Hello again. I have missed my blog but I have been so busy for the last 2 years I have hardly had time to do anything except work and take care of myself and my family. 1st of March I had a baby girl and I will be on maternity leave until November. I am hoping that I will have some time for my blog and my sewing in this time, while I take care of my baby girl.
So my first sewing project in months will be to make a quilt for my older girls bed. This is curtain in her room and I wanted to match the colors, at least get the theme of colors from it.
This is what I came up with. I have a monthly subscription of a Batik Fat Quarter Club from the Fat Quarter Shop (not sponcered, just love the shop and want to let you guys know about it) and for this quilt I used fat quarters I have received from them.
I used the rail fench pattern since it is easy and I wanted to make some this easy and quick for my first projects this year. My grandmother helped me make my first proper quilt many many years ago with this pattern and I love it. I am still not sure about the colors but I am still going to finish the quilt and then make up my mind if I use it for my daughter or not.
I thought I had done a little tutorial when I did a rail fench quilt when I was in Japan but it appears I did not so maby I will use this quilt to take some pictures and make an tutorial for this easy and goog beginners quilt :)
I got a delivery from abroad and thought it was my Swan quilt. But it turned out to be my prize and ohhh my what a prize.
Feeling very proud and honored. I am thinking about using the fabric I got to make my next winning quilt. I look forward to knowing the theme for next's years show.
Are you kidding me? Yesterday my sister called me to let me know I got mail at her place (I lived there this summer) so I asked her to open it and take a picture and send to me. She just did and OMG I won a prize for my Swan in the moonlight quilt at the Open European Quilt Championship !!!!! Who would have thought. I am over the moon about it and right now it is quit large I understand :)
So I won 2nd in Novice. What a great honor this is and what a great start of the day :)
This is my project tonight. I don't know (and doubt) if I will finish it tonight.
But hopefully soon :) Look forward to sharing when I finish.
Yesterday after work I made this dress for my daughter. She loves dresses and all her dresses were getting too short so I made this one and I am planning on making another :)
Just as my Plover cushion returned from a show yesterday. Today was time to send my Swan in the Moonlight off to the Netherlands for a show there.
It has been a long process and I have loved every step.
Earlier this year I saw an ad for the Open European Quilt Championships 2016. I looked into it and found out everyone can summit a quilt and that there are a few categories. The one I was interested in was this years theme championship and the theme is "20" since this is the 20th Championship.
So it all started with trying to design a pattern.
After thinking about it a drawing some ideas for a few day I started to set up the picture. One day at the waiting room at the doctors I made this sketch on my iPhone.
By this point I had decided how it should look. Now it was just a matter of my abilities as a quilter. I am relatively new quilter so I did what I had recently learned. If I was starting now I would make it differently but I am still happy with the result.
I used my enviroment as inspiration and at a trip to Yamaguchi I saw a Swan I used as a model for my quilted Swan.
At a trip to Hajidamu I took some pictures of trees I had in mind while making the applique for the tree in the quilt.
When I had all the pieces where I wanted them I had to do some quilting. With so many leafs the quilting took its time. I asked my quilting group on Facebook for advice and almost everyone agreed with me. What do you think}
Finally I decided I would finish it off with facing instead of a binding.
I used my clips from the 100 yen (dollar) shop from Japan :)
So here it is ...
I have had some help on the way, specially from my top helper Margret.
My Swan in the moonlight.
Now somewhere on its way to the Netherlands. Too bad I can't join it and go to the show myself :)
Today my Golden Plover Cushion returned home form a show in the UK.
I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet. I don't think I would like it in my living room, simply because I don't trust my husband and daughter to treat it good enough ;)
Is anyone interested in it? or the pattern?
Just send a message to me on facebook or in the comments below.
I love this cushion but it needs more love than I can give it :)
Now I am working on finishing another quilt I am sending for a show. This time in the Netherlands.
I am finishing this one up with a facing instead of a binding. I hope to finish tonight so I can send it off tomorrow morning.
I shared with you this summer when I was making my butterfly blocks for a swap. It was my first swap and it was so much fun. Last week I got the blocks by post from the US and I am so excited.
I am not much of an embroider myself, at least not with machine, so these blocks are what caught my eyes first. I am thinking of making a baby quilt and do some free motion quilting in between butterflies :)
How do you like that idea?
A group on Facebook with some quilting buddies has decided to have a UFO challenge and finish of as many UFOs as possible before the end of the year.
This has nothing to do with flying objets and aliens but with UnFinishedObjects, that is quilting projects I have started and not finished. We all have them.
So these are the two I have almost finished and have decided to finish when my Jelly Forest quilt is finished. I will not start a new project until these are finished.
The pink one is a baby girl's quilt. I made the blocks while in Japan and made some Youtube videos about paper piecing while piecing them.
The green one is a wall hanging I am making for myself, for my living room. I was going to make a Cherry Blossom applique