I have been spending a lot of time with this quilt top, Alle Fugler, by Northern Quilts lately, and now it is done and delivered to Merete for machine quilting.
It feels so great to be done with this quilt top!
Last time you saw it, it lacked the lower 1/3.
That part had some machine piecing, some appliqué and some stitchery, all in all 32 units
Hand work and colourful treats always go well together :-)
The beautiful candle is hand painted by my youngest daughter's mother in law.
She is so skilled and she urges us to burn and enjoy her candles.
Much like how I urge the recipients of my quilts to use them :-)
My dear husband never complains when I spread out on the dining room table, as long as I put away the blocks if we invite guests :-)
He likes this quilt very much, so I asked if he would like to have it for himself, as a gift from me, and he is very happy about that.
I will not be slow putting binding on it once it returns home :-)
My goal for this week is to finish this quilt top.
Quite ambitious, as what you see above is 2/3 of the quilt top, and what you see below is the last 1/3.
I have a few more units done, but not to many. I have been working on this Ufo through the winter, and now I am so ready to get it done and send it out to be machine quilted.
I so love every design from Anni Downs, Hatched and Patched, and this little sewing caddy was so much fun to make :-)
You can find the pattern in her latest book, The Story of My Day.
2 weeks ago I went down with the worse cold of the decade, and I did not have strength to do much more than coughing for several days. Many hours were spent under a quilt, napping and watching mindless TV.
I knew I were on the mend when I could hold my knitting for a couple of hours a day. Knitting with variegated thread always spurs me on, as I so enjoy seeing how the patterns and colours comes to life. My dishcloths are in great demand - that is a very good thing, so I can knit more. I love the lace patterns the best, but this pattern called Cupid's Arrows also turned out nice. The design is by Bittami.
My favourite aunt is 75 years old today, and this is our gift to her! I so enjoyed making her this lap quilt and I hope she will use it a lot, both indoors and outdoors. Merete machine quilted this quilt for me with a nice flower pattern all over.
I so enjoy making these plus blocks for plus people in my life, so after 2 quilts I am still not bored. I have another plus quilt on my to do list in the foreseeable future :-)
I did the most of the big border blocks (6 inches) and after a while something else caught my interest and the blocks were put in a box.
I love Anni Downs' designs and it really was a shame to have this beauty in a box, so I decided to give the project full focus through February.
Since I am working from my own stash - as you know, I am not a kit person - it really took some time to find the colours that make my heart sing,
I like clear colours, light colours, but not to bright colours.
Work wise, I sort of jump from one month in a block of the month project to another and back again, depending on the finished project. I am not at all good at following someone else's suggested progress.
I am sure that is why most of my block of the month projects come to a halt within months.
After restarting the project I finished the centre appliqué block, then worked on with the checker board border.
Next in line was the appliqué square border between the centre block and the checker board border.
Placing the squares was a challenge too, but it turned out great.
It was a beautiful sunny day, and it was a dream to work with colours. The winter sun is very bright and gives good colour reading, and sunshine always boosts my energy too!
As the mid section was joined it was very inspiring to finish the last blocks for the applique border.
All the tables in my home has been used over the last weeks - and here is the finished quilt!
Merete at Sy.no has done the machine quilting.
I am so enjoying my time in the Quilt Corner these days!
I am sorry I have forgot to blog as I go, but I often think tomorrow, tomorrow......... I guess that is familiar to more people than me?
My Ufo / finishing challenge to myself has been like a blessing, it really has kept me focused and happy for the last month and a half and the challenge keeps on giving :-)
I am working on a few projects at a time and moving them forward, putting all the others to the side.
My daily thread in appliqué is Natures Journey by Anni Downs - above.
The light colours are inspiring to work with.
I am so happy my local shop owner also likes Anni Downs' design - I can not get enough of them!
I know starting many of the same thing, like the doilies above keeps some people focused - me not so much, if at all!
I started these 3 doilies before Christmas thinking they would make good Christmas gifts, or 1 for me and 2 for gifts.
As I guess you have figured out that did not work ........
The original pattern is from Helen Stubbings and I think it is very cute, but making 3 of the same continuously - not so much, again, so I found some other stitcheries to put in the middle of 2 of them.
Merging designers was a good thing too, and I had fun finishing these doilies at last.
The bird with the Norwegian text + the deer and heart is from the Norwegian company Northern Quilts. Wenche at Northern Quilts is now also designing fabrics for Moda - that's so cool!
Will you believe I found more of the prepped hexies in a box here, so by adding only a few, I can make purple doily no. 4 ??
It will not happen right away though ;-)
A pair of purple socks for my youngest daughter is done too :-)
She loves purple too, and was very happy to receive them.
So far, 1 new start in February and it is done from my hands, as someone else will do the machine quilting on this care quilt for children with cancer or other long term diseases.
I got this jellyroll as a gift some years back and I think it is pretty, and I hope it will make someone else happy too.
I will count this quilt top as a finish on my list.
I like Pay It Forward and I hope my passion for fabrics and quilting can brighten someone else's troubled life a little bit.
The quilters I am making care quilts with will meet again for a 2 day sew together in April. I plan to make at least 1 more quilt top from my fabric collection then.
By looking at this quilt top, I wonder if I shall sort of copy the colours - it looks good :-)
The plus quilt I started 2 weeks ago is done and I am doing a happy dance!
The process was fun - from picking the fabrics from stash, cutting, making blocks, mixing the Japanese homespuns with the other fabrics, cutting my beloved shirting fabrics, and see how it all came together just like I wanted it to do.
I did not have a pattern for my quilt, even if there are a lot of free patterns out there.
I wanted less space between my pluses than what I have seen around, and I wanted to use smaller cuts of strips than what I have seen. I had a plan even if I made it up as I went along.
Being part of a plusquilt-sewalong just added to the fun.
The quilt measures 46" by 70" and will be a gift for a special plus person I know.