Monday, January 30, 2012

We have a winner!

Happy Monday everyone! Thank you so much each and every one of you for visiting my blog this past week. Now I have so many new quilting ideas thanks to your comments (ha, I'm sly, I know!) helped me pick the winner of the Terrain layer cake this morning. And the Oscar layer cake goes to:

MG, who left this comment:
"I would make a quilt to donate to my daughter preschool silent auction."

Congratulations to you, I hope the quilt you plan to make will raise a good amount of money for the preschool!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Anna's quilt

Thank goodness this is finished! And in record time, too. Took me only two years from the first block to the last stitch of the binding...

Now that it's done, I couldn't be happier about it. But there was a lot of doubt and annoyance along the way. When I started the 10 inch blocks with all my scraps, I thought that this chaos looks horrible. (I paper pieced them by the way, and my dear friend Alison had the brilliant idea to use the pages of a phone book). But once they were joined, it all came together and made sense. And then came the quilting. Oh my, I nearly lost my nerves over that! Somehow, my machine kept jamming and I ended up with missed stitches and sometimes even a giant amount of thread on the back. I had to rip it all out. I gave my machine a good cleaning and what do you know, it went off without hitch. It is quilted with white thread on the top and orange thread on the back.

For the backing, I used this IKEA fabric that I had bought a while ago (not sure if they still carry it). I thought it fit, since this quilt is going to a sweet little girl!

And now it will be boxed and shipped of to Minnesota. I actually started this quilt as a gift for the daughter of a friend, to make the transition from crib to big girl bed easier. Yeah, that was already a while ago, but now I hope it'll keep here warm on those cold Midwestern winters...

The only thing that I did not manage to do with this quilt is emptying my scrap containers. Somehow, there are still so many of the left, so I might have to make another one...

I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts. And with TGIFF again, this week it's hosted over at What a Hoot!

I'm also linking up for the first time ever with Megan of Canoe Rigde Creations for Sew Modern Monday!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Happy WIP Wednesday everyone! I'm linking up with Lee from freshly pieced this week again after taking a break last week.

I was just so frustrated with my string quilt, and that totally killed my quilting mojo last week. I had started quilting it, but then the bobbing thread got pulled in over and over again. Only after taking my machine apart and cleaning it thoroughly it worked again. And then I thought I attach the binding with the machine. Let me tell you that I really learned my lesson here. I hate the look of it and it is not faster at all. Especially when you have to rip everything apart and attach again...
Oh well, it's now almost done and this past week I read a lot, did not sew at all and had a jolly good time.

But over the weekend, I got into a sewing mood again and decided to cut into my Terrain jelly roll. And many, many blocks later, this is now up on my design wall:

I only need to add three more blocks, and then I can start assembling the top. Any suggestions on how to do it, because I'm not really sure what's the best way. Just piecing the blocks to rows and then the rows together? Or do different sections work better?

By the way, if you would like to cut into Terrain by Kate Spain yourself, I'm giving away a layer cake of it to celebrate one year of blogging. You can enter the giveaway here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

One year! (and a giveaway)

Happy anniversary to myself! Today marks exactly one year of blogging for me. Little did I know how great it would turn out to be to just write about my creative stuff. I met so many nice people through this little space, made new friends, was motivated to keep on sewing, ... the list goes on and on.

And to say thank you to all of you who drop in here and read what I'm babbling about, I'm having a little giveaway. I'm giving away this little bundle:

Yep, that's right, a layer cake of Terrain. And since I hate giveaways where you have to jump through a hundred hoops to even enter, I make it simple. Just leave me a comment and tell me what you would do with this layer cake. (But that doesn't mean I'd love for you to become a follower if you haven't already!).  I'll leave comments open for a week and will draw a winner next Monday, January 30th. The giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone who left a comment!

Friday, January 13, 2012

First 2012 finish

Here it is, the first quilt I finished this year.

I'm really happy with how it turned out. This is a gift for my husband's aunt. She turned 70 at the end of December. Since she was always complimenting me on my quilts, I thought I make her one for her birthday. Since her style is rather classic (lots of black, white and gray in her wardrobe), I wanted to make a quilt that reflects that style. I got a jelly roll of Puttin' on the Ritz by Bunny Hill Designs in the gray colorscheme, added some Kona Ash and Plum and after leafing through Susan Beal's  book Modern Log Cabin Quilting I was sure I wanted to make the Clouds in the Sky duvet cover as a quilt. But after I had finished a few blocks, I started playing around and in the end I settled for the Barn Raising pattern. This brings out the patterned fabric much nicer.

I quilted the front with plum colored thread, and the back with light grey one. I had actually planned on different quilting, but I think I was a bit absentmindedly when marking the lines. And since I was too lazy to mark it all over again, I just went with it.

Let's just hope Auntie will like it as well...

I'm also excited about the fact that I actually finished something in time to link up at TGIFF and crazy mom quilts!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Another week gone by, but this past one has been a very productive for me. I finished a quilt, a quilt top and I started a new quilt. Not too shabby...

I was able to finish my log cabin quilt over the weekend. I'd love to show a picture, but I haven't taken any good ones yet, the weather has been so rainy lately that it was impossible to do an outdoor shoot. I also think that this quilt deserves it's own post, so stay tuned...

I also found that as soon as I commit to something and announce it here or on flickr, I have to stick with it. Would be too embarrassing otherwise, no? So last week I committed to the Scrap Attack over on Stiched in Color, and yesterday I finished the quilt top. After two years! It was about time. But somehow, my scrap bins are not really emptier, so I guess there will be another scrap attack soon.

I started a new star quilt. This one's for my BFF. She came to visit a few weeks ago and she was really taken with this quilt. Since it's her birthday at the end of the month, I decided to make her a quilt. She picked the fabric from my stash, and as the neutral color she wanted to have Kona Ash. At first, I wanted to make a regular star quilt, but then I saw the amazing Sparkle Punch quilt over on Oh, Fransson!. And since Elizabeth is hosting a quilt-a-long, I decided to join in. The stars come together really fast, but this project is currently on hold since I ran out of Kona...

Don't forget to see what everyone else is up to...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Scrap Attack!

I am pretty sure you have all seen the new brilliant thing Rachel from Stitched in Color came up with:  the Scrap Attack! I decided to join in the fun, because this is just the push I needed to finish two long standing UFOs.

Both of those quilts were started almost two years ago, and then put aside and - well, never quite forgotten, but - very much neglected.

The first one is a string quilt. I call it my "All in one" quilt, because it contains fabric from almost all the quilts I ever made. It already has a recipient as well. It's intended for the daughter of my friend Alison. I wanted to give it two her when she moves to a big girl bed from her crip. Yeah, well, that happened over a year ago, so I better get moving...

I also have a few more blocks done, but I still need more.

The other project is supposed to become a baby quilt. I actually made already one like this, and then I had leftovers and now I plan to make another one.

This is far more tedious than the string quilt, but more fun as well. And I have a few friends who will have a third baby in the early summer, and plan to be surprised by the sex. And this will be a nice unisex quilt, no?


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

WIP Wednesday!

Okay, before I start rambling about anything relating to quilting or sewing: HAPPY and especially a HEALTHY NEW YEAR! Sorry, I felt the need for shouting, because the healthy part has not been so great so far and the year isn't even a week old. On the 1st, my younger one fell on a walk and kissed the concrete with his nose. On the 2nd, my older one got his hand stuck in the car door and my husband spend six hours in the emergency room with him waiting for an X-ray (he's fine, nothing broken, thank goodness). And on the 3rd my younger one took the turn again by tripping over the bathroom rug and bumping his head against the tub. He now sports a giant bump on his forehead... (sorry, I just needed to vent a bit!) Let's hope it can only get better from there.

So did everyone set their goals yet for this year? Like never have any UFOs or not buying so much fabric? Well mine is to finish all the UFOs that are currently living in some boxes on my shelves. I also have another sewing goal that's not related to quilting, but I'll share that one in an extra post over the next few days.

Quilting-wise, I did make good progress this week. I settled on a design and finished my log cabin quilt top.

I wanted to make the border in Kona plum a little bit wider, but then I realized that I had just enough left for 2.5 inch strips. But better than nothing, no? It was definitely different to work with such monochromatic fabric. I'm glad I choose the plum for the center squares, I did a few test blocks first with Kona slate at the center, but that would have been a bit too dark for my taste. I think I will also go with some plum colored thread for the quilting (which hopefully takes place tomorrow evening).

I'm linking up with Lee from freshly pieced, I'm excited to see what everyone else has been working on...