Saturday, November 17, 2018

Venus is ready

I have finished another block from betukbandi Round the Year BOM. I really love how neat the paper pieced parts after trimming!


I was quick, I have finished in one afternoon. This is before sewing the block together:

This is the final piece after finishing all the seams, Part 5 Venus. I skipped part 4, Sapphire fire, because I have to find out what colours I want to use. I am really improving in paper-piecing, but maybe having straight lines instead wavy triangles also helps...


Part 5 - Venus

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Round the Year 2 - Evening at the Pond

I have put the taupe Yoko Saito top away and returned to the colorful Round the Year by betukbandi. I have already started the paper pieced flying geese a few weeks ago, only the middle was missing. It took only an evening to finish it -it was very easy and relaxing. Despite the name it was only straight stitches. The name is Evening at the Pond, reminds me the birds flying away to the setting sun.
Evening at the Pond

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Yoko Saito quilt top



I have finished the top for my Yoko Saito. This photo does no do justice, in real life the colors are much softer, not so washed out, and the frame is a soft hazelnut. I will try to make some better pictures with natural light. I opted to skip the framing tree and grasses, I lost my mojo somewhen in the process. I am attracted to colors now, and thinking to put is away for some time and not to rush with the finish. When I finish a top I immediately go for the quilting, but now I have a feeling it won't give me the joy, and I do not want simply to get over with this piece, I would like to enjoy the quilting as well.



Yoko Saito: Strolling along path of green

And old finish from the scrappy series

I made this scrappy green yellow last summer when I was cleaning up my scrappy bins. The green pinwheels were leftovers from a quilt I made in 2014 for my niece, the rest came from various projects. I just love the backing: I took some of my ugliest materials I thought I will never use, plus some satin pillowcovers I cut into halves to fit our small pillows. I really like the softness of the backing, and regardless how ugly the fabrics looked separately, they come together quite well.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Quick world tour

I have finished part 1 and 2 of Around the world in 80 stitches, and I am contemplating to call it a finish. I have started this piece in 2012 (6years ago!), and after stitching a very little I stopped I did not touched for 6 years. This is not a small time aversion taking into consideration I hardly put anything away for more than a few months...But I despite the fact that it seemed to be fun to learn new stitches I was not willing to work on this sends a serious message. I took it up a few days ago when I made an inventory of my WIP (UFO? - is there a specific date when a wip became extraterrestrial? If yes I suppose it does not take 6 years to come) I listed this and gave it a last chance.
Actually after decreasing the color palette it was not so bad to stitch, and I really like the outcome, but it is only 1/6th of the whole design and I am not sure whether I will have the stamina to stitch so much more. Now there is a natural finishline, I can make a nice box out of this, and I think I will do that. But I am really happy that I got here.