Friday, 25 July 2014

Now it has an owner

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!

Friday, 27 June 2014

A special project: hand-piecing

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.

Let's see what will become of this project...

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Almost there

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.

Friday, 6 June 2014

A First For Me

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.

Out comes the seam ripper ;)

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Knitted Hat in Petrol Blue

In between quilting, I like to knit. I recently made a hat for myself. No pattern, just trial and error. Then I found some amazing yarn, petrol blue, mostly alpaca (70%) and therefore extremely soft. I immediately thought of a friend, whose birthday was coming up, so I made the hat again, this time for her and with this lovely yarn. It was handy to work with, and kept the store owner's promise that it doesn't get fuzzy over time.

I proved that since I had to redo the upper half FOUR times (!) before I was happy with the result (the hat kept being too short, and I had yarn left over). Every time, I had to open the hat up to the point where I started decreasing stitches, so that I could add a row or 2 (2.5 in the end), and see whether the final product reached past the ears! :) Man, oh man, if one has nothing better to do, eh?

 I particulary like the spiral pattern on the top!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Quiltshow Part 3

Alright, last batch, enjoy these while they last!

Nearly identical patterns, but done by two different quilters.

They both had very elaborate quilting. Just easier to see on the light one. 

 Oh, how I love these kaleidoscope quilts. Wanna wanna wanna make one too!

This cool pattern is a log-cabin, can you believe it? You start with a square but then add triangles to get this funky effect.

I had an idea very similar to this one: I wanted to make orphan block mini-quilts and connect them just like it's done here. There are actually spaces between the connecting pieces; the black showing through is the backing of the quilt on the other side! I never had enough orphan blocks (I usually use all my block up in the quilt they're made for. How does one get orphan blocks???).

And lastly, check these tiny tiny log cabins out! My finger is just hovering above the quilt (don't touch, just look!), for scale.

It was so nice to got to a quilt show and be inspired. Many of the quilts weren't quite my style (the ones where I'd say WOW! all the time), but I got some cool ideas for future quilts, anyway! Plus, I went with some friends and colleagues, and maybe they've become inspired enough to start quilting :)

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Aborted Project

What do you think this quilt was going to be??

For those of you who recognized the templates: correct, a friend of mine was getting married and I had planned an ambitious blue&white wedding ring quilt. I chose the fabrics to have dark and light rings on white background, prepared the templates, got ready to cut --- and received a letter from the bride-to-be, in which she told me about her plans of making a wedding-ring quilt in memory of the wedding (they had a hand-binding ceremony and she wanted to use the fabric in the quilt).

Waaah!!! Well, I was glad I hadn't started cutting the pieces yet :) I can't make the same quilt pattern as her, of course... maybe, I'll keep the colours and make a different pattern. This is on the back burner for now, anyway :)