Siesta Time …

08/09/2014 § 5 Comments

We’re enjoying an amazing Indian summer here, in the south of England at the moment.  Today, I took my trusty little old Elna sewing machine outside and stitched in the garden so that I could enjoy the warmth of the sun whilst piecing a pretty pink patchwork quilt top.

Time for one of my latest quilts to have it’s ~Ta Dah~ moment – SIESTA TIME!  I took this vibrant summer quilt out on location last week, to take some photos by the coast and in a pretty Victorian cottage …

Siesta Quilt

Siesta Quilt

cosy patchwork

cosy patchwork

across the banisters

across the banisters

beside the seaside

beside the seaside

capturing the colours of a summer sky

capturing the colours of a summer sky

I found a photo of a summer quilt made by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew.  She called it Summer Slice Quilt and provided a fab tutorial here. I rarely follow a pattern or tutorial for my quilts, but couldn’t resist having a go at this one.  As ever, I backed mine with lightweight pure white polar fleece, added my trademark white border and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Just as Allison said, it looks fiendishly difficult but once you crack the pattern code, it sews up easily.

Siesta Quilt will be for sale at the Saturday Makers’ Market in Alton.  I loved playing with those vibrant delicious pinks, luscious lime greens and beautiful blues – teaming ditsy florals and bold patterns – definitely a summer slice of colour, to snuggle under during the march through Autumn towards our Winter days.

Lots more quilting on my horizon for this week, and a catch-up post of quilts I finished in August.  What are you up to at the start of the Autumn term?

Adaliza

Scandinavian Quilt – Songbird

24/02/2013 § 32 Comments

Traditional Scandinavian colours,  and over 50 quilted hearts …

Songbird was my Valentine’s Day gift to my husband – made with love, for the one I love!

Scandinavian red and white blocks

Scandinavian red and white blocks

Each white block has a quilted heart

Each white block has a quilted heart

Songbird blocks have pebble-quilted borders

Songbird blocks have pebble-quilted borders

More pretty songbirds!

More pretty songbirds!

Free-motion quilted hearts & ribbons border

Free-motion quilted hearts & ribbons border

A perfect quilt for a cosy seaside cottage

A perfect quilt for a cosy seaside cottage

cottage bedroom with snuggly quilt

Cottage bedroom with snuggly quilt (if only we were this tidy at home)!

Lloyd Loom chair & quilt

Lloyd Loom chair & quilt – minimalist chic!

Songbird is a very special quilt.  When I saw the signature fabric, I loved it straight away – flowers, pretty little birds and soft colours.  I’m much into the Scandinavian influence at the moment and am quite obsessed with using pure white.  When quilted, the patterns look like the purest snow!  Songbird is backed with white flannelette so it’s very soft and snuggly.

The close-ups of the quilted blocks play tricks with me sometimes – do they with you?  Instead of looking puffy, sometimes they look concave!  They are definitely puffy!  I quilted all the pure white blocks with a contour heart surrounded by free-motion quilted pebbles to remind us of our favourite holidays by the sea in Cornwall.  All the white borders are the same but on the outside borders I quilted little hearts and ribbons in a band all the way around – almost 60 hearts in total!

Songbird will have to double up as all my happy:smiley post too, this week.  I loved the time we spent in Cornwall, I loved walking the dogs on the beach at sunrise, I loved coming back home to a quacky welcome from Flora. I want to quilt long into the chilly nights then drift to sleep and dream of fabrics, new designs, future plans and warmth, beneath a quilt full of hearts!  Long, long live love!

What have the Handmade Monday gang been up to this week?  Pop over to see them at Wendy’s Handmade Monday No 105.

I’m also linking up to New to Me in 2013, as my free-motion quilted pebbles and contour hearts are both new quilting techniques.

Have a lovely week

Adaliza x

PS just remembered that I wanted to say that I finished another, smaller Scandinavian design quilt last week.  At least, it’s pieced but not quilted just yet.  I was sidetracked by a cushion that I simply HAD to create.  I’ll post some photos when the sun’s out and the quilting’s done!

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