Sunday, May 24, 2015

A severe case of HSTs

It's a long holiday weekend, we are taking it easy and I got some time to sew. I made great progress on my HST sampler quilt, the top is done!

This will probably be a charity quilt.  At the end of June, my son's school will have a raffle at their annual summer party, and I promised to donate a quilt. All the money generated from this raffle will go to a school in Peru. I'm writing that this will probably be my donation because I also have another top in the works and haven't decided which one to donate yet. We'll see, maybe it will be both if I manage to finish them in time.

I have no idea how to quilt this one yet, hopefully inspiration strikes soon...

Wishing everyone a nice long weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Last Minute

Better late to the party than never, right? I tried to write this post for a whole week now, but somehow life and work took over. So without further ado, here's my entry in the Large Quilt category:

It's the Kerstin Medallion Quilt!

 You might think it a bit pretentious to name a quilt after myself, but since I did not follow any pattern and added border after border just like my whim struck, I think I'm justified...

I finished it late last year, and it has been living on our bed ever since. It's the biggest quilt I ever made, and I just love everything about it.

 The back is a mix of Botanics prints and IKEA fabric.

Quilt statistics:

pattern by: me
fabric: Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander
quilted with Aurifil 40 wt, light blue (forgot the number...)
size: 2,30 m x 2,30 m

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I finished a quilt! How did that happen, I can hardly believe it myself! Sewing time has been scarce lately, I somehow managed again to totally trash my sewing room, I royally screwed up while trying to sew a dress, and all that hasn't help with the mojo. But my mother-in-law ordered a quilt for her guest room, so I had to get my act togehter.

She gave me free reign over what to make, and after debating for a while I came up with this:

I used the great pattern by Latifah Saafir from Craftsy. Well written, easy to follow. The only thing I did wrong was that I forgot to change the printer settings. So what should have been a 12 inch clamshell turned out to be only 10 inches. Needless to say, it was too small for a single bed and I had to add the white border. I like how it turned out anyway.

I raided my Denyse Schmidt stash for this quilt. Mainly it's from the first DS quilts collection for Joann's, togehter with some Flea Market Fancy. I just added a white and pink polka dots fabric from my stash.

It's quilted with Aurifil 2415 in 40 wt. That's a light pink that matches nicely. For the quilting, I just echoed the clamshells. The border is quilted in arches.

And look at that, I even made round corners! I thought that fits nicely with the overall curves theme of the quilt...

For now, it lives on our guest bed until my mother-in-law comes visiting in a few weeks. Here's hoping she'll like it!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bee on time

I've been doing a little bee block sewing over the last few weeks. I did manage to sneak in a few minutes here and there, and slowly worked my way through one bee at the time (I'm part of three at the moment).

First up, my blocks for The Beehive quilts.  In this bee, we sew from our stash.

I made two of the Chainlink blocks for Siobhan because I wasn't so happy with my color combo at first, but now that I see them together, it's not all that bad. So I'm hoping they'll fit in nicely with the rest of the blocks.

The Wanta Fanta block for Britta was great fun. She requested blue, teal and dark pink. I'm good with the blue and teal, but the dark pink was a challenge. Not a lot of that in my stash!

Next up, Friends with Additions. This is a travelling bee where everyone sent out a started block and the other bees have to come up with an addition. Sadly, one quilt was lost in the mail, so everyone set out to recreate their blocks. This is my addition.

The fabric is not exactly the same, but it comes pretty close.

And finally, Bee Germany.

Susanne let us test her new pattern. This was great fun. It's fast and jelly roll friendly. And she did sent out beautiful fabric...

Ulrike is this month' queen bee. Normally, I tend to be a bit behind in my bee schedule, but since I was the last one to mail her blocks last year, I wanted to be the first one this year...

Since it's Tuesday, I'll link up with Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pineapple pillow

Sometimes I see a photo on flickr, pinterest or instagram and my first thought is "I have to try this". After seeing so many pineapple quilts lately, I decided to give it a try. I opted for the paper piecing method, because I knew if I attempt that without the foundation it will turn out all wonky. And I also knew that I will never, ever have the patience for a whole quilt, so a pillow it was.

 This pillow was supposed to be for the next round of the German speaking swap on flickr the wonderful Aylin is hosting. But round 6 is an all secret kind of affair, with no photos beforehand. I did not think about this when I posted a shot of the first block on instagram. And it looks so good on my sofa, I decided to make another one for the swap and just keep this.

The back is a little less busy than the front...

I'm linking this up with the Monday Makers. Check out Susannes brand new blog...