Sunday, January 25, 2015

2014 Aurifil Quilt Completed - January ALYoF goal


The 12 blocks of the 2014 Aurifil Designer of the Month are now assembled to a quilt together with 8 grey blocks, some of these with a little winter design. It is quilted with wavy lines using the walking foot; a lot less time consuming than my Modern Maple.

My January goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes is thereby accomplished with this quilt.



I did the photo shoot on a little playground close to my home. A clear winter day helps showing off the blocks of the 12 different designers. I used the same block setting as I did for my 2013 Aurifil quilt. This year I didn't have a clear color scheme, though: this is a scrappy quilt; I just grabbed the fabrics I felt was right each month when the design was published.


The quilt measures 51" x 65" before wash; a good sized quilt for a teenager. The quilt will be donated to the children's ward at my local hospital next month. This completes my 8th charity quilt for the hospital. I hope the quilt will bring good comfort to a child/teenager that needs it.


Linked up to Richard and Tanya's blog .

Keep on quilting!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Work In Progress (WIP) Wednesday

It has been a long time since last blog post, with a good reason. Last weekend I attended a 16 hour class of bag-making. During the weekend I managed to complete a very good looking and practical carry-on bag, perfect to bring with me on a plane. I will write a separate post on this bag after I am able to take good pictures of it in daylight during the weekend.


Last week I finished the quilting on my 8th (I think) charity quilt. this is one of the 2014 Aurifil blocks that the quilt consists of. Together with 8 grey blocks, this gets to be a good sized quilt for older children at the hospital. The quilt is now finished, and the binding is sewn on. Pictures will be taken in the weekend, since it is getting dark when I come home from work, still. I hope spring will come soon with good light!


I started making these small bow tie blocks last week, it is a free design called QM Bitty Blocks. featured in Quiltmaker's  blog. These are free quilt block patterns monthly during 2015. What is good about this BOM, is that you are supposed to use only scraps to make a lap size quilt, and who doesn't have lots of scraps?



The last thing I will talk about in this post is a fun appliqué project, this is the first of two January blocks. The design is from Quilt Doodle Doodles, and the project will run throughout the year.

Keep on quilting!
 
Linked up to Let's Bee Social and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 FAL - Q1 UFOs I want to complete

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I have joined the 2015 FAL over at Adrianne at On the Windy Side.  Here is the list of the UFOs I wish to complete during the first quarter:


The first project is a quilt that will consist of 12 BOM blocks from the 2014 Aurifil designer of the year, hosted by Pat Sloan. I am adding 8 extra blocks to make a 4 x 5 block setting; a good size for a charity quilt for the children's ward at my local hospital.


The second project is a free pattern/project called Hip-Hopscotch, that I found over at Quiltmaker's blog. The top is done, and it just needs to be quilted and finished.


The third project is a fabric kit I won in a giveaway at Forth Worth Fabric Studio last year. I just need to add some white fabric and make it into a nice lap size quilt.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

First finish in January

I was really supposed to work on my ALYoF goal in the beginning of January, but then DS2 got a new laptop and figured out he needed a laptop sleeve before returning to college. I relized it was necessary to make one for DS1, also. That way I suddenly had two laptop sleeves to make, and that in a fairly short time.

I used a design by Elizabeth Hartman for a simple laptop sleeve, one that I tried out in my entry for the Rush Hour blog hop in 2014. The formula makes it easy to fit the sleeve to any size laptop.


I used home decor weight fabric for the outside, to make the sleeve sturdy. I used cotton batting for protection.


The quilting is straight lines using the walking foot.


The laptop sleeve has a simple velcro closure. The laptop fit in the sleeve like a hand in a glove, just perfect.


The green sleeve has a solid dark grey cotton for lining, and the other one has a blue print fabric inside.

Both guys were happy for their New Year's gift, and the sleeves will be used every day to class. It is always a good feeling to make an item that will be cherished and used regularly!

Linked up to Richard and Tanya's blog .

Friday, January 2, 2015

ALYoF 2015: January Goal

Another year of A Lovely Year of Finishes has started, and may 2015 be even better than 2014. I joined the ALYoF last year, and I managed to complete 5 of my goals. Now I am starting early in January, and for this year I hope to fulfill at least 6 of my monthly goals for 2015.


I am starting out with a set of 12 BOM blocks that I completed one of the last days in December. Since 2012 I have joined the Aurifil Designer of the Month BOM, and this will be my third quilt in this series.

There are 12 blocks I pieced during last year. Each block is 12" square when finished. I plan to use some extra blocks to make it into a 4 x 5 block setting. This will be a charity quilt for the children's ward at my local hospital. They are in great need for quilts for the older children in the ward, and this will be a good sized quilt.

I wish all my fellow bloggers a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Aurifil December block


My last 2014 Aurifil block is completed, with just a couple of days left of the year. The designer this month is Carrie Nelson.

I chose to make the flying geese using the Companion Angle and the Easy Angle ruler. The colors I chose reminds me of summer much more than winter, and I just felt better about these golden tones and the butterflies when I searched my stash.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Modern Maple In The Snow


My Modern Maple quilt is now quilted and the binding is stitched on. My December goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (ALYoF) 2014 is thereby completed. The finished size of the quilt is 59" x 70".

One of my college sons accompanied me for the photo shoot in the snow, and there is a lot of snow! My fingers got real cold operating the camera, it was freezing!


The playground was a perfect setting for the photo session, and the color of the house in the background is a perfect match with the quilt.


My son was the perfect quilt holder, and with a few breaks in-between to rest wide-stretched arms and to heat fingers, the photo session was a success. .


All my maple leaves look like they have fallen down on a snow covered ground, literally! I am happy I used pure white background fabric for the quilt.

As you can see, we have LOTS of snow! Fortunately the snow was really dry, and it was easy to brush it off afterwards.


I did an all over woodgrain quilting with my walking foot, and used approximately 10 bobbins in the quilting process. I like the density of the quilting, and after a wash-and-dry cycle the quilt is nice and soft. As you can see in the picture above, I added a little interesting detail; a negative mini leaf.


Here is more of the quilting . I am very pleased with the quilting texture and the amount of negative space in the quilt.


I used only fabrics from my stash for the maple leaves; how is it possible to acquire so many fall-colored fabrics in such a relatively short time?

The backing for the quilt is a text fabric from IKEA, and the binding is a striped fabric I bought at Hancock's a while ago. It may be difficult to see, but the binding has got quite a lot of golden color in it. It goes very well together with the quilt, and it gives a perfect golden frame to one of my best-looking quilts so far.