Monday, October 5, 2015

ALYoF Goal for October

I am on the "Table Runner Trail", so my goal for this month will be to make my version of the Bewitched Table Runner, designed by The Cozy Pumpkin:

This is very suitable for the season, and I need one (or two) runners for gifts, and this design seems like a quick and easy one to make.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My Dog Gone Cute

My first finish in October is this cute little Dog Gone Cute mug rug. Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts is hosting the quilt-along. I don't intend to make many of these dogs, because I am really a cat person. But I needed a mug rug to show off next week, so I thought of this pattern.

In the original (small) block pattern provided by Lorna, the dog block is 6" x 9". That's a little big for a mug rug, so I decided to make it half size. My dog block is approximately 3" x 4.5", and the whole mug rug is 6" x 9", a perfect size.

I quilted the mug rug with vertical lines, and avoiding the cute puppy face. That makes the face stand out from the mug rug. Due to the small size of the pieces, I had to embroider the eyes and nose, otherwise the fabric would have disappeared in the seam allowance.

I turned over the backing fabric for binding, and I think the pink/purple colors goes very well with the front of the mug rug. Isn't my little puppy cute?

(And, if you wonder: The mug will go on the right side...)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Modern Geometrics Table Runner

My ALYoF goal for September was blogged about here. Now the project is completed, and I can show the table runner in all its beauty:

The Modern Geometrics table runner, designed by Laura Jane Taylor, is completed. Straight line quilting emphasizes the chevrons.

The runner is approximately 12" x 48". I managed to catch the last daylight in the photo shoot. 

This is a positive table runner, so the chevrons have to point upwards, and not just be an ordinary V-sign.

Why not display the quilt on the steps, that is an obvious location for a table runner, isn't it?!
Now it needs wash and dry cycle before it will be a belated wedding gift.

This completes my ALYoF goal for September over at Melissa from Sew Bittersweet Designs.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Modern Buzz Saw Quilt

The Modern Buzz Saw quilt is finished. DS2 joined me in the photo shoot. It was a grey and cloudy day, with a few sprinkles in between, but the quilt brightens up the playground!

The sun came through the clouds a short while.

This is a really scrappy quilt, made of recycled shirts, scraps and stash. Even the backing was a piece of duvet cover that was exactly the right size!

The finshed quilt is approximately 52" x  66" after a wash and dry cycle.

The quilting is done in a big meander style, which gives the quilt a soft and cozy feeling. The binding is all scrappy, made of the Buzz Saw fabrics.

This quilt will be donated to the children's ward at my local hospital, and this is the 9th quilt I have made for them. It is always a good feeling to know that the quilts I make will give comfort to a child who needs it.

The quilt is also the third finish from my 2015 Q3 Finish Along list . Just a week left of the quarter, and I have completed 3 out of 4 projects, not bad even for me!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

During the photo session I just had to take a picture of these 'Escaping Flowers':

They just don't want to stay locked up behind the neighbor's fence, but are 'dying' to catch the last light of summer before the fall really cools down the place!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Quilt Doodle BOM 2015 - September block

The end of September is approaching, and finally I managed to make my appliqué block for the month.

This block makes me want to sit down in front of a fireplace and read a good book (or two). Enjoying a delicious apple while doing it would make it perfect!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ALYoF Goal for September

Since I didn't accomplish my goal for August, I will try again this month:

My goal for September is to make my own version of the Modern Geometrics table runner (picture below) designed by Laura Jane Taylor.

Hope for better luck this month!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Modern Buzz Saw blocks coming along

Last night I finished the blocks for my Modern Buzz Saw quilt, and ended up with this layout. The 3x4 block layout will be a great size for a charity quilt.

All the fabrics are from stash/scraps, and lots of them are recycled shirts. It is a great feeling not to buy anything new for this quilt, but I don't really see much "shrinkage" in my stash, either.

I think I will add a border to make the quilt a little bit bigger when it is assembled. Will it be a scrappy one, or a solid? Time will show.