a train quilt for baby adam

A few weeks ago my mum asked me if I could make a quilt for a baby boy. A quilt for her friend’s great grandson, Adam. Little Adam is turning one this summer and a baby quilt would be the right gift. They gave me a theme: a pattern with trains.

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I found a nice a pattern with a train motif, but it was too large. The quilt pattern is All Aboard by It’s Sew Emma and it is for a twin size or a wall hanging. I needed only a pattern for a baby quilt. So I “redesigned” the train block to the right size and added Adam’s name.

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There are 4 train blocks, each block is 32″ x 10″ finished size. I have added background fabric to the top and bottom and the outer borders are 4″ finished.

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The letter blocks are a free design over at Temecula Quilt Company. All Little Letters are easy to piece and have explicite instructions. The letter blocks are 4″ x 4″ finished size.

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The background fabric is Kona Solid in Dove. This is a wonderful neutral shade that matches with the blueish color of the border and letters. This fabric from the Linea Collection by Makower in Duck Egg.

Rest of the backing fabric is also from Makower – Baby Jungle Alphabet (that I bought to make a dress).

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Quilting is once more with my favourite walking foot. I used stich number 4 on the Bernina, a wavy pattern that I quilted 1″ apart.

And the binding :

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Here photos of the quilt sandwich with lines prepared for quilting. I have marked the lines with Hera Marker from Clover. And I still prefer to prepare the quilt sandwich with basting pins.

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I am going to visit my Mum in a few days and shall take Adam’s Train Quilt with me.

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Quilt size :  42″ x 54″

Wadding : Quilters Dream in Select – 100% cotton

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako NE 40/2 – color 2600 Dove

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Thanks for visiting, enjoy life and quilting

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modern sampler

Finally quilted this Modern Sampler quilt during the corona lockdown. I have written about making the quilt top in my earlier post – here. Pattern is by Emily Dennis from her book Modern Quilts.

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The corona virus has taught me : slow down and use well the extra time for hobbies. Our office got shut down two weeks in April, since then we have reopened. First without public entering, only telephone and email contacts. And this work I can do also from home office.  Litle by little is the Spanish government releasing the lockdown in four phases. End of June we could be back to a “new normal”.

Lets talk about the quilt : cheerful solids on a white background. The Modern Sampler quilts consists of 12 different blocks.

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My first quilt with a Kaffe Fassett extra wide backing fabric. Precious colors that reflect the colors in the quilt.

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Quilting is with the walking foot. This time it is stitch number 16 on the Bernina, an extra wide zigzag stitch.

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I have opted to use the same binding fabric as for the backing.

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Quilt size :  56″ x 67″ 

Wadding : Warm & White – 87,5/12,5 bleached cotton/ polypropylene

Quilting thread : Mettler Quilting 40 – color natural

Stay safe and happy quilting

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placemats for andrea

During the corona lockdown times, I have more time for sewing and quilting. Andrea asked. If I could make her a set of placemats. Something geometrical, maybe triangles. And in her her favourite colours : blues, pinks, purples and turquoise.

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I have seen this pattern some time ago on Craftsy/Bluprint, and saved this project for later. The pattern is by Jess Toye and the name is Thirty-Two Carat Paper-Piecing Pattern. I loved the design, and this is the right pattern for Andrea’s placemats.

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Jesse has written the pattern instructions very well. In the pattern she explains both cutting and paper-piecing steps. Jesse has also included in the pdf file a few project ideas with this paper-pieced block. From placemats to a king size quilt and with different color options. Thanks to my fabric on stock, I could choose the (hopefully) right colours for Andrea.

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Quilted with the walking foot in straight lines, 1/2″ apart. I have used quilting cotton thread King Tut 40/3 from Superior Threads, variegated color 939

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Binding is Kona Solid in Bright Pink. To attach the binding I have used Mettler cotton quilting thread 40, color 959.

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The backing fabric is once more Bomull calico from IKEA, 100% unbleached cotton.

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Placemat size : 12″ x 18″ / paper-pieced unit size : 3″ x 9″

 

Thanks for visiting, keep safe and carry on sewing

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pineapple wall hanging

Another UFO done! I had this wall hanging top at least 2 years, well hidden somewhere on the shelf. Because of the corona total lockdown in Spain, I have a lot of time for finishing my set aside projects. I would rather do without a corona pandemia, but we have to do the best out of the worst situation.

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The quilt pattern is from Elizabeth Hartman – Pineapple Farm. I have made 2 mini quilts before. This wall hanging is for my sewing room. All pattern fabrics are by Kaffe Fassett collective. The background fabric is Kona Solid Eggshell.

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Free motion quilted with meanders. I had to try out my new Bernina. A good project – not big and not too small.

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The backing fabric is once more Bomull calico from IKEA, 100% unbleached cotton.

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Binding fabric is also a Kaffe Fassett design.

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Wall hanging size :  25 1/2″ x 35 1/2″ / pineapple block size : 5″ x 13″

Wadding : Quilters Dream Request 100 % cotton

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako NE 40/2 – color 2000 Light Sand

 

Happy quilting, even under these surreal circumstances

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scrappy churn dash quilt

A scrappy churn dash quilt was on my “to do quilt list” for ages. I know I have several unfinished quilts  – Radiate quilt, Summer Sampler and a few more… But I couldn’t resist to make a quilt only with classical churn dash blocks.

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I got out all my boxes with diverse fabrics and also the scrappy baskets. The finished churn dash block size is 9″ x 9″, set diagonally. This must be the second time I am using a diagonal block layout. Altogether I have prepared and cut fabrics for piecing 50 blocks.

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Cutting and piecing was straightforward (no wonder with my new Bernina sewing machine). I pressed open all seams, avoiding problems with nesting seams. This left me free with the block distribution and layout.

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For the quilt backing, I have used bedding sheets from Laura Ashley. I found a set on sale and the price/quality was exceptional.

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Quilted with a wavy pattern with the walking foot, stitch #4 on the Bernina.

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For the binding I have used the same fabric as for the filler triangles on the quilt sides.

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Quilt size : 64″ x 77″  diagonal set /  Block size : 9″ x 9″ – 50 blocks

Wadding : Quilters Dream Select 100% cotton

Quilting thread : Aurifil Cotton Mako 40/2 colour 2600 dove

Wishing you a wonderful Easter. Here in Spain we are still in a total lockdown. We are staying at home.

Happy quilting

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