I bought this pattern..but haven’t made it yet….isn’t he adorable?? Noni always does a great job. We have been working together for awhile. She is also scandinavian…and I have been really digging these cute little tomtes for quite some time now. After she brought me this quilt I really wanted to dig out my pattern and start…I think I feel that way with everything. LOL
I quilted Snowflakes, wood grain, pines boughs and gave life to the little guy’s beard to bring this all together.
I am in love! Let’s hope i get mine completed before next winter…that will be a miracle. LOL
She also made this cute little wall hanging for the summer:
Isn’t she sweet>?
I quilted swirls, flowers and leaves to bring all of this together…what a perfect sunny day!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I will be doing a live stream tonight on my personal FB page if you are around. 6:– pacific standard time.
So I saw on Instagram that they had started a plus block quilt along. I had been wanting to make a plus block quilt and I hadn’t yet. So I was inspired to just make one. I took a sunday and put this together. I had a layer cake that was all low volume prints. SO I just cut that into 5 inch squares..added the smaller ones and a few scraps from my stash to complete all of the background pieces. So it went really quickly as far as cutting this out. I would say from start to finish it took me about half an hour to cut it out. It was only because of that layer cake.
Then I just cut scraps for the Plus fabrics. The scraps were on my cutting table already from other things and I didn’t think about colors or patterns too much. I just cut from whatever was there with big enough cuts of fabric.
Then i just sewed. I needed a sewing day. I think it was a particularly rough time and I just needed to not focus on anything. Sewing is a good therapy. You have to focus on it just enough it distracts you from some things. I need that sometimes….lots of times.
Also you can see I didn’t do a very good job of arranging the blocks. There are duplicate colors next to each other in some spots. But that is because I randomly put them together. I know this would totally bother some people. It doesn’t bother me. ( it might in some quilts). This quilt was simply for enjoyment and a little get-away in my mind. I didn’t want to stress about anything. I have enough of that in my life… something like 2 greens or 3 purples being next to each other seems a bit frivolous to me. You can also tell this has been folded for a bit before taking pics.
Rob quilted this one the computer for me…so it was a quick easy finish. I have a bin of scraps from backings that cut off of quilts..then I save those big long strips and sew them together for scrap quilt backings…but that bin is empty because I have been hitting it hard. So I pulled this extra wide backing out that I bought on clearance…and it was just the right cut. YAHOO!! i love it when that all works out perfectly. I thought it was so pretty but it was an “end of bolt” so it was an odd measurement.
I think this is one of those projects that I will make again. I like the finished result, the quick blocks and the use of scraps. Sometimes I need a quick finish to feel accomplished and I need mindless sewing so I can just check out and have peace for a bit. This is one of those projects.
Do you have any of those type of projects? Please share. variety is nice.
So while I am working on quilts I might have a few extra blocks..or blocks that didn’t make the cut. I also get a few blocks from friends. I also have all of those leftover HST’s that you cut off of other projects. So I just sew those together as I go along and put them into blocks. Then those orphan blocks go into a separate bin. Not into the bin of scraps. So when that bin gets full –I put them into a orphan block quilt. Or in this case 2 quilts.
One of them is a good size twin quilt the other is a nice lap quilt.
I also used scraps for the back.
It honestly only took me a few hours to get these 2 tops together. the blocks are all done..and I just sew them together improv style …so there are no rules or anything and if it fits..you sew it. The puzzle comes together and they are completed tops.
I used minkee for the back of the small one. I quilted them both on the computer. Otherwise they would never be finished. LOL!
The gray minkee was also scraps from another project so I had to piece it.
I am so happy with the finish on these. But also happy that my bin is pretty much empty again and it’s like have free quilts. They are interesting to look at, easy to put together and just plain fun. I realize my version of fun isn’t the same for everyone. LOL
I love all of Lori Holt’s quilts…I love her happy fabrics ect. I don’t join in on enough of her projects because I get side tracked. But Janeane is really good about keeping up and she completed hers. I have spoken about Janeane before…she got me started in embroidery and I developed a passion for quilting.
I really wanted to keep this quilt….LOL. But I actually have the pattern and templates…so I think i will just have to make it myself…:)
I quilted each block differently. There are leaves, infinities, swirls, loops, echoing, lines……just about everything. Then I framed it all in with a feather. It’s so pretty!