Friday, 24 October 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2014

This is my quilt for the fantastic Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2014. A huge thank you to Amy for - agin - making the festival a reality.

A little facts about the quilt:
Size: 75x75 inches
Fabric: lots of different lines Kate Spain's 'Seranade', Riley Blakes 'For the boys', Noteworthy by Sweetwater, 'Salt Air' by Cosmo Cricket, 'Smallville' by Lucy Sommers, 'Marrakesh' by Hoffman, Robert Kaufmann's 'Architecture', and many more.
Techniques: Improv piecing, QAYG, paper pieced stars
Binding: Andover by Modern Quilt Studio
Pattern: made as I went along but with some fab paper pieced stars as center.


It's dark, wet and windy today. I hope I'll have a chance to get som better pictures over the weekend. For now a clothesline picture under a half-roof will have to do:



I started this quilt about a month ago and finished it only yesterday night. There was no big start-to finish plan. It just grew bit by bit. One night I couldn't sleep and I was thinking colors at patterns. I eventually gave up on sleeping and went downstairs to start some improvised books. I was pulling fabric of the shelf like a madman and cutting random strips between 2 and 4 inches, sewing them into the improvised blocks.


Next day, looking at the improv blocks, I thought of some old orphan 4x5 modern bee blocks from 2012-13. I dug deep in my cupboard and pulled them out. They  were so amazingly perfect I keep thinking that maybe there was purpose for all the late night mess anyway. I decided to let them be the centre of the quilt. I'll have to do a little research to find out who did what block. I made only one of the myself.



I then started on some geese strips  and once I was finished with them I thought the quilt had only one problem. It was too small. 


I showed it to my friend Linda, who cleverly suggested using a bit more white and square shapes so after a few tries I ended up with the square blocks.




The blocks was QAYG. I used some the softest, thick, luxurious fleece background, so this quilt will definately be a crowd pleaser. Soon my nephew Anders is moving into a new apartment. I have a strong feeling he will find this quilt under the Christmas tree :) A quilt is still the best way to send a kind thought and give a big warm hug from a distance.

I'm struggling with what category to put it in. It's definatly a large quilt, it's modern, I didn't use patterns at all so I guess it could also be my own design (though I would think this as rather presumptuous as its only a lot of classical blocks in my own setting). Oh, and it's also home quilted. I think more than anything it's a modern take on a large quilt. Modern it is then.

As much as I do like this quilt, it's gotta be enough information. Can't have you go into information overload mode :) I don't know about you, but I'm off to enjoy, look and find lots of inspiration at the Quilt Festival.

Blogger's Quilt Festival - AmysCreativeSide.com




Sunday, 28 September 2014

Quilt bug


I had an idea about a quilt and couldn't sleep Friday night. Ended up in my sewing room instead and skipped sleeping all together.

It started out as some improv blocks with lots of fabrics lines


My old orphan bee blocks from fitted perfectly


Then I added some geese


And one by Sunday night it looks like this


Now I'm trying to figure out the next step. think I may have caught the quiltbug again...





Sunday, 31 August 2014

A finish


I finished the Kaledeiscope quilt. It deserves an outdoor picture but it's raining cats and dogs so this will have to do. It was lots of fun to make this - it's from Stephanie's book 'Uncommonly Corduroy'. I enlarged the pattern slightly so the quilt ended up at 74x74 inches.

It's made in Anna Marie Horner and Amy Butler fabrics - lots of color, lots of movement.


The background is dark grey fleece and the binding is polka dot


I love it....




Monday, 25 August 2014

FWQ

My friend Heidie and I agreed to make our own little Farmers Wife QAL - and to use the same color palette in blue, red and white. Yep, a little out of of my safety zone. No teal, no orange.

I have a feeling that although we use the same pattern and the same coclors, the quilts will come out very differently.


Though dragging my feet at first, I'm becoming more and more excited about the project. I've pulled an eclectic mix of fabrics - modern, 30'ties, Japanese and traditional,Tilda etc. I was quite surprised that I had so many reds. Maybe that's because I rarely use reds?

Now the fabrics are all washed and ironed. I've planned the first eight blocks and made the templates. The rest I will make as I go along. At least 4 small blocks a month, that's doable, right?





 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Morning tea


I'm having my morning tea while doing some enjoyable binding. I still need a bit more quilting in the small bits but this quilt has been glue basted for so long I was afraid it would start to come apart.  So I secured the bigger lines and got started on the binding. This is of course a total no-no so please don't tell the quilting police.


Of course it's all wrinkly from the handling and in badly need of a iron, but still.. Almost beat a sunrise, doesn't it?