; September 2014 | Quilting Stories Patchwork and Quilting Stories

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Knitting a Baby Blanket

Wool and fruits

Wool and pear

Knitting bag

Knitting bag

Knitting

Knitting

Together with quilting, I enjoy a lot knitting. This was in fact my first craft ability : I learnt knitting at the age of four.
I had the example of my mother knitting all day long for my sister and me, and even for our dolls. She was doing wonderful creations. 
In the past I knitted for all the family, until my children became teenagers and decided that hand knitted pull-overs were not in fashion!
So now I take my grey yarn, my beautiful wooden needles and start a crib blanket for my grand-son to be born in December.
This blanket will have a Liberty fabric lining (you can see it in the first two pictures).
To put my work, I always search in my stash of hand made bags an assorted one. I had forgotten about this shopping bag I did some time ago, and I find it very cute (Echino fabric). 
The yarn is from Rowan, wool and cotton quality.
On the background of the knitting you can see the antique quilt shown here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blue Log Cabin Top

Blue log cabin

Blue log cabin

Blue log cabin

My Log Cabin top started last week is finished! The piecing was quickly done, what took more time was,
as usual, the display of the blocks, and at the end it did not turn out the way I expected to!
I had planned to emphasize the central squares of the blocks

Fabric detail

I was so enthusiastic about the color and the design of this fabric by Marcia Derse that I thought of
emphasizing it by placing it in the large square center of each block, so that it is brought out.

Fabric detail

Although it is an evidence, I realize (late) that with Log Cabin pattern, and in general, if you want to emphasize the center block, you have to choose either a complete different color than the stripes, or a very strong value, dark or light. Here the value of this fabric was not contrasting enough with the blue strips. It would have made a striking contrast with the light turquoise fabric I used in the strips, which color is the one that is finally brought out. I must say that, though different than expected, I am rather satisfied with the final result. 
As regards the quilting, I am hesitating between a straight line design and a circular one. The advice of all my quilters friends would be very much appreciated.
Have a wonderful week-end.
Christine

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scrappy Spools Quilt Finished

Spools quilt

Spools quilt

Spools quilt
Blue backing

Spools quilt
On yellow table

Spools quilt
With basket

Spools quilt
On rattan armchair

This quilt is the second one I did using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. The first one was the Fan pattern which I offered to my niece in Paris. For this second one, I chose the Spools pattern and thought of using more neutral tunes from Kaffe Fassett range in order to give it a warm kind of autumn harmony. I also hoped I would have enough fabrics and leftovers in my stash, and I would not need to buy more, but unfortunately when I displayed the blocks on the design wall, I realized that I did not obtain the wished result and that I would need to get some more fabrics to "break" the too warm harmony. Therefore I ordered some more neutral fabrics and enough yardage of the blue one to use it for the backing. I am quite pleased with the final result, I think this blue fabric cools the whole thing.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Little Twin's Quilts

Twin sisters

Twin sisters

Baby girl

Baby girl

Baby girl

My friend from London sent me these pictures of her twin granddaughters enjoying their little quilts. Aren't they adorable?! 
You can find the tutorial of the Chevron baby quilt here, and the progress of the other quilt here.
Although we again have a hot day today, I am going back to my Log Cabin quilt sewing, as I want to progress the quickest possible to have it completed by the end of the month!!

Greetings and a beautiful Sunday!
Christine



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sea and Sand Log Cabin

Log Cabin blocks
Six blocks

Fabric selection
Fabric selection

Strips
Strips

Log Cabin block
First block

Log Cabin display
Eight blocks

Log Cabin display
Eleven blocks

Log Cabin display
Sixteen blocks

Yesterday I started to work on the fabrics that my son brought me, shown in my last post.
I am making this quilt for my sister's 60th birthday. As she will use it in her house near the sea, I chose various tunes of blue and beige recalling the beach, and I named it Sea and Sand.
I will need 64 blocks, and so far I finished 16.
The final size of this lap quilt will be 66" x 66".
For the beginners who may be interested, I had posted the step by step Log Cabin tutorial HERE.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Arrival from Chicago!





As promised in the previous post, I show you my last fabric order from USA.
My eldest son who lives in Chicago was so kind to fill half of his suitcase with fabrics for his mother!
Thank you so much Bob!!
I have here fabrics enough for two queen size quilts and about three or four baby quilts.
I am eager to start my new project with the blue hues : a quilt for the 60th birthday of my sister.
Those blue fabrics will complete the shot cottons of a previous order. 

A beautiful Sunday to everyone!
Christine

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Holidays in Rhodes

Baby
Grandson playing in the sand

Olive trees
View from the terrace

Sandbank
Sandbank in Prasonisi

Kitesurfing
Kitesurfing

Windsurf boards
Windsurf boards

Windsurf
My two sons getting ready for windsurfing

Windsurfing
Windsurfing

Windsurfing
Windsurfing

Playing in the sand
Son and grandson playing on the beach

Saint-Paul beach
Saint-Paul's beach

Saint-Paul beach
Saint-Paul's beach

Baby
Grandson

Saint-Paul'sl bay
Saint-Paul's bay

Lindos
Lindos medieval castle and village

I came back home a few days ago from two weeks family holidays in Rhodes. We were staying at a remote place of the island with no internet! This is the reason why I was not very active on my blog recently.
We spent a wonderful time there visiting some stunning and unique archaeological sites, dreams of beaches with soft sand and warm sea. Needless to say that I had not one minute free time left for sewing!
Nevertheless quilting was on my mind as I was inspirated by some new projects. My son arrived from Chicago loaded with fabrics and I am eager to start sewing again. The weather is becoming a bit fresher now, and more favorable to such activities.

Greetings.
Christine

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Flying Geese Baby Girl Quilt Finished

Flying Geese
Flying Geese

Flying Geese
Flying Geese

This baby girl quilt which progress was shown Herehere and here was received by my friend in Paris.
She loved it and offered it to her grand-daughter.

A beautiful week-end to everyone!
Christine