Sunday 24 July 2016

QuiP #7 - Triangle quilt 'Porcupine Playground'

I have started a new quilt! Since seeing this, this and this quilt I knew I had to make a triangle quilt.
I've cut my first triangles already last year, but I had so much other things on that they needed to wait.

Actually, I only had the intention to cut a few more triangles and lay them out and then this happened:

The quilt top is already finished! I think this was the fastest I ever made a quilt top. The triangles are isosceles and are 8'' wide and 10'' long. To cut all the triangles I made myself a cardboard template to avoid measuring all the time and possible mistakes. (It still happened some times far for wanting to be super clever...)

Since they are sewn in rows this is a very speedy process. There is a lot accuracy required when sewing the triangles together though.

I followed this tutorial, but cut the tops of all triangles off by 1/4''. This way it was a lot easier to sew them together correctly.

And then I pressed the seems to one side, alternating the direction for each row. That way the seems come together nicely when sewing the rows together.

The quilt has already a name: Porcupine Playground.
I love the word porcupine, it sounds so nice to my German ears. The animal is kind of cute too and I love the band Porcupine Tree. So all this is very suitable for a triangle quilt and the name was quickly found.

This quilt is part of my to-do-list for 2016 and I'm happy to have started it!
The fabrics are Kona white, berry and cerise, Carolyn Friedlander's cross hatch in grey and plum (so beautiful, I bought exactly 20'' and all of it is used up now) and micro mod/ vertigo by Rob Bancroft for Cloud9 fabrics. This was one of the very first fabric I ever bought and I'm happy it's getting used now.
I also added some orange triangles to pep the whole thing up, that's Oakshott in orange.

I have already plans for the quilt back and will hopefully have this done in the next 2-3 weeks.
Can't wait. I love this quilt already!!

Saturday 23 July 2016

Crosscut Quilt Along - I'm taking part!

I will join my very first Quilt- Along! It's the Crosscut Quilt- Along by Debbie of 'A quilter's table'.

I have great admiration for Debbie and just love all of her quilts. She recently made this Crosscut quilt and I loved it.

She is now hosting a quilt along for a mini quilt of about 24'' and I thought, ok, I can do that! Even though I have a lot of other things on... but who hasn't?

This is my fabric pull and I'm pretty excited about it already.

I love olives and mustard colours and apart from the one on top and the cross hatch fabric none of these have been cut into! So no use of scraps for me here.

And that's the low volumes:

They're already cut into 10'' squares ready to be cut and sliced again.

The Quilt- Along starts Monday, July 25th 2016.Come join us!

Friday 15 July 2016

I got inspired - turquoise as far as the eye can see

 My husband and I went on holidays recently to the south of Spain, Andalusia to be precise.

Hiking the Lake District 'El Chorro'

We stayed in a remote finca, what a beautiful, quiet place that was! The sun, the flowers and colours inspired me in so many ways, I spent two entire days sketching quilt designs and taking lots of photos.

I swear: this is not photo- shopped! It really was that turquoise!
Right after our holidays I took part in the 'Creative Sunday' sewing organised by the Modern Cologne Quilters. The topic was flying geese and I brought all my turquoise fabrics with me. A blog post about this meeting is coming soon!!

The pillow is now finished, here it is:

The pillow is made from 50 flying geese blocks, 3x6'' each. The finished size of the pillow is approx. 25x25''/ 65x65cm.

I quilted it with a loopy stitch and that turned out great! I used three different colours Aurifil 40wt, in light grey, turquoise and variegated mint.

These are so happy summer colours and reminds me of this beautiful place called 'El Arpa'

Our view from the terrace apartment.

I can highly recommend this place! I could write a whole travel blog post but that goes beyond the scope of quilts!

Linking this to Finish up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Modern Patch Monday at the Modern Cologne Quilters.