Fleurs de la neige

Originally Les Fleurs Bleu, I thought it appropriate to rename this quilt since I finished it in the middle of a blizzard.

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Les fleurs de la neige

Feb. 8, 2013 Snow Storm

I used Spa by Deb Strain and Kona White for the sashing. For the back of the quilt, I used the same fabric as the outer border then stitched in the ditch around the flowers. I’ve learned that the less you stitch, the softer the quilt and I like my quilts soft and snuggly! It measures 77.5″ long by 60.5″ wide, a great size for a twin bed or snuggling on the sofa. I finished the top in August and sandwiched it shortly thereafter but it’s been on the rack ever since.  Yesterday I decided to get my ass in gear to finish some quilts!

It’s a great day for quilting!

Linking up to Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday and this week’s host, Kit Lang.

A-Tisket

A-Tasket, another yellow basket, and by far, this is my favorite!

Bending Pins: Quilted Basket

The interior and exterior are both quilted and added a split interior pocket.

Bending Pins: Quilted Basket

The exterior fabric is by Riley Blake, “Daisy Cottage” Damask in Daisy and the interior is from Lori Holt’s line, “Millie’s Closet”, Herringbone Coat in Yellow. The basket measures 11″ long x 6″ wide x 8.5″ tall.

Bending Pins: Quilted Basket

I think I’m going to play with Deb Strain’s Spa and Daisy Cottage…

Fabric Choices

… or maybe Joel Dewberry’s Woodgrain in Vintage Yellow.

Fabric Choices

According to colour psychology:

“The color yellow relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception.

Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.

In the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness.”

What colours are tickling your fancy lately?

Fabric, Thread & Quilting

I’ve started quilting my Parcheesie quilt by stitching in the ditch. The new generation thinks this is old fashioned and I thought so too until I took a course on free motion quilting. When you free motion quilt, wash and dry your work, your piecing  becomes distorted, the FMQ is more prominent and the piecing can get lost. Stitching in the ditch prevents your hard work from becoming skewed. In fact, it’s also recommend that you stitch around the perimeter of your quilt prior to FMQ so the edges of your quilt don’t become wavy. If you’ve never tried these methods, give them a whirl and witness for yourself, the difference these techniques make. This has really solved some common problems for me, especially the wavy edges.

In the case of my Parcheesie quilt, I want the piecing to be dominant, not the quilting, because it was a lot of work and I really love it!  In summary, stitching in the ditch isn’t a style choice but rather a practical choice, IMO.

Superior Threads’ Kimono Silk

On another note, everyone has been raving about Aurifil for the past year or so and I have to admit that I love it too but it’s just not available at my local quilt shops. Aurifil has done an excellent job of using social media to boost their profile and increase sales. Superior Threads, however, are available at the quilt shops around me. I recently purchased three spools of Kimono Silk; beige, white and light grey, the basics. It’s very fine and extraordinarily strong — more so than cotton, and great for stitching in the ditch because you don’t notice the stitches, it’s like a filament thread but a natural fibre, a great alternative to nylon (ew).

Lastly, I FINALLY received the backing fabric for my “Les Fleurs Bleu” quilt, I can’t believe it! I can’t wait to start quilting it — very simply, outlining the flowers I think, still undecided. Sadly I had to pay an additional $25.00 for customs on top of the shipping charges. I hate customs, it’s so random and unfair! On the other hand, The Fat Quarter Shop reduced my shipping fees from $26.00 to $13.00, YAY and thank you FQS!!!

See you next time I come up for air or when I have something to show you! ;D

Spa White Rose Vines and Flowers by Deb Strain

Quilt Top Outdoor Photos

I thought I needed better photos of my WIPs outdoors and my neighbor’s fence with the wind duck was a perfect setting today. I haven’t decided on a backing for this but I know I’m going to quilt loops, can’t wait! (Click on photos for a larger view.)

Scattered Squares

Still waiting for Deb Strain’s Spa to be released in yardage so I can finish this quilt!

Les Fleurs Bleu

Today I made A Quilter’s Table Tripple-Zip Pouch from her great tutorial. Next time I make this I’m going to use interfacing instead of batting which I find too thick. I had to order more zippers today, I’m running out!

Triple-Zip Pouch

I think the next project I’m going to attempt is Michelle Patterns’ Padded Camera Pouch, I know a few people who might like them for Xmas. 😀