Sunday 31 May 2015

Mug rug swap with the lovely ladies of the MQG Individual Members

I am super excited to be involved in my very first swap project! This one is from the individual members of the Modern Quilt Guild! 

My swap partner is Carmen and she wrote about her favourite colours:

orange, green, aqua, that pinky berry color :), not too many colors I don't like. I will love what you make so please don't stress over what to make - make what speaks to you and have fun doing it.
Very nice! 

So, and that's what I made her:

I emptied my scrap glasses and selected a few of my favourite colours: turquoise, yellow and red.
I went with kind of a coin block design and stacked the scraps from medium to dark volume. I absolutely love the cross hatch fabrics by Carolyn Friedlander and they go so well with the bright colours.
I used simple straight line quilting in irregular distances and yellow binding.

The size is about 8 x 7,5''. That's big enough to hold two espresso cups or....

one large mug and some sweets to go with your tea or coffee.

For the back I used this lovely fabric with little vintage TVs, I just loved the idea of having a tea in front of the telly.

So, Carmen, I hope you like your new mug rug, it will go in the post tomorrow!

Linking this to Crazy Mom Quilts and Sraptastic Tuesday.

Thursday 21 May 2015

Head over heels for Bloggers' Quilt Festival

I haven't blogged that much recently but that didn't mean I wasn't sewing. I was actually working on a new quilt which I proudly present for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!

This is also my first custom made quilt for the wife of a dear colleague. She wanted a quilt with turqouise and green and rather dark colours as it might be that their dog is snuggeling up in the quilt as well, so no white. I met the two around Christmas and brought a selection of my fabrics in the desired colours and also colours which accompany the combination.

I also brought all my quilts (..aham, four in total in fairness) to show her what a quilt is actually made of and how it feels. She picked beautiful fabrics and I was really happy that she liked my Gogglebox quilt so much that she wanted the same design for herself.

So I combined greens and turquoise with some splashes of red and grey and opted for this beautiful anthracite Oakshott fabrics for the grid and binding.

For the back I opted for a similar design to Gogglebox repeating three blocks and the grid with solid fabrics.

Due to heavy work load and only weekend sewing sessions it took me until now (end of May) to finish the quilt. I also only issue it at the very last minute for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

I free motion quilted in two different thread colours, again green and turquoise, and it really stands out on the anthracite fabrics and the light grey at the back.

I'm very happy with this quilt which I named 'Head over heels' due to the elegant Oakshott grid and splashes or red. I'm already having a hard time letting it go, it needs to go in the wash one more time and then it can go to it's new owners.

I'm happy to participate the second time in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, this is such a great online quilt show!