Wednesday 30 June 2010

It's not a Schnibble, though...

I have been drooling over all the cute little Schnibble quilts all over blogland for months now, and have reading Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles Times Two with great eagerness since it popped into my mailbox last week, along with some other quilty goodness.

I have plans... I bought two Decadent Victorian charm packs for a Buckeye Beauty quilt when I visited Rose a couple of years ago. Was I to change my mind and use them for a Schnibble instead?

Last week was very busy as I was helping a friend clear out a house for sale - lots of sorting and heavy carrying. So coming home I felt like a little treat. I know I should work on my WISPs (the list is loooooong!), but a treat should be something new, right? So I cut into my two charm packs and have been happily sewing and trimming - and this is what I can show:

Even if it is a bit busy, I think it turned out pretty cute! I wasn't able to abandon the thought of a Buckeye Beauty, though ;o) I'll do some very simple quilting on it so I can get it finished and onto a table or a wall. Rose sent me some gorgeous pink quilting thread for Christmas I'm planning on using.

Happy quilting!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday 20 June 2010

Autumn Fields finished

Ok, so hand quilting is a bit addictive *lol* Just one more thread and then take a break.... doesn't really work that way ;o) And the "fun" thing is this that over all my years of quilting this is only the second quilt I have hand quilted (and actually finished). Anyway, this is how it turned out:

It's not very heavily quilted, just some straight lines. I had planned to bind it in the same fabric as the border, but once I got around to it, I found it better to pick up the setting fabric instead. And I'm very happy with how it turned out! A picture of the back shows the quilting a bit better:

And it has found a place on the wall already:

I can enjoy looking at it while playing with Bernie ;o)
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday 14 June 2010

Autumn Fields

Not really sure that will be the name of my little quilt, but I don't see any Strawberries in there, so I can't go with the Strawberry Fields Forever name. At least now I have a new very cute quilt top. Lori opted for no borders on the original, and I really love that, but when mine was together, I felt it needed a bit of a frame:

Since there are a lot of blue in my blocks I auditioned some blues - these were my favorites:

The darker one won the toss:

I actually think I'm going to hand quilt this one, if we get some warm evenings over the summer it will be nice to bring outside.

Of course Anton was keeping me company while shooting pictures -and curious as always - what's twolegs doing?

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Falling into temptation

When Lori started the Strawberry Fields Forever quilt-along I said to myself: "I'm going to make that quilt, but not now". I stayed strong for quite a while, but when I was sorting scraps last week, I found I had the little SFF quilt more or less already cut out. Sooooooo yesterday temptation got the better of me, and I started piecing. You know how it is once you start pushing the pieces through the machine, you just keep going, going and going (I'm afraid to say till pretty far into the night) - all the square in a square units are finished and trimmed, and so far five blocks have been sewn together:

Some more sewing time tonight, and I will have a cute top for a doll quilt ;o)
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday 12 June 2010

Playing with small scraps

I needed a quick gift for someone, so earlier this week I had a browse through my scrap boxes to see what I had I could use. What I ended up with was this cute table topper:

The only pieces cut from stash is the binding and the backing, everything else is from my box of 2.5" strips and squares.

Since the grown-ups received a table topper, the little one in the family had to have something too, so I made another one of these fabric cubes:

This one is a fair bit smaller than the previous I made - each square finishes at 3"; and perhaps more suited for small hands :o)

While I was diving throug the scraps I also found a box stuffed with HSTs. When Bonnie posted the Carolina Christmas mystery she recomended we "double sew" the points on the poinsetta blocks and saved the cut-off triangles for some later project. So I did! And just stuffed them in the box and more or less forgot about them. Now they turned up, and since the iron was hot and I was in the mood for some more smallish sewing I started pressing and sorting.

This is how it looks at the moment:

There are enough HSTs for six more of these blocks (the squares in some of the blocks come from my 2" squares box). I don't really know what to do with them; maybe just set them with some light squares and a simple border? I need to do some thinking....

Hope all have a great and creative weekend!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday 6 June 2010

Bound, washed and in the park

Listening to the distant hum of traffic and the song of church bells the Charity Crosses quilt and I took a walk in the park this morning. Yes, it is FINISHED:

Nice view of the city from up there, hm?

The back of the quilt:

The pattern called for 35 blocks. Since there were 42 squares in the layer cake, and I made blocks from all of them, I had a choice of either adding an extra row to the top, or use the extra seven for something else. I have plans of using this as a sofa quilt, and wanted a pretty back :o)

Happy Sunday!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Friday 4 June 2010

Binding it

The quilting is finished and the binding is on, but with the wonderful summer temperatures we are having at the moment it's kind of slow stitching it down to the back. I'm getting really hot with the quilt in my lap.
Last evening I took Anton for his first (at least his first while living with me) walk in the park - look at that cute little face:

Wishing everyone a great weekend!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday 3 June 2010

Quilting it

Just something a little different from my usual "wood-worm" stippling ;o)
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida