I am so excited that I finished my Postcard from Sweden as my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for June.
I quilted it a couple of weeks ago and then worked on the binding and it has been washed and awaiting its reveal here on the blog! mmm! quilts and a couple of other quilters hosted this as a quilt along from February to April, but with my machine dying in April I did not get mine quilted in April.
This is a free pattern with really fabulous directions. It is available on Craftsy, so you must have an account, but there is no fee to download the pattern:
I have never made an all solid quilt before, but I am already working on another quilt made from solids and see more in my future.
I made the larger size so it is 60"x75". I liked the organic straight line quilting shown in the quilt designer's, Kelly Liddle's, picture, so I did the same. The texture is really good and was so easy to do just with eyeballing and my walking foot on my new Pfaff. I did stitch along the blocks first and then went back and added the lines on the blocks.
For the binding, I selected the Kona cotton color Pool because it is not one of the 36 colors actually used in the quilt and aqua is my favorite.
For my backing, I used this busy black and white I picked up for $5 a yard at Joann's. It is an old Alexander Henry fabric even though it looks like a Bonnie and Camille print. I embroidered my label and bordered it in the Pool color. This modern beauty is going to live here in my house for many years to come!
I am almost done binding my Kona Kaleidoscope Stars Quilt thanks to all of the morning World Cup games. It has been very hot here this month with most days reaching 90 degrees, so hand binding is a challenge except in the mornings.
To reward myself for three finishes this month (and all of them quilted by me) and a top completed, I decided to start a new project. Most of you know I love Bonnie and Camille's happy floral fabrics and I have quite a stash of them including seven untouched fat quarter bundles. I dug into my cherished B&C stash and pulled these gorgeous pieces to make a special quilt.
My daughter will be in London this fall for her semester abroad and I cannot afford to actually go to visit her, so I am going to make a Union Jack Quilt in my favorite fabrics to mark this momentous life experience--I am not sure if I will give it to her or keep it!
There are many many Union Jack patterns available, but most are paper pieced. Ugh! I detest paper piecing because I feel like it is so wasteful with fabric and I suck at it, so I bought the Fig Tree Jumping Jacks pattern because it is not paper pieced and it is gorgeous. You can find it here:
So far, I have made five blocks. I am using a variety of solids for the stripes pink, green, orange, red, and aqua. I will not be posting any pictures on Instagram because she actually follows me there, but she does not bother with my blog, so I will share my progress here.
I have fixed the issue on my blog with receiving an email notification when someone comments, so I should be able to respond to your comments again!
I am leaving for Denver tomorrow morning for a work meeting. I am not looking forward to the meeting so much, but I actually get to have my own hotel room for three nights at a Sheraton and meal money plus we don't have to drive back on Friday night and can actually leave on Saturday to avoid all the Friday night traffic! I am looking forward to the hotel AC since it is supposed to be nearly a hundred degrees in Denver and as always I will do some shopping in the big city--can you say Trader Joe's, Home Goods, World Market, DSW, etc.?