Cool Melon

I am following Stitched in Color for a while now. I do love the way she has with colours and the quilts she makes are just wonderful.

When she offered the opportunity to play around with fabric and colours I could no longer resist. You go to the fabric online store and pick the fabric that represents „cool melon“. I even figured out how to make a Mosaic tile. Yay! Please go to her website for the instructions and also to see what other came up with.

I started off with the obvious colour scheme thinking of Italy and juicy red watermelons in their vibrant green skin. I do want summer to come early.

I had certain colours in mind but you are limited to the fabrics you can find in the online store. Nevertheless I truly enjoyed „hunting“ the right fabric.

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Then I thought of the Golden Watermelon we had the last time we went to British Columbia. I do want to go back and eat my way through their Farmers Markets.

Birdie is a huge fan of watermelons and eats them all year round. Preferably when the watermelon costs more than 5$ during the wintertime. We have to forgive her since she does not yet understand the concept of money and fruits in season.

So here is my second version:

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It was so much fun playing around with the mosaic maker while Birdie was watching Monster High – win-win!

Voting with start May 9th🙂

 

 

 

Plus Quilt

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I made this quilt for me! Yes, finally a quilt for myself. I saw the tutorial on In Color Order and fell in love with it.

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When I started it was fall and I picked my colours according to my mood at that time. I had this Kaffe Fassett fabric and used it as my starting point to pick the rest of the fabric colours. I love how colourful it is without being in your face🙂. All squares were sewn together by hand! I had a quiet time at work and was able to do a lot of sewing in my lunch hour.

My poor husband had to hold it up. It was so sunny that day that you can almost see through it. I picked an orange and pink chevron pattern fabric for my backing and even though I was doubtful I think it works.

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It now lives on my bed and makes me smile every time I see it. Mission accomplished.

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Sesame Street Quilt

My colleague at work convinced me to start a project I would not have done otherwise. I have very little applique experience but she said she would do that part if I take on the quilting part.

Our Quebec colleague was close to her Maternity Leave and we decided to make her a Sesame Street Quilt. My favourite is Cookie Monster- what a surprise🙂

IMG_0205We had a lot of fun pulling all our fabrics out and brood over colour combinations in our lunch hours.  Look at this cookie fabric- my colleague is one clever cookie lol.

We chose our 6 favourite characters and went to work. Once we had the blocks done we decided to give them a black sashing. This way they looked like „pictures“ within the quilt. Since it is a baby quilt we did not want to leave it at that and added a cheerful yellow- Big Bird style, don’t you think?

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I went out of my comfort zone and quilted it on my home machine with stars and swirls in yellow. IMG_0223

It is already nice and crinkly because we washed it before we sent it off.

For the backing we used this cute Scotch Dog Fabric. My colleague and I then decided to cut out the same shape again and have everybody in our office sign the quilt.

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Our colleague burst out in tears when she opened the parcel🙂

We could not have asked for a more rewarding response!

Hungry Little Caterpillar

This is one of my UFO’s that I started for Birdie.

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The sashing was quite large and when I looked at it I had no idea how to quilt it. So I put it away.

Then the Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton offered unlimited quilting hours for 200$ in the month of March. I finished the backing one night and brought it in for quilting. I used all the Eric Carle fabric I had hoarded for this project. A the studio they were super helpful and helped me remember all the details from the rental course I took over a year ago. I loved it!

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I picked a leaf design that was not overly hard and had no circles in it. I knew that I would not be able to pull those off without a lot of practice. One step at a time.

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I finished 4 quilts that month and apart from one that I have to bring back and redo three rows I finished them all. More of that later since I still have to do the binding haha.

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Pillow Swap

Hm, it looks like I never uploaded the pictures of the wonderful Pillow cover I received. The Edmonton Modern Quilt Gild had a swap organized with the Maritime Gild and this is what I received. It was a draw and I was very happy with mine. There were a lot of „Ahhs“ and „Ohhs“ when every member opened up the mystery bag🙂

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It fits so nicely in with the rest of the furniture!

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Since then I started cutting and collecting selvages, haha.

 

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And this is the creator of the pillow cover. Which reminds me that I definitely have to work on my labels. My number one quilting goal for 2016.

Birdie’s Dress

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Wow, it only took me 8 months to finish it. Not because it is so difficult to do, quite the opposite. I started it when Ronny began developing the basement. Then summer came and we were so busy with everything….basement…fence…garden..enjoying the sun.

Well, today I sorted my enormous fabric-stash and found this dress again. The only thing that had to be done was to hem it.

I am serious. The hem.

Since I always have to fiddle around with my designs I just had to add the border. I got it from Value Village in a gigantic bag and finally I knew what to do with it. Hmm, great, ignore the thread that is hanging out, it has been removed haha.

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I am quite happy with the dress and truly love the fabric.

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I can only hope that Birdie still fits in it🙂

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Mandy’s Tasche

I finally finished the bag I promised Mandy months ago….

She wanted the colours beige, grey and or blue. I really liked this fabric and just added a bit of brown at the bottom. I really need to take better pictures. I literally had a couple of hours before Oma and Opa had to leave for the airport.

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The batting was a thick sheet I got from Oma a while back. I thought it very fitting to use it in this project.

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The lining is a cute beige star fabric and since Tante Mandy has a star tattoo on her foot it was what I chose. I got this fabric from Connecting Threads and love it. I am very tempted to make one for myself. Mandy said she would use it to store her yarn in. She is great at crocheting and knitting. It all looks so effortless. I tried to crochet a scarf and it was so screwed up that Birdie’s plush dog got it haha. And that was the second attempt. Sometimes three-year-old’s are the best.

Happy Labour Day!

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