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{Village of Moomins} Baby Quilt

Hello, hello dear friends! You have seen some sneaky peakys of cars and houses, Moomins popping out here and there and finally it’s show time: {The Village of Moomins}!

Village of Moomins baby quilt by Teje

When I started to plan this baby quilt in my mind I was thinking of a small village with houses and gardens. Then my friend said there could be cars because she liked the little cars I had used for pillows.

baby quilt with moomins

When having all the puppies here and not being able to plan with fabrics as I often do, I had made this illustration.

So I continued with the houses and gardens but instead of the dog and tree, I started to think how to add cars.

quuilt project in my sewing room

I was in trouble with my fabric stash. You may see here lots of blue and green but I felt that I couldn’t find the right shades. Like the cloudy sky below – so fun but totally too busy. I think this pink house had been the first one I made, but later it was left out.

Moomins quilt house

Because my design wall has still the ‘Dream Catcher’ project I had to make improvised small place to see well my plans, fabrics, colours etc.

quilt project

For the cars, I drew first simple car with few lines to see if that could look like a car and then started with fabric.

improvised car block

Vintage thread spool had good size to draw the circles and a scrap saver may find just something perfect for the wheeles.

Moomin's car

I made houses, changed some of them and tried to find out how to add the important white.

baby quilt process

I made white houses and they gave the light I always need in my quilts. Traditional Greek houses has been white so this Moomins’ village may be some where in Greece.

village of moomins quilt top

village of moomins baby quilt by teje

Baby quilts are small enough to baste comfortable on the table.

Hand quilted as usually; this time free motion waves. And quilt label with one happy Moomin.

hand quilting and quilt label

QUILT DETAILS:

Name: ‘Village of Moomins’

Designed and made: by me

Size: 38″x 46″ (95 cm x 115 cm) about (forgot the measure when it was finished)

Pieced improvised and quilted by hand.

Baby quilt Moomin's village

I enjoy making pictures, little stories and with fabric it’s really fun to create quilts like this. The next baby quilt has puppy with girl.

Thank you for joining me today and reading my quilting and other stories! Thank you for your lovely comments! And thank you for following here and in Instagram!

TEJE

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{Sunshine} Baby Quilt

Hi Dear Friends! Until this moment this quilt has no name. But I feel quilts need name and watching these happy, warm colours I thought it is like Sunshine!

Baby quilt with Moomins by Teje

You may feel that you have seen this quilt before because I have made an other similar baby quilt. Economy block is very good to get lovely organized look even you mix lots of fabrics. You can fussy cut and show the cute fabrics in the centre squares.

fabrics for baby girl quilt

Fortunately I found beautiful girlish fabrics from my last trip to Finland and pink Moomins!

economy blocks

How I work: I don’t cut all the blocks in the beginning. I cut, sew and trim some blocks and then put them on the design wall. Then I start to look what it needs. I like to create balance with colours and also with the volume. I try to find arrangement where the same fabric is not next to each others. That’s not always possible.

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To get finished block size 8″x 8″, cut 1 (4″ x 4″) square for the centre, 2 x (4″x 4″) cut in half for the inside triangles and 2 x (5″x 5″) cut in half for the outside triangles. Look the square down on left (white with pink centre): that’s trimmed to 5 1/2″x 5 1/2″ before adding the outside triangles.

QUILT SIZE: 37″ x 45″ (95 cm x 114,5 cm)

economy quilt block

Had to take photo with Finnish Fox candies (Pihlaja by Fazer) because happened to have still few! Just ate the last one! I would love fabric with those fox faces!

baby quilt

Hand quilting with Perle Cotton no 8, as always.

Moomins

Then I came to a question. My quilt labels and cards needs to be updated. Should I order new labels for quilts? I don’t know yet, so for a while I shall go on with handmade labels. I cut octagon and ironed fusible web on the back to be easier to stitch the letters. I folded the edges first so the fusible web hold them also nicely. It’s quite hard to stitch letters, try yourself! How I wished I could do that with sewing machine!

quilt label

Baby girl is born and quilt is delivered. I hope she will be happy with this quilt and laugh with the Moomins.

baby quilt

You may have seen in Instagram that I have continued to play with Moomins. Other baby quilt is on the table. Unfortunately I can’t show that project much yet but I can tell you that it’s fun!

It’s a Valentine’s day week so I wish you Happy Valentine’s Day! Did you see Helen’s sweet Valentine post?! I want to make the pillow she has there! And the little quilt! But first I have a job to do with Moomins and safety pins!

Thank you so much for visiting and for the lovely comments you write! Welcome to new followers! Your comments make my day so please write!

TEJE

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The Honey Pot Bee

Hello! I have a honey pot full of the sweetest, helthiest honey! Bees have collected it from tasty, Cretan herbs!

patchwork jars

honey

I made also jars with blueberry- and rasberry jam, strawberry marmelade and one jar has candies. Perhaps I’ll make one more with olives.

When having many projects going on, it’s better to create extra design walls. This is small portable board. I sew the little jars together but didn’t connect them yet with the honey pot. Also the self is not sewn because I don’t know yet how I shall place these blocks. For the upper small jars I have add small bottom corners to make them a little bit around.

the honey pot bee

Here are all my ‘The Honey Bee’ blocks until now.

the honey pot bee

Visit the page ‘The Honey Pot Bee’ for all the details and info.

On my big, main design wall is the ‘Dream Catcher’ and I wouldn’t like to take it down because it would be difficult to arrange it back again.

Dream Catcher by Teje

I try to manage with improvised, temporary design walls as long as possible. This one with the baby quilt project, is simply a long piece of fleece (use wadding if you have a spare piece) folded double. Wood stick is in the fold and with a cord-loop it’s hanging on the nail.

design wall

If I hadn’t saved the small scraps from the ‘Pic Nic on the Beach’ quilt, how could I have made the wheeles for Moomin’s car?! He stopped the car because saw one tiny hedgehog walking in the middle of the road!

Moomins car

Today I shall give one baby quilt away and then can concentrate to Moomins’ houses! You know there are always too many ideas and projects we are drawn to! I would love to do paper piecing, eep and foundation. I would love to dontinue ‘Grand Canal’ with diamonds! Perhaps I shall make the C for my letters.

I hope to finish Moomins soon to make still one more baby quilt top until it’s again time for puppies to visit us!

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely, sweet comments here, in IG and in Fb!

TEJE

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Postcards from Finland 3

Hi dear friends! Here are the goodies I got from Leena at ‘Tilkkutie’! Every fabric is my favourite!

fabrics

Happens that with Leena we both have small red suitecase and when Leena saw these brown, she thought that we have to have these and I’m so happy for this! I use my little red suitcase all the time for hand sewing things. It lives in my hexy-box and often I need to take it from there. Now I can have this one for other hand sewing projects.

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Leena is my first quilt friend who I have met! Imagine my excitment to visit her sewing room! I love her owl pouches and her notebook with tiny paper pieced stars is amazing!

by Leena from 'Tillkutie'

by Leena from ‘Tillkutie’

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This light blue soap holder is my souvenir for myself from the ‘Pulsan Asema’, the old railway station.

squirrel

Squirrels and birds are happy to find peanuts and seeds. These photos are from yesterday; today it has been snowing for the first time!

squirrel

squirrel

squirrel

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Last year I was here in September and the weather was really good, warm and beautiful and the nature was still all green. This time I was also lucky because last week there was beautiful autumn colours around and lots of trees still had leaves.

autumn leaves

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Now the leaves are covered with light snow. Someone was very surprised about this ‘strange’ white stuff …

Moomin mug

Moomin didn’t know what to think about snow and the big snow horse …

Moomin mug

Moomin got help from friends …

Moomins

I got this mug from friends … they know me … this is a treasure!

Thank you for joining my trip to Finland and your lovely comments!

Other postcards from Finland: part 1, part 2.

PS. i have been in a fabric shop (!!!)

TEJE