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!