Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Steps IV // 2

Details of work in progress on Steps IV

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Steps IV // 1

I have started a new quilt. After the colorfulness of Danbar and Trip Around The World it's time for some reduced color palette. My hope is that the design will be strong enough to gain attention in a gentle way.
Also I felt it time to upcycle some old shirts again.

You can check out my Quilts page to see Danbar and TATW as well as Stepts I - III.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Trip Around The World // 11 and last!

Trip Around The World is all done and finished! I know I have said it before but This Has Been So Much Fun To Make! For the last five months working on this quilt has been such a calming and pleasant task. A truly treasured companion.

Hand pieced using the english paper piecing method and hand quilted with no frame.

160 x 120 cm

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

rag rug // 1

Years ago I made this rug using old t-shirts cut into short strips that I hooked to a burlap.

You can check posts in 2012 in the archive on the right hand menu bar if you want to know more about the process.

Unfortunately, when after some use I later washed it in the machine it came all apart. I finished to take it apart and saved all the fabric pieces not knowing what for.

A few weeks ago I then decided that it was time for a new hand sewing project. A no brainer to work on and off just whenever I feel like. This time I'm simply folding the pieces and attach them down with a few stitches to a canvas. I first started randomly but realised quickly that it was easier for me if I pre-marked where to sew. Now I don't even need to worry to remain consistent. This rug will in the end be much fluffier than the first one. 
So I'm recycling already once recycled material.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Trip around the World Quilt // 10

I am spending some quality time with my trip around the world quilt and enjoying hand quilting. Temperatures are increasing these days so I better get it done before it's too hot to work with it on my lap.

And just because I love it so much I'm sharing views of my favorite tree I admire during all my morning runs.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Danbar // 3 and last !

It's been a while since I posted about Danbar. I finished it a while ago but gifted it only a couples week back. So finally I'm sharing it here too.
The recipient wished for a red and yellow quilt with a strong emphasis on red. I decided to add neutrals to calm it down somewhat and to add interest.

The pattern is based on a disappearing nine patch (D9P). It is my fourth D9P and I tried two variations to the previous ones:
1. Different sizes of the nine patches to achieve slimmer rectangular "borders" and smaller little squares.
2. Alternating alignment of same "bordering" color per diagonal line.

You can see the other D9Ps I've done before on my Quilts page if you like to compare. They are named Ariel, Gerry, and Cathe. I think it's fascinating how one can achieve totally different looks using the same basic pattern.

The first picture shows the quilt on location the day it's been gifted to him. The others were taken a little later at home.

177 x 134 cm

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Rug revamp // 3 and last!

Mission rug revamp is completed and I couldn't be happier with the result! Once all the scraps were sewn down with vertical quilting lines, I added horizontal lines to form a grid. This is a in progress shot to show the process.

And here is my finished rug put back to use in front of my kitchen sink. I really like the look and can't wait to see how it will behave once put through the washing machine. But first let's do some heavy duty kitchen work so that washing will be worthwhile.

I also really like the fact that it can still be used on both sides!

Here is a link to the original rug I made years back.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trip around the World Quilt // 9

I managed to remove all the papers and can call the top finished. And because we recently had some sunshine I couldn't resist taking a rare backlight picture. Beautiful, isn't it?
I have no idea yet what I'll do for the backing. Time to visit my stash!

Even our wisteria joined into enjoying some sunshine!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trip around the World Quilt // 8

In the meantime I've finished sewing all the blocks together for this quilt top and started to remove the papers. The back looked so pretty with all the papers in that I left them there until the top was done. Now I have a zillion papers to remove which is not really that much fun. Lucky for me I'm not working on a deadline with this and can do it now and then just as I please. I'm also saving the papers...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Rug revamp // 2

I think my idea will work out just perfect and I'm going to have a new pretty rug. I'm just sewing my scraps on top of the old rug. I'm using my walking foot and adding pieces as I go. I had started with scraps of different shapes but then realized I needed some kind of order. I'm therefore cutting my scraps all into rectangular shapes but with different sizes. It still is scrappy enough but not that wild. Also I'm paying attention to color selection.
I'm sewing the scraps down with straight lines just using my foot for spacing them. I'll add more lines once all is put in place.
I've never done this before and I'm curious to see how the raw edges will behave when going through the washing machine. The good thing about this is, I can always add more scraps on top of the other!

Here a sight of my blooming wisteria bravely fighting against the return of winter temperatures!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Rug revamp // 1

Seven years ago I made this rug out of old bed linens. I cut them into strips, folded them four times, pressed them, and joined them with a zigzag stitch. I liked the outcome very much and the rug has been in use ever since. It covered up the floor in front of our kitchen sink and has been "maltreated" several times a day and washed many times.

After all these years of service I has become to look like this:

Since I'm not ready to give up on it, it is high time for a revamp!
For this I'm going to use my saved tiny scraps from previous projects. 

My rug will be transformed into something totally different yet still useful and hopefully nice to look at too! Fingers crossed my plan will work out.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Trip around the World Quilt // 7

I'm still working on completing these blocks and sewing them together. I'm halfway through by now and have no hurry to get it done. It will happen though and I already know that I will miss this project.

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