Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pictures of the finished Pickle Dish Quilt

 We went for a little Sunday trip today and took the Pickle Dish with us.
It was beautiful, warm weather. Perfect for some outdoor pictures.
 So here it is, the finished quilt. It is approx. 72" square.
The pattern is from Kaffe Fassett's book "Quilt Romance", but I made a few changes. 
Instead of paper piecing the wedges, I cutted the pieces with a 9° Ruler.
And I made a different border, just like Janet Quiltsalott did with her Licorice Allsorts.
 We went to a beautiful old town near us and found a little park with colorful, late-summer flowers.

 The whole quilt is hand quilted with variegated Valdani perle cotton.
 Just like Susan of PatchworknPlay suggested, I quilted four petals in the background areas. 
The border is quilted with a double cable pattern.
The needle glided so easily through the soft Kaffe Fassett fabrics, it was a joy to hand quilt. I really love the quality of the KFC fabrics. The quilt already feels so cuddly and soft as if  it had been washed and used for some time.
 For the backing, I made a patchwork of 20 different pink fat quarters from my stash.
The striped binding fabric came from my stash, too.
So all I bought especially for this quilt was the batting and the quilting thread.
(okay, and the background fabric, but that was 3 or 4 years ago...)
 At first I planned to gift this quilt to my mother for her birthday next March.
But now that I finished it much faster than I thought, maybe I will give it to my parents as a 50th wedding anniversary gift in December. 
I think it needs another name. Any suggestions? I am not very good with names...
Thank you to my dear husband Michael who helped with the hanging and holding of the quilt.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

the Dark Rainbow Star is a finished Top now

 Excuse the pictures. I had to hang the top over the balcony railing and the light is shining through it from behind. 
I left out all very dark colors, because I don't wanted to lose the star tips against the dark background. 
Now I am waiting for the batting to arrive so that I can start quilting.
 The Pickle Dish is no longer a WIP! It's finished and already soo soft and cuddly because of the beautiful, soft Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
The striped binding came from my stash and I thought it was perfect for this quilt.
Pictures of the whole quilt and the pieced backing will follow as soon as weather and time allow for a little outdoor shooting. Hopefully on the weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Two WIPs

My first WIP this week is a commission quilt for a Facebook friend. 
She asked if I could make her a Rainbow Star quilt similar to this one that I made last year:
but with a dark background.
She chose the Scribble Notes in black from the Architextures collection. I think it's really great that they reprinted some of the fabrics!

144 different squares in a rainbow of happy colors.

And I am still quilting the Pickle Dish.
By the time I had almost finished quilting the rings, this was left from the first ball of thread. Good thing that I bought two! 
 Now I am quilting the borders. 
Yesterday I made a little tutorial about how I make my own quilting templates.
Maybe you'll want to have a look. ;-)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Make your own Templates for Hand Quilting

I thought I would share with you how I make my own hand quilting templates.
I never bought a template from a store. 
First, because I don't have a quilt shop near me, 
second, because the readily available templates are seldom in the right size and pattern, 
and third, because I rather spend my money on fabric.

For this example, I wanted a border template for the Pickle Dish quilt.
The border is 6" wide and I figured out that one repeat of the pattern should be 10".

 So I drew a rectangle 6" x 10" onto a sheet of normal printer paper.
I decided on a double cable pattern and drew the horizontal and vertical middle lines and a few other reference lines, before I drew one repeat of the pattern with a pencil.
 When I was satisfied with the drawing, I took a felt pen and repainted the lines.
Then I cutted the template roughly to size.
 Now I took some self-adhesive transparent film (the kind of stuff you use to wrap around books) and stuck two layers onto each side of my template to make it more sturdy.
 And then I cutted the lines with a pair of small, sharp scissors. 
Don't forget to leave some little connecting links, so that the middle parts of the template cannot fall out.
 Now the template is ready for use! I normally just use a soft, sharp pencil, unless the fabrics are not too dark.
Over the years my collection of self made templates grew, but a lot of them are tucked away somewhere.

 And here is my already quilted border. Again I used the variegated Valdani perle cotton.
For the corner I used two different plates to draw the quarter circles.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quilting the Pickle Dish

 September - cooler weather, the sun sets earlier, and it is nice again to sit under a warm quilt while working on it. So I started quilting the Pickle Dish.
 I am using this fuchsia and purple variegated perle cotton #12 from Valdani. 
It's the first time I use Valdani, and it is very nice to work with.
 Three rows of quilt stitches in the rings.
I'm not sure what to quilt into the background spaces yet, but I'm sure I'll find a pattern soon.
I do all the rings first, to get the safety pins out of the quilt and to stabilize it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Quilt Show in Arnhem

 Today we visited the annual quilt show of the dutch quilters guild.
This year it was held in the "Eusebiuskerk" (church) in Arnhem.
The church is big and quite impressing and makes a great backdrop for the colorful quilts.
 This year's theme was "kringloop", that means cycle, or recycle.
So there were some quilts out of recycled materials.

 ...Jeans,...'s ties,...

 ...vintage bed and table linens.

 There even was a dress made out of ties!
 And this quilt was particularly cool. It is made out of 1310 little clothes labels!
 Of course there also were a lot of beautiful quilts from "regular" fabrics. :-)