Showing posts with label green. Show all posts
Showing posts with label green. Show all posts

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Bee Hive 'Double Star' Quilt #5 - Quilt Top Assembly - Now What?

Puppilalla, stained glass, finished quilt top, Double Star Block, The Bee Hive


Ta da - pretty huh? Don't we all love a stained glass quilt shot? I was busy on Sunday and joined all blocks. By the time I was done, there was no proper light left for a progress shot but a stained glass one still worked.  =)

A few weeks ago I completed three more 'Double Star' blocks to bring the number up to 20. My fellow swarm mates were incredibly generous with the goodies they sent along in March. The extra material they provided went towards making the last blocks look and feel like those provided by my fellow bees.


Puppilalla, Double Star Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Block pattern, Bee Block, Quilting Bee

Each block will have a size of 12 x 12 finished. Laying the blocks out in a grit of 4 x 5 blocks will yield a quilt top of 48 x 60 inches. That is not very big at all. I would like to make the quilt bed sized without adding further blocks. More blocks would only make the quilt top look even busier than it already is.


Puppilalla, Double Star Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Block pattern, Bee Block, Quilting Bee, Blossom Heart Quilts

Proceed with a plan



Therefore, I have decided to add borders. I am still changing my mind every five minutes but right now I think, I might add a broader white border, followed by a pale green border followed by a colourful border imitating the squares that are hidden in the repeat of the joined blocks.


Puppilalla, Double Star Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Block pattern, Bee Block, Quilting Bee



Like so – ish. What do you think? Any clever ideas as how to improve on the idea?

Completing the 'Double Star' quilt is one of my Finish-A-Long goals for the last quarter of the year, though I doubt that I will manage to add three borders, sew a backing, sandwich, quilt and bind until the end of the year. Any progress is still progress though.


Puppilalla, Double Star Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Block pattern, Bee Block, Quilting Bee
Final block layout prior to sewing. No, wait, I swapped two more blocks after that shot was taken. 
 =)

I link up with 'Let's Bee Social'


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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Green Diamonds Lap Quilt - Diamonds are forever

This is a lap quilt I made for a male friend of mine in 2014. I had previously spoken with him about colour preferences and already knew he would not want loud prints, flowers, bright colours, stripes etc. but looked for something fairly neutral.

Green Diamonds, Patchwork, Lap Quilt, Man Quilt, PuppilallaNaturally, loving bright jewelled tones and candy colours, I had nothing of such a reduced nature in my stash, so I went to the fabric store of my choice to peruse their selection. At first, I was a bit at loss to decide what might work.

Finally, I settled on the beige and sage green solids and paired those with a very soft chequered cotton flannel and a stronger cotton weave with aubergine and green threads causing the fabric to scintillate  like beetle wings. Very nice.




I had decided on a diamond pattern fairly early on in the planning process and only had to decide how I wanted to place the colours. As this was the first time that I worked with diamond shapes, there were problems to overcome (darn, does this flannel have to stretch so much…) and a lot to learn in the process. Here you can see that on several occasions despite my best efforts and meticulous prior pinning the points did not always match up.


The next time round, I work with triangles or diamond shapes I would definitely baste the rows prior to sewing them together properly. 

I can hear you think, you know… “What? Do you mean to say that you did not baste beforehand? Shocking!” 

Well you have to remember that I am entirely self-taught and had no sewing family members or friends to help me out. Therefore, it only along the way, by looking at Craftsy classes, reading blogs and tutorials and actually sewing that I pick up the tricks of the trade. Don’t worry I will get there eventually.

Green, Diamonds, Patchwork, Lap Quilt, Quilt back, PuppilallaFor the backing I framed the soft flannel with the beige solid. I quilted in the ditch and followed that with parallel shadow lines, which created a pretty pattern on the back. The front however, due to part of the quilting lines disappearing in the ditch, kept looking uninspired and boring. That is the only misgiving I have about this particular quilt of mine. I still find it is looks off somehow because it lacks texture. I also still alternate between liking and disliking the quilt’s colour scheme. =)

Another item on my bucket list ought to be ‘learn to free motion quilt on your little domestic sewing machine’. Up to now I have mainly quilted my projects in straight lines and when I was quilting the layers of this quilt together, I got to a point, where I felt adding more lines would get too much and subtract from the overall impression of the quilt-to-be. With hindsight I would certainly disagree with myself but what is done is done.

Diamonds, Patchwork, Lap Quilt, finished Quilt Top, Puppilalla
The quilt was bound in the same flannel and made a birthday present last year. All in all it turned out - not spectacular - but OK. I am satisfied with the outcome and had a good learning experience. The recipient likes and uses it and that is the most important bit anyway.

I think I am nearly done showing you my past quilting projects. Apart from the odd bit here and there, like a soft toy meant for the Toy Society or the up-cycled peg bag from a former linen table runner, we should be able to look at present and future projects from now on.



Sunday, 30 August 2015

Snowball Block Quilt - Late in Summer

Hi there, I wanted to take a moment to share a completed snowball block quilt with you. It is the first quilt I made for myself rather than gifting it to friends and their kids.

Snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue
























It is a very basic design of snowball blocks alternating with simple fabric squares. I had fallen in love with the Bloomsbury Gardens Quilt by Rita from Red Pepper Quilts and decided to make a bed sized version for myself.




snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue


Colour wise, I wanted something reminiscent of late hot summer days near greenish dark ponds, overhung with willows and whispering reeds full of whirring dragonflies, where the willows swallow up the wind and time seems slow as molasses. Therefore, I settled for olive greens and summer sky blues with a bit grey and gold sprinkled in between. 




snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue
























The decision to add some fabrics of Joel Dewberry’s 'Modern Meadow' collection came somewhat later because I felt the quilt needed some graphic elements. It felt too tone-in-tone and somehow lacking in tension. While the 'Modern Meadow' fabrics did not exactly match my colour scheme, they enhanced the quilt a lot by adding texture. I did agonize over the question whether or not to include the red bits but now I am glad I did. 




Late in Summer modern Snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue
























It fascinates me to look at the back of completed quilt tops.




Late in Summer modern Snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue
























I used an olive green embroidery floss to big - stich around the inner border once.




Late in Summer modern Snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue























For the backing I choose a lovely soft fabric called 'Mind the Moose' by Soft Cactus.




snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue


























I very much like my LATE IN SUMMER snowball block quilt and look forward to it adorning my bedroom for years to come.

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