Time goes by so quickly. Somehow I can’t imagine that it has been more than a month since I wrote my last post. I came back from Prague with a cold that stayed with me very persistently for nearly 3 weeks.
Spring is always a busy time : not only in my working life, but also in private. The house needs a spring clean-up. The dog needs some extra grooming. The garden needs more attention as usual – we did not have any rain for a very long period, it is the driest winter since 150 years.
But I have been more active on Instagram. I have enjoyed taking photos, sharing them with others and looking for new people to follow.
My patchwork and quilting is on the hold at the moment. I have helped Janet with basting her quilt. On this occasion I would like to share with you photos of Janet’s second large quilt. Janet retired a few years ago and she came to live here in Spain. She started quilting just a year ago, without having any big sewing experience. Both of her large quilts she made are in QAYG (quilt as you go) technique. The Lone Star block is the centerpiece of the quilt and is already 60″ x 60″ big.
When she added borders to the quilt the size grew up to 102″ square. Janet quilted star as well as the borders with the walking foot. The quilt was joined using a method I found on the web : made by ChrisieD.
I know Janet is very proud of her quilt and she definitely did a very good job!
Even though we have a windy and rainy weather prediction for today, nothing happened unto now. I had a sunny dog walk in the morning, did some sweeping around the house and managed to take photos of my last quilt. I want to keep this one for myself. So no headaches to find a proper quilt name – “Red UFO” is OK with me.
Quilt size : 54″ x 77,5″ / 137 x 197 cm - Finished block size : many different sizes, log cabin and spiral blocks – Batting : Warm and Natural
Free-motion quilted with meanders using YLI machine quilting thread 40/3 in color : Beijing Red Square
The almond trees have started to show their pretty white flowers. This means that spring is not far away. We can still have some cold nights in February, but the sun rays are getting stronger even in the morning hours.
So – I have finished my very first quilt in 2014 and it is called “Picnic with Bella”! This one is staying at home and is for my hubby Helmut for his everyday siesta on the sofa. I am planning to make a few matching pillow covers with the fabric rests.
The fabric I have used is from the “Bella” collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. It came out at least a year ago, but I never had time to make a quilt. I have made another quilt with an earlier collection by Lotta Jansdotter : Abstract Dreams. I like her fabric designs and her color choice – modern, bright and fresh. There is a new collection arriving soon “Mormor” – you check it here at Hawthorne Threads.
A few weeks ago I have received a parcel from the UK from Cottonpatch with a new (for me) wadding type : Quilters Dream Cotton in Select. This is a mid loft thickness and it was wonderful to quilt. It is not too thick, but very soft and smooth. I think this will be my favorite wadding (or batting?) for my future quilts.
Quilt size : 54″ x 84″ / 137 x 213 cm - Finished block size : 6″ x 6″, one block with 4 half-square triangle units and the other block with log cabin units with mitered corners.
Free-motion quilted with meanders using Gütermann Sulky machine quilting thread in light grey, #1328.
I was so happy to find the fabric for the binding in my local shop Kate’s Craft and Quilting – a yellowish-green from Moda Fabrics that matches exactly with the Bella colors.
This all for the moment, thanks for stopping and looking forward to read your cheerful comments! Have a great week, Barbora
The last few weeks were very quiet – both sewing wise as well as blogging wise. Even though I have received new fabrics, I didn’t really do a lot. I was preparing some patterns especially for lady-pupils that come to my open classes, taking in account all their quilt design wishes. Nevertheless I made these 2 pillow covers with the Swoon block pattern:
I have used all the rests from swoon blocks I have found and pieced another 3 pillow covers. All pieces are free motion quilted with meanders. Practice is the best teacher!
Pinwheels and broken dishes blocks in orange.
Thanks for visiting and till next time, happy quilting, Barbora
There was no spectacular sunrise this morning to take photos, but instead I found a butterfly on the street. He looked like that he is having a rest. But he wasn’t - what I found was just a colorful dead body of a butterfly.
As I am going to Prague this Saturday I was finishing my last pieces that I want to take with me. I made more Christmas Tree Blocks – original design by Christen from Love By Hand. Each block is on its own and makes a nice table decoration or a wall hanging. I have used (as before) Kaffe Fassett fabric designs. Once I had made the quilt sandwich I realized that I do not have any of my “neutral” thicker quilting thread. But I had the exact hue in Aurifil Mako 50/2 as I have pieced the blocks with this thread. I just wasn’t sure if I can take it also for quilting. After some research on the web ( a nicer expression for google ) about threads I decided to stick with this lighter weight thread also for free-motion quilting. According to the motto : learning by doing. Over the years I found out that there are no strict rules in quilting. Each quilter can find its own way, own technique that they prefer, threads that they love. I have also done some experimenting with threads and I always go back to Aurifil Mako 50/2 for piecing and Sulky from Gutermann for quilting.
Here a close up of my meander design free-motion quilting: