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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atmosphere quilt in grey and mustard

Atmosphere Quilt is a pattern by Lee Heinrich. The pattern includes instructions for two color options : rainbow colorway and minimalistic colorway. Lee wrote this pattern as a professional and all instructions – both cutting or piecing – are easy to follow.

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As you can see I have chosen to make the minimalistic – or neutral colorway. I have made this quilt as a present for a dear friend that has a stone decoration wall with exactly these colors.

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My color choice is simple. Two Kona Solids in Silver and Mustard (the lighter hue) and two Bella Solids in Etching Slates and Mustard.

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I have altered the color distribution in the pattern, in the ribbon row. Instead of using only the darker mustard for the entire row, I have changed one unit for an Etching Slates grey. I have also made diamond in square blocks instead of piecing many flying geese units.

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The backing fabric is from my stock. Fabrics that I bought or got as a gift by the owner of my local quilt shop before closing because of retirement. Backing fabric is from Makower Linea Heron Grey.

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Quilting is once more with the walking foot. With my favourite stitch number 4 on the Bernina, a wavy pattern that I have adjusted in the length.

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For the binding I have used the same fabric as for the backing.

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I have added borders to the top and bottom of the quilt to make it bigger.

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Quilt size :  56″ x 76″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

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

 

Thanks for stopping, happy quilting

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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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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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