janet’s quilt

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.

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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.

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I know Janet is very proud of her quilt and she definitely did a very good job!

Until next time, thanks for stopping, Barbora

new quilt – new colors

The week is nearly over and I have started working on a new quilt. No new design, just new colors. All are from the Kona Solids collection.

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I am very proud of my new rotary cutter with a tulip design. And I have also got a brand new cutting mat. I have had the old one for many, many years and it is not anymore in a perfect shape. But I can still use it when cutting the quilt sandwich and trimming it to shape before adding the binding. So that all the batting fluff stays in the old cutting mat.

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Chain piecing on my Bernina:

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We have some extremely warm days here on the Costa Blanca, on Sunday the weather is back to normal and maybe with some rain – exactly the right conditions for a sewing day!

Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping, Barbora

 

red UFO quilt photos

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.

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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

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Makes also a nice table decoration :

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Thanks for stopping, enjoy life, Barbora

 

red UFO and my sewing room

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.

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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.

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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!

Have a nice Sunday, Barbora

my first quilt in 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This all for the moment, thanks for stopping and looking forward to read your cheerful comments! Have a great week, Barbora