Simple blocks, simple playing with colors, .... and some slow hand quilting.
The colors are inspired by the tempting pastels of a favorite easter candy.
The blocks are partly a result of cleaning out the scrap boxes of saved selvedges. And then stripping them of the selvedge. Ending up with a good variety of skinny strips. Adding wider strips out of the bin holding scrappy strips. Then cutting a lot of 2.5" strips of the main color. Here it is yellow for easter. Making sure there's plenty of variety. And sub cutting them into a suitable length for their final measure of 6"squares.
Sewing the blocks was bliss. Easy, just pairing two and two strips. Then connecting them with a middle one. Ironing all the seams to one side. Squaring them up, they look surprisingly pretty. All 50 of them. Finding their place in a few tabletops. Getting in line to be quilted. First and smallest quilt will be done soon. The rest of them will hopefully be part of decorating the table for easter. If not this year then maybe next?
The first quilt of 2015 started out as a test of a new sizzix die paired with some left over blue backing fabric (the plaid). It was so much fun making the stars and using the trusty old hourglass die as star centers. Playing around on the design wall, I ended up using the stars as the sashing of plain 8" blocks. Wanting it to be a bit bigger, I framed it with the lovely constellation designed by Lizzy House and the bold yellow and blue grid from an old Anna Maria Horner line.
Ending up at 57" * 60", it is quilted both by machine in the ditch and by hand with perle cotton thread on the lovely Quilters Dream Select (mid weight) cotton batting. I am naming it constellations. Some quilts takes a lot of time to make, this one just happened while playing along. Love that!
Weather around here has been a challenge for outside picture taking. Luckily today my handsome quilt holding husband was a up for the task and managed to hold it straight as an arrow. Sometimes you just have to jump at the chance. Longing for spring and better photo shoots.
to swap out the wip on the temporary design wall (in the dining room) with something more in tune with the holidays.
So I thought I would like to share a picture, and at the same time keep a record for the current distribution of house blocks, too...
These lovely, toned down, soft pastel fabric combinations are selected by Trine Bakke, proprietor of Lappemakeriet and author of a few of my favorite quilting books. She has her shop close to Oslo, so it's a bit of a journey to get to visit her there. This spring she brought her shop to the annual meeting of the norwegian quilters association, this year set in Kristiansand, making it a short day trip south of here by train. I spent a lovely day in good company and fell in love with Trines bom called "Husmannsplass". (Hers was in the process of being quilted by hand, I think). Somehow this ended up as my birthday present this year from my sweet husband.
I have been slowly making progress, and enjoying seeing how the palette develops. A few days ago, the last of the houses fabric arrived in the mail, and I started the puzzle of arranging them all, even with 6 blocks not sewn, yet.
Trine provided two ways of making these house blocks, as english paper piecing by hand, or as foundation paper piecing. I tried the tiny paper piecing patches, before switching to sewing by machine. Even if I love doing the hand sewing over paper, this was just too tiny for me! Finished house blocks are 8" and there will be 30 of them. Sashing, cornerstones and border is yet to arrive.
This project has offered a nice change of pace for me this fall. I hope you all have a lovely wip or more in the making. So, from this pretty quiet corner of blogville, I want to wish readers a peaceful and lovely holiday season this year!
partly quilted by hand (the background) and partly by machine (the daisies)
started a year ago, inspired by Kathy Doughty's quilt garden party from her book making quilts.
My aim was to use the growing pile of scraps and bigger left over pieces of blue and green. I also finally got a chance to play with the dresden block. The process has taken some time, including a bit of considering how to proceed. The background came together fairly quick after grouping my scraps by color, the dresdens took quite a bit longer to materialize. This design is a play in contrasts of value. Some of the daisies blend into the background, others seam lifted out from the background. I spent a long time playing around with placement of the daisies.
The binding is also quite scrappy, as I happily cleaned out the leftover green and blue excess pieces of binding that I keep in a little plastic box, all cut at 1.25"
This quilt is very soft due to the hand quilting and the thin cotton batting. (quilters dream request). And I am still considering adding some quilting to the yellow flower centers (which is just hand sewn to the petals,) either by hand or by machine. For now I am just happy to snuggle up and test it
Influenced by the clever and lovely english ladies (Kerry, Charlotte and Katy) making pretty dresses, I have been daring some dressmaking, too. The patterns are several makes from the staple dress by April Rhodes and one date night dress by the same designer. Voile is from stash and by Amy Butler, Tina Givens and Anna Maria Horner, once intended for quilt backings. The last picture is a Liberty of London Tana Lawn, a special purchase for dressmaking.
So far I have made three versions of the staple dress:
xxl with a tuck in the neckline (my little alteration) and pockets makes for a soft and roomy summer dress
xxl with shirring in the waist and no pockets, has all french seams and hidden fabric edges
xl with shirring in the waist and pockets for a more fitted size (not shown, as I am wearing it right now ; )
Have to say i LOVE the pattern, and will use it again. There are so far three cotton dresses made not shown, and a few lovely fabric purchases hopefully appering in my mailbox soon... Among them a bit of double gauze that I can't wait to try out.
The date night dress is made in xxl, and has a very open neckline that needs some clever ideas...
In the making is also a simple sundress by Heather Ross. (Free pattern, just google it). Maybe a bit carried away, you say? I promise you, my wardrobe needed some refreshing.
So happy summer to you all. I am hoping to get to wear my latest creations a lot!