before the year is over

There is still a few hours of 2015 left (well, about 15, if you live in my time zone), so I'd better show you my last quilt of this year.
I'm hoping to write a bit more about the process, as again I started with a very different idea for this quilt, but lets leave it for another time. For now, let me present... orange pickle:

pieced with my most treasured fabrics,

backed with my favourite Ikea print and with the obligatory pieced strip ;)

and if you look very, very closely you can even see that it's hand quilted.

So, hopefully, see you here some time next year for all the fun facts about the quilt (e.g. the top is pieced with 432 petal shapes and 864 "half-frame" shapes ;)) and in the meantime:

Happy New Year!


summer quilt

Finished at the beginning of summer, gifted at the end of summer, the summer quilt is finally with its intended recipient and I've even been able to hand it to him (well, maybe not so much hand as show, but he did grab a corner for a moment), so now I can show it to you, too.
Here's the front:

and the back full of dots:

and a bit of quilting in progress, because it was such a beautiful sunny day and it looked like I might have managed to mix summer and sun and joy into the quilt:

But the best shot, I think you'll agree, is the one I didn't take but received with permission to show you all:


it's that time again...

...time to air a bit this dusty blog of mine, encourage the spiders to weave their webs somewhere else, vacuum the rug (uh, wait, that last one might be about my flat rather than the blog) and show you what I've been up to.

And the answer is not much, but still there are two finished quilts to share.

First, the bigger one.

I actually finished it some time in May, but I didn't want to show it here before the intended owner saw it. Now that he's taken it home, you can see it too:

and the back:

I quilted pebbles on the blue border and wavy lines on the blocks and although I'd been initially a bit hesitant about the effect of this kind of quilting in white thread on dark background, I have to say I like the end result.

And, what's always the most important for me, the recipient seems to like the quilt.

As for the second quilt, it's still waiting to be gifted, but I hope I'll be forgiven for posting this sneak peek:


2015 Finish Along - Q2

I realize that my blog has recently been more about "maybe" than about "a quilt", but hopefully this is going to change this quarter, as my plan is to work on:

1. sort-of-traditional - a quilt with two different kinds of simple blocks set on point:

The top is actually almost finished now, just top and bottom borders to add, but it still needs backing and then of course quilting.

2. it's mine - an orange peel quilt that will stay here with us and for which I'm using my most treasured fabrics:

The units are 3.5" to make the 4-unit blocks 6" (finished size), so I have lots and lots more to stitch, but they are fun to make.

3. 100years... cushion - I think by now we can safely say that I'm not patient enough to EPP a whole quilt, but I should be able to make a cushion cover:

That's more like it, don't you think?

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side