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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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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Quilty 365 – January linkup

Hi dear friends! My fabric forest is growing very well!

Fabric Forest by Teje

Here they are all in random order! I’m participating the ‘Quilty 365’ where the main idea is to sew one one fabric circle each day for one year. There are other ideas except the circles and I went on with my Fabric Forest idea.

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I concider that I started this project 1st of January, even in fact I started already back in December with the mugs.

Now I have made 46 blocks. I allow myself to go futher and not holding exactly on ‘one per day’, because I know there will be days when I’m not able to do these. Also I have found out now how to continue all the year…you understand there can’t 365 tree blocks, or what?! I shall share my year to quarters. So I’ll end up with four small quilts with different themes. And if at the end of the February it looks like I have enough trees for my Fabric Forest, I may change the theme every 2 months. If I’m not able to carry on during the summer I accept that.

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Sik sak scissors make perfect little hedgehog! When ever I spread the little scraps, I’m hooked and can’t stop myself making more and more funny trees.

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If you like to see how I made them, read my first Fabric Forest post.

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My design wall is next to the balcony door and even there is good light on in the room, it can’t beat the sunshine and always the right side looks dark.

This winter has been amazing. Except few very cold weeks, the weather has been gorgeus. Today went for Hanna’s walk wearing t-shirt and had lunch coffee with the dogs outside! Is it going to snow in June or what?!

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Who wouldn’t love to sit in the sunshine …

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I have to show you also something else, really enjoyable: the best ever dessert, home made kind of mille feuille! I could eat these every day … and did in fact many days!

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I’m linking with Audrey at ‘Quilty Folk’, for the ‘Quilty 365 – January linkup’. Head over to see what others have been doing for the ‘Quilty 365’. There are so many beautiful projects and great ideas!

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Wishing you a wonderful, happy, sunny February! Thank you for stopping by and thank you for writing so sweet comments!

TEJE

 


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{Fabric Forest} and my Birthday

Hi dear friends! Today is my Birthday and I thought to celebrate by showing you my happy, hand sewing project. One word was my inspiration. It was a real ‘eureka’ (ευρηκα) moment! I saw in Finnish magazine word ‘kangasmetsa’ and I knew immidiately where I shall go.

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To the fabric forest! Can you believe that in Finland we have fabric forest?! Now you think it’s a fairy land or luna park or just my dream but no, it’s real!

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Okey, I tell you the secret. Finnish language is very rich (and difficult). It’s fun when we are used to some words, we don’t really think what they mean. One day when I saw the word kangasmetsa, I realized the word Fabric! Wow, I never thought that I had grown in a fabric forest! Kangasmetsa means one type of forest. Metsa means forest and kangas means fabric! So it’s fabric forest! They are so beautiful forests, look yourself HERE!

 

You see that my forest is growing up fast! I show you how that happens…

I cut the background squares 5″x 5″ and the scraps I cut using normal and sik sak scissors.

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I have just organized my scraps: [blue, green etc.] and [orange, pink etc.] and the littlest.

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Some little scraps are ready to use as they are and some of them I cut to circles of triangles etc. Mostly the scraps themselves show to me what they like to be and what colours to mix.

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I put the scarps on the square and catch them with few pins.

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Then I stitch them simply around. I use threads that are something between perle cotton and normal sewing thread. You can use any thread you like.

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When I made first time raw edge applique I was thinking how long time it will stay well and how it will be after washing. For my taste, it gets only better after washing! This is part of my first or second ever quilt (doesn’t have even wadding) and it has been washed many times.

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The body is pieced and the details are scraps just sewn by hand. Butterfly is all raw edge applique. These are from the quilt ‘Nero’s Garden’. Every block on that quilt has a story from Nero. If you like to read and see more of that quilt, click HERE.

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One other quilt made with raw edge applique is ‘Butterflies’. It’s sewn by machine and washed many times. Original post about Butterflies is HERE.

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I recommend you to try raw edge applique if you haven’t yet. Try with sewing machine and by hand as you like. It’s very easy and so much fun. You have the freedom to cut and use any shapes because you don’t need to worry how to turn the edges. You don’t need to plan anything, just spread your scraps and start to make art! This is really great method to make for example pillows for children.

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Remember that in your own fairy-tale forest can be anything! If you sew by hand, it’s nice to have a project box.

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With this gorgeus blue sea I send you lots of lots of sunny wishes! As coffee and cake is not possible, I hope you feel that we have a small celebration together with this fabric forest project. I have to say that this is one of the most fun project I have done (as I remember). It’s difficult to keep away from the littlest scraps!

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Thank you for stopping by, especially today! 14 photos for 14th of January! And because it really doesn’t change anything if you know my age or not, I’m 55 … I think … am I ?… I’m not very good with maths! Also I like to thank you for your amazing comments on my last post about the little triangles! I’m so so happy that you like the {Splinters on Snow}!

TEJE


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Hanna: New Fabrics and Beach

Vof vof dear friends! I hope your year has started great … mine did! Just before the Christmas I received new fabrics!

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I couldn’t believe my luck when I read late in the evening already almost sleeping from the IG that I won fantastic bag of stripes and selvages!

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Stephanie from ‘Spontaneous Threads’ shared most generously many bags of selvages and scraps! If you like, read her post HERE.  She had several different choises and I wished to win jelly roll stripes because I haven’t used much stripes… and I won, juppiiii!

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Of course I forgot to take photo of the parcel because I was so busy to see them all … and they are not all on the wall, yet!

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Look the selvages filled my ironing board … I have big plans for these!

But now I take you to the beach …

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Oh boy it was so windy yesterday! And I hadn’t camera with me so these are with phone. Look how my ears fly!

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Life guard was not there … now one was … taverna was empty … only me on the empty beautiful beach …

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I think I go there again today! But now back to fabrics …

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That orange at the edge spoke to me and I thought to make something little before I make any decisions about bigger project … how I rotate this … I don’t find it in this new way … I want to write with the old style …

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(now I managed to rotate the photo, but if you know how I can stay with the old style, let me know)

The best drink or what you think?!

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Thank you so much Stephanie! I’m so happy for these fabrics! Stephanie makes very inspiring and improvising quilts! I picked you one example HERE with her cute helper! Visit her in Instagram,too.

My orange juice glass is part of the #quilty365 project. I have done few mugs, but I’m really not sure if this is ‘me’. I like them but I’m not excited  and I want to be excited when I look my design wall. These are fun to make but then what? When I look what others have made, mostly I’m excited about Karen’s project, she uses batiks.  Perhaps I should try for the first time batiks. I’m linking my update to Audrey’s January linkup. 

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I wonder what I shall make with the stripes … that I saw in Pinterest … or perhaps the one in Instagram … maybe I go with the first fun idea that came to my mind … I think I have to start that to find again enthusiasm for quilting …

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But first I shall go for a walk! It’s +22C  and sun is shining!

Thank you for reading my post and for your lovely comments! Thank you also for following us to our new address!

HANNA