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:
And the 2 Christmas Tree Blocks:
Happy sewing, I am over to have a look on Bloggers’ Quilt festival at Amy’s Creative Side. Next time hopefully with one of my quilts!
Instead of writing a long post today I prefer to share a few photos.
Here are the quilted Christmas table runners. Both are free-motion quilted with meanders.
And a few impressions from early mornings when walking the doggie, my favorite time of the day.
Thanks for stopping, until next time with some more patchwork stuff, Barbora
First working week is now behind me and I still trying to get back into my old rhythm. One more week and I shall be back to normal. Anyway, I finished quilting the Christmas table runner. I have quilted the trees in free-motion with a loop design. For the background I took out my walking foot and followed the tree contours with a straight line.
I really enjoyed piecing the top and it was so much fun to quilt it, so I decided to carry on and prepare some Christmas presents for my family. This is the first time that I am so early in the year with Christmas gifts. For a change I decided to make the next lot with my Kaffe Fassett stash and choose some vibrant colors. I pieced a tree and a wonky star top. Hope I have today enough time to make the sandwiches so that I can quilt both of them sometimes next week.
Happy sewing and thanks for stopping, Barbora
Finally I had enough time to finish the quilt top, select the backing fabric, prepare the quilt sandwich and get down on my knees to do the pinning. You can’t really see the basting pins on the photo, but believe you me, they are there!!
Whilst walking the dog I did some thinking about how to finish this throw. Should I stick to the walking foot and follow the ziggy zaggy pattern or should I get out the quilting foot and do some FMQ? After considering all pros and cons with both techniques I decided to quilt with a meander pattern in FMQ. Looking through my ”quilting thread stock” I picked up a light pink Mettler 40wt quilting thread. This the result of my quilting session this afternoon (a quarter done) :
More quilting tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow and the day after …. Anyway looking forward to do the binding.
Thanks for stopping, have a wonderful Sunday,