampler, add a border and quilt it.


 Goal number two is to make a quilt out of these Bee blocks from last year. I will need to make a few extra blocks to get a decent sized quilt.


The third and last goal is to finish the quilting of this table runner, and put the binding on it.
I was lucky to be one of the pattern testers for the Mod Citrus pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful, and I chose to make a table runner of my test blocks.

Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long : Q2 Finish

I had four projects on my Q2 Finish-A-Long-list , but I only managed to complete one of them.


This project was not big, but it took time to hand quilt it. The pattern is called Double Stars and is designed by Barbara Brackman. It is taken from the book All in a Row by Moda. I only made one of the rows, and decided to make a skinny out of it.


I had this as my hand sewing project on guild meetings and in front of the TV. The dimensions are 8" x 48". I hand quilted it with a neutral color thread that works well with all the colors.


For the binding I used one of the blue/green fabrics from the inner stars. All the star fabrics are from the line Birchtree Lane by Connecting Threads. The background fabrics are neutrals from the same manufacturer.


It was very relaxing to do the hand quilting. I am almost a little sorry that this is a completed project, because now I have to find another to take with me to guild meetings!

Linked up to Q2 FAL finishes .

Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Batik Stripes


Here is the latest table runner I have made, from a tutorial by Diary of a Quilter. I used batik stripes that made a colorful runner. The evening sun makes the colors glow, and it looks great with the blooming apple tree as background. It is amazing how fast the sky turned completely blue after a heavy rainfall!


The runner stretched out on my deck, accompanied by a few apple blossom petals.

Keep on quilting!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ileana's Round Robin Quilt


I am one of six European ladies that have joined the Rakish Needle Round Robin this year. This quilt was started by Ileana in Great Britain (crazy house block) and fantastic additions were made by Katrin in Germany.

Ileana wants a quilt "Freddy Moran style" (look it up), that is quite "crazy". I did some research on her style, and discovered that (almost) anything is allowed. Just add some white and black to let the eyes rest a bit in between the color explosions!


 I felt very inspired by Freddy's many examples of quilts, and got lots of ideas. My biggest source of inspiration was the book Undeniably Crazy by Buggy Barn. This is the first time I used patterns from that book. I ended up making this row of blocks.


 When attaching  my row to the original one the combined piece looks like this. The cockatoo and the flower on blue background are patterns from the book. The rest of the blocks are improvised.

A house needs a rose garden, and two roses made in crazy log cabin style are on the far right. I had to add a cat to the picture, and hung a crazy log cabin style "picture" of a cat on a black and white wallpaper.

This is a very wild quilt, and I look forward to see how it will look in the end!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cute Kitties


Spring came late this year, but yesterday was time for the first lawn mowing this season. These cute kitties love a fresh mowed lawn! Flannels in golden to dark tones make up a gorgeous bunch of cats!


These are the two first test cats I made from a tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company. It is a fast and simple block to make, and I sewed most of the kitties on a sew-along gathering with my local quilt guild. Mostly I used a variation of flannels, but to make it a little more interesting I added two made of a cat print.


I got up early in the morning to take these last pictures. The sun had not heated up the air, yet, so it was quite chilly. The cats didn't mind, though, flannel "fur" insulates well against cold. Anyway, kitties love to get some warmth in the sun.


For the backing I used Britten Nummer from Ikea. The quilt will be donated to the children's ward at my local hospital, and it is the 17th quilt I have made for them, and the third so far this year. I quilted it with a free motion dogwood pattern in a caramel color that blends in with the kitties. This was a great free motion quilting practice!


Thirty cats can make a lot of fuss and be a wild bunch, but these are well behaved and good friends. Lets hope they will be good comfort to a cat loving child.

Keep on quilting!