Saturday, May 26, 2018

Playful Pillows with Island Batik

The May challenge in the Island Batik Ambassador program was to create a Playful Pillow.

When I received my Ambassador Box earlier this year I received this colorful fat eight bundle of Southern Blooms, there were 30 different fabrics in the bundle, including yardage of Grass-Light Lagoon.

This color combination reminded me of a meadow filled with wildflowers. In order to get all the fabrics into one pillow, I decided to make my first ever Modern Hexies project.

Here are a few of the fabrics laid out. There are a lot of flowers, butterflies, vegetation, together with blenders in this beautiful batik.

I was on vacation most of May, and needed to work on my project to make the deadline. The first step was to thread baste 2" hexagons. There are hexagons made of all the 30 different fabrics in this picture, but that was not enough. I ended up making nine more when I had decided on the final layout.

In order to make the pillow even more playful I decided to make a colorful, scrappy binding from a selection of the fabrics.

Since I didn't have a walking foot for my traveling sewing machine, this was as far I could get in my Modern Hexies project. I took a lot of pictures so I could recreate the design when I got home.

This is the stage where the hexies are glued down, ready for quilting. I used Hobbs Thermore batting and Aurifil thread for the quilting, variegated green/neutral 4653 on top and white 2024 in the bobbin.

A detailed picture of the quilting.

Here is the finished product, my Butterflies Among Wildflowers pillow. I love how the sunlight in the late afternoon highlights the Modern Hexies!

I took another picture this morning in overcast weather, and that gave me a completely different result, very flat and hardly any structure at all.

The back of the pillow with a hidden zipper. I used this tutorial for inserting the zipper, with a few modifications. I used a 20" pillow insert, but I wanted an extra puffy pillow so the pillow cover was cut to 19" square. Two pieces of butterfly fabric were sewn together to form the zip flap.

This is how the zipper is installed, completely hidden by the flap.

The new Modern Hexies pillow for my sofa is looking good!

The fabrics, thread and batting that was used for making this project was given to me by Island Batik. One of the biggest joys of being an Island Batik Ambassador is to get to play with the fabrics they send me.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop

Thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for organizing this amazing blog hop!
There are 44 blog hoppers participating in this 5 days event.

Welcome to my stop in the first day of this blog hop.

My first entry is one of my favorites, the Double Stars skinny designed by Barbara Brackman. This design is from the book All in a Row by Moda All-Stars (the first edition). It is 48" long and difficult to photograph, so my birch tree is the perfect quilt stand.

 I machine pieced this quilt and hand quilted each little block through several quilt guild meetings and during other spare moments. Very relaxing hand work!

The long and skinny quilt hanging in my wintery apple tree.

The snow is long gone now, as I prepared this blog post some weeks ago before leaving for a trip.

The second entry is my newest table runner. This design is originally by Anne-Pia Godske Rasmussen, but the Norwegian designer AnnAKa made her own version. This is appropriate for winter and the time before Christmas.

I quilted the table runner with an all-over geometric design, with thread matching the background. The stars were also outlined with with white thread.

The quilting shows off well on the back of the runner.

Visit the other bloggers today to see their starry creations!

May 21

The schedule for the rest of the blog hop:

May 22

May 23

May 24

May 25

Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Aurifil April Block

This is the first of the 2018 Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks I have made, but there may be more.

This is the Bixby Bridge block designed by Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl. I was intrigued by the black and white paper piecing, and it was fun to make!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Thread Catcher

I needed a little traveling thread catcher and found a cute one at .
After the machine sewing was finished it looked like this.

Then it needed some relaxing hand stitching to get to the finish line.

This will be a great little one to bring with me when traveling.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Soft and Cuddly Quilt

My latest charity quilt turned out to be an exercise in free motion quilting. The top was pieced in one day, using as big blocks of the cat fabric as possible, and adding four-patches in matching colors.

The earth tone colors look good together with the patches with cats on white background.

The chocolate brown flannel used for borders and backing was donated by Siw from Quiltegården.

I added some leftover fabrics to make the backing big enough. The end result is a quilt of 45" x 55", perfect for a child.

I am really pleased with the free motion quilting of an all-over swirl design. I struggled a bit with some tension problems, but finally got them sorted out in some mysterious way, don't ask me how. The binding was made from the last pieces of the green fabric from the four-patches.

This is my third charity quilt for the year, and number 23 all time for the children's ward at my local hospital.

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations

April is here, and the Island Batik challenge for the month is: Looking back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations.

Star quilts have always been one of my biggest inspirations, here's a picture I found of a gorgeous antique one made sometime in the 1800's. Look at that amazing collection of scrappy fabrics!

The starting point for my quilt was in the more brighter color range, I used the stack of 10" precuts of Paisley Dot that was given to me by Island Batik, together with coordinating yardage in Blueberry color.

I went looking for a design that could be used for 10" squares. I found a design on Moda Bake Shop by SpazzyCat that is striking and economical, no waste here!

Four blocks cut in a jiffy, this is definitely made for chain piecing!

There are unlimited design possibilities with these blocks.

I laid out blocks on the floor as I made them, seeing if the very modern looked good with  the amount of fabrics available to me.

In the end I decided on this layout, here is the completed quilt top. There are stars all over!

I decided to use a modern quilting design, I used the walking foot and quilted it in a spiral using Aurifil 50wt 1128 on top and 2024 in the bobbin. I used Hobbs Tuscany 100% Unbleached Cotton batting for the quilt.

I used a fun black and white print for the backing, and it looks like stained glass with the sun shining through.

A modern version of a classic quilt, spread over my vintage sofa. Could it be better?!

The quilt spread out on my sun deck to show off the colors in natural light.

Quilt stats
Size: 48" square
Fabric: Island Batik Paisley Dot
Thread: Aurifil 50wt, 2024 for piecing, 1128 for quilting and 2024 in the bobbin
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Collection, 100% Unbleached Cotton

The spiral quilting shows off very well in the above picture.

The backing complements the dizzy feel from the spiral quilting. I used Paisley Dot Sky for the binding.

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 Keep on quilting!