lørdag, mars 01, 2014
So... it is March already. Officially a spring month. Not that it looks like it when I glance outside. Where it is snowing. Oh dear...
Not to worry. I'm about to leave this not-so-spring-like-country for (hopefully) a much greener and milder Ireland.
I can't wait to see daffodils and other spring bulbs in bloom in their natural habitat, and not just in the few pots I have indoors.
So I'll love you... and leave you... for now. But I'll be back before you know it. And have even had time to miss me ;-)
(On my return I will attempt to answer more of your questions in regards to my quilting ways. I have also tried to do so in the comments section of the previous post. As always, I thank you for your interest and positive feedback.)
tirsdag, februar 25, 2014
First of all... thank you all for your most lovely and encouraging response to my 'Blue and white love'-quilt. I'm overwhelmed! Thank you also for the questions asked. So... in an attempt to try and answer them I thought I'd tell you how I go about making a 'Mias Landliv'-quilt (please do bear in mind I'm no pro, I've never attended a class, preferring instead to do my own thing and to find my own way).
For me the main thing in a quilt is its colour. The whole process of making a patchwork quilt is really a play with my favourite colours. And my aim is to produce something that is easy to live with, something that fits into my house, my style and my colours. Sounds simple enough.
I like pretty fabrics. I think one is not likely to create something pretty out of something less appealing. Meaning... 'ugly' fabrics do not make pretty quilts. So I choose fabrics that appeal to me. That does not rule out recycled material (worn out jeans, old summer skirts, grandma's blouses, hubby's shirts, mom's damask tablecloths, old monograms and lace to name a few). Quite the contrary, I use them as long as I like them and see possibilities in them.
I am quite happy to use fabrics of various textures in my quilts. In fact, I tend to think a quilt made entirely out of 'quilting fabrics' seems a bit 'flat' and lifeless to me. To date I have not had any problems in using different textures in my quilts (denim, corduroy, silk, linen, recycled pieces of clothing etc. along with regular quilting fabrics).
As a general rule I use a minimum of 15 different fabrics in a quilt (give or take a few). That means I have plenty of colour and pattern to 'play with', and a better chance of creating something rich and interesting. A scrappy, patchy look, even if the colour palette is a controlled (even a monochrome) one.
I am not too concerned about washing the fabrics in advance (I'm even known to use both washed/pre loved and new, unwashed fabrics in the same quilt). The only fabrics I do definitely wash before use are the ones used for backing, as the shrinkage in wash, after having finished the whole quilt, would be noticeable.
I do like to make my quilts out of relatively small pieces. The squares I use are no bigger than 7 x 7 cm, and my hexies measure 5,5 cm in width (all the six sides being 3,5 cm each). Using smaller pieces makes it easier to 'blend' the fabrics into a pleasing whole, rather than every single one shouting for attention on their own.
My quilts are always a good size, giving them more uses; quilts for the beds, tablecloths, throws for sofa, picnic blankets etc. A common finished size is 1.50 x 2.30 meters (as is the recently finished 'Blue and white love'- quilt).
I use synthetic wadding, of approximately 1 cm thickness, in all my quilts. It is soft, light weight, forgiving, does not shrink and dries quickly. Since I use different textures and thicknesses in my quilts (and often back them with linen) they tend to be rather heavy. Hence the light wadding. And I do like the plump look and feel of the finished quilt.
I use invisible thread for quilting. I quilt 'in the ditch' (except for the log cabin one). I do adore had quilted quilts, but discovered early that my interest lies in the fabrics and colours, not the quilting (I did hand quilt the first two quilts I made, and that's it). I quilt the quilt top and wadding only. The backing is tied (with small knots at the back) at the end. Neither the quilting nor the tying is made into a feature.
And voilà... that's how a Mias Landliv-quilt is made. It may not be the 'proper' way, but it's my way ;-)
I hope this answers your questions. Thank you for your interest and support.
mandag, februar 24, 2014
At long last the 'Blue and white love'-quilt is finished. I started stitching it a year and a half ago.
Though I have loved working on it, the hand stitching does take time. And, of course, I have been working on other projects at the same time as well.
But now it is all done, and I could not be more pleased with the end result. For one, it is in my favourite colour combination, blue and white.
Then, of course, most of the fabrics used (the pretty ones!) are from Cabbages and Roses. Along with some recycled shirts, tea towels and other 'suitable' blue and white fabrics thrown in for good measure.
I think this one is going to be a new favourite. As often tends to be the case with any quilt I have just finished ;-) Yet I do love this one. To bits. Each and every little piece of blue and white hexie.
I am often asked about my quilts, how I go about making them. Now, bearing in mind I am no pro, I'd be happy to answer any question you might have. Should you have any, that is. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.
(Three quilt WIP's down, three more to go... Watch this space).
søndag, februar 23, 2014
I promised myself not to whine more about the weather. But the fact remains that the days are so wet and dark that there is no way I can take any decent photos.
In fact, I have a new finished quilt to show you. But, since my camera (or maybe it is my lack of knowledge how to use it) does not cope well under the present conditions, I'll have to leave it till next time.
So... to cheer myself up meanwhile, here are some of my fave springtime photos from my archives.
Some pretty pastel colours and lovely bunches of spring flowers.
Untill I get to pick fresh flowers from my own garden, these pretty blooms will have to do.
OK, I might have got a bit carried away... it will be quite a while till I get to pick wood anemones...
... or coltswood for that matter. But good things come to those who wait...
(Till next time... a new finished quilt WIP ta-da)
torsdag, februar 20, 2014
Any spring feelings I might have had of late (as expressed in my previous post) have clearly been premature (as seems to be the case every year). It really is not over yet.
Winter proved its point yesterday, when it started to snow... and kept on snowing the entire afternoon and well into the evening.
And here are the photos to prove it. We are still in the grips of winter. She's clearly not ready to give up yet.
But neither am I. I've put my money on spring, and I'm sure she will be here some time soon. Don't you (do throw me a bone, please....)?
tirsdag, februar 18, 2014
Winter-weary. That's how I feel. So so tired of the grey wet days, that seem to be never ending. But then a miracle happened yesterday... we saw the sun. And not just a quick glimpse, but a whole day full of glorious sunshine.
What a difference a sunny day makes. All of a sudden I could feel that there will indeed be an end to this winter, that spring is just around the corner. I can't tell you how good that feels.
With the sun came the need for some spring bulbs. The first of this season. Muscari and narcissi. Yes, spring is on its way. And to top it all off, there are some delicate buds and small blossoms on the cherry branches.
All the snow we got in January has melted away. In fact, it is rather unusual not to have any snow here in February. But that just makes the spring feeling even stronger still. Sun, blue sky and green grass.
As for today, the sun has gone back to its hiding place, behind the heavy grey clouds. But not to worry, there is a promise of thing to come in the air. I can hardly wait. And I'm more than ready.
søndag, februar 09, 2014
More grey days. Only for a little while yesterday did we see a few rays of sunshine. How welcome, how lovely. But, back to the familiar grey again today. So... some colour therapy is called for.
I have cut a few branches from the cherry tree in the garden, brought them indoors, hoping to force some blossoms. Looking promising, so far, as a bit of green is visible already.
The 'Retro quilt' is a joy, with its pretty colourful fabrics. Only a few more rows, and it is ready to be quilted.
A bit of colour, and the world is a little brighter, don't you think?
I wish you a light, bright and colourful Sunday!