19 September 2014

friday finish









Finally a friday finish to share:
my pushing up daisies is 67" by 85"
partly quilted by hand (the background) and partly by machine (the daisies)
started a year ago, inspired by Kathy Doughty's quilt garden party from her book making quilts.

My aim was to use the growing pile of scraps and bigger left over pieces of blue and green. I also finally got a chance to play with the dresden block. The process has taken some time, including a bit of considering how to proceed. The background came together fairly quick after grouping my scraps by color, the dresdens took quite a bit longer to materialize. This design is a play in contrasts of value. Some of the daisies blend into the background, others seam lifted out from the background. I spent a long time playing around with placement of the daisies. 
The binding is also quite scrappy, as I happily cleaned out the leftover green and blue excess pieces of binding that I keep in a little plastic box, all cut at 1.25"

This quilt is very soft due to the hand quilting and the thin cotton batting. (quilters dream request). And I am still considering adding some quilting to the yellow flower centers (which is just hand sewn to the petals,) either by hand or by machine. For now I am just happy to snuggle up and test it

; )

Happy friday!



07 July 2014

summer...





... dresses

Influenced by the clever and lovely english ladies (Kerry, Charlotte and Katy) making pretty dresses, I have been daring some dressmaking, too. The patterns are several makes from the staple dress by April Rhodes and one date night dress by the same designer. Voile is from stash and by Amy Butler, Tina Givens and Anna Maria Horner, once intended for quilt backings. The last picture is a Liberty of London Tana Lawn, a special purchase for dressmaking.

So far I have made three versions of the staple dress:
  • xxl with a tuck in the neckline (my little alteration) and pockets makes for a soft and roomy summer dress
  • xxl with shirring in the waist and no pockets, has all french seams and hidden fabric edges
  • xl with shirring in the waist and pockets for a more fitted size (not shown, as I am wearing it right now ; )
Have to say i LOVE the pattern, and will use it again. There are so far three cotton dresses made not shown, and a few lovely fabric purchases hopefully appering in my mailbox soon... Among them a bit of double gauze that I can't wait to try out.


The date night dress is made in xxl, and has a very open neckline that needs some clever ideas...


In the making is also a simple sundress by Heather Ross. (Free pattern, just google it). Maybe a bit carried away, you say? I promise you, my wardrobe needed some refreshing.

So happy summer to you all. I am hoping to get to wear my latest creations a lot!

; )

01 May 2014

may day







a wonderful time of the year
a sunny morning
a holiday celebrating international workers day
a handsome, longarmed husband aka quilt holder available
a sweet kitty
a few tulips surviving the april showers
and the new leaves of the wild rose

what better set up for a quick photoshoot of my finished sweet sixteen quilt?

size: 48" * 72"
vintage linens (cotton / polyester) top, cotton batting and a voile back
hand quilted in perle 16 

the colors of this quilt will match the wild roses hiding in the early buds...
can't wait... we're all set for summer, now

; )

wish all of you a beautiful day!












30 March 2014

crows


We live under a track of flying crows. Each dusk and dawn they pass our house. A ruddy crowd, and sometimes loud too. Too many to count, and yet of some order. They have inspired the name for my latest finished quilt:

my crows are 55" * 70", machine quilted in simple zig zags across on quilters dream request (thin) cotton batting

For me, the recycled shirts gives this quilt an everyday, casual and simple beauty. Nothing fancy. The black fabric really helps showing up the dust and cat hair... Absolutely not of heirloom quality, but a good utility lap quilt for me. The back is a wider cotton from IKEA, in less than quilters cotton quality. And I am considering giving it some more quilting, as the sparse quilting is already broken in a few places. Probably too much tension on the thread when in use.  As for now the quilted lines are about 3" apart. Considering adding some hand quilting. Might have to wait as I am finishing up my three other partly hand quilted quilts, first.

This sunday is the first day of summer time, and I am happy to capture a sign of spring in the garden:





Wish you a lovely sunday!

; )




21 February 2014

bargello blues





I have one more friday finish I want to share with you:

my bargello blues measures 60" * 72", is quilted on a long arm with my favorite hobbs thermore polyester batting.

Like the popular scrappy trips around the world this bargello pattern is also a classic design that is freely shared by Bonnie Hunter on her Quiltville webpage. I have made a few of these by now. I like how this pattern is easy to sew but still fun as you get to play with color combinations and contrast.

This one has a special recipient in mind. Sometime later this year.

Wish you all a lovely friday!

; )

14 February 2014

the missing u












This weeks friday finish is a popular design from sunday morning quilts by amandajean and cheryl. My second quilt from their book!

the missing u is 72" * 72", quilted on long arm with a lovely quilters dream polyester batting

I started out using mostly larger scraps and ended running out of them before I had made enough blocks for the top. After a while I got the idea to add some blocks pieced from small and really small scraps, too. Love how these small pieces invite you to have a closer look...

The quilt is thick, heavy and warm, very cosy. Look forward to wrap myself up in it. Nothing like having a warm quilt to sit under while watching the winter olympics...

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Wish you all a lovely weekend and Happy Valentines Day!