30 October 2013
25 September 2013
Slow progress and slow stitching going on here. The brown quilt was basted on the floor, using the clever tool Kwik klip to close the basting pins. Good tool, will become a new favorite, I think.
Those lovely but loose woven side triangles was very flimsy and resisting to be flat (bias cuts tend to be wavy...). Improvised a solution by sewing a couple of big stitch straight seams and pulled at the threads to shrink to measure. So far, it's working well, but the quilting is not finished, yet...
I have started by quilting in the ditch. And then planning to add some simple hand quilting to the blocks. Slow, but enjoyable work.
Also sewing by hand on a flannel hexagon pillow to be. Big hexagons (3") and pajama parts from Heather Ross mixed with some blenders. Soft winter pastels. Planning on quilting it by machine. Another slow wip...
Quiet and slow, that's me! At least for now. Hope you all have some sewing to enjoy.
06 September 2013
Summer is slowly coming to an end. I have put away the pastel vintage sheets I've been working on this summer and recovered some hourglass blocks I made earlier. The masculine and subdued colors are calming. I have used a lot of Jo Mortons lovely reproductions, and mixed them in with some thrifted mens shirts. It might not show in the pictures, but most broken dishes blocks have a variety of fabrics to give them a scrappy and more random look.
The colors makes me think of dark chocolate! There might be some snacking on chocolate and coffee drinking this weekend, as I would like to put this top together...
26 July 2013
Early morning photo-shoot of my red postage stamps quilt. Have to beat the sun in the race for the display wall at my terrace. This is a small one, just 40" by 50" quilted on leftover quilters dream request batting joint together by zig zag to a big enough piece. The backing is a lovely sarah jane nautical alphabet print. It inspired me to try free motion letters in the quilting. The rest of the quilting was playful, too. Just rows of scribbling. And a first try at orange peel pattern in the squares (they are 2" cut and 1.5" finished size. It has been washed and dried, is crinkly and ready to find a new home...
Wish you a lovely weekend! They are forecasting a rainy sunday, here. That might be a good opportunity to keep working on my scrap busting...
22 July 2013
Inspired by Bonnie Hunter's string piecing on paper I set out to make these 12.5" blocks. A newspaper provided big enough pages to cut out the paper base. Using shorter stitches and the bin of wonky strips I have been saving up for some time (a year or so). I have started separating my strings into three groups:
any other even width strip
wonky (end of fabric with frayed edges or cut at an angle)
It is fun to revisit fabric from the tops I've made over the last year, combining them in a new way, yet still being a bit selective of what colors to put together. Saving most of my warm color strips for another project. These uneven strips makes for a bit more lively blocks - really love the bit of whimsy...
There's still more strips in the bin. Enough for a few more batches...
21 July 2013
Late spring cleaning in the stash and scrap department produces a few quilty wips:
small pieces are made into colour blocks of 15" squares
like a very happy accident they complement the 19 blocks of bigger scraps for my "missing U" wip (from the book sunday morning quilts)
and voila´ it's a top ....
We are enjoying some sunny days. Very little time has been spent visiting blog friends. Sorry about that! Summer days are few and precious. Happy sewing, everybody!
30 June 2013
Another finished quilt to share, today:
sweet harts measures 62" * 72", long arm quilted on quilters dream select cotton batting. All the lovely crinkle texture comes from putting it through the washer and dryer.
This quilt is made mostly from a layer cake of dream on by urban chicks. It is retro chic, a perfect match for the lovely couple who's celebrating their 50th anniversary this summer. The bottom picture stack has authentic vintage sheets on the bottom (cotton polyester mix) and dream on on top (quilters cotton). So fun to see some of the same prints in both!