Tuesday, May 30, 2017

rag rug // 1

Years ago I made this rug using old t-shirts cut into short strips that I hooked to a burlap.

You can check posts in 2012 in the archive on the right hand menu bar if you want to know more about the process.

Unfortunately, when after some use I later washed it in the machine it came all apart. I finished to take it apart and saved all the fabric pieces not knowing what for.

A few weeks ago I then decided that it was time for a new hand sewing project. A no brainer to work on and off just whenever I feel like. This time I'm simply folding the pieces and attach them down with a few stitches to a canvas. I first started randomly but realised quickly that it was easier for me if I pre-marked where to sew. Now I don't even need to worry to remain consistent. This rug will in the end be much fluffier than the first one. 
So I'm recycling already once recycled material.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Trip around the World Quilt // 10

I am spending some quality time with my trip around the world quilt and enjoying hand quilting. Temperatures are increasing these days so I better get it done before it's too hot to work with it on my lap.

And just because I love it so much I'm sharing views of my favorite tree I admire during all my morning runs.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Danbar // 3 and last !

It's been a while since I posted about Danbar. I finished it a while ago but gifted it only a couples week back. So finally I'm sharing it here too.
The recipient wished for a red and yellow quilt with a strong emphasis on red. I decided to add neutrals to calm it down somewhat and to add interest.

The pattern is based on a disappearing nine patch (D9P). It is my fourth D9P and I tried two variations to the previous ones:
1. Different sizes of the nine patches to achieve slimmer rectangular "borders" and smaller little squares.
2. Alternating alignment of same "bordering" color per diagonal line.

You can see the other D9Ps I've done before on my Quilts page if you like to compare. They are named Ariel, Gerry, and Cathe. I think it's fascinating how one can achieve totally different looks using the same basic pattern.

The first picture shows the quilt on location the day it's been gifted to him. The others were taken a little later at home.

177 x 134 cm

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Rug revamp // 3 and last!

Mission rug revamp is completed and I couldn't be happier with the result! Once all the scraps were sewn down with vertical quilting lines, I added horizontal lines to form a grid. This is a in progress shot to show the process.

And here is my finished rug put back to use in front of my kitchen sink. I really like the look and can't wait to see how it will behave once put through the washing machine. But first let's do some heavy duty kitchen work so that washing will be worthwhile.

I also really like the fact that it can still be used on both sides!

Here is a link to the original rug I made years back.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trip around the World Quilt // 9

I managed to remove all the papers and can call the top finished. And because we recently had some sunshine I couldn't resist taking a rare backlight picture. Beautiful, isn't it?
I have no idea yet what I'll do for the backing. Time to visit my stash!

Even our wisteria joined into enjoying some sunshine!