Saturday, April 18, 2015

Quilt Doodle BOM 2015 - April's Block

Here is my April block for the 2015 Quilt Doodle Design BOM. This time it is a birdhouse with a mama- and a baby-bird. Two lovely bluebirds!

The glitter fabric gives good life to the birds. The baby is so cute where he peeks out of the birdhouse waiting for mama.

The buttons will be sewn on the quilt when all the blocks are put together and the quilting has been done.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Building rows

I made an appliqué block for the masculine quilt, and I just had to assemble a row to see how it would look. I need a few more appliqué blocks before I can assemble the whole quilt. 

I have the perfect fabric for border and backing for the quilt, and I think there will be a lot of different trees scattered around.

For the photo shoot today, the weather was overcast with a lot better light for pictures. The wind was also cooperating, and it helped that the row is heavier than single blocks.

This will become a good looking quilt!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Distracted - again...

With all the pieces cut for the latest table runner (see my previous post) you should think that I would have been on a good way of finishing the top by now, but not... Instead I started gathering fabrics and started cutting pieces for a new one.

Here are my finished Log Cabin blocks made from 2 1/2" strips. The low sunlight on my porch does not give perfect credit to the colors, but you may get the picture. Seconds after the picture was taken the blocks were blown away with the wind, but I managed to rescue all of them.

This will become a masculine quilt, the design is a free pattern from Benartex; more will be revealed later.

Linked up to Needle and Thread Thursday.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP - Another Stash Busting Project

Yesterday I finished cutting the pieces for a new stash busting project, lots of 2 1/2" squares. Together with white rectangles these pieces will form a new table runner, a bit more modern than the previous one I made. This one will also be gifted. Updates will follow.

Linked up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social.

Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month - March Mini Quilt

In the previous 3 years I have made the Aurifil Designer of the Month quilts, where one block was made each month, and then all 12 blocks were assembled into a quilt in the end. In 2015 the designers are creating their own mini quilts. I didn't make the mini for the two first months of this year, but, for some reason the March design appealed to me. The finished mini looks gorgeous together with the crocuses in my yard. There are not many other flowers in my yard, yet, and 10 minutes after the pictures were taken we had a real snow storm, so spring has not come to stay quite yet.

The mini is 15 1/2" x 18 1/2", and is designed by Kimberly Jolly. The quilt is made of 5 different batiks, with a light neutral with lots of tiny leaves scattered all over as background. The binding is a purple/blue batik.

 I quilted it with straight lines using a light neutral cotton thread. The batting is cotton, which gives the mini some volume.

The back is an old curtain fabric. The quilting shows up very well on this side.

This is my second finish for the 2015 FAL. The original goal post can be found HERE.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

This is also my finish in April for ALYoF; I managed to make it fairly early this month.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beekeeper's Heaven

My first finish for the 2015 FAL is accomplished, the table runner I named Beekeeper's Heaven.

I once won the golden hexagon fabric (center in the block above) at my Local Quilt Guild meeting, and I wondered what to use it for?! It was lying in my stash a long time, unused, but when I started picking fabrics for the Quatrefoil blocks, it was just a perfect match for block centers. It almost looks like beeswax, and looks really good together with the soft pink print, charcoal and green. The eggshell colored solid background matches any interior.

After a wash and dryer cycle the table runner measures 17.5" x 41", It looks great on my coffee table, just a shame that it will not stay there... The table runner will soon be on its way to a couple of friends who among other things are beekeepers, that explains the name!

The runner is quite densely quilted with straight lines in the negative space. The way the lines crosses and makes a "waffle" design gives an interesting effect, in my opinion.

I used FMQ in the Quatrefoil blocks, and the one thing I am mostly pleased with are the bees in the two golden hexagon center blocks. The design of the bees comes from Lori at the The Inbox Jaunt. She has wonderful tutorials on free motion quilting, and even I, who am a novice in this, managed to make an image which fairly resembles a bee (!)

There was also room for a few hearts in the corner blocks.

The center Quatrefoil block has a pink, gorgeous fabric from my stash. Due to the busy design of the fabric I chose to quilt this center with a square spiral. Most of the quilting on this runner is done with a neutral cotton thread from Connecting Threads, but the petals of the charcoal block is quilted with a dark grey cotton thread. The picture above is taken before wash, and you can easily see the structure of the quilting. I am a big fan of straight line quilting!

Here is a close-up of the square spiral and the FMQ of the center block.

The runner is backed with a light flower print from my stash. The binding is also an old piece from my stash, Candy Cane Angels by Lynette Anderson The binding was cut at a width of 2", and is a double fold. 

It feels good to finish another stash-busting project, and one that is so good looking!

My original goal post for the 2015 FAL for the second quarter can be found HERE

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My 2015 FAL - Q2 List

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

It is the second quarter of 2015, and a new list of projects I want to finish is due. Thanks to Adrienne over at On The Windy Side for keeping us in line.

For the first quarter my goal was to finish three projects, and I managed to complete two of them. Three is a good number, and that will be my goal for this quarter, too.

The above picture shows bits and pieces that will be assembled into a mini quilt. Batiks and a neutral fabric with tiny white leaves will be put together in a nice little wall hanging.

My Quatrefoil blocks are being sewn together and will become a great table runner for beekeeper friends.

Last, but not least, I put in the goal I didn't accomplish for the first quarter of the year, Love Squared by Lindsey Weight. Now the background fabric is ready and waiting to be cut into.

This list should be possible to accomplish; I am looking forward to a nice few months!