Thursday, March 22, 2012

Celebration and Echo giveaway!

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter

I can't believe it's a year since I started blogging! Not long after I started quilting, I decided to join this amazing community of quilters. Being part of this wonderful group of talented and creative people is the best part of blogging. It also gave me some sense of structure and deadline (WIP Wednesday! Thank you Lee!).
Most of all I love your comments. Getting feedback is so great! I can't over estimate it. Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement, advice and support.

Taking stock of the last year I realize that I was not as productive as I would like, but I'm very proud of each one of my works, including my last quilt top - the kaleidoscope quilt, and it all made me very happy.

I want to thank you for following my blog, reading and commenting, so I decided on a small giveaway. These are fabrics I bought lately, I really love them, and I want to share them with you.
I'm giving 6 fat quarters of Echo by Lotta Jansdotter, these are beautiful fabrics with great design.

This is a friendship giveaway, for my followers. You can join by clicking "join this site" on the right.

  • To enter the giveaway leave a comment (if you are a new follower, tell me) and tell me something happy that happened to you this winter (or summer - for you in the South).

  • For a second entry blog/facebook/google+ /twitter about this giveaway, and tell me about it in a second comment.
International entries are welcome.

The giveaway will be open till Sunday 1/4/12, the winner will be picked randomly and announced in this blog and by email (make sure your email is available).

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kaleidoscope quilt top - finished

This quilt took much longer than I thought. I meant to start it at June 2011 as part of Elizabeth's Kaleidoscope QAL, but started only in January 2012, more than 3 months ago... Sure, I have lots of excuses (travel, family, life) but the real reason for the delay is that I wasn't happy with the results and really got stuck. The quilt top was OK, but I could not get excited with it, which made it very hard to work on it. I kept making more blocks, added some red to make it less drab, but still was not happy. The breakthrough came when I changed the placement of the blocks to get diagonal lines of red, blue and green, which gave the quilt more movement.

This pattern was a real challenge for me. Using templates is very time consuming, and I didn't realize how hard it is matching all the points (of course most of the points don't match, but at this point I gave up)

Each block is 10.5 inch (26.5 cm) final size. The top measures 64x76 inch (163x193cm).

Now that the top is finished I have decide about quilting. I'm debating whether to quilt circles to echo the kaleidoscope circles. It looks too hard for me and I hardly did any FMQ.
I'd love to get your suggestions for quilting!

I'm linking to all these great linky parties Manic Monday at Sew Happy Geek, WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story. Pop over there to see the great work of the talented quilters!

Thanks for stopping by,