Monday, December 11, 2017

epp top almost done

Once I decided on the final layout for this top I immediately started with the assembly to reach the point of no return. I haven't regretted it so far and I'm happily attaching the last block.






Monday, December 4, 2017

Steps IV // 10 and last !!

Steps IV is completed! And I'm very very satisfied with how this work turned out.

Except for the backing (which is a light weight ikea fabric) it is made of 90% recycled shirts.
The batting is a thin loft 100% cotton. The spacing of the parallel quilting lines varies from 1 to 2.5 cm. The result is a soft and cozy quilt.

I really love how it looks. The colors are calm, the shapes are subtle, resulting in an elegant look. Yet there is so much to look at. The movement evokes different associations such as water or music.

It measures 170 x 127 cm.




 





Monday, November 27, 2017

Steps IV // 9

I've made good progress with this quilt. It will soon be finished and I'm looking forward to see it completed. I think it will look great!








Thursday, November 23, 2017

epp block layout options

Once again I got myself in trouble with way too many layout options. I should have stayed with my original plan but I couldn't. I had to play around and lost myself.

This was my original plan with already some variants




Then I looked at these





Fun but how about this?


Or maybe one of these



But wait! There is more





Or why not a heart?!



Very tough decision making that almost drove me crazy. After days of pondering I've made my decision. To be revealed soon.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

epp

I've also made good progress with my epp project and meanwhile finished all the blocks.



I've spent the last days evaluating layout options. Tons of pictures will follow in the next post!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Steps IV // 8

I am really loving how this looks and feels. I don't mind all the threads to bury. They give me the opportunity to hold this work longer in my hands. I think this is coming together beautifully, if I can say so myself.









Saturday, November 11, 2017

Steps IV // 7

I've finally gotten around to baste and start quilting Steps IV. I finished the top back in July and it has patiently been waiting while I've been traveling and sewing up my Christmas Tree.
This quilting will keep me busy for days not to speak of all the threads I'll again have to bury. But it just feels great to have a plan and stay focused on the work. Plus these shirt fabrics are so soft that it is a real treat to have my hands full of them.










Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christmas Tree Quilt // 7 and last!

Finished! I really like how the quilting turned out. It sparkles around the tree and that is what I was hoping for.
There are a few things I wish I had done differently. Like the very top of the tree. While it's ok to become thinner and lighter in color I now feel it disappears a little too much. A thin strong red strip would have been good up there. Also I wish the whole tree was skinnier and taller.
There are other things but I won't bother you further with my self-criticism. It's my original design and most of it turned out as envisioned. I think I should be happy with that.

All in all it's been an experiment and I learnt a lot. I hope I'll remember! I'm putting it aside now and wait for the first Advent to hang it in my house. I'm sure I'll feel good when it hangs.









Sunday, November 5, 2017

Christmas Tree Quilt // 6

I'm on the finishing line with this quilt and more and more happy with how it is turning out!






Thursday, November 2, 2017

Christmas Tree Quilt // 5

Oh! I'm getting very excited about this area.




And here two images of beautiful Basel taken during one of my early morning runs of last week.







Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Christmas Tree Quilt // 4

Meanwhile lots of progress with the quilting on my Christmas Tree. Here is another progress shot. It's been very laborious, not least because of all the threads to bury, but I also enjoyed the time feeling sure about what I'm doing.



The tree is fully quilted and I'm happy with how it turned out. I like what I did with the empty squares within the tree. Not so sure about the top row of the trunk but I'll leave it for now and review later. Days are getting shorter quickly and it's getting more and more difficult to take pictures in good light but I think you'll get the idea.



I have also decided on how to quilt the area around it and am busy working at it. Here is a progress shot of this part of the work.


I can't wait to see if in the end it will render the visual effect I'm hoping for. Fingers crossed!





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