A blog about quilts'n stuff

A blog about quilts'n stuff

Monday, 1 December 2014

Really, anything goes ... lots of catching up

Just thought I'd drop you a line, but in the mean time I'd like to know how you are?
Planning for the festive season probably.
Or like me (trying to) catching up on everything?

If you're here for the first time: 
take heed: 4 blog posts in 1 (lots of pictures)

Our oldest son had left home a few years ago, but now he has left the country too. In July he moved to Malta where the weather is always much nicer than here. He is a professional quilter (online) poker player. You never think of something like that what your child will do when he's grown up. He makes a good living and loves what he does.
He thought it was a stupid idea to make him a quilt as it's always hot in Malta, always ...
Stubborn as I am, I made him one anyway.
I thought I would be struggling quilting this big one, but that turned out to be nonsense. I used an easy pattern for every vertical block.

Pattern: Dreamweaver by Tula Pink
Fabrics: Art Gallery Fabrics: Oval and Nature Elements
Quilted with Madeira Cotton Nr 30 Sunrise (= orange, yellow and green)
Backing: Green from my LQS (Kona Zucchini lookalike)
Binding: Dark brown/red (like the dark red in the quilt)
Size: 64" x 84" (after washing it 61" x 79")

Next up was our niece who now is a Master of Arts after having studied Religion & Culture. She loves blue, so I made her a fast & easy quilt (in 3 days). I followed a tutorial by Quilting in the Rain (here) which involved quilting as you go, but my quilt was bigger.
I used my most precious flannel, the Dr. Seuss; and when it was finished I wrapped it up nicely.

Pattern can be found here
Fabrics: all Kaffe Fassett (from a desert roll) + Dr Seuss flannel
Size: 70"x55" (before washing)

Last Friday I sent this mini quilt off to the UK. It was made for a swap on Instagram, hosted by 
Sandy Greenberg. He was hoping to get 50 then set his target for 100 and he ended up with 500 (or thereabouts)
Pattern: Sewmamasew here, made mine a bit smaller (one of the rules was a size restriction).

Now I jumped on the wagon called the Grand Illusion Mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville.blogspot.com The first clue was last Friday, there will be 4 more clues.
This is my first time and I wonder if I can keep the pace. I'll do my best!
If you're still here, you made it to the end
Thank you for sticking with me!

I'll be linking up to Lynne @ Fresh Sewing Day and Bonnie @ Quiltville


  1. You've been busy! I love the mini, and the blue log cabin (will have to give it a try one day). And surely you don't have to feel cold to enjoy a lovingly made quilt?!

  2. Love the colors on son's quilt. Good luck on the mystery.

  3. Wonderful makes Betty! No matter how hot the country you always need a quilt for the odd chilly day!

  4. Wat heb je veel gedaan! Met prachtig resultaat. En succes met de Grand Mysterie!

  5. It might not get as cold as home but it will still get cold. I love Malta, so I'm a bit jealous of your son. Make sure you take a holiday to visit him - it's a fascinating place.
    I like the sound of a mystery quilt...very intriguing!

  6. Beautiful quilts and I love the Beautiful bright colors for Grand Illusion. , I look forward to watching your progress.

  7. lovely quilts but sad your son has moved to Malta, lovely place to be I have had a holiday there. My nephew is a professional poker player too, seems to have made plenty of money doing it

  8. Hey stranger, good to see you've been busy in your absence!

  9. You don't need to be cold to own a quilt! My Celtic Solstice has just gone to the Canary Islands, whose climate is even milder than Malta's! My cousin who lives there came for a visit and fell in love with the quilt I had put on the guest bed, so I gave it to her.
    I love your quilts!