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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quilted cover for my new sewing machine

Hurray, hurray, my new Bernina has arrived! At the end I got the B 720 and the free space right to the needle is absolutely perfect.

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So over the last weekend I made a dust protection cover for the new machine. There is a cover provided by Bernina, but it is dark blue. But I need bright colors in my sewing room! Bright color fabrics = Kaffe Fassett Collective designs. I got out my stash collection and started cutting from each fabric a 4 1/2 inch square. At the end I cut double so many squares as needed. The idea was to make a rectangle of 6 x 7 squares.

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After a busy afternoon with cutting, piecing and pressing – the dust protection top is ready to quilt.

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This is a perfect small project to try out the new Bernina B 720 with the walking foot. I have used two different quilting threads. The red/pink variegated quilting thread is from King Tut, and the yellow one is from Gutermann Sulky.

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Added some straps using a bias tape to knot the dust cover on the sides.

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And a few colorful shots from the garden. This winter has been very mild, and we have had hardly any cold weather. Since weeks we have nice and warm sunny days, sometimes with some wind. Spring is here.

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I started writing this blog post before the pandemic spread of the corona virus. At the moment our area is secure, but this can change any moment. My trip to Prague to visit my Mum has been cancelled – which I approve. If each of us can help a little, we all together can achieve a lot. So, I shouldn’t let sewing machine wait for a long time, it is time to sew. Get out the best of the situation!

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pineapple mini quilt

As you know I am a big fan of all quilt patterns designed by Elizabeth Hartman. So I decided to make for my sister-in-law a table runner for her kitchen using the Pineapple Farm pattern.

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Free-motion quilted with a meander pattern.

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For the pineapple blocks I have used Kaffe Fassett collective fabrics. Background fabric is Kona Solid Eggshell. Backing fabric is Bomull bought at IKEA. All fabrics are from my stash.

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experience with wool wadding

In today’s blog post, I would like to share with you my experience with wool wadding/batting Quilters Dream Wool. Maybe this is not the right time to write about wool. Here in Spain we have full summer with high temperatures; over the weekend we had nearly 40°C.

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I have used wool wadding for the first time in my two levitating jewel box quilts with Liberty London fabrics – see blog posts here and here.

What I found out is that wool wadding doesn’t crease or fold. A big plus in my eyes. When I took the king-size wadding out of the packaging and I rolled it open, it was flat in a moment with no visible folds. I could cut the wool wadding exactly to the size needed having no problems. The wadding didn’t move on the quilt backing, and this made cutting it with scissors very easy.

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Also pin basting the quilt sandwich was quick. Even-though the wool wadding has a higher loft than cotton; the pins went through the three layers smoothly. Once more, the wool wadding was stable, flat and did not move.

Because of the higher loft of the wool wadding I could easily mark my quilting lines with a Hera marker and a long ruler. The marked lines were perfectly visible.

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My experience with quilting wool wadding is positive. At the beginning, I was afraid of the high loft. Will my sewing machine manage it? But because the wool wadding is so soft, I had no problems so ever with quilting. I have used the standard Bernina walking foot, Aurifil Cotton Mako 40/2 thread and 90/12 jeans sewing needles.

On the contrary : the wadding did not move between the layers, no shifting or creasing. Over all I am satisfied with the result and I know, I shall use wool wadding for my future quilting projects. 

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I have washed the quilts with the wool wadding several times in the washing machine (using a special program for wool with low temperature and a detergent for delicate fibres). No creases, no folds, the quilts dried quickly.

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My opinion about wool wadding :

  • warm and breathable, perfectly warm in the winter, cool in the summer
  • soft drape, resists folds and creases
  • lighter compared with cotton
  • sustainable and renewal natural fibre, environment friendly
  • machine washable
  • suitable for both hand and machine quilting

Do you have any experience (good or bad) with wool wadding, please let me know!

Happy quilting!

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