My friend Irena has done some house refurbishing and asked me if I could make her a table runner. So last week we got the colors sorted, I bought some fat quarters by Moda Fabrics and found a nice pattern on the web by Modify Tradition. This is how my design wall looked earlier this week :
I am preparing a Dresden Plate design for patchwork classes and shall make a pillow cover out of it. Following the finished table runner, size 21″ x 36″ :
Quilted with the walking foot, straight lines in diagonal and some squares, detail :
There is some more work waiting for me – pieced units for a new quilt :
and leftover half-square triangles ready to press from the Swoon quilt for Mary :
Something for the belly – I have opened the jam making season with medlar or loquat and the first apricots :
And something for the eye – my flowering orchids :
Happy sewing, thanks for stopping and till next time,
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.
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