Hello and welcome to Nero’s Post and Patch! You just landed to Chania in Greece – beautiful and famous holiday destination! I do my best to send you a lot of sunshine and inspiration picked from Cretan colours!
I’m so happy to join once again ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’, organized by Amy from ‘Amy’s Creative Side’. I want to send thousands of thanks to Amy for the huge work she does, when organizing this fantastic event! This is really important to all quilters and even more to us who live far away from our quilter friends.
I think many of us have this quilt festival on the ‘back of our mind’ through the whole year, wondering now and then what to share in the next festival. Sometimes I have had few quilts ready and had to decide which one to enter, but this time I was stitching until the last minute to finish my quilt in time.
I’m happy to share my latest quilt which was totally improvised. I enter my ‘Pic Nic on The Beach’ quilt to the ‘Original Design Quilts’ category.
When I started this quilt, I didn’t have any ‘picture’ in my mind (I usually plan in my thoughts, create a ‘picture’ in my mind and then start to play with fabrics). I just wanted to use my new Hex N More ruler and the beautiful ‘Fancy Free’ fat quarter bundle I had just won from the ‘Fat Quarter Shop’.
The beginning wasn’t easy because something didn’t work with the colours. Then fortunately I realized that white was missing. After that it was enjoyable puzzle game! First I cut all kind of shapes from all the prints, triangles in white and then started to gather them. First I made small areas and put them to the design wall. Then I started to fill the spaces between. Some where I just added white but some where I continued the blocks (for example the buntings). In many places I even ripped pieces because I wanted them to connect in a certain way to the next area. Next photo gives you an idea how the process went on …
For the First time I was able to use some kind of design wall and I’m so excited about that. It really changed my quilting life! I’m looking for to start next ‘game’ – with Hex N More ruler but very different colours.
Finding a way how to quilt, was really difficult. I quilt by hand, so for this size of quilt I don’t want stitch too difficult patterns. Also this quilt didn’t help by having some repeating lines to follow. I thought that if I plan too long time, I can never enter the quilt festival, so I started as I started this quilt – improvising when stitiching. I use Perle no 8 cotton for quilting by hand – this time in variable green.
I stitched lots of paths around … without any schedule, just like people were wandering on the beach … someone goes around, someone here and there …
For the binding I couldn’t choose anything else that the colourful stips! Summer season is now over and the beach is empty. There are still some things around that the beach bar hasn’t collected inside.
Name: ‘Pic Nic On The Beach’
Design: Teje Karjalainen (me)
Size: 71″ x 51″ (180 cm x 130 cm)
Pieced: by machine
Quilted: by hand
Fabrics: ‘Fancy Free’ by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Design
Category: Original Design Quilts
Today I went to the beach with Hanna, hoping to find a place to take photos. I found a perfect place for a pic nic!
This huge tree creates perfect ‘hidden’ place for a pic nic party! There was very friendly cat who wanted to model!
When I arrived to the beach, it was almost raining, but then fortunately sun began to shine!
Click here ‘BLOGGER’S QUILT FESTIVAL’ to visit the festival. Scroll down to see all the categories – each has separate post. Nominate your favourites HERE and check back on 1th of November to view and vote!
Thank you very much for visiting my blog! Nero’s Gift Away for his Birthday is open untill 6th of November HERE. One last photo with the morning shadows … I love quilt photos with interesting shadow patterns on them.