The almond trees have started to show their pretty white flowers. This means that spring is not far away. We can still have some cold nights in February, but the sun rays are getting stronger even in the morning hours.
So – I have finished my very first quilt in 2014 and it is called “Picnic with Bella”! This one is staying at home and is for my hubby Helmut for his everyday siesta on the sofa. I am planning to make a few matching pillow covers with the fabric rests.
The fabric I have used is from the “Bella” collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. It came out at least a year ago, but I never had time to make a quilt. I have made another quilt with an earlier collection by Lotta Jansdotter : Abstract Dreams. I like her fabric designs and her color choice – modern, bright and fresh. There is a new collection arriving soon “Mormor” – you check it here at Hawthorne Threads.
A few weeks ago I have received a parcel from the UK from Cottonpatch with a new (for me) wadding type : Quilters Dream Cotton in Select. This is a mid loft thickness and it was wonderful to quilt. It is not too thick, but very soft and smooth. I think this will be my favorite wadding (or batting?) for my future quilts.
Quilt size : 54″ x 84″ / 137 x 213 cm – Finished block size : 6″ x 6″, one block with 4 half-square triangle units and the other block with log cabin units with mitered corners.
Free-motion quilted with meanders using Gütermann Sulky machine quilting thread in light grey, #1328.
I was so happy to find the fabric for the binding in my local shop Kate’s Craft and Quilting – a yellowish-green from Moda Fabrics that matches exactly with the Bella colors.
This all for the moment, thanks for stopping and looking forward to read your cheerful comments! Have a great week, Barbora
This Thursday I am flying to see my Mum in Prague. Looking forward to that, I can visit a few patchwork shops and get some quilting threads. When I come back home I have quilting work waiting for me – a double bed quilt in the QAYG method. This kind of quilting I can manage well on my Bernina sewing machine.
In the meantime I have finished quilting and binding the Luxor throw.
Description : Luxor Throw, size 60″ x 70″, designed with chevron log cabin blocks
Fabrics : made with red a blue fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett, solid “zig zag” fabric is in salmon pink, binding in bright orange
Quilting : free-motion quilting with meanders
Now – why the name Luxor? During my last visit to Prague we went to one of the largest book stores that is directly in the heart of the city on the Wenceslas Square and this building is called Luxor Palace. Here I spotted an original floor mosaic and I couldn’t resist taking a photo.
And I also shall have a small handmade present for my Mum packed in my suitcase :
This is my 100th post – I shall treat myself with a sip of champaign today evening. Thanks for visiting,
It has been nearly a month since my last post. Don´t know where the time has gone, but it was a busy time for me : my Mum was with us, had some challenging work at my daytime job and sorted out the garden before the summer heat arrives. Last Thursday (13th!) we have experienced 2 fairly strong earthquakes. One got me out of bed early in the morning at about 5:30 and the other one when I had my siesta after lunch. As our house is build on a rocky hill, we could really hear and feel the earth moving. Luckily nothing serious happened, only a few pictures in the house were hanging crooked.
The spring has come to an end : the first crop of figs is ripe on the tree (have to eat them before the birds spot them) and my favorite pot plants are in blossom – Agapanthus africanus alias African Lily or Lily Of The Nile. I just love the wonderful blue flowers. What a pity that they do not flower for a longer time.
Also all of my orchids on the windowsill are full with flowers. They are so easy-growing plants and give so much joy with their long-lasting flowers in all the different colors.
Talking about WIP : I have finally finished the “Squirrel” quilt that I started last year in November. The collection I have used is “The Birds and The Bees” by Tula Pink and some solids I had in my stock. The quilt size is 48″ x 60″, I have pieced nine patch and log cabin blocks together. Quilted straight line with the walking foot in diagonal. There are 2 panels with squirrels that gave the quilt its name : Meet the Squirrels.
My new project is with Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Somehow I can not resist his fabric designs and colors. Both packages have 20 different fabrics cut into 6″ strips – Happy and Blue; purchased at the Fat Quarter Shop. I have a quilt design on my mind, just need to do some calculating and hopefully I can start cutting later today.
It’s done : Fire & Ice quilt is finally finished! I have “cheated” a bit with the quilting. The last few quilts were in free-motion technique. So this time I decided to work with the walking foot. The wave or serpentine is a standard stitch on the Bernina 440. Never tried before, but I have seen some quilts with this finishing and I thought this would break the strict geometrical pattern.
The finished size is 60″ x 84″. I just love the blue tulips backing fabric from Fabric Freedom.
I do like to keep the blog up to date with my sewing and quilting whereabouts, but sometimes I just can’t get on the computer and write post. Anyway, I have finished 4 pillow covers for Mary. Mary wanted them in green hues and with log cabin blocks. I made 2 different sizes : 16″ x 16″ / 40 x 40 cm and 20″ x 20″ / 50 x 50 cm.
Whilst reading some quilting blogs, I came over 2 projects :
The first one is by Alyssa from Pile O’ Fabric and I decided to take part. The quilt has a nice modern design, is a QAYG. Here I can learn and practice free-motion quilting skills. Yesterday I decided on the colors I want to use for this project and Kona Solids have won. I have ordered a lot of FQs at The Village Haberdashery in the UK.
The second project caught my eye because of the rectangular blocks and very different techniques. Find all details at the cute life under Something New Sampler.
Linking with Better of Thread and Sew Cute Tuesday. Have a look on the website – maybe you can find some new interesting blogs!!