Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Holidays are close to finish

My little holiday friend is coming to a finish soon. In the last couple of years this was my companion piece when I went for holidays, and I finished one block each year. Now I managed only the angels and the hardanger partially - I will finish it at home for Christmas. Maybe as some long weekend companion...



Heirloom Nativity Sampler - The Victoria Sampler
Anyag / Fabric : 32 ct Smokey Pearl Zweigart
Fonal / Floss : selyem, a mintaív szerint / silk as in the kit

Monday, September 11, 2017

An old finish - almost forgotten

I made an inventory of my quilts, and I realised there is one, what I finished a long time ago (in 2014) for our niece. I did not have photo, so I asked it quickly. It is well loved and used, best thing for a quilt, bit not for someone who wants to take photo :) I got the materials from my sister-in-law and tried to put together a girly one. It is a little pale for my taste, but my niece likes it a lot! The freemotion is only a stitch in the ditch, and even that one is a little off - it is very difficult not to slip the sides.



Quilt for Iza - own ideas

Grandpa's 93th birthday present

I really went into scrappy mode, and took all the denim/corduroy whatever pieces I cut from our trousers. Both my husband and myself are small in stature, so I always cut the too long trousers. I am kind of a collector, so I kept all the pieces to have them in case of need ( can you imagine any kind of urgent need for a 2 inches leg piece of a tweed suit? You never know...) but now I took all of my 10 years worth of treasure, added some strange material bits and pieces and I came up with a perfect present for my Grandpa.
He is turning 93 next month, and usually spends his days sitting in a comfy chair - best thing for the winter a nice warm quilt, with a very soft minky like backing. It is called baby-soft in Hungary and comes in different colors, I have chosen a masculine checkered gray for him. Since the quilt is made up of various materials, it has quite a good texture already, so I kept the quilting minimal, only one spiral to keep the layers together. I hope he will like it!
I decided to keep track of my buying and using, so September was good so far: I bought 1.3m of baby-soft for the backing, and used  1.5 worth of scraps for the top. My batting also came from 3 remainig pieces of very thin batting what I stitched together. If I will be extremely bored during the winter, I will make a full inventory of existing fabric - I will see... The thing is, that I made 3 scrappy quilts in the last couple of weeks and I can hardly see any change among my scraps, regardless the fact, that I thought I do not have too many of them...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Love Entwined back

When I started quilting, I have found Ester Aliu's blog where she was writing about a quilt, what she saw in a black and white book and was enchanted with. She was looking for the original, what she has found finally, but unfortunately the owners did not wanted to share it with the public, not even a single photo in color. It is quite a strange and sad decision, because I understand that they did not want to put it to an exhibition, or open their home for the quilt lovers, but to refuse to give a single photo to someone who spent several years of her life with the reproduction of such a beauty, it is definitely not my way of thinking.

Anyway, regardless of Esther's warning that it is a huge undertaking I joined several others to create the quilt based on Ester's instructions. I have chosen linen for the background and I started stitching it by hand. After a few months (in part 3) I put it aside because I realised hand stitching is not my strength and it was patiently waiting in my WIP basket.

After finishing my skill builder and the 2 scrappy quilts I was thinking what to choose next. I thought let's continue with the finishes and give some air to my Love Entwined. In the meantime my skills are improved, I learned a lot about applique, and also about my taste, and I realised that I will never finish the original quilt - it is way too busy for me. So I decided to use machine applique and a much simpler arrangement. I kept the turn edge method, because one hearth block was already stitched, but I exchanged it to be stitched with invisible thread. I have to find some solution for the thread, because it broke one plastic spool an heavily distorted the other - I remembered why was I using the metal one last time. So the game is on, hearths are ready, only the blue leaves should be turned and stitched, and I have to find out something to close the corners.


Love Entwined based quilt design by me

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Bay leaves

It was a long term due finish, I do not even remember when did I stitched it- maybe in 2014 ? What I know that I have started the series in 2011... Only the name of the spice was missing - bay means babér in Hungarian. It will be a Christmas present for my cousin , she is the happy owner of the series: rosemary, mint, sage as bigger ones, and cumin for the small.


Sampling of Herbs (Cross My Heart) - Bay
Fonal/Floss: Anchor&DMC
Anyag / Fabric: Zweigart 28 ct Antique white

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Skill builder finished

My 3rd finish during this summer is the Skill Builder BOM by pile o'fabric. I decided it will go to the wall of my son, it is a little bit heavy for a cuddling quilt. I used german solids and double heavy batting to have a puffy effect, but I was not counting on the weight... Lesson learnt, this fabric is good to sew with, very good for a wall hanging, but I will avoid this combo for entering cuddly quilt territory.

Scrappy blue finished

I have finished my scrappy blue quilt and went for a modern feeling- I used a half inch parallel quilting. I really liked the final effect. The strange thing that it hardly made a dent in my scraps...

Scrappy red finished

My scrappy red is ready. I was looking for a design to use my white strips from my quilt borders and the red ones from the holiday quilts. I have found a similar scrappy red on Pinterest, what I updated, and I put many scraps to a good use.


Scrappy Red

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Universe

Another little newcome in our family, and since the choice was for a solar system by the happy parents, I tried to come up with a girly spacequilt. It was several round of redesign of the color palette in my head. For quilting I used perle cotton, with long stitches and I really like the final result. 


There was a little discussion among the youngsters how many planets are in the solar system ("is Pluto a planet at the moment?") and which one is the Earth: the green, the blue, the 3rd or the one with the butterfly ("there is life on Earth buddies!"). It is amazing when 7 years old kiddies are discussing serious things among themselves :)



The Universe for Elza
2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Scrappy blue

This is my very first quilt to use my scraps. I was collecting them by color, and the blue and white started to overflow, so I decided to organise them. 

I had some little half squares from my Building Blocks BOM which were miscalculated, so I made little pinwheels and added a border. I aligned all small scraps to have 5"x5" sized squares. After cutting 5"x5" squares and different strips I took all 2.5 pieces to give a bigger border in dark blue for the light ones and used some whites for the dark ones. When I was putting it together I realised I do not even need my newly created little charm packs, I can save them for another project.


I only cut fresh white for the main border, the binding also came from scraps. The backing is some leftover from a fabric I bought to create a lego carpet for Andris. However, when I was checking my batting supply I realised it seems to be quite much but in practicd it is only little long pieces, so I had to buy some new one. The only good thing that there is a shop literally in front of our house, where I can buy them, so I got it quickly.

For this one I did some very basic stitch in the ditch for the main blocks, the quilting is yet to come. I am thinking some straight line, maybe doing it on different scale for each block to give some interest.

It was quite quick, took a week including organising the scraps not only for blues but reds and whites as well. Originally I wanted a rainbow scrap quilt but it turned out differently. Now I am thinking create a quilt in all colors:) 

Scrappy blue - own ideas

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Skill building BOM


I have worked a lot on the skill building BOM of Pile o' Fabric what I started last year, and finished the remaining blocks. These were the tricky ones: either some special technique, or some special material was needed for completion. The 2 big ones were supposed to be finished by hand - definitely not my strength, so I did the diamond with my Bernina. The hexagon was mostly stitched by hand, but the final finish was also done with my machine. I am always wondering when people say that they "do it by hand to have a nicer finish"...


This is the almost finished quilt, only final stitching of th 2nd and 3rd row and the binding is missing. I really like how it turned out, and only looking for a place to put it in the flat. It is a little too heavy to be a cuddly quilt, and a little too small for our king size bed. I was thinking to add the last framing part, but opted against it to keep it smaller (and finished :) ) Most probably it will be a wallhanging in our son's room, fits nicely with the colours and the size is right.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pomarium

I did not blogged for a long time, and in the meantime I did some stitching. As you can see there is some progress on Pomarium, and now I put her away to go back Winter Watergarden. It will take ages to finish these gardens, but I love them so! The actual colours are much nicer, it is a little dark, next time I will try to shoot a better one.



Chatelaine: Pomarium
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Berci

I have a new nephew called Berci (Bertalan), and I made this littlequilt for him. It is 70x120 cm, fits into his bed perfectly. He likes it a lot, at least he is smiling when I am checking him under or over the quilt!
I took me a little bit longer than a week to finish, and I used all my fabric from stash. I found the picture on etsy with DiamondGardenQuilts, and I made a customised version for the little guy.



Owl quilt for Berci