; May 2014 | Quilting Stories Patchwork and Quilting Stories

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pink Baby Girl Quilt Finished

Baby girl quilt

Baby girl quilt

Baby girl quilt

Label

Sashing

The second baby quilt for the little twin girls is finished. I had shown Here, and Here the progress of this quilt. It was a pleasure for me to work on them, and I hope it will as well be a pleasure for the mother to receve this gift. It's my seventh baby quilt in a few months, and for the time being I don't think that any baby is expected in my surrounding, so that I can think of a new project with other kinds of fabrics… Hum… thinking twice about this, it may be wiser to finish some tops stored in my closet for too long!

Have a wonderful week-end!
Christine

Monday, May 26, 2014

Antique Scrappy Star Quilt

Scrappy star

Ranunculs

Antique quilt

Ranunculus

Antique quilt

Ranunculus

Antique quilt

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

When I saw this quilt on auction, I thought this one is for me! I could not resist to such colors! Especially to the yellow of the sashings and the violet of the blocks. The person who did this quilt must have had an idea about complementary colors! I as well love the scrappy stars. This is an end 19th century quilt in a very good state, nicely hand quilted. I did some trials in the lounge to find the appropriate place to display it and finally decided that it will be fine on the dinning-room table. It enlightens the room! One of the things I love is to decorate the house with quilts and flowers. Here is a bunch of ranunculus freshly brought from the market. Such lovely and joyful colors!
Have a joyful day!
Christine


Friday, May 23, 2014

Hand Binding Baby Quilts

Binding

Binding

Pincushion

Mug

Dave Brubeck

Coffee

Last sunday I gave the last touch to my two baby girl quilts (shown Here and Here), by hand sewing the binding on the back. This is something I like to do, and in general I enjoy finishing the details of my works by hand. I find this stage relaxing. Are you feeling the same when finishing a quilt? The house is quiet, the windows big open, I listen to Dave Brubeck playing jazz, I prepare a nice and warm mug of coffee... and this is... happiness!

Happy stitches!
Christine

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mola at Monday's Group

Mola cat

Some time ago, Ginette brought the idea to start a new project, learning the Mola technique. She had already done some nice pieces like this cute cat. One part of the group followed her with enthusiasm. I did not, being too busy with my baby quilts.

Mola cats

This technique comes from the Kuna women in Panama, who were traditionally using it for there costumes.
It is a reverse applique method consisting in using from two to seven layers of fabrics of different colors
sewn together.

Mola cats and fish

Stunning and joyful result!

Ginette

Eleni

Severine

Obviously this technique needs a hughe concentration!!

Mola fish

Mola fish

Mola backing

Mola backing

Group

Group

After the effort, relax... coffee and cakes are coming!

Agnes and Dina

Dina is giving the last touch to her sampler.

Dina's sampler

Finished! She wrapped herself pleasantly in her quilt!

Happy quilting to you all!
Christine

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Baby Boy Quilt Finished

Baby boy quilt

The second baby quilt I made, using the layer cake fabrics, is finshed. I hand sewn the binding yesterday.
For those who are interested, I had done a tutorial for this Here and for the binding Here.

Baby boy quilt

I did this quilt for the grandson of my dearest friend in Paris, who became grandmother for
the second time.

Quilt label
Label

Antique spinning tops
Antique spinning tops

Teddy bear
Teddy Bear

Teddy bear

This Teddy Bear was belonging to my first son. It looks brand new because he never played with it!

Rolled quilt

The present is ready to be put in my suitecase. As I fly to Paris next week, I will carry it with me
and offer it to the little baby that I will see for the first time!

Have a great day!
Christine

Sunday, May 11, 2014

String Top Finished


Here is my finished top. I chose a neutral tune for the sashing, and for the binding I will use a fabric left from the blocks. The backing will as well be neutral. The size is 1.75/2 yards. I will offer it to my daughter for her new appartment. She loves joyful colors!



Not easy to take pictures in the wind!




Behind the hanged top is a fig tree, and in the corner you can see a little cat passing by.





Focus on my rose tree, a little spoilt by the high wind. 
I wish everyone a wonderful sunday and a happy Mother's Day!
Christine

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Quilt rack

Quilt rack

Recently I don't hand quilt a lot and I thought of using my Grace Company quilting frame as a rack to display my antique quilts. I had searched for an antique rack or antique ladder, but did not find anything like that here. Unfortunately I don't think that this display is good looking with all those black screws and wheels.
Let's say it is provisional until I find a proper rack.

White roses

Waking up this morning I heared a strong wind and thought of my lovely fresh roses. What a pitty, when I opened my bedroom window I saw the rose tree bending and the flowers getting damaged. The climate here is rather harsh so that it's difficut to keep a beautiful garden, as after the wind will come the heat!

White roses

I hope the rose tree that grew very high, and that we admire from the lounge will not be damaged!

Have a happy day.
Christine