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!
I am so happy that I have finished the lap quilt for my mum. 500 little squares found their place in this quilt. Cutting square size is 2 1/2″, finished square size is 2″. It turned out nicely, the colors are not exactly from my usual palette, but I think the result is nice. It is actually the first time that I have used so many fabrics in gray and black. I have quilted it with a straight line pattern in diagonals. I have used a dark gray quilting thread from Gütermann Sulky in 30 weight. The binding is completely machine stitched from back to front.
Another issue that kept me busy the last week was designing labels for quilts. People have asked me how they can wash a quilt without ruining it. So I decided to make some labels with not only quilt care but also quilt name and size. Inside the labels is free space for a personal note.
This Tuesday I go Prague, looking forward to that! No sewing or quilting for the next 10 days, Barbora
Finally finished – the second of the “floating quilts”. The first one is smaller with 2 rows of 4 rectangle. This one has 3 rows of 5 rectangles. The blocks and sashing in both quilts are the same size.
This is my experiment – I wanted to see in reality not only the differences in the size, but also in the quilting technique. I quilted the small one with a walking foot with straight lines, the big one is free-motion quilted. I decided to quilt only the white fabric with two patterns : pebbles (white fabric in the rectangles) and waves (sashing). I have used my new thread from Superior Threads So Fine! #50 in white and I am happy with the result. The quilting looks finer and the thread does not stand out. I think I shall use the thicker thread (a #40 or #30) for straight line quilting or free-motion quilting with a larger pattern and the #50 thread for fine, dense quilting.
I have updated my Etsy and Dawanda shops.
Now I have to get back to my quilting room and tidy it up !!!!
Till next time, happy quilting, Barbora
Since the temperatures are up to 37° C it is wise to stay inside and stick my nose in the last batch of books I have received. I am absolutely smitten with the Free Motion Quilting with Angela Waters : Choose and Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts.
Very descriptive explanations of various quilting patterns, this is now my “quilting bible”. I have practiced some of the patterns on scraps. My absolute favorite is Seafoam – combination of 2 patterns: Concentric Circles (this one I need to learn) and Pebbles (this one I am practicing).
Yesterday I have started quilting the sandwich I made before I went to Prague. I decided to combine the patterns pebbles and waves. I shall only quilt the white fabric (background) and leave the color rectangles to float – as the quilt’s name is Floating Colors. When I read the book I also noticed that Angela’s favorite thread is a 50-weight polyester So Fine by Superior Threads. I like to follow experienced advice and I have ordered some more thread at Barnyarns in the UK. Here a quilting detail from the backside.
So far free-motion quilting. In the meantime I finished a dog quilt . The design caught my eye whilst browsing the world-wide web. I loved the photos and I also found the author of the pattern: Boo Davis and the quilt I’m a Wiener Baby Quilt is from here book Dare to be Square. Since I have ordered sooooooo many books over the last few weeks, I decided to make the quilt just from the photo. I went through my stash and found enough material from the collection Innocent Crush from Anna Maria Horner. I think the result was worth while calculating all these cutting dimension from the various fabrics.
May I introduce you now to my version of the Wiener Baby :
And a quilting detail – I have used both straight line quilting with a walking foot as well as free-motion quilting on the body, ear and head:
And my last work this week was a customer order for 3 pillow covers :
Till next time, Barb
This week I am in Prague where I am visiting my parents. The weather is very different to the one we had in Spain, i.e. hot and sunny. Here we have it all – hot and cold, sun and rain. Anyway, the parks are nice and green, a lot of flowers in blossom. Restaurants and cafes have the chairs outside and it is always a pleasure to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on the terrace.
This is newly opened restaurant just around the corner from my parents.
I have also spent some money on quilting threads and fabrics. Here the first lot I got :
There are more fabrics in my wonder basket, mostly solids. But the photos I took today were not good – because of the rainy weather we have at the moment, everything is just too dull. And my internet connection is slow and I have no patience to wait so long for an upload.
Till next time, Barbora