Tuesday, June 26, 2018

June OMG Postcard from Sweden Finish

 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.?



33 comments:

  1. Your Postcard from Sweden is terrific, I still have this one to do someday. I have to say that if you find some way to squeeze in that trip to London, you really should go. I hear Norwegian Air has been running some really amazing fares since they're new to DIA. Although your consolation quilt is also looking promising.

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  2. Hi Tanya! Your Postcard quilt turned out fabulous, and the quilting!! All that straight line quilting just makes it scream soft and quilty goodness. Have fun at your business event - enjoy!
    Happy Tuesday! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. Congrats on your finish, it's lovely.

    Enjoy the a/c and shopping in Denver!

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  4. Hi, Tanya. I LOVE your Postcards From Sweden quilt. I have been drooling over that design all over the Internet but didn't realize it was a free pattern. Since they are just HSTs, is the pattern telling you specific manufacturer fabric/colors, the exact layout, or basic instructions? Is the layout random or do you have to carefully lay out all the triangles ahead of time? Your quilting texture is perfect. Love those Union Jack blocks, too.

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  5. Truly a beautiful quilt. 'Love your label as well.

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  6. Love the quilt finish and the solids look amazing, I think I will have to add this to my "To Do" list. I think the Union Flag quilt will look amazing when it is finished. I hope your daughter has a fantastic time over here in the UK. Hugs, Susie x

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  7. Tanya, the quilts are lovely. As I had the privilege of seeing them in person, your photos of them are great! Love the B&C Union Jack blocks! Have a fun & safe trip to Denver. Love, Mom😘👍

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  8. Congrats on your Postcards finish! You did a fantastic job, and I *adore* the Pool binding! It really adds a wonderful extra jolt of color on the edges :)

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  9. Your Postcards from Sweden quilt turned so beautifully, Tanya! The color is just wonderful! I really like your Union Jack blocks, too - that's a fun idea. Have a safe trip to Denver and enjoy yoyr time there!

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  10. As usual you are amazingly inspirational! Fabulous 😍

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  11. I love your postcard from Sweden Quilt! Such a beauty! Its on my list, too. Thanks for reminding how beautiful it is.
    Greetings from Germany
    Rike

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  12. Love your Postcards From Sweden quilt...I have the fabric and pattern, but I keep doing other things and hope to start it soon.

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  13. Your quiult Postcard from Sweden is great. Love it

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  14. Your quilt is just beautiful! I just love the deep rich color of all those HST. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

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  15. Love your Postcard from Sweden quilt!!

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  16. You are off to a wonderful start on your Union Jack quilt. Robby calling it your "consolation quilt" is sweet. I'm wondering, what is the size of the individual blocks? I raced over to purchase the pattern after seeing the blocks you've made, but was surprised to see so few details on the website.

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  17. So glad I visited Val's Tuesday Archives today. What a pretty quilt. I think the Union Jack is a lovely pattern. I hope you have a good trip and enjoy the AC in Denver.

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  18. Wonder! Your postcards quilt is gorgeous. My kind of brightness.

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  19. I love those Union Jack blocks! Beautiful!

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  20. Love the colors. I have been collecting solid fabrics of late but have yet to work up the nerve to use them. You have given me some inspiration.

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  21. Your Postcard from Sweden quilt is utterly stunning!

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  22. wow!!
    you have been busy!
    your finishes are awesome and I love your new project!

    thanks so much for linking up!
    brooke@sillymamaquilts.com

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  23. What a gorgeous finish! I love bright colors and solids, so this hits all the high notes for me!

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  24. Hi Tanya! okay, first I love the contrast of the black and white backing with the colorful front. Your hotel glamping sound like heaven. I'm wrapping up the last of my summer obligations this week and will have six weeks of summer lounging and family visits. :) :)

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  25. Tanya, the Postcards from Sweden is such a bright and happy quilt!

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  26. Love the Postcards from Sweden, the colours are vibrant and the quilting divine, congratulations on your 'finish'.

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  27. Beautiful finish, Tanya and the straight line quilting is just perfect. I am impressed by the neatness of your Union Jack blocks, especially because they are NOT paper pieced. I can see why you may have trouble parting with it.

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  29. Congratulations on your gorgeous finish! It is a lovely quilt. And Union Jack! I love your blocks. I've wanted to make my own version for years. Too many quilts, not enough time!

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  30. Wow is that a beautiful quilt and so neat to see it after you washed it! Have fun with the next project!

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  31. The sunlight hits in all the right places on your gorgeous quilt! I have the topper finished for this quilt and it sits waiting for me to quilt it. It's the largest quilt I've ever made and it scares me to quilt it! I think I could manage a straight line design like yours and that fills me with hope! I'm so happy to see yours and know that you love it.

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  32. Your quilt is gorgeous. I have been wanting to make one of these for a long time. I love too the Union Jack blocks.

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