Even though I have tried not to start any new project and finish all the UFOs I have on stock, I could not resist to try paper piecing. I wanted to make some pillow covers for a good friend of mine. It is Mary’s birthday end of this month. I thought it was time to try out a pattern I had for some time on my mind : Feather Bed Quilt by Anna Maria Horner. I must admit I really enjoyed working on this project. The block with 2 feathers is 18″ x 18″ finished and it makes an ideal size for pillows.
When I thought how to quilt the pillow covers I gathered that free motion quilting is the only choice. I copied the shape of the feathers with a brownish thread and went for a pebble pattern for the background. As I haven’t done free motion quilting for some I changed my piecing foot to a free motion foot and started practicing on some scraps. I am happy with the result, free motion quilting requires a lot of practice. I have some days off in August and practicing free motion quilting will be on the top of my agenda.
Here the 2 different pillow covers :
A quilting detail – copying the feather shape and pebbles for the background :
For the back side of the pillow covers I choose a beige/gold fabric and a zipper closure :
I have enjoyed the extended weekend (Friday and Monday are holidays here) and did some quilting for Mary. She has pieced the Swoon stars and I quilted them for here one by one. The blocks are free-motion quilted with meanders using Gutermann Sulky cotton thread. Another QAYG project. This time I had a helping hand from Strubbel – he collected thread pieces that landed on the floor.
Attaching the binding. I use the ironing board as an extra table on the left side. This quilt is 84″ x 84″ – so there is some material to move!
Hurray – I have finished the quilt. Unfortunately it is too windy today to take a picture of the quilt outside in the garden.
Mary also pieced some pillow covers that match here quilt she got for Christmas. I quilted them with straight lines using the walking foot.
Next week I shall have time to carry on with my quilting project.
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
As my last quilt “Picnic with Bella” was fun (and also quick) to quilt, I decided to have a look in the wardrobe and check those UFOs, i.e. unfinished objects = quilt tops. The first one I found was the Red UFO top, found the matching backing and made a quilt sandwich with basting pins.
This quilt top was sitting on the shelve at least for 4 years. I always loved the quilt design, but my color choice since then has changed very much. These were my beginner years without any knowledge about modern quilting, following the classical color combinations.
I started quilting on Thursday afternoon and today midday I finished the quilt with binding. Once more I went for free-motion quilting with meanders. As the weather is warm and sunny, but very, very windy I could not take any pictures. I have cleaned up my sewing room and decided to take some photos here. My sewing room is half for me and quilting, and half for the books we have. My husband has a lot of fantasy novels and always has problems finding his favorite book as they are stacked in 2 rows.
Above a close up with my flower photos which are developed on metallic photo paper and have incredible colors. The pair on the left ares my parents about 55 years ago. The 2 small children are my husband Helmut and his sister Waltraud about 65 years ago.
Tomorrow I shall have a day of from sewing, but never the less I can think about my next quilting projects!
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