Saturday, 5 April 2014

Quilting detour


Today I made a little quilting detour - decided to finish a project I shelfed last year. It was the scrappy trip top, which sadly ended up with only 5x5 square and was too small. You know how we like big  quilts around here...

Also, I love the Sweetwater Hometown line, but it's really difficult to match with other fabrics and as I ran out of fabric after 25 block, the top ended up  60x60 inches:


However, when cutting the linnen for the fan quilt I suddenly thought of a really simple solution. The linnen goes great with the Hometown line and also has an interesting tactile feeling that's adds some interest. 

Today was the day to carry out my idea. I was at my quilting group and could use the big basting table we have there for cutting the big pieces of fabric. 

Bad picture alert - just came home with the top folded and no time to iron it or hang up. It was either daylight or ironing. You know how it is. 

I think (hope) it is straighter than it appears on the picture. I haven't basted it yet, so time will tell. Had to cut the linnen on the bias so I was really careful not to pull it when adding the red border.


It's huge - haven't measured it but guessing around 90-95 inches each way. The linnen will require a lot of quilting, but I have a plan and right now I'm thinking this project will end up much better (and much bigger) than first anticipated. 


Sunday, 30 March 2014

Fans, progress, gift and sun

I am slowly making my way though this quilt. The colors are so wonderful to work with and I enjoy the hand sewing. 6 blocks down, 10 to go :)



Here's the layout - can't help but smile even with the bad picture below. Outside the sun is shining and it's the first warm spring day. Though not dark, the sun is just so strong that it makes everything else look dark. I love spring :)


I got a sweet little gift from my quilting friend - she had made me a folded needle book. Isn't it great? 
I'm totally in love with it. 





Sunday, 16 March 2014

Quilt progress in pictures


A while ago I decided to do a string quilt. Not feeling the love of a traditional string block with muslin, I decided on making another stringy project  - as a fan quilt.

First deciding on the fabric - my left over Kate Spain fabrics screamed spring, summer and good mood to me, so that was an easy choice.



Then finding the inspiration and deciding on the placement of fans



Then cutting the strips
 

 
And then cutting a lot of 9 degree wedges
 


Sewing the wedges together in big  45 degree 20" fans



So far so good :) Next step is to figure out the background fabrics (Linnen? Small dots?) and start the appliqué.
This is an easy and fun project and I have a feeling this will end up being a really great quilt.
 
Becuase I'm using random size strips there has been very little measuremenst and no pinning so far, so it almost feels like cheating.



Thursday, 6 March 2014

A great idea... The iron-caddy-board

 
I'm slowly adapting to my  new no-time-for-quilting-and-blogging-because-work-is-crazy lifestyle. And true to this style I now want to share a finish, that has actually been finished for a while. 
 
I was recently in beginning of February at a craft fair and saw a pattern for an iron caddy. I immediately thought of my friend Heidi and the two of us standing for a long time in a cold parking lot aftner a quilting class not too long ago, waiting for her iron to cool of before she could put it in the car. 
 
So I got this for her and in no time I had made the caddy, which also double function as a transportable iron board. Genious!
 
The pattern is from sisterscommonthread.com and holds enough bible quotes to make a girl like me blush. Well, bible quotes aside the pattern is really great. It comes with the heat resistant fabric included, so it's a bit pricier than other patterns.
 
The pattern it self was fairly easy. Reading through the pattern, I thought it was going to be more difficult than it was once I got started and did it step-by-step. In reality I had the bag ready in a few hours - including doing the binding.
 
 
 



I made the caddy in some Lark fabric. Heidi likes orange and green - I like blue. Perfect!  :) Now I'm just contemplating if I can live without one myself or not.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wednesday WIP

Back to Wednesday WIP after a long break - this is the best way to document and feel the progress. 

I've decided to be a bit more frugal in my quilt approach and have less WIPs in 2014. I find that with many ongoing projects I get less done and spend more time being frustrated about lack of progress. So now it's all about clearing out and finish before starting a new project. So far it's two finishes and one new start. I already know what the next project will be - a string quilt, but... I am not going to start it until I have finished the quilt below.

So this is my WIP. This project started end of January. The picture is a little old - I have four more stars ready, so I'll assemble the quilt next week. It's a shared project from my quilting class, which of course I had to do differently that planned - can't seem to ever play by the rules. We swapped fabric and were supposed to make the stick block. I really didn't like neither the fabrics nor the pattern, so I changed it into 15 color coordinated stars and a single stick. I'm beginning to actually like this quilt and despite the frustrating start I have a feeling this quilt will be used and not just hidden away. Heck, I'm even starting to like some of the fabrics I got after I organised them into color groups. 

I'm taking this quilt back to class end of February and hoping the others will have a laugh too. The stars are each 20x20 inches so this will be another 80 x 80 biggie.



Then a couple of finishes... I wrapped up this beauty on Friday - 1,5 years in progress. I am so happy about it.  It's one of those quilt that just grew and grew. When I started the center EPP I had no plan. Love it when it progresses and finishes like this. (More about this quilt here http://my-quilts.blogspot.it/2014/02/a-finish.html)


Another finish from January was this quilt for my oldest, who turned 13. To say he loves it is underestimated. He literally wanted to take it on the plane going on vacation last week (which evil mom of course said no to).  It's the pattern Long Johns from. Stephanie @ LoftCreations. (More about this quilt here http://my-quilts.blogspot.it/2014/01/i-finished-longjohn-quilt-week-ago-and.html)