I've been playing with fabrics, planning some new quilts, coming up with creative ideas and throwing them out again.
In the end, I had more plans than I could handle, so everything was put on the back burner again :) But I tell you one thing: looking at prints, feeling the cotton and mixing and matching colours makes me as happy as ever!
Felt like doing a quick little quilt and decided on simple rail fence pattern. For some reason, I was stuck on the white-blue combination I had picked out for the aborted wedding quilt, so I picked this dark -- medium -- light combination of blues:
As planned, the quilt came together in no time. I cut 2.5" strips, sewed them into triplets of, and cut those into 6.5" long pieces. I then sewed those together in a 5 x 6 block layout as shown here:
I've gotten as far as the first border, a thin strip (1" wide) to contain the pattern:
Then summer, travels and visitors "happened", so this is one of my many WIPs.
As soon as I saw the quilt top center, I was thinking of marine things, so the name came to me in a flash: "Sailor's Delight"!
Friends of mine needed a baby shower gift and asked to buy one of my quilts. They chose the pink and grey one and asked to have it personalized.
The baby's name is Bjork, so I played around with the arrangements of letters.
We tried to come up with something for the second side, and in the end decided on the birth date. That didn't look good vertically, so I turned the letters to face inwards (it felt more of a unit than one of the sides facing outward).
I didn't like the colours of the birthdate at first (the purple was too dark and heavy), and settled for a more subtle mix of colours.
Then I zigzagged around each letter, dot and number. My god, it took forever. There were so many round shapes (which take longer because of the constant turning). I hope the next baby is called Lilly and born on 1.1.17!!! :)
I've been told that the quilt was a huge hit ;) What better news to warm a quilter's heart... Now I hope this quilt will be spit on, puked on, washed lots and loved for years!
For the longest time, I've been admiring quilters who piece quilts by hand. The skill and patience involved just amaze me. I decided to try it on one block and see how it goes. The answer is: slowly, very slowly :-)
It helps that I've picked one of my favourite colour combos: brown and yellows/oranges.
Yay, these 3 are almost done! Just the binding to sew down, and tada!
I'm really excited about the quilting. Each of the quilts has different free-motion quilting on it. This one for example has spider webs in the circles. I am considering embroidering a big fat purple spider on this one ;) Still to be decided...
I did a fantasy pattern of waves and loops in the background. It's a bit much, but I'm getting used to it.
Sometimes, the batiks didn't flow into each other since I was limited by the fabrics in the charm pack. I happened to find binding fabric that matched the hues pretty well. In some cases, I attached the binding strips with straight instead of diagonal seams to match the fabrics on the quilt, like here:
The hand-sewing part of the binding is one of my favourite steps, so I'm quite looking forward to these 3 light weights on my lap while I'm stitching away! I have not attached hanging tubes on the back yet, since I couldn't decide which direction to hang them up in. I might just attached some small loops in the corners to keep the options open.
Mistakes happen. After years of quilting, the mistakes seem to be getting sillier and sillier. Like when you're preparing 27 feeting of binding and don't check that you're attaching a totally new strip to the end of the binding strip. This happened to me with the *first two* strips I sewed together. Lovely loop I created here. Totally useless, unfortunately.
Blue String Quilt Need to do: Finish blocks (24 done!) | Backing | Baste | Quilt | Bind
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