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Blogger’s Quilt Festival: {Florist} mini quilt

Dear friends, I’m happy you stopped by! I have been away from my blog for a while and that’s a long story. But today I am here for a special event! It’s time to celebrate quilting and quilts at ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’, organized by Amy at ‘Amy’s Creative Side’! Thank you Amy!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

My first entry is ‘Florist’, mini quilt I made this spring.

Florist mini quilt by Teje

If you like to read more about the process, click HERE.

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Usually I write story for every quilt but now unfortunately I can’t do that because of bad pain in my back. I hope you still enjoyed your visit! Thank you for stopping by!

TEJE

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My other entry is ‘PUPPY AND GIRL’
MY EARLIER ENTRIES:
‘NERO’S GARDEN’ (animals from Nero’s garden) – spring 2011
‘ORANGE STONES’ – autumn 2011
‘MY DREAM QUILT’ – spring 2012
‘BUTTERFLIES’ (applique) – autumn 2012
‘BABY STARS’ – spring 2013
‘HAPPY DAYS’ – spring 2013
‘FANTASY FOREST’ 1. prize in ‘Forest QAL’ (paper pieced) – autumn 2013
‘KIDS GAME’ 2013 – autumn 2013
‘TURN THE TIME’ – autumn 2014
‘MILKY HEARTS’ – spring 2015
‘PAPER DOLLS’ – autumn 2015
‘BUNNY’S FRIENDS’ – autumn 2015
‘MOUSE MEETING’ – spring 2016 Instagram
‘NOELIA’S QUILT’ – spring 2016 Instagram
‘FABRIC FOREST’ wip – spring 2016 Instagram
‘AFTER THE STORM’ – autumn 2016
‘STRAWBERRY CAKE’ – autumn 2016

 

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{Florist} mini quilt

Hello dear friends! This mini quilt started totally extempore and was one of the most enjoyable projects I have done!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

The base is made with low volumes and you can see that HERE.

Now the quilt is washed and I love all those wrinkles!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

On the low volume quilt I was supposed to create something applique. Those ideas changed few times and I ended up making these fun shape flowers. I was also happy to have a chance to use some of the bias strips I have from my mom’s stash. They are for poppana weaving and they are thinner and softer than the similar strips for rug weaving.

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For the flowers I chose colours to match with the low volumes and few more bright ones.

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I sew the pieces simply twice around with cotton thread in light blue. I didn’t use any fusible materials, just pinned the pieces on their places.

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Here is the quilt after sewing the flowers, before the hand quilting and embroidery stitching.

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As you saw, I quilted first by machine straight lines on the low volume quilt. Then I sew the flowers and after that I made some embroidery stitching on the flowers and leaves.

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I quilted also by hand lots of lines between the machine quilted lines. I did them randomly, some only short lines, some full width and in several low volume colours.

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And here we are just before the washing. Now I tell you that it was a mistake to make the binding before finishing. I didn’t think that I shall quilt so much by hand and all that made the quilt wrinkle quite much, so the binding was slightly ‘too big’. After washing I ripped the binding, for the first time ever! I knew I wanted to be perfect perfect and I’m happy I made it again.

Florist mini quilt by Teje

And then lets see what magic washing makes!

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Because I didn’t quilt on the flowers but made like embroidery, leaves and flowers stayed a little bit fluffy.

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Those bias strips are so cute!

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Kona cottons didn’t fray very much. Blue leave is Essex linen, grey is Oakshott and they frayed beautifully.

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{Florist} mini quilt is different than my earlier works and I’m so happy I jumped to this sudden project!

INSPIRATION:

Inspiration for this quilt came from Jo Avery at My Bear Paw’s mini quilt for Pantone’s colour challenge. It really spoke to me! Have a look also how fantastic improvised flowers she makes!

After making the flowers, I was remembering something that I had seen at Kviltstina. Stina’s style inspires me a lot and I think her tulips or this quilt gave me idea for the flowers. She has made for example improvised blueberries and butterflies!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

Thank you for visiting and reading my blog and for your lovely comments!

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Drunkard’s Path for pillow

Hi Dear Friends! Somewhere last month I thought that it’s time to make a new pillow. Trying to keep my colour palet smaller, wasn’t easy. Curves are easier than expected.

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I drew the templates on my own. Because I haven’t done very much curves, this was also exercise and I cut the outside piece big enough to have space to trim if needed.

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Okey, I could have trimmed the blocks smaller but I trimmed them as big as possible.

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That meant that the ‘flower petals’ didn’t meet, which doesn’t really matter, but made me continue.

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I wanted so much to add other colours for the leaves but then stayen in my plan and picked blues.

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I cut the leaves just free with scissors. With the hera marker I made line where I should turn the seam allowance and then I basted them. If you make the line with hera marker on the back side, it helps to turn the seam allowance. You can see the line a little bit on the dark leave down right.

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Leaves are ‘needle turn applique’ which is quite easy and you can find many tutorials from youtube and pinterest.

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Spring is here and even we have now few rainy days, last two weeks were warm and beautiful! Yellow spring flower from a friend … clearing the long greens from the garden made birds happy …

… mountain view from my sewing room … with some shadows of clouds …

For the quilting (by hand) I made several circles in the centre. Then I made other circles outside (using kitchen bowl to mark them).

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I’m joining Kelly’s link party ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’.

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! Have a beautiful day!

TEJE

 


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Nelli’s Post: sewing projects

Miauu, miauu! It’s me Nelli here and I’m very happy to see you! After our guest puppies left, I have been again more in the sewing room. This is not the best photo of me but the only one now to show you that I really have been working …

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As you see I had put earlier lots of little tringles  on my design wall, some ‘lines’ with narrow bias stripes and  some other inspiration blocks. In the weekend I thought to relax and to focus to this ‘Dream Catcher’ quilt project.

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First I sew the petals to create the center circle (which is not going to be necessarily in the center). I thought that if one day I need to empty my design wall, it’s better to have at least this circle sewn up. Perhaps you don’t need to look too close, but if you do, you see that I had to improvise. I was so happy that sewing the curves went really smoothly and I was expecting some issue at the end … and there it was. But I don’t mind at all! This is very improvised, creative, free style project so any ‘mis takes’ will be concidered ‘art-is takes’! After making this circle I welcome any curve-prject with no fear!

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Making these small flying geese curve lines was really fun! Totally free style, even I took care how to place the colours. I could make these all the time, but that wouldn’t look interesting, so I had to start to make something else, too.

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It was time to for more colour! If you look my design illustration for this quilt, there are also very colourful parts. Okey, don’t think exactly this drawing because here the colours are very pale. Miouw, I should paint this again with COLOURS!

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I love colours, you know! Want to see the cat I made?! One day when I don’t have anything to do, I shall make this quilt! This kitty is hiding in the grass waiting to catch something …

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By the way I went to see my vet, Stavros,  yesterday and he said I’m very well. I’m 14 years now and feel great! I had a small thing with one too long nail … ah why we girls like long nails? Be careful, the nail can grow to your finger! Yiaks!

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So the weekend went and it was time to work and not just play with scraps. I made test block with a house. Soon I shall make a quilt where I need houses and the family in this house has a lovely dog, Collie.

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Before the quilt with houses, I am making (just almost finished the top) a baby girl quilt. You know how much I like pink!

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You can understand that I didn’t sleep well with the green blanket, blaah! I like the blue, star blanket in my sewing room bed but here I need pink blanket!

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As I said I focused to ‘Dream Catcher’ in Saturday evening … and ended up with two chickens! That’s the way it happens with sewists! When I saw the chickens that Adrianne @ ‘On the Windy Side’ had made, I just had to get one chicken! Click HERE to read Adrianne’s post and get her free chicken template! See in Instagram her chicken flock growing up! You will enjoy seeing all her photos – so much inspiration! and cats!

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Adrianne’s fabrics are so perfect for her chickens and I felt that I can’t find anything (!) from my stash. Then I didn’t find anything else than this blue for the background and I feel it’s too strong colour … at least for the orange chicken.

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I made yellow chicken with my favourite fabric which is like lime yellow in real. Then I couldn’t stop making some eggs with favourite scraps … and then I stucked … thought to make this pillow but … there is a big But and I think I shall separate these two ladies … they Kot Kot  too much and I can’t focus to my quilting work!

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After having a nap with Hanna, I shall baste the baby quilt and start the fun part,  quilting by paw! with pink Perle no 8 cotton!

Thank you so much for reading my post! I feel much happier after chatting with you! Thank you also for your lovely comments and sweet words about my ‘selfie’ in Instagram!

I’m joining the linky parties:

Needle and Thread Thursday and Oh Scrap

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Thursday things: Materials

Hi dear friends! Welcome to ‘Thursday Things”! I’m a happy hamster …

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For me creativity starts from the materials … I take out from the drawers things I have in my mind … then I need that blue … that other lace … hmmm did I have any pink? … ah yes leather strips … oh, beads! … and I end up with this … and I still didn’t start with the green …

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‘Someone’ says often that we have gathered so much useless stuff … but I know ‘I shall need them’! And I do! They may be forgotten in the drawers for a long time and then new ideas sparkle out and they are just what I need. I couldn’t be creative so that be go to buy things only for one exact project. And I could never find then those things I need in that moment. And at least for me, ideas grow from the materials I have and fortunately usually I know exactly where I have stored everything.

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One example is this shirt. I bought it looong time ago. I really liked the khaki colour and the details on the sleeves. But I just never wear it (perhaps 2 times). Can’t remember from where came the idea to stitch dragonflies on it. And after one, I couldn’t stop and I made many of them. What an enjoyable thing to do. I just draw few lines to guide me and then stitched what ever came to my mind. But then the shirt was too slim for my comfy style and I threw it to my ‘material closet’. It has been waiting to be a part of a quilt … or something else … and now I think I have an idea for something else.

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I save ‘everything’ because I can’t buy materials easily. Many materials I carry from my trips to Finland and there is the weight limit you know. So I save also every piece and trim from the wadding, fleece etc. Narrow strips are good for bag stripes. But you know what, we may need them also in quilting! I love Jayne’s idea – she is just so creative! Read the post, other wise you may not see that THING!

gem stones and lava beads

As you know I love colours! Oh, colours are so inspiring! I have lots of beads for my jewelry makings and now I started to think that there has to be ‘more’ for them! But what?

fabric samplers

I’m happy to get some fabric samplers from a dear friend! My mistake is that often I save materials too much because I’m worried that I ran out of them or when I get the perfect idea, I don’t have materials to make … how stupid is that … in that way nothing will ever happen, so I need to start to use them more bravely. If you like to see my friend’s gorgeus, modern Home decor, furniture and design shop – website, visit ‘Zaira Collection’.

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Now I should empty my table to be able to finish the ‘After the Storm’ quilt. It’s quilted and the binding is waiting. I think I just put all this stuff on a big tray and then I can easily continue with them.

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I shall leave you now wondering what I’m making with ‘this stuff’.

Next week we shall celebrate with Nero, Hanna and Nelli – and YOU! Our blog is going to be 6 years and we shall have a big give away! So don’t go far away, it’s very soon!

I’m joining Kelly’s linky party ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’.

Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments!

TEJE


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Quilty 365 in April

Hi dear friends! Please, wait for me ….

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I’m hanging from the door handle of the quilty bus and running after! I won’t accept to loose the bus!

Fabric Forest by Teje

First of January 2016 I joined the Quilty 365. January and February I made fabric trees and in March I finished the quilt.

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In April I made circles … but not many. I had and idea to add some stripes and just managed to try if they work.

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I have lots of flower stalks in my stash which I like a lot but can’t use for waving. I think they could work for something else.

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Some where between passing this beach up and down, I may do few stitches …

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Lemons in the sun set in our little garden.

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I’m linking at Audrey’s ‘Quilty Folk’, Audrey started the Quilty 365! and in my favourite linky parties. All the buttons on the side list.

Next time I think it will be about aprons….

Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! Have a wonderful day!

TEJE


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Quilty 365: finish and new start

Hello, hello, hello! I could have continued those little trees for ever … but had to put end some where …

Fabric Forest by Teje

Fabric Forest quilt

In the Fabric Forest sun is shining always! Sunlight through the trees were strong and made so deep shadows that I had to close the shutter to take photos. Hanna is on her way to the balcony where she likes to lie when I’m sewing.

Fabric Forest quilt

One of my favourite moments is when I can cut the edges and the quilt starts to have a clear look. Binding was easy pick as I knew much earlier which one it will be. But now I think should I have chosen solid? Ah, you know, there is always too many possibilities.

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Quilting wasn’t so easy choise. This project was late because I didn’t have idea for the quilting. Then I decided to stitch spider web. After few lines I got the idea and had to rip those lines (perhaps for the first time ever I ripped quilting).

Fabric Forest by Teje

For the bed quilts I like to sew the binding by machine because it’s stronger. After realizing that hand sewing is much quicker than I thought, I like to hand sew the binding for the wall quilts.

Fabric Forest

Wonder clips remind me always of my dear friend who sent them to surprise me!

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‘Fabric Forest’ is part of the Quilty 365 project. I started 1st of January 2016 and I made 60 little trees for January and February. To make the quilt square I add 4 empty blocks. In March I didn’t make blocks but sew this quilt to finish it and started new theme.

If you like to read more about my ‘Fabric Forest inspiration and project, click HERE, HERE and HERE.

I have so many ideas in my notebook for the Quilty 365! For the one I wanted to start, I didn’t find background fabric from my stash and didn’t want to by now. When looking for that fabric I got new idea …

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What you think? Looks quite fun!

applique circles

I cut pairs from hard paper: with the bigger I cut the fabric and with the smaller I baste.

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applique circles

And the fabric is from Ikea …

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I shall link with Audrey at ‘Quilty Folk’ for the ‘Quilty 365’.

Also I shall join my favourite weekly linky parties:

Fabric Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Linky Tuesday, Let’s be Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoomp There It Is, Fabric frenzy Friday, Oh Scrap

Fabric Forest by Teje

‘Fabric Forest’ = ‘Kangasmetsa’ (in Finnish), is now drying outside and I’m happy to say that the trees didn’t disappear in the washing! This forest will get better and better after each wash!

I shall go now to stitch my 6th circle. Thank you very much for reading my short stories and for writing so wonderful and supporting comments! You make my day!

TEJE

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